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Shoulder Pain Symptoms
The location and severity of shoulder pain can vary, depending on the cause of the problem. Signs and symptoms that sometimes accompany shoulder pain are:
Common Shoulder Injuries and Conditions
Brachial Plexus Injury
Rotator Cuff Injury
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder
How Will My Shoulder Pain Be Diagnosed?
Your physical therapist will perform an evaluation that will start with discussing your medical history and your symptoms. Your therapist will examine your strength and range of motion, check your functional abilities (like reaching up and behind your back), ask you your goals and then come up with a personalized treatment plan to relieve your shoulder pain and restore your mobility.
How Can Physical Therapy Help Me?
Your physical therapist may provide treatments using different "modalities" such as ice, heat, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation to help decrease pain and swelling.
Your therapist will apply manual (hands-on) therapy to gently guide movement of the shoulder area to restore joint and tissue mobility.
Your physical therapist will prescribe specific strengthening, flexibility, and endurance exercises to address your specific needs and goals.
You will learn individualized exercises designed to help you return to your home, work, and sport activities. These also may include balance and coordination exercises.
Your physical therapist will teach you ways to manage your pain at home, and design a safe and effective home-exercise program based on your specific condition, which you can continue long after your formal physical therapy sessions have ended. You also will learn how to avoid placing unnecessary forces on the shoulder during your daily activities for years to come.