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Shoulder Injury

shoulder injury

Common Shoulder injuries seen: 

  1. Rotator cuff tear: A tear in one or more of the muscles and tendons that make up the rotator cuff, which can cause pain, weakness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder.

  2. Shoulder impingement: A condition where the tendons in the shoulder become compressed or pinched, causing pain and limited mobility.

  3. Frozen shoulder: A condition where the shoulder joint becomes stiff and painful, often after a period of immobility or injury.

  4. Shoulder dislocation: A condition where the upper arm bone pops out of the shoulder socket, often due to a traumatic injury or repetitive strain.

  5. Bursitis: A condition where the bursa (a small fluid-filled sac) in the shoulder becomes inflamed, causing pain and swelling.

  6. Labral tear: A tear in the cartilage that lines the rim of the shoulder socket, often due to a traumatic injury or repetitive strain.

  7. Shoulder arthritis: A degenerative condition that can cause pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint.

Physical therapy can help to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and restore function in patients with these and other shoulder injuries. A physical therapist can evaluate the individual's condition and develop a customized treatment plan that may include exercises, manual therapy, modalities, and education on injury prevention strategies.

Shoulder Injury Treatments:

  1. Exercises: Physical therapists often prescribe specific exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the shoulder. These exercises may include stretching, resistance training, and range-of-motion exercises.

  2. Manual therapy: This type of treatment involves hands-on techniques, such as massage, joint mobilization, and stretching, to help improve joint mobility and reduce pain and inflammation.

  3. Modalities: Physical therapists may use modalities such as heat or cold therapy, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, or laser therapy to help reduce pain and inflammation.

  4. Education: Physical therapists may provide education on proper posture and body mechanics to help prevent future injuries.

  5. Bracing or taping: Physical therapists may recommend the use of a brace or tape to help support and protect the shoulder during activities.

  6. Activity modification: Physical therapists may recommend modifying or avoiding certain activities that may aggravate the shoulder injury.

  7. Functional training: Physical therapists may use functional training techniques to help patients improve their ability to perform specific tasks or activities, such as reaching or lifting.

It's important to note that the specific treatment plan for a shoulder injury will depend on the individual's unique condition and needs. A physical therapist will work with the patient to develop a customized plan that is tailored to their specific goals and needs.

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 Palatine, IL 60067


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