If you would like to learn more about how we treat shoulder pain in our clinic, then continue reading.
Principles of Treatment:
Activity Modification: It is very important to modify your activities and encourage healing. Read more about the P.R.I.C.E acronym by clicking on P.R.I.C.E
Specialized Manual Therapy Techniques: Cumulative stresses to the rotator cuff, shoulder musculature, or scapular stabilizers can lead to scar tissue and “knots”. These soft tissue imbalances can impair function and cause pain. We use techniques such as Graston Technique, Active Release Technique, Trigger Point Dry Needling,Cupping Therapy, and Deep Tissue Laser Therapy. These techniques stimulate healing and loosen scar tissue. In some cases, the symptoms of rotator cuff tendonitis can be due to active trigger points in your infrspinatus muscle. Trigger point therapy can be very effective.
Altered Bio-Mechanical Forces: It is very important to assess the coordination of movement between the humerus and the scapula as well as between the scapula and the ribcage. For example, the scapula shouldn’t move during the first 30 degrees of arm raise and, thereafter, should move in an approximate ratio of 2 degrees of gleno-humeral motion for every 1 degree of scapular upward rotation. The scapula may also tip out or wing out due to weakness of the scapular stabilizers. A shoulder shrug may also be apparent due to weakness of the rotator cuff or due to stiffness in the shoulder joint capsule. One of the most common injuries of the shoulder is called shoulder impingement syndrome. Click HERE to see how we evaluate for impingement syndrome.
Stretching: In a lot of cases of impingement syndrome, there is hypermobility of the gleno-humeral joint. This means that there is too MUCH motion. It is very important to have your shoulder adequately assessed as “stretching” of the shoulder would be harmful, not helpful. Many types of shoulder stretches can cause further compression of already damaged joints or tissues. It is important to assess the TOTAL motion of each shoulder. Check out the video link above to see our special tests to differentiate one movement dysfunction from another.
Strengthening: A complete manual muscle testing evaluation needs to be performed in order to isolate specific areas of weakness. Your program should consist of both rotator cuff and scapular stabilization exercises in order to promote dynamic stability. Total Motion Release can also be very effective. We choose the most effective and research proven exercises to get you better—quicker.
Home Exercise Program: The rest is up to you! Compliance with your home exercise program is paramount to a speedy recovery.
The fundamentally most important part of treating shoulder pain is understanding proper posture & body mechanics and safe, effective pain management strategies. Here is a link to our YouTube channel for FREE education and videos on the Best Exercise for shoulder pain. Our channel is called Best 3 Strategies.
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