Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is the most complex joint in the human body. It has to move in many directions, rotate, slide and spin. There are a variety of muscles that have to work in concert to ensure the shoulder joint tracks properly with everyday activities. It is made up of the humerus bone, scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (collar bone). There are technically four joints that make up the entire shoulder complex.

Factors such as poor posture, weak muscles, impaired range of motion, and injury can cause shoulder pain. Shoulder pain is typically felt in the muscles between the shoulder and neck and on the outside shoulder radiating down the arm. Where your pain is located can help your physical therapist determine what structures are involved.

It is important to note that just because your pain is felt in one location, that is not usually the source of the symptoms. For example, pain on the outside of the arm can be from an impingement or injury to the rotator cuff muscles within the shoulder joint. By determining the source of the problem your physical therapist can treat the cause of your symptoms and help resolve your pain.

How physical therapy helps:

It is important that when you have shoulder pain that you have our experts evaluate your motion, strength, coordination, and joint mobility. By determining the root cause of your pain, we can help to restore your normal shoulder movement without pain. Call Bay State Physical Therapy today to discover how we can resolve your shoulder pain and get you back to the activities you love.