Shoulder Pain Relief Fairfax, VA

Shoulder Pain Relief

Physical Therapy: The Simple Way to Relieve Your Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can present itself in many ways. Maybe you feel pain in your shoulder when you’re trying to get in a comfortable sleeping position, when you swim when you throw a ball, or when you reach to your top cabinet to grab a glass. However your shoulder pain may present itself, it’s no secret that it physically limits your life.

There are many different types of pain that you may feel in your shoulders, such as soreness of a pulled muscle or the agonizing bone-on-bone friction of arthritis. Whether your pain is acute or chronic, Fast Track Sports Medicine & Performance Center can help you manage it. If you have been experiencing shoulder pain that’s causing limitations in your daily life, contact our Fairfax physical therapy practice to schedule an evaluation and find out how we can bring you relief!

How did my shoulder pain develop?

The shoulder is an extremely complex part of the body. It is a “ball-and-socket joint,” meaning that the humerus (head of the upper arm bone) fits perfectly in the corresponding space within the scapula (shoulder blade). Each end of the bone is protected by a thick layer of cartilage that prevents the bones from rubbing together. The shoulder also contains fluid-filled sacs known as bursae that prevent the tendons from rubbing against the bones.

Your shoulders can accomplish several physical feats due to their structure – however, this also means that they are susceptible to an increased risk of injury because of their complexity. If something becomes damaged in the make-up of the shoulders, pain and discomfort can develop. This pain may range from a dull ache to shooting pains, depending on the severity of the condition.

If your pain is stemming from tendon impingement, it will generally occur as you lift your arm, fading before it is raised completely skyward. If your pain is a result of shoulder degeneration, it is likely that you will feel persistent aches every time you move your arm in certain directions. Pain from an acute injury can be sudden and intense, making it difficult for you to move your shoulder at all.

Common conditions resulting in shoulder pain:

The number of reasons why shoulder pain may develop is vast. However, some of the most common causes include:

  • Dislocation. Dislocation of the shoulder occurs when the head of the humerus pops out of place. This type of injury is extremely painful and unfortunately makes you more vulnerable to recurrence after the first dislocation occurs.
  • Arthritis. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in the shoulder joint experiences significant “wear and tear,” typically due to age or excessive overuse. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system sees the joints as a threat. The immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the shoulder joint, resulting in pain and inflammation.
  • Tendinitis. Tendinitis in the shoulder joint occurs when the joint is excessively overused. Symptoms include swelling and painful impingement when raising the affected arm. This typically happens due to the demands of a sport or labor-intensive job, which can cause the tendons to experience ongoing inflammation. This is very common in swimmers, baseball players, and other overhead athletes.
  • Frozen shoulder. Medically referred to as “adhesive capsulitis,” frozen shoulder can occur if you have been bedridden for an extended period of time or if your arm has been in a cast or sling for a while. When you don’t have opportunities to exercise the shoulder, the tissues can stiffen upon you, thus causing this painful condition to occur.

Contact Fast Track Sports Medicine & Performance Center for shoulder pain relief!

Our physical therapy treatments can help manage your shoulder pain, no matter how severe it may be. Physical therapy is safe, non-invasive, and pain-free. Our Fairfax physical therapists are licensed and dedicated to designing the best-individualized treatment plan for your needs. In fact, many of our patients have reported finding improvement and relief after just a few short physical therapy sessions – and sometimes less!

At your initial appointment, you will undergo a comprehensive evaluation to determine the source of your pain and your needs. This may include a series of tests, used to get the best idea for treatment. Our physical therapist may suggest taking X-rays to illustrate any dislocations or signs of arthritis. Range of motion tests may also be conducted in order to discover which of your soft tissues are contributing to your pain.

Once our physical therapist has created your treatment plan, you will begin working on targeted and strategic corrective exercises. Treatment plans for shoulder pain typically include gentle exercises, which have proven to reduce the stiffness of frozen shoulder and ease the pain of osteoarthritis. Strengthening programs will be implemented as a way to rehabilitate injured muscles or help stabilize a shoulder that is prone to dislocation.

If your shoulder pain is limiting your life, contact Fast Track Sports Medicine & Performance Center as soon as possible to secure your appointment. We will manage and treat your condition so you can comfortably get back to your daily life and return to the sport!