Shoulder pain makes life harder than it needs to be. Writing, typing, driving, picking up children and pets, carrying groceries–these are just a few of the daily movements that people take for granted until they suffer an injury or start to develop chronic pain in their shoulders. Not to mention limitations on your golf or bowling swing, or a host of other recreational activities. Difficulties with shoulder pain are extremely common, with its greatest prevalence and severity in the 50-56 year age bracket. It’s more common in women than in men, with approximately 15% of men suffering with it and 10% more than that in women.
The glenohumeral joint is structurally classified as a synovial ball-and-socket joint and functionally as a diarthrosis and multiaxial joint involving articulation between the glenoid fossa of the scapula (shoulder blade) and the head of the humerus (upper arm bone). All this complicated talk is to say that the shoulder joint is extremely complex and so there are many possible causes of difficulty with it. Everything from the obvious injuries and arthritis, to the more deceptive poor posture or muscular imbalances that can inflame the rotator cuff. The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint of the human body, so suffering a decrease in range of motion and/or pain can be a serious diminishment of your otherwise normal life activities. Assessing the spaces (how much space there is in the joint matters), capsules (tough membranes sheathing the joint), bursae (small, fluid-filled sacs), muscles, ligaments (bone connectors), and innervation (there are 3 nerves supplying the shoulder) of this very busy body part is best left to a pain specialist.
A Licensed Physical Therapist knows how to assess your pain and develop a treatment plan to not merely mask it with side effects-laden prescription medications, but to restore strength, mobility, and the ability to move again without pain. The pain drugs do nothing to heal, and surgery is not necessarily the only answer. If you’ve already had surgery, Physical Therapists have the tools to progressively get your strength back. Our patient Keith reported in one of our many 5 Star Google Reviews that Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida got him back on the golf course less than 8 weeks after rotator cuff and bicep tendon surgery. Another patient, J. Toomis, happily informed review readers that they were able to avoid surgery for a rotator cuff injury and regain a better range of motion. Physical therapy offers solutions that contribute to your all around wellbeing by correcting postural weaknesses that may exacerbate shoulder pain, strengthen injury-weakened muscles, and increase the functional range of motion of osteoarthritic joints. Physical Therapy Doctors and Assistants are experts in training and rehabilitation. Call our friendly staff today to schedule an appointment and learn about how we can help you move without pain! We can be reached at (941) 264-1414, email@example.com, or messaged on our Contact Page and are located in Bradenton, so we’re conveniently located for all of Manatee and Sarasota Counties.