Roughly 4 million Americans every year struggle with shoulder-related issues. The shoulder is actually the most movable joint in the body, so naturally, it would affect many people and will often cause discomfort. At Advance Physical Therapy, our physical therapy in Queens, we are qualified to handle all shoulder-related issues.
Common Causes of Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain usually occurs when the rotator cuff tendons become stuck under the bony area of the shoulder. Many pre-existing conditions can also be the cause of shoulder pain. These conditions include:
- Arthritis in the shoulder joint
- Bone spurs in that area
- Bursitis: inflammation of the bone that makes the joint move smoothly
- Dislocation of the shoulder
- Shoulder separation
- Tears in the cuff tendon
- Poor Posture
In addition to pre-existing conditions that lead to shoulder pain, certain activities can also contribute as well. These include:
- Most Sports
How to treat shoulder pain?
Before consulting with a physician, there are many at-home exercises available to combat shoulder pain. There’s the Pendulum stretch which involves letting the arm of the affected shoulder hang down and swinging it in small circular motions. Then
there’s the towel stretch which involves holding a towel with two hands behind your back and using your good arm to pull the affected arm upward to stretch it. Many more at-home exercises can be found online.
If your home remedies do not work, our physical therapy in Queens has you covered! To determine how severe your shoulder pain is, we use what’s called a goniometer. This device measures the mobility and strength of your shoulder and determines what type of treatment is necessary. Our physical therapists will have you perform certain exercises and activities to regain the strength back in your shoulder. We will also prescribe home exercises to do on a regular basis. The approximate recovery time for most shoulder injuries is around 4 – 8 weeks, depending on the severity of the pain.
Schedule an Appointment
For more information on what our physical therapy in Queens can offer for shoulder-related issues, please visit our website or call to make an appointment at 516-568-4444.