Shoulder Physical Therapy

It’s a well-known fact that shoulder injuries are common. People experience shoulder injuries due to the type of sports they play or the work they do each day. But, just how common are shoulder injuries, and how can they be resolved?

Around eight out of 10,000 workers experience shoulder injuries in the workplace. And in 2006, approximately 7.5 million people reported shoulder injuries to their doctors, according to data from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain caused by something you did at home, school, or work, don’t suffer in silence. Instead, it makes sense to have shoulder physical therapy to help your body recover from your shoulder injuries.

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What is Shoulder Physical Therapy?

Shoulder physical therapy is a type of treatment customized to address specific individual shoulder injuries. The idea behind shoulder physical therapy is that it helps patients recover from their shoulder injuries or shoulder surgery and regain their mobility.

Another advantage of shoulder physical therapy is patients will receive advice on altering their daily activities to lessen the risk of such injuries occurring in the future. Shoulder physical therapy helps to strengthen the body, especially after shoulder surgery.

How Does Shoulder Physical Therapy Help Patients?

Virtually everyone will experience shoulder pain at some stage in their lives. The pain can be mild and only last a few hours or a couple of days. But, for many people, the pain can become intolerable and adversely affect their everyday lives.

When the pain stops being manageable and doesn’t go away on its own, shoulder physical therapy can help. The treatment offered aims to alleviate the pain and tackle the source of the problem.

Shoulder physical therapy isn’t just for people that have injured their shoulders or experience shoulder impingement. It’s also for patients that have had shoulder surgery and need to strengthen their shoulders post-surgery.

With the right shoulder physical therapy, patients will experience faster recovery times and enjoy a better quality of life.

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How long is physical therapy for shoulder injuries?

The duration of each person’s shoulder physical therapy will depend on several factors. Firstly, the nature of the patient’s injuries will dictate how long it will take that person to successfully recover.

Secondly, other factors such as general physical health and mobility will also play a part in the duration of their recovery. And third, the treatment offered will also depend on the rehabilitation activities the patient can do at home.

Shoulder Conditions Physical Therapy Can Help

Knowing the reason for your shoulder pain is the first step to treating it. Did you know that shoulder physical therapy can treat a wide range of shoulder injuries? They are as follows:

  • Sudden Injuries. Injured tendons, ligaments, nerves, strained muscles, broken and dislocated bones, and torn rotator cuffs are the main causes of sudden injuries to shoulders;
  • Overuse Injuries. Everyday activities can sometimes cause shoulder overuse injuries like bursitis, tendinitis, muscle strain, and shoulder impingement;
  • Less-Common Injuries. Sometimes, shoulder injuries can occur from problems such as irregular posture, osteoarthritis, and infections.

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Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Are you experiencing shoulder pain due to sudden, overuse, or less-common injuries? If so, you’ll benefit from physical therapy for shoulder pain. It’s a successful, non-surgical way of strengthening the muscles around your shoulders to facilitate function and mobility.

When you see a physical therapist for your shoulder pain, they will examine the affected shoulders and determine the best treatment plan for your needs.

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Surgery

Have you recently had surgery on one or both of your shoulders, or will soon have the surgery? Physical therapy for shoulder surgery will ensure the correct rehabilitation of your shoulders, resulting in a speedy recovery and restored mobility and function.

Your physical therapist will work with you to create a custom treatment plan specific to your shoulder surgery.

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement is often caused by overuse activities, resulting in a tendon rubbing or getting caught on a bone. It can also mean that your shoulder is weak, and becomes more painful when you lift it.

Physical therapy for shoulder impingement aims to strengthen the shoulders and encourage good posture to speed up the recovery process.