Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain
The shoulder is a complex joint made up of the humerus (arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the clavicle (collar bone). There are many muscles and ligaments that support the shoulder and help it move. Shoulder pain can be caused by repetitive overhead activities, falling, straining to reach for something, lifting something heavy, or improper exercise techniques. Other times, shoulder pain can occur for no apparent reason.
Common Diagnoses Associated with Shoulder Pain
- Rotator cuff tendinitis
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder arthritis
- Bicep tendinitis
- Shoulder bursitis
- Shoulder impingement
- Frozen shoulder
- Shoulder fracture
How We Treat Shoulder Pain
A physical therapist will complete a comprehensive evaluation and create a customized program to address your needs. The goal is to restore normal mobility and strength to the shoulder and maximize function. Treatments and programs may include:
- Manual therapy
- Progressive exercise
- Modalities including ice/heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation
- Flexibility and postural strengthening
- Body mechanics training
- Return to throwing program
- Sports Performance
- Sports Rehab
*Services are not available at all locations. Call or click the location page near you for that center’s services.
What to Expect
Every patient has a unique health history, diagnosis and personal goals. When you come for your first appointment, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you.
We work with most major insurance providers and do our best to help keep the paperwork pain-free. If you’d like to confirm your insurance coverage, please let us know and we can verify when you schedule. If your insurance provider requires a co-pay, we will ask for this payment at each visit. We accept payments by cash, check or credit card.
When to Arrive
On average, a patient’s first visit lasts about an hour. We typically ask patients to arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in, complete paperwork and/or change clothes.
What to Bring
On your first visit, you’ll need to bring your physician referral or prescription (if needed), your insurance card, your primary registration forms, your ID or driver’s license and your co-payment (as applicable). If desired, you may bring a change of clothing.
How it Works
During your first visit, your physical therapist will do an initial evaluation and discuss your plan of care. The therapist uses this information to set goals for your continued treatment. Physical therapy goals may include improved movement, strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as decreased pain. Your subsequent visits will focus on treatment that is based on your diagnosis and individualized goals.