Shoulder pain is a common musculoskeletal condition that up to 67 percent of people will experience at some time during their life. Just everyday pushing, reaching and pulling can take a toll on the shoulder. The shoulder is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Shoulder pain can also indicate a deeper injury. It’s always wise to contact a physical therapist if you have shoulder pain. A physical therapist can help identify which shoulder structures are causing the pain. So, if you’re experiencing shoulder pain, contact a physical therapist. Here’s a list of shoulder injuries that can cause pain and impinge on your regular daily function.
The rotator cuff is a set of four muscles and tendons that connect the arm bone to the shoulder blade. Its function is to keep the arm bone in the socket when using the arm. An injury to the rotator cuff can be due to excessive throwing, reaching or lifting. Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury are a pain over the top of the shoulder and weakness when moving the shoulder. A physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation in order to diagnose a rotator cuff injury. Most patients respond well to around six weeks of physical therapy for a rotator cuff injury. If you do need surgery for a rotator cuff injury, physical therapy has also been shown to help improve recovery.
When the ball of the arm and the shoulder socket separate, there is a shoulder dislocation. Getting struck in a sporting activity or falling can cause this. There are immediate pain and difficulty moving the arm. There may also be numbness, discoloration or a cold feeling in the arm or hand with a shoulder dislocation. An X-ray will have to be taken to ensure that you don’t have a fracture. If there is no fracture, a healthcare professional can put the shoulder back in place. Physical therapy can help inflammation, pain, and range of motion. Typically, it takes anywhere from four to eight weeks to recover from a shoulder dislocation. For more information contact us today at Ada, Byron Center, Caledonia, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Hastings, Rockford, Walker, Kentwood & Jenison, MI Centers.
After shoulder surgery, I came here for my rehab. The fine staff, took the time and patience to see that I was progressing well and was even able to excel in certain areas of recovery. They are very well qualified at what they do and would highly recommend them. I will be back when I have the other shoulder worked on!!