Alleviate Shoulder Pain With Physical Therapy

The shoulder is a complex joint made up of tendons and muscles, allowing you a wide range of mobility. In fact, it’s one of the joints with the most range of motion in the human body. Because we utilize our shoulders so much (think: playing sports, reaching for something around the house, playing with children, etc.), pain localized to this area is quite common and typically due to overuse.

These injuries typically develop over a long period of time due to underlying musculoskeletal issues. Because the body is able to adjust and adapt to these changes, your symptom of pain doesn’t show up until the problem has had time to worsen and requires skilled treatment. A detailed and specific physical therapy plan early on after an injury can save you from a lot of pain, compensations in your daily life, and money spent on healthcare.

What causes shoulder pain?

As mentioned, overusing your shoulder can cause joint stress and pain. Sprains and strains are typically the most common causes of shoulder pain if a tendon or ligament is stretched too far or torn. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, there are four major reasons for shoulder pain:

  • Tendon inflammation or tear
  • Instability
  • Arthritis
  • Fracture

A number of injuries can fall under these categories, including frozen shoulder, bursitis, and dislocation. This is by no means an extensive list, as pain can be caused for a variety of reasons. The best way to determine where the source of your pain is coming from is to see a doctor or physical therapist. If your pain persists to a point you need surgery, Dr. Gomes provides expert-level post-operative rehabilitation services that will get you recovered in the shortest amount of time.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Shoulder Pain Relief and Physical Therapy

While there are a number of different stretches and exercises you can try to alleviate your shoulder pain at home, performing them improperly or too frequently may cause the injury to worsen. If at-home exercises, ice/heat treatment, and rest don’t work and the pain persists for a few weeks or more, it’s best to call a physical therapist.

The two major goals of physical therapy are to reduce your pain and restore the normal function of your joint. During an initial consultation, Dr. Gomes will evaluate your injury and provide you with the best-detailed plan for recovery. This plan will include corrective exercises, hands-on manual therapy, recommendations to see the right specialists (if needed), and other evidence-based techniques. Depending on your injury, Dr. Gomes may add other treatment methods such as dry needling, cupping, Kinesio-taping, and Graston to maximize your recovery.​​

How do I get started?

To schedule an appointment, call PhysioHealth PT at (781-859-4189) or book an appointment here

Both insurance and private pay options are accepted for payment. Depending on your insurance, patients may need a referral for physical therapy from their Primary Care Physician. Please call our office to find out if you need a referral prior to your initial evaluation.

About Us

PhysioHealth Physical Therapy was founded by Dr. Christopher Gomes, DPT, OCS, CSCS. Our clinic provides specialized care within a friendly and professional environment. At PhysioHealth you will receive one-on-one treatment that is evidence-based and personalized to meet your goals. You will always receive comprehensive education on your injury and recovery plan in order to maximize your knowledge and results.