Shoulder Pain & Rotary Cuff Injuries
Physical therapy can play a crucial role in the rehabilitation and recovery from shoulder injuries. Whether you're dealing with a rotator cuff tear, shoulder impingement, frozen shoulder, or any other shoulder-related issue, physical therapy aims to alleviate pain, restore mobility, improve strength, and help you regain full function of your shoulder
Did you know?
Your shoulders are involved in just about every upper body movement.
Which is why ensuring full mobilization —including both flexibility and full range of motion — is key for maintaining peak functionality
Your physical therapist will design a customized exercise program to target specific muscles and improve the stability and strength around your injury. These exercises may include
Range of motion exercises to improve flexibility.
Strengthening exercises for the muscles around the ankle, including the calf muscles.
Proprioceptive and balance exercises to improve stability and prevent future injuries.
Functional exercises that simulate everyday activities to restore normal movement patterns.
3 Facts About Shoulder Injuries You Should Know
Shoulder injuries are highly treatable if addressed early.
Knowing what's causing shoulder pain is the first step in fixing it but its most likely the rotary cuff.
Disturbed sleep can exacerbate shoulder pain.
At Velocity Physical Therapy we will identify the cause of your shoulder pain and help you get back to the things you love.
Comprehensive Assessment: A skilled physical therapist will assess your shoulder injury through a thorough evaluation. This includes examining your range of motion, muscle strength, joint stability, posture, and movement patterns.
Pain Management: Physical therapists use various techniques, including modalities like heat, cold, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation, to manage pain and reduce inflammation.
Manual Therapy: Hands-on techniques, such as joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, and myofascial release, can help improve shoulder joint mobility, alleviate muscle tension, and reduce pain.
Range of Motion Exercises: Gentle exercises are designed to improve the range of motion in your shoulder joint, gradually restoring normal flexibility.
Strengthening Exercises: A physical therapist will prescribe targeted exercises to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint. Strengthening these muscles can improve stability and provide better support for the injured area.
Rotator Cuff Strengthening: If you have a rotator cuff injury, specific exercises will focus on strengthening the rotator cuff muscles, helping to stabilize the shoulder joint.
Functional Rehabilitation: Physical therapists design exercises that simulate real-life activities to help you regain the ability to perform daily tasks without pain.
Posture Correction: Poor posture can contribute to shoulder issues. A physical therapist will educate you about proper posture during various activities and provide exercises to strengthen supporting muscles.
Neuromuscular Reeducation: Exercises to improve muscle coordination and movement patterns can enhance your overall shoulder function.
Biomechanics Analysis: Physical therapists analyze your movement mechanics to identify any dysfunctional patterns that could be contributing to your shoulder injury.
What You Can Expect?
Heat or Ice Pack Therapy
Heat increases blood flow, promoting the relaxation of muscles and easing tension, making it an excellent choice for relieving tightness.
Ice therapy helps constrict blood vessels and decrease blood flow to the affected area, reducing inflammation and swelling – a crucial element in the early stages of injury.
Taping is designed to support injured muscles and joints, promoting faster healing by reducing strain and providing stability. Whether you're recovering from an injury or surgery, our specialized taping techniques can expedite your journey to recovery.
Massage therapy after surgery can accelerate the recovery process by promoting healing, preventing complications, and regaining function sooner.
Our skilled therapists employ hands-on techniques to pinpoint and alleviate specific areas of pain and discomfort, providing immediate relief and promoting a faster recovery.
Soft tissue mobilization targets muscle tightness, releasing tension and promoting increased flexibility. This is crucial for restoring a full range of motion and preventing future injuries.