Shoulder pain is a common complaint and Physical Therapy may be recommended as a treatment or as rehabilitation after surgery.
The shoulder is a complex ball and socket joint that is made up of the humerus (arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone). There are many ligaments that help support the shoulder, and many muscular attachments help move the shoulder. The shoulder is an extremely mobile joint, allowing people to reach and move in many directions.
Common shoulder problems include:
Rotator Cuff Tendonitis: The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that help support and move the shoulder. Their primary role is to help hold the ball of the arm bone in the socket while the arm is moved. The rotator cuff tendons attach to the arm bone in an area that lies directly underneath a bony prominence of the shoulder blade. The tendons can get pinched underneath this bone and become inflamed and sore.
Biceps Tendonitis: The biceps tendon attaches your biceps muscle in your upper arm to the front of the shoulder. Many people consider the long head of the biceps tendon to act as a fifth rotator cuff tendon, offering stability to the front of the shoulder. This tendon can get pinched by the bony anatomy of the shoulder blade or by ligaments that attach to the collarbone and shoulder blade, causing tendonitis.
Shoulder Bursitis: A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that helps body structures glide smoothly over one another. There is a bursa that lies between the humerus bone and the shoulder blade. This bursa can be pinched in the shoulder, leading to pain.
Frozen Shoulder: Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition where the shoulder becomes painful and gradually loses motion. This loss of motion can last for up to 18 months; it can be painful and lead to a significant functional loss.
Shoulder Fracture: A shoulder fracture occurs after significant trauma. Falling on an outstretched arm is a common cause of a shoulder fracture. The collarbone, scapula, humerus, or a combination of all three may be injured as a result.
How Aspen Rehab can help?
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ASPEN Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain
After the initial evaluation, treatment can begin. Your therapist will choose therapeutic modalities to help control pain or inflammation