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Simple tasks like reaching for a high shelf or sleeping on your side can become agonizing challenges when shoulder pain strikes. Whether it’s a pulled muscle or the grinding discomfort of arthritis, shoulder pain can be debilitating. Fortunately, there’s a natural solution for pain management: physical therapy. Reach out to one of our experienced physical therapists today to explore how this treatment can bring comfort back to your shoulder.

Understanding Shoulder Pain

Your shoulder is a remarkable joint, capable of incredible feats. However, with great mobility often comes great discomfort. The shoulder joint, known as a ball-and-socket joint, involves the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) fitting into a space within the scapula (shoulder blade). Cartilage cushions the bone ends, while sacs called bursae prevent tendons from painfully rubbing against bones. These tendons connect the bones to the rotator cuff muscles. Any disruption in the complex interplay of these structures can lead to pain.

Shoulder pain can manifest differently depending on its cause. For instance, tendon impingement may produce pain when raising your arm, only to subside as you continue lifting it. A degenerated shoulder joint might result in constant, nagging discomfort during any movement. An acute injury can cause sharp, intense pain, rendering your shoulder immobile.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

The intricacies of the shoulder joint create opportunities for numerous pain-causing conditions. WebMD lists some common causes of shoulder pain:

  1. Arthritis: Osteoarthritis results from age-related cartilage wear in the shoulder joint, while rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system attacks joint membranes.
  2. Tendonitis: Overuse of the shoulder joint, often due to work or sports, can lead to ongoing tendon inflammation, resulting in painful impingement.
  3. Bursitis: Friction from neighboring tendons can inflame bursae, causing pain during overhead movements.
  4. Dislocation: When the humerus head pops out of its place, a dislocated shoulder is intensely painful and may become more prone to future dislocations.
  5. Frozen shoulder: Medically termed adhesive capsulitis, this condition occurs when shoulder tissues stiffen due to prolonged immobilization.

How Physical Therapy in West Chester Can Help

Don’t resort to painkillers or surgery prematurely. Physical therapy offers a safe, non-invasive approach to many shoulder pain causes. Our physical therapists employ various diagnostic techniques, including X-rays to detect arthritis or dislocation, range-of-motion tests, and symptom discussion to identify the involved soft tissue.

Once we pinpoint the pain source, we tailor a physical therapy regimen to relieve or eliminate it. Exercise can help manage osteoarthritis pain and alleviate frozen shoulder stiffness. Bursitis may respond to heat, ice, ergonomic adjustments, or sport-specific training modifications. Strengthening exercises can rehabilitate injured muscles and stabilize dislocated shoulders.

Discover Relief from Shoulder Pain in West Chester

Our process begins with a comprehensive shoulder pain evaluation. We’ll inquire about the pain’s cause, severity, exacerbating and alleviating factors, and conduct tests to assess shoulder motion and strength.

Based on your shoulder pain’s origin, we’ll craft a personalized treatment plan to enhance your range of motion and initiate healing. This may involve pain management strategies to identify painful motions or activities and find ways to avoid them, ensuring you heal properly.

If a shoulder injury is causing you pain, contact us today to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist. We’ll guide you on the path to healing as swiftly as possible!


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Rachel Riley

Dr. Bryan is very insightful. He identified the source of my shoulder pain and customized a plan for me that stopped the pinching feeling I had whenever I reached for anything with my right arm.

Tess Jones

It’s always scary when something is wrong with your body, but Dr.Tom had me fixed with no downtime. He understood my goals and helped me achieve them. I’m now literally moving pain-free, and I have the knowledge to fix it should the pain come back!