Shoulder Pain Relief Brielle, Sea Girt & Manasquan, NJ

Shoulder Pain

If you’ve ever suffered from a shoulder injury, you know how painful and debilitating it can be. Even simple everyday tasks such as pushing, pulling and reaching can take a toll on your shoulders. It’s important to contact a physical therapist if you’re suffering from shoulder pain. Call us today to set up an appointment to see one of our physical therapists.

Not only can the pain hinder your ability to perform daily activities, but it may be a sign that you have a deeper injury. Our physical therapists can evaluate your shoulder and create a treatment plan for your specific condition. Getting the right treatment as quickly as possible is necessary to maintain maximum mobility.

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What Is Shoulder Pain?

There are many different types of shoulder conditions that can cause pain and limitations in your ability to participate in sports or perform activities in your daily routine. Here are a few of the most common types of shoulder injuries:

  • Frozen ShoulderFrozen shoulder is another name for “adhesive capsuilitis”, which is an inflammatory condition causing a stiffening of the shoulder, pain, and loss of motion. How frozen shoulder exactly begins is still a bit of a mystery, however, it typically occurs after a trauma or repetitive injury to the shoulder. With frozen shoulder, the thick capsule of tissue that surrounds the shoulder joint begins to experience chronic inflammation. The body begins a cycle of inflammation and scarring that causes the capsule around the shoulder joint to contract and become limited in its flexibility. This causes very painful range of motion in the shoulder when trying to move the arm. A frozen shoulder will often go through a variety of stages that may occur over several years. You will likely feel achy, dull pain when suffering from a frozen shoulder.
  • Shoulder Dislocation/Subluxation – This occurs when the shoulder socket and the ball of the arm separate. A traumatic event such as an accident or a fall can cause this condition. You would likely feel immediate pain and would have difficulty moving your arm. With frequent dislocations, the shoulder can become unstable as many structures in the shoulder get damaged and become too lax. By strengthening the muscles around the shoulder, stability can be increased in the shoulder, preventing future dislocations. At times, dislocations can be quite severe and lead to tearing of the labrum, tendons, ligaments or muscles. In this case, surgery is often needed. After surgery physical therapy is an important part of recovery and returning to normal activities.
  • Rotator Cuff Injury – The rotator cuff in your shoulder is made of tendons and muscles. Bursitis, tendonitis, and tears can all occur in this particular area.
  • Labral TearsThe labrum is a thick ring of cartilage around the socket part of your shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint). The labrum acts like a cup for the head of the humerus to sit in (like a ball inside a cup). The labrum gives stability to the joint and also helps to cushion as the shoulder joint moves.The labrum can tear with injury from a blow to an outstretched arm or from repetitive injuries overhead. Sometimes, a labrum tear can be involved when the rotator cuff is torn. A common tear is called a SLAP lesion (Superior Labral tear from Anterior to Posterior). This is a tear of the labrum from the top part in front to back. This often needs surgical repair and we work with your physician on their protocol to rehab your shoulder after surgery.

 

Causes of Shoulder Pain

There are several reasons why you could experience an injury or pain in your shoulders. According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors for frozen shoulder include having diabetes and having your shoulder immobilized for long periods, such as after a fracture.

Rotator cuff injuries occur most frequently in individuals who move their arms in overhead motions. These repetitive motions are often performed on the job or during sports activities. Sometimes, however, rotator cuff injuries are the result of a single incident.

A dislocated shoulder is when the arm bone actually pops out of the socket in the shoulder blade. This condition is often the result of a fall, a traumatic accident or a sports injury.

 

How Physical Therapy Can Help Shoulder Pain

If you’re experiencing pain or an injury in your shoulder, our physical therapists can evaluate your range of motion and functional abilities. The therapist will then put together an individualized treatment plan to relieve pain and restore mobility. Other goals would include reducing inflammation, decreasing muscle spasms and increasing the healing process. There are several methods a PT could use during treatment:

  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Heat or ice treatments
  • Joint mobilization
  • Electrical stimulation

Many people can recover from various types of shoulder conditions without having surgery. Physical therapy can play a major role in your recovery without having to use invasive methods. Even if surgery is required, physical therapy can help you both before and after to improve healing time and increase your range of motion.

The COAST Rehab physical therapy team has the experience and expertise to help you heal from a variety of shoulder conditions. They work to reduce pain, increase mobility, and help you resume your regular activities as quickly as possible. Whether it’s a rotator cuff injury, a dislocated shoulder, or any other type of shoulder injury, COAST Rehab can help you improve mobility and get you back to doing what you love.

Contact Us today at Brielle, Sea Girt & Manasquan, NJ Centers to schedule a consultation. You don’t have to live with ongoing shoulder pain!