If you have a shoulder injury or pain, the idea of going to the chiropractor might seem appealing. Shoulder physical therapy is very important to the health of your shoulder and can improve mobility and function. If you have some of the following:
Rotator cuff injury. This is typically caused by arthritis (inflammation of the joints) or a natural tear in the tendons. A rotator cuff injury can be a debilitating condition and the symptoms can be extreme as the arm has difficulty in doing normal functions such as rotating it and reaching. Shoulder physical therapy will help you stretch and strengthen your muscles to reduce inflammation and encourage proper motion. Some common exercises include passive motion exercises, stretching, icing, ice packs and ultrasound therapy.
Injuries or functional deficiencies. Shoulder physical therapy will also address injuries such as fractures, strains, sprains, dislocations, and muscle weakness. These injuries might be due to poor mechanics in use, repetitive movements, or other factors. These injuries can cause restrictions in motion and strength. And because we do not want to put a damper on our ultimate goal of rehabilitation, it is critical that we seek professional physical therapists to address these issues. Common exercises that will help you include strengthening exercises, stretches, range of motion exercises and balance and stability exercises.
Postoperative shoulder pain. Shoulder physical therapy for post-operative shoulder pain will address any injuries or deficiencies that might be the cause of your shoulder pain. Your rehab plan will include physical therapy for the rotator cuff, shoulder bursitis, shoulder dislocation, osteoarthritis, dislocations, and shoulder joint instability. You might also benefit from ultrasound therapy or electrotherapy depending on your shoulder’s medical history and condition. Shoulder surgery is often necessary when the patient is experiencing recurrent shoulder pain. But before undergoing shoulder surgery, it is important to know that there are various non-surgical treatments available to alleviate shoulder pain.
Inflammation. Shoulder physical therapy for inflammation involves addressing both acute and chronic shoulder pain. The inflammation is usually caused by trauma, overuse, or infection. Anti-inflammatory medications can reduce pain and decrease the risk of a rotator cuff tear or other injury.
Osteoarthritis. Shoulder physical therapy for osteoarthritis will focus on increasing mobility and flexibility. The goal of osteoarthritis physical therapy is to increase the patient’s ability to tolerate and deal with normal activities, while reducing potential further damage done to joints. Arthritis doctors will make the patient aware of the importance of keeping regular appointments so that