Whether it’s affecting your golf or tennis swing, your workout or even your job, nobody wants to deal with shoulder joint pain. Issues affecting the shoulder joint can include rotator cuff injuries, frozen shoulder, dislocation, bursitis and pinched nerves, but what they have in common is that they can be extremely painful.
Fortunately, there are many effective shoulder joint pain treatments available, including physical therapy. To help patients seeking relief in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the surrounding areas, Armor Physical Therapy has an expert team with a wealth of experience in providing relief for shoulder pain. As you read the following guide to shoulder pain treatments, feel free to reach out to us with any questions or to learn more about our Kalamazoo location or our four other clinics in southwestern Michigan.
How does a physical therapist provide shoulder joint pain treatment?
Physical therapy typically uses a combination of active and passive techniques to treat an injured area such as one of the shoulder joints. Active therapy includes range-of-motion and strengthening exercises to improve mobility and stabilize the shoulder to promote healing and prevent reinjury.
Passive therapy is usually performed with the assistance of a physical therapist, while often utilizing a device or equipment. Some commonly recommended passive shoulder joint pain treatments include:
- Therapeutic massage
- Heat therapy
- Electrical stimulation
By using a combination of these techniques during in-office sessions along with providing instruction for at-home exercises and lifestyle changes, physical therapists can help patients find the relief they deserve from shoulder pain.
Healthy lifestyle choices for shoulder joint pain relief
There are also steps anyone living with shoulder pain should take that can help promote the overall health of the musculoskeletal system, including the shoulders. Staying hydrated, practicing proper posture, eating a balanced diet and getting regular exercise can prevent shoulder injuries and help reduce pain and inflammation if one has occurred. Practicing a healthy lifestyle is an essential complement to any physical therapy program.
Armor Physical Therapy is dedicated to helping you overcome the pain in your life so you can get back to doing what you love. Contact our caring team in Kalamazoo today to schedule your initial appointment.