Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain
This article will help you to identify some of the most common causes of shoulder pain with tips to help prevent and resolve these potentially disabling conditions.
Shoulder pain may come on suddenly (acute) or may last for weeks or even months. When pain or stiffness persists for more than 3 months it is termed chronic and may indicate permanent damage.
If you have been suffering with shoulder pain, shoulder stiffness or other associated symptoms like numbness or tingling for more than three days you need to consult your health care provider.
Since 1997, we at Forest Hills Rehabilitation have been helping patients just like you, suffering with shoulder pain related to many different causes.
Our skilled physical therapists work closely with supervising medical physicians to offer a variety of different treatment options to offer you.
We are easily accessible by public transportation, offer early morning, late evening, and weekend hours, and accept all insurance plans.
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A more in depth discussion of the soulder pain follows:
The shoulder joint is essentially formed by two large bones, the arm bone or “humerus” and the shoulder blade or “scapula.” The upper portion of your humerus has a large ball shape which sits in a shallow cup of the scapula. A strong cartilaginous ring known as the “labrum” helps to stabilize this union of the two bones, and keeps the large ball seated in the shallow cup.
For additional support a web of tight fibrous bands called “ligaments” form a capsule around the joint. Around that capsule, you have a thick cuff made up of four muscles, aptly named the “rotator cuff” (commonly mispronounced as “rotary cuff, or cup”). The rotator cuff muscles all originate on the shoulder blade and attach at the upper arm, allowing you to rotate your arm in all directions.
To decrease friction caused with rotation you have several strategically placed “bursae” throughout the shoulder. A bursae is a small fluid filled sac – imagine a balloon with just a small amount of water inside – that allows these structures in high friction areas to glide past one another.
One other muscle that should be discussed here is the biceps muscle. The biceps muscle sits on the front part of the upper arm, and is anchored to the shoulder blade by a strong fibrous band called the biceps tendon.
Injury to any one of these delicate structures can result in profound symptoms. Moreover, it may be difficult for you to determine the source of your shoulder pain, since symptoms may be closely related. Even though symptoms from one person to the next may be similar, treatment may be very different depending on the source of the injury. This is why it is so important to have an experienced clinician make the diagnosis.
Whether you're suffering from a stiff shoulder or severe shoulder pain, we can help. There is no need to live with shoulder pain or stiffness any longer.
A more in depth discussion of some of the more common conditions associated with shoulder pain we treat can be found by clicking on one of the links to the right…