Shoulder injuries are a very common complaint among people going to see their doctor. The shoulder has four different joints, and they all have to work together for normal function. Here are a couple common conditions that we treat in an orthopedic physical therapy clinic.
Subacromial impingement syndrome
is a condition in which tendons around the shoulder become pinched between the arm bone and shoulder blade. You may have heard people talk about hurting their “rotator cuff,” and this group of muscles can become painful if injured. Place the hand on the side of the painful shoulder across the body onto the opposite shoulder and lift the elbow towards your nose. If this quick test is painful, you may have an inflamed tendon in the shoulder. Research has shown that a combination of manual therapy, stretching and strengthening with a physical therapist can effectively relieve this condition and help get you back to feeling normal with daily activities.
can happen after a traumatic injury to the shoulder, although sometimes it occurs for unknown reasons. This condition can commonly be identified when patients have large limitations in shoulder range of motion such as reaching overhead or behind the back. Physical therapists can speed up recovery by mobilizing the soft tissue around the shoulder and creating an exercise plan to restore regular motion. Patients are often able to make a full return to daily activities such as dressing, bathing and exercise routines.
It is always a good idea to see your primary care doctor about shoulder pain that is severe or has lasted more than a few days. Several studies have shown that physical therapy treatment in combination with an individualized exercise plan is very effective at conquering these two shoulder conditions. ■
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Sheltering Arms - Hanover Rehab Center