The shoulder is a complex ball-and-socket joint that is mobile and helps us reach and move in many different directions. The shoulder has three main parts; the shoulder blade (scapula), collar bone (clavicle), and arm bone (humerus). There are also numerous ligaments and muscular attachments that help support and move the shoulder. The mobility of the shoulder comes with a downside; lack of stability. And because of this instability, this area of the body is highly susceptible to injuries and severe pain. When this occurs, one of the best methods of treatment is mobile physical therapy.
Common Causes of Shoulder Injuries and Shoulder Pain: There are a number of different activities that can lead to shoulder problems. For example, certain repetitive activities such as swimming or throwing a ball can cause the biceps tendon or rotator cuff to get pinched. Hard falls, accidents, and other traumatic events can also cause severe injuries to occur. In some cases, shoulder problems seem to happen for no apparent reason at all.
There are several types of problems individuals experience with their shoulders. Some of the most common include:
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
- Shoulder Bursitis
- Biceps Tendonitis
- Shoulder Fractures
How Physical Therapy Helps Treat Shoulder Injuries: Physical therapy begins with an evaluation of your condition to determine the right treatment regimen. The therapist will typically ask questions to find out the source of your problems. The therapist may also measure your range of motion, strength, and intensity of pain using a goniometer or similar instrument. Additional testing may need to be performed to find out the specific source of the shoulder pain.
Following the initial assessment, a customized treatment plan is developed with the goal of quickly eliminating the pain and preventing future shoulder injuries from occurring. The therapy plan may consist of:
- Consulting with the patient to educate them on how to correct common issues (such as poor posture) that may be causing the pain
- Manual therapy, such as targeted stretches and soft tissue massage to help loosen the muscles and joints in the shoulder
- Exercises the patient should do regularly to help reduce the pain and strengthen the shoulder
One important key to a successful recovery from shoulder pain is consistency. The exercises the patient is given must be performed as prescribed by the therapist. In addition, new exercises are usually added with each visit to build upon the previous exercises, as the muscles grow stronger. For this reason, it is critical that patients have as few missed appointments as possible.
The Benefits of Mobile Physical Therapy for Shoulder Problems: Individuals with shoulder injuries or severe shoulder pain can receive physical therapy from a clinic or hospital, or they can choose mobile therapy. Mobile physical therapy is performed at the patient’s home or office at a time that works best for them.
The mobile therapy option is growing in popularity because of its convenience. When you have shoulder problems, driving to your appointments can be challenging at times; and if you are unable to find a family member or friend to take you, the only other choice may be to reschedule your appointment.
With mobile therapy, this issue is no longer a concern. Because the therapist comes to you, there is no need to worry about whether or not you are feeling up to traveling on that particular day. You just need to be ready at your appointed time and wait for the therapist from the home health agency to arrive.