Shoulder Physical Therapy

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Physical Therapy Overview to Treatment of the Shoulder and Shoulder Girdle:

Physical Therapists treat a wide range of disorders as they relate to the shoulder and shoulder girdle. As an extremely mobile joint that plays a central role in the action of your entire upper extremity, the shoulder is at risk for injury. Shoulder pain can be a result of injury or disease of the shoulder joint and surrounding tissues. Patients can also report pain through the shoulder region which could be initiated in the neck or thoracic spine. Injury can affect any of the ligaments, bursae , bones, cartilage or tendons surrounding the shoulder joint.

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At BreakThrough Physical Therapy, we begin your road to recovery with a comprehensive physical therapy evaluation.  This is critical in helping us to establish the best-individualized treatment plan for you.  You will meet with one of our licensed physical therapists and they will ask a myriad of questions pertaining to you and your shoulder or related symptoms in order to help determine the cause of the pain and limitations you are experiencing.  Once the lines of communication and trust have been established, your physical therapist will then take you through a series of tests to determine more specifically the areas/tissues which may be most painful, weak, tight or limiting you in any way.  Your physical therapist will then communicate their findings to you and educate you on the first portion of your home exercise program.  You, your physical therapist and our aide team will work together in the coming weeks to help you reduce pain, increase mobility, flexibility, strength, and endurance of all related tissues.  You will also learn some key tips to improve postural habits and body mechanics.  Our goal is to see you successfully return to your desired lifestyle upon discharge or “graduation” from BreakThrough Physical Therapy.

Because of the muscular, bony, ligamentous, neural and myofascial connections between the tissues; detailed evaluation including a thorough history by a medical professional is strongly recommended.  Many individuals try to manage their symptoms on their own and delay healing further.  We have found that this causes the need for more extensive care in the future, greater expense to you and greater time away from work, family and friends than would have otherwise been needed.  While the internet can be a great tool for basic information, if you are having signs or symptoms which may need medical attention, please consult your physician or physical therapist immediately to ensure that you are taking the proper steps to your recovery.

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Common Shoulder Tissues treated at BreakThrough Physical Therapy (including, but not limited to):

  • Bursa(e)
  • Capsule
  • Glenoid Labrum
  • Muscle
    • Rotator Cuff
      • Supraspinatus
      • Infraspinatus
      • Teres Minor
      • Subscapularis
    • Biceps
    • Triceps
    • Upper Trapezius
    • Middle Trapezius
    • Lower Trapezius
    • Latissimus Dorsi
    • Rhomboids
    • Levator Scapula
    • Subclavius
    • Sternocleidomastoid
  • Bone
    • Sternum
    • Scapula
    • Clavicle
    • Humerus

Common Diagnoses related to the shoulder treated at BreakThrough Physical Therapy (including, but not limited to):

  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Impingement
  • Tendonitis / Tendinitis
  • Gout
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Clavicular Fracture
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Humerus Fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Post-operative Shoulder Physical Therapy
  • Post-surgical Shoulder Physical Therapy
  • Labral Tear (SLAP Lesion)
  • Acromioclavicular Sprain/Separation
  • Sternoclavicular Sprain/Separation
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Tendonitis/Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Osteoarthritis

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