Have you experienced shoulder pain that affects your job or causes you to avoid doing hobbies you enjoy? Many individuals dealing with shoulder pain will see a physical therapist at some point in search of pain relief. Depending on the extent of the shoulder pain and the patients’ unique medical history, physical therapy can be a very effective non-surgical means of treatment. For issues such as shoulder impingement, small rotator cuff tears, and mild to moderate osteoarthritis, research has shown that physical therapy can improve your quality of life and even prevent surgical intervention.
However, if surgery is the best option, physical therapy is still an essential part of the road to recovery both before and after surgery. Additionally, after any type of shoulder surgery, whether it is an arthroscopic procedure, a rotator cuff repair, or a partial/total joint replacement, physical therapy is still needed! Physical therapy is vital post shoulder surgery to help:
- Regain strength and flexibility
- Advance your home exercise program
- Get you back to your previous work, family, and recreational activities
The main goal of physical therapy is to improve your quality of life by decreasing your pain levels and increasing your strength and range of motion. If you have pain or difficulty reaching for something on a high shelf, getting dressed, reaching in to your back pocket, or have been avoiding some of these activities due to pain, stiffness or weakness, physical therapy can help! Physical therapy treatment for shoulder pain may include cupping, dry needling, athletic taping, stretching, strengthening, and joint mobilization/stabilization. The physical therapist can also provide advice on daily activity/work modifications as well as a home exercise program to progress your shoulder strength and mobility.
We’d love to play a role in helping you overcome shoulder pain and get back to doing what you love! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment today!