If you have shoulder pain when lifting your arm, you’re probably searching for a way to relieve your pain. However, you may not know where to turn for help because you don’t know what’s causing your pain. Fortunately, there’s a physical therapy team that may be able to help you get the answers you need.
Our Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation team has been helping the residents of Edison, Woodbridge and Union, New Jersey find the physical therapy they need for years now. One thing we’ve learned from all this service is identifying your problem is a vital step in treating it. This is why our team will always perform an exhaustive evaluation process during your first appointment with us. The evaluation will allow us to determine precisely what issue you’re having, but it’ll also provide us with the information we need to build you a personalized therapy plan. For instance, our team may be able to help you find out why you’re having shoulder pain when lifting your arm and build you a therapy plan to treat it.
Three injuries that may cause shoulder pain when lifting your arm
At Arrow Physical Therapy, our team knows figuring out what’s causing your shoulder pain is the first step in your treatment process. This is one area where our team’s high level of experience gives us an edge. In fact, there are three shoulder injuries we’ve often seen cause shoulder pain when lifting the arm.
One injury our team has seen cause this kind of pain is a shoulder joint tear. A shoulder joint tear is an injury where the cartilage around the lip of your shoulder joint is damaged. Our team knows such an injury can be the result of repetitive motions you make during daily activities. We’ve also seen falls or accidents cause shoulder joint tears as well.
A second type of injury that may cause the pain you’re experiencing is a rotator cuff tear. Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that has two main jobs. The first job is to keep your arm positioned correctly in your shoulder joint, and the second job is to allow you to lift your arm over your head. Our team can tell you that when one of the structures in your rotator cuff is injured, you may experience pain and difficulty lifting your arm. We also know rotator cuff injuries may be the result of overuse or sports injuries.
The third shoulder injury our team often sees that may be causing your shoulder pain is bursitis. Our team knows bursitis is a condition where the fluid-filled sac that cushions your shoulder joint becomes swollen and painful. One cause of this condition is repetitive motions that place frequent stress on your shoulder. Another cause our team frequently sees is arthritis in the shoulder joint. Another possible cause of bursitis is you’ve developed an infection in the fluid-filled sac, or bursa.
Once our team has helped you determine if one of these conditions is causing your shoulder pain, we can help you take the next step in your therapy process, too. Our team can create a physical therapy program for you that includes evidence-based therapy methods that may help to relieve your pain fast.
Are you ready to stop feeling shoulder pain when lifting your arm? Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.