What Causes Shoulder Conditions?
The shoulder joint is comprised of three bones, the scapula (shoulder blade), the clavicle (collar bone) and the humerus (upper arm bone). The muscles that attach these three bony structures in place are the subscapularis, infraspinatus, teres minor and the supraspinatus (collectively called the rotator cuff). In addition, there are numerous tendons and ligaments that surround the shoulder and the rotator cuff to allow for the humerus to be concealed within the socket of the scapula. These structures make up the shoulder, a complex joint that enables great mobility and flexibility. Though the joint with most mobility in the entire body, the shoulders are prone to multiple types of conditions. Most of the shoulder conditions usually fall under these major categories: Bursitis, Tendinopathy (Tendinitis and Tendinosis), Impingement, Tendon Tears, fractures and Arthritis.
The majority of these shoulder conditions can be related to improper or over usage of the shoulder joint. Any type of previous injuries surrounding this region can also increase ones chances of obtaining any of these shoulder conditions.
What are the Symptoms of Shoulder Conditions?
Symptoms of these shoulder condition may include the following:
-pain with movement of the shoulders or arm
-Lack of mobility of the joint. Sometime leading to complete loss of shoulder mobility (frozen shoulder).
-redness may also be present.
How are Shoulder Conditions Treated?
At RestoreRehab Physical Therapy, our therapist will conduct a thorough examination of your shoulder and design an individualized treatment plan tailored specifically to you. Initially, the primary focus in rehabilitation is to reduce inflammation. This may include range-of-motion exercises, stretching exercises and ice/cold therapy. When inflammation has subsided or is significantly reduced, your exercise program will be progressed to more intensive exercise program. Your program specifically designed for you will be gradually progressed. At RestoreRehab Physical Therapy, we incorporate the Pilates Method on the apparatus as one of our mains forms of treatment. This type of exercising technique is effective in developing and regaining strength, coordination and control of the shoulder musculature thereby allowing you to get back your daily activities more quickly.