Shoulder Pain Specialist

South Florida Rehab and Training Center

If you’ve ever windmilled your arms or scratched your back, you quickly understand the freedom of movement your shoulders provide. This freedom comes with a price, however, because your shoulders are also especially prone to overuse and overextension injuries. At South Florida Rehab and Training Center (SFR) in Miami, the physical therapists are trained to deal with shoulder pain and offer techniques and therapies that will have you waving your arms in no time. To learn more, call or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What is the shoulder?

Your shoulder is where your upper arm bone, or humerus, attaches to your scapula, or shoulder blade, through a ball-and-socket connection. In addition to these two bones, smaller bones comprise your shoulder, including:

• The acromion, a small bone off your scapula.
• The collarbone, which attaches to your shoulder via the acromion.
• The coracoid process, which is a tiny bone on your scapula.

While these bones make up the foundational structure of the shoulder, it’s what keeps these bones working together that frequently gets injured, including your:

• Rotator cuff — the group of muscles and tendons that provide your range of motion.
• Bursa — a small sac of fluid that protects the tendons in your rotator cuff.
• Cartilage — the cartilage in your shoulder that creates a cup over your upper-arm bone.

What are the most common causes of shoulder pain?

Since your shoulder joint is complicated, numerous conditions or injuries can cause shoulder pain, including:

• Rotator cuff tears
• Frozen shoulder, which is an inflammation that limits movement
• Degenerative joint disorders, such as osteoarthritis
• Injury or trauma leading to bone fractures
• Bursitis or tendonitis
• Dislocation

In all of these cases, limited movement of the arm or sharp intermittent pain that comes with movement often accompany shoulder pain.

What are the best treatments for shoulder injuries?

Because physical therapy concentrates on restoring movement, alleviating pain, and regaining function, it’s the therapy of choice when it comes to rehabilitating shoulder problems.

The physical therapists at South Florida Rehab and Training Center have an arsenal of techniques and equipment that mitigate shoulder pain, including:

• Strength exercises
• Spinal manipulation
• Mobility and flexibility exercises
• Massage therapy
• Taping
• Stretching

The goal at South Florida Rehab and Training Center is to rehabilitate the injury and strengthen the area to prevent re-injury down the road. In fact, not only do the physical therapists work to restore full function to your shoulder and arms, their techniques leave these joints in better physical condition than when you started.

To restore pain-free movement to your shoulders, call South Florida Rehab and Training Center or book an appointment online.

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