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Why does my shoulder hurt?

  • Subacromial Bursitis

  • Tendonitis

  • Rotator or Labrum Cuff Tear

  • Dislocation / Subluxation

  • Shoulder instability

  • Broken or fractured shoulder

  • Arthritis (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis)

  • Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

  • Shoulder impingement syndrome

  • Labral Tear / SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior) Tear

  • Broken collarbone

  • Swimmer’s shoulder

Signs & Symptoms of Shoulder Injury

  • Pain on the outer side or tip of the shoulder

  • Pain when you push with your finger on the tip of the shoulder

  • Pain and discomfort when sleeping or lying on the affected shoulder

  • Pain that worsens when lifting the arm to the side

  • Pain when rotating the arm

  • Pain when pushing or pulling open a door

  • Pain increases and becomes "sharp" with movement

  • Restriction in shoulder motion with associated weakness in movement patterns, such as reaching overhead, behind the body, or out to the side.

  • Pain in the shoulder when moving the arm overhead, out to the side, and beside the body.

  • Pain with throwing motions and other dynamic movement patterns.

  • Pain over the top of your shoulder that may radiate down the outside of the arm

  • "Popping," "clicking," or "catching" with shoulder movement

  • Shoulder weakness, often on one side

  • A sensation that your shoulder joint will pop out of place

  • A feeling of weakness or heaviness in the arm

  • Unable to perform common daily activities due to pain and limited motion (i.e., fastening a seat belt, brushing your hair, throwing, swimming, reaching into a cupboard)

  • Tenderness to touch at the front of your shoulder

  • Dull, achy pain at the front of the shoulder, especially following activity

  • Weakness felt around the shoulder joint, usually experienced when lifting or carrying objects or reaching overhead

How Do We Treat Shoulder Pain?

At Iron PT, we will not use a “cookie cutter” treatment for your shoulder injury. Your highly trained Doctor of Physical Therapy will conduct a thorough one-on-one evaluation to understand your personal goals and uncover the cause and severity of your shoulder injury. Then, they will create a customized treatment plan incorporating the very latest hands on techniques and exercises to build strength and give you full, pain-free range of motion.

Patient Success Stories

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“I was diagnosed with shoulder tendonitis as a result of a repetitive exercise I performed with poor form earlier this year. I could not lift my arm above my head or put on a shirt without flinching due to the intense pain. Worst of all, I could not pick up my 4 year old daughter using that arm. I was feeling depressed and very discouraged.

Walking into Iron PT, I certainly had my doubts about if my shoulder would ever feel better. I can’t tell you how encouraging my DPT has been and how much I have learned about myself. Everyone, including the Doctor who diagnosed me, told me I needed to rest..my DPT felt otherwise. I needed to move it, and I needed to strengthen it. Little by little, she had me doing the movements again. She had me believing I would get better.

- Chris, Crossfitter

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“A few months ago I suffered a second injury to my left shoulder. It was a another dislocation after having had a previous surgery to repair it.

I feel better and more dedicated to my long term well being. PT has given me the push I needed to recover and begin to move past what was once a weakness.”

- Rafael, Police Officer


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“I believe that the Graston and ART techniques helped me heal after my shoulder surgery. Both techniques reduced the pain in my shoulder and arm.

I was very encouraged every week by my progress, my ever-changing exercises, and working with the dedicated DPTs at Iron PT.”

- Rina, Swimmer

Next Steps to Relieving your Pain with Iron Physical Therapy…

Give us a call! Our staff will be happy to speak with you more about possible treatment and answer any questions you may!

Caldwell, New Jersey: (973) 228-4766

Midland Park, New Jersey: (201) 857-8899