Shoulder Pain: How Physical Therapy Can Help

January 11, 2019


Shoulder Health

The shoulder is complex and consists of a socket joint, the humerus (arm bone), the scapulus (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone). In addition, muscles and ligaments are essential to shoulder movement. We may not realize how much we use our shoulders until we injure them. Our shoulders perform many activities on a daily basis.


When shoulder pain occurs, it may be related to an injury or overuse, or it may occur for no apparent reason. Common shoulder problems may include:

  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Bursitis
  • Contusions
  • Fractures
  • Post-operative rehabilitation
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Tendonitis


Maintaining overall shoulder health can be vital for an active lifestyle. For our shoulder to function optimally we need to maintain a balance of mobility and stability. If you are experiencing pain or have been diagnosed with a shoulder condition, physical therapy can help.


An initial evaluation might include
  • Postural assessment
  • Assessment of the shoulder and shoulder blade movement
  • Strength testing and flexibility testing
  • Testing to find the source of pain
  • Current exercise program analysis
Your physical therapy treatment may include
  • Exercise programs
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Proper posture education
  • Stretching and strengthening muscles 


How Do I Get Rid of My Shoulder Pain?

If you are having shoulder pain or decreased shoulder function, contact your physical therapist to get an evaluation and custom home exercise program that optimizes your shoulder health. Fill out our Request an Appointment form and ask about our free consultation, or call 888.722.9567. 


Jason Wishin, Sr., PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS
Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation – Outpatient Therapy