Why does my shoulder hurt?
Rotator or Labrum Cuff Tear
Dislocation / Subluxation
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
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
“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
“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
“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