Whether your shoulder pain or dysfunction is acute, chronic, or post-surgical, our physical therapist will work with you to design a specific treatment program that will speed your recovery, including exercises and treatments that you can do at home. Our physical therapy plan will expedite your return to your normal lifestyle and activities.
Our rehabilitation team will work with you to:
Reduce Pain and Swelling. If repetitive activities have caused the shoulder bursitis, our therapist will help you understand how to avoid or modify the activities to allow healing to begin. Our therapist may use different types of treatments and technologies to control and reduce your pain and swelling, including ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, taping, specific exercises, and hands-on therapy, such as specialized massage.
Improve Motion. Our physical therapist will choose specific activities and treatments to help restore normal movement in the shoulder and arm. These might begin with “passive” motions that the physical therapist performs for you to gently move your shoulder joint, and progress to active exercises and stretches that you do yourself.
Improve Flexibility. Our therapist will determine if any shoulder, arm, chest, or neck muscles are tight, start helping you to stretch them, and teaching you how to stretch them.
Improve posture. If posture problems are found to be related to your condition, our therapist will work with you to help improve your posture to help alleviate your pain, and prevent future recurrence.
Improve Strength. Shoulder bursitis is often related to weak, injured, or uncoordinated shoulder muscles. Certain exercises will aid healing at each stage of recovery; our therapist will choose and teach you the correct exercises and equipment to use to steadily restore your strength and agility. These may include using cuff weights, stretch bands, and weight lifting equipment.
Improve Endurance. Regaining your muscular endurance in the shoulder is important after an injury. Our therapist will teach you exercises to improve your muscular endurance, so you can return to your normal activities. Cardio-exercise equipment may be used, such as upper-body ergometers, treadmills, or stationary bicycles.
Learn a Home Program. Our therapist will teach you strengthening and stretching exercises to perform at home. These exercises will be specific for your needs; if you do them as prescribed by your physical therapist, you can speed your recovery.
Common Shoulder Pathologies We Treat:
- Rotator Cuff Tear
- Rotator Cuff Repair
- Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
- Total Shoulder Replacement
- Reverse Shoulder Replacement
- Bursitis/Impingement Syndrome
- Labrum Repair
- Multi-directional Shoulder Instability (MDSI)
- Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA)
- Rehabilitation for the overhead athlete