The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in our bodies. As a result the shoulder is principally stabilized, not by a bunch of bones, but by a number of muscles and ligaments that meld together to form a strong joint capsule.
However, typically through some combination of weakness in our rotator cuff muscles, poor posture, repetitive motions, and/or trauma we can injure our shoulders creating pain and decreasing mobility. There are a number of diagnoses specific to the shoulder; all of which can create pain and limit the ability to participate in certain activities making it difficult to perform even the simplest tasks. Sometimes the pain can be nagging, just at the end of our range of motion, so that we don’t think too much about until we find we can’t raise our hands up to wash our hair, like in adhesive capsulitis (commonly referred as frozen shoulder). It can be a sharp pain whenever we move our arm quickly like in a shoulder impingement. Or it can be something in between.
Since there are so many different injuries to the shoulder, it makes the Physical Therapy evaluation all that more crucial in determining the correct differential physical therapy diagnosis. The staff at BeneFIT Physical Therapy has received additional training in orthopedic physical therapy by obtaining the Orthopedic Clinical Specialists certification, which distinguishes them from their peers as nationally recognized for their knowledge on Orthopedic Physical Therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. It is with this advanced knowledge that we are able to understand what you are going through and, more importantly, how to get you back quickly and safely.
Some of the more common shoulder injuries we treat are:
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Humerus Fractures
- Rotator Cuff Repair
- AC Joint Separations
- Shoulder Impingements
- Adhesive Capsulitis or “frozen shoulder”
- Labral/S.L.A.P. Repairs
- Shoulder Dislocations
- Shoulder Bursitis/Tendinitis