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shoulder pain treatment

Shoulder pain can be a serious issue that can dramatically affect your day to day life. The inability to lift or extend your arm can make even the simplest tasks like brushing your teeth seem impossible. Fortunately, physical therapy is a great option for people looking to reduce the symptoms of their shoulder pain. Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation looks at three of the more common conditions that cause people to seek treatment for their shoulder pain.

Tendonitis

Tendons are strong cords of fibrous tissue that connect muscles to bone which can become inflamed causing tendonitis. Overuse if the most common cause of tendonitis and many baseball players have experienced this type of shoulder pain from throwing too much. In minor cases of tendonitis, rest and ice are commonly used to reduce the inflammation.

Severe cases of overuse can cause tears in the rotator cuff which can lead to longer physical therapy treatments or even surgery.

Arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation in the joint that can cause shoulder pain. Wear and tear, injury and surgery can all cause the cartilage that protects our bones from rubbing together to degrade.

Osteoarthritis is most prevalent in patients over 50 and is related to the normal wear and tear of the cartilage in the shoulder joint. Physical therapy exercises designed to increase range of motion can help reduce shoulder pain. In addition, rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed to help treat the symptoms.

Instability

The shoulder is a ball and socket joint which is what allows the arm to be rotated. If the upper arm bone is dislocated or separated from the socket, the shoulder becomes unstable. The ligaments and muscles around the joint can be torn or loosened after a separation, which can make a recurrence of the injury more likely if not properly treated.

Physical therapy exercises can help strengthen the muscles and build stability in the shoulder joint. Multiple dislocations can put you at risk to develop arthritis and chronic shoulder pain.

Treating shoulder pain with Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

The physical therapists of Arrow Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation are experts in treating shoulder pain. Customized treatment plans are developed with the patient so that your rehabilitative goals can be met. If you suffer from chronic or severe shoulder pain, contact us today to set up your initial appointment.

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