Performance Physical Therapy

Lorraine Jackson
I was treated for my neck and shoulders, primarily by Jennifer. I also saw a few other therapists, but not once did I have to repeat my story. The environment of PPT and the friendliness of all the staff made my visits enjoyable! I can’t believe how pain free I am! I’ve been to other therapy places; PPT is TOPS!
Joseph Ford
Always helpful professional knowledgeable. Just an all out great experience.
Eva Dreyer
Before coming to PPT I saw another physical therapist about hip pain. After seven weeks there wasn’t any improvement. A friend recommended PPT and the results were phenomenal! Sean thoroughly tested my range of motion and prescribed several stretching and strengthening exercises. He progressed these weekly. He re-tested my ROM after six weeks and the improvements were remarkable. Plus the pain was gone! Sean will be my PT for life!
linda bradford
From the start of my PT everyone I encountered was very friendly and pleasant. I was impressed with the interaction between staff and how knowledgeable Taylor (PT) as well as the techs were when I asked questions. I would recommend this office!!!
barbara brockett
I came to Performance Physical Therapy several years ago because I had heard good things about them, having been disappointed in other PT practices I had used over the years. Most recently, the last two sets of therapy have been with Jordan Morris, who is an outstanding diagnostician and therapist. He carefully evaluated my aches and pains and the exercises he used and therapies he applied succeeded in vastly improving my strength and flexibility. I would most definitely work with him again if I have any other issues. He is an asset to the practice.
Gary Rose
Knowledgeable, friendly, and great staff well organized.
Karen Riordan
Highly Recommend! I was extremely impressed w/the quality of care I received. The Physical therapist, Sam Bachman, had her Doctorate in Physical Therapy - was up to date on the latest treatments and had me 100% for a shoulder issue in just a few short weeks, after months of pain. I would definatly go back to PPT for any future needs!


Shoulder Pain Exercises and Treatment

The shoulders bear a lot of weight and perform a wide variety of movements every day, so it’s no surprise that many people suffer from persistent shoulder pain — even those who don’t play sports. Shoulder injuries can worsen if left untreated, so it’s important to seek shoulder pain treatment early. Your physical therapist can provide exercises to relieve tension and pain in the shoulder complex. Below, we’ll look at the causes of pain in the shoulder joints, muscles, and tendons, how to know when to seek physical therapy, and simple exercises for shoulder pain that you can perform at home.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Arthritis, impingement, instability, and overuse can all contribute gradually to the buildup of shoulder pain and soreness. Other chronic issues like the following may also be responsible:

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis — The four rotator cuff muscles work together to support and move the shoulder. If the rotator cuff tendons become pinched under the shoulder blade, you may experience pain where the tendons attach to the arm bone.
  • Biceps tendonitis — The biceps tendon can be pinched under the shoulder blade or by ligaments attached to the collarbone and shoulder blade.
  • Bursitis — The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that enables joints to glide smoothly over one another. If the bursa becomes pinched, the result is shoulder pain.

When Should You Seek Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain?

Any shoulder pain that results from a traumatic injury or that persists beyond two to three weeks should be seen by a physical therapist. Even if you don’t feel that your pain level merits a trip to your doctor’s office, certain issues tend to worsen over time and are most effectively treated before they can become more serious. Your physical therapist will recommend stretches and exercises, or refer you for surgery if you have a serious injury like a torn rotator cuff.

At-Home Physical Therapy Exercises for Shoulder Pain

While over-the-counter medications may be a tempting treatment for shoulder pain, stretching is a very effective way to reduce pain and free up a frozen shoulder. Along with rest and ice, the following exercises for shoulder pain can be performed at home without any equipment:

  • External Torso Rotation — Try this exercise if you suffer from neck pain as well as shoulder pain. Sit in a chair with your abdominal muscles tightened. Exhale and rotate your torso to one side, keeping your hips facing forward and that your torso, shoulders, and hands move together. Pause and rotate back to the forward position. Alternating sides, perform ten repetitions for each.
  • Pendulum — Lean your non-injured arm on a table or chair back, and let your injured arm dangle straight down. Begin to move your sore arm in small circles, gradually increasing the diameter of the movement and reversing direction periodically. Repeat 5 to 10 times over the course of a day.
  • Arm across the chest — Stand up straight and hold your right hand out in front of your body at about waist level. Reach your left hand behind your elbow and pull your right arm across your chest. Lower the arm until the point that the pain lessens, and then hold the position for 30 to 50 seconds. Repeat with your left and right arms reversed, and perform 3 to 5 times on each side.
  • Shoulder U’s — Stand up straight and interlock your fingers behind your back to form a U shape with your arms. Maintaining a straight back, pull your shoulder blades together. Keeping your arms straight, push your hands up from your back. Perform 5 repetitions, holding each for 30 seconds.

Find Treatment for Shoulder Pain at IMPACT Physical Therapy

Our team can tell you everything you need to know about treating your arthritis pain with physical therapy. Ready for shoulder pain treatment with a licensed physical therapist near you? Find a location and request an appointment at Performance Physical Therapy today.