Shoulder pain results from many factors including overuse, poor posture, scapular weakness, altered shoulder mechanics, and capsular hypo- and hypermobility. It is an incredibly widespread complaint, which can be characterized by pain localized in the shoulder or deferred to other areas of the arm. Whether you have a mild injury such as a muscle strain or shoulder impingement or if you have a more serious pathology such as a labral or rotator cuff tear, physical therapy can help rehabilitate you to your previous level of activity.
At PT Solutions, we use manual therapy (joint and soft mobilization, trigger point release, dry needling, etc.) to regain full glenohumeral range of motion and spinal mobility necessary for proper shoulder mechanics. A specific strengthening program is used to re-establish dynamic rotator cuff stability and fully restore strength and local muscular endurance in the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizers. Achieving full mobility and strength will allow us to successfully implement sport-specific drills and functional activities to allow a return to sport and activity.
We include education on activity modification and proper posture for during work, sleep, and even your morning commute. These small adjustments can make a world of difference for people suffering from adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) and other chronic and pain conditions.
We have many return to sport progression for varying competition levels. One of the more common progressions we use is return to throw for overhead athletes who may suffer from little league shoulder, rotator cuff tendinopathy, AC joint sprain, or other shoulder pathology. Our therapists use the most up-to-date research to devise a throwing program in conjunction with an appropriate strengthening program to ensure timely return to sport while minimizing risk for future injury.