“I AM SLEEPING BETTER AT NIGHT! I came to Total Body Therapy and Wellness because my right shoulder and neck continued to give me problems and lots of pain. I could no longer play basketball with my boys, sleep well at night, and do my normal chores around the house. The staff at TBTW has taken such good care of me and has helped me get back on the court with the boys. I am sleeping better at night with no neck pain. I would totally recommend TBTW to anyone that has pain or injuries. Wonderful Staff!!”
– Kami Cook, TBTW Patient
The shoulder provides a versatile range of motion and is comprised of three bones: the humerus or arm bone, the scapula or shoulder blade and the clavicle or collarbone. Its joint is the most mobile in the human body and allows circular, forward and backward movement. This wide range of motion is due to the rotator cuff, which is four tendons that connect the muscle to the bone.
What Causes Shoulder Pain?
There are a number of conditions that can cause shoulder pain. The most common cause is a rotator cuff injury. A rotator cuff injury can be due to tendinitis, bursitis or tears. Those who reach overhead repeatedly usually incur a rotator cuff injury. Rotator cuff pain can also occur after a fall or car accident. One thing is for certain, any type of shoulder injury will typically cause a lot of pain!
Diagnosing the Cause of Pain in the Shoulder and Treatment
Your physician will take a medical history and do a physical exam to determine the cause of your shoulder pain. An assessment of joint stability and range of motion will also be performed. A Musculo-Skeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound may be done to help with the diagnosis.
The Ultrasound is similar to an MRI in the way that it shows you specific details on the muscles, tendons, bones, swelling and other structures inside your joint.
The ultrasound is different from an MRI because:
A physical therapist can help evaluate and treat a shoulder injury. The initial evaluation will be a thorough assessment about the nature of your pain.
Shoulder PT is focused on decreasing pain, reducing swelling, improving circulation and decreasing muscle tension. Your Physical therapists will also instruct you in home exercises to enhance recovery from a shoulder injury. With physical therapy, healing is faster, and you won’t have to rely so much on pain meds.
Have you suffered a shoulder injury? Do you have shoulder pain and don’t know why? Get the answers and treatment you need to get on the path to recovery. Be sure to Contact Us TODAY at Total Body Therapy & Wellness in Lillington, NC for a personalized consultation and effective treatment plan. Our certified and skilled physical therapists have helped many others recover from a shoulder injury and can help you, too. Recovery is just a phone call away.