The shoulder is comprised of the humerus (upper arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collar bone) with many different ligaments that lend support to each bone. The shoulder is a tremendously movable joint and with that mobility comes the increased risk of injury. Throwing, swimming, and even poor posture can attribute to chronic shoulder pain. Shoulder pain can also arise without reason or specific injury-based event. In some cases, shoulder pain is increased when a patient is reaching or extending their arm.
Our physical therapists at Team Rehabilitation help address shoulder injuries with strengthening and stretching the surrounding muscles. A crucial aspect of shoulder therapy are range-of-motion exercises. At the initial evaluation, our therapists will measure your range of motion with a goniometer. With this data, we work with the patient on an individual level to increase that range. Our therapists will also construct an in-home exercise program which should be closely followed for a full recovery. Strengthening the muscles in the shoulder provides this joint the support it needs to prevent future injuries.