A new study published in the journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America highlights the complexity of diagnosing and  treating shoulder pain.  Athletes, who participate in sports using overhead motions of the arm for throwing, are specifically susceptible to injury. Adolescents and teenagers, as well need to be aware that pain and injury can occur from overuse and improper form, which can contribute to long-term problems later in the life. Growing bodies and hormonal changes can also play a role in injuries.

It’s not just athletes that experience shoulder pain.  Shoulder issues are a common complaint in the workforce. Everyday activities that use repetitive overhead motions for gardening, wall painting, and lifting are key factors that can contribute problems.  Even people who have stationary jobs at a desk, can suffer pain and discomfort if work stations are not set up in a correct ergonomic manner.

Physical therapists have the skill set to complete comprehensive evaluations

“With shoulders or any other muscular skeletal issue determining the source of the pain or cause of the injury is not always apparent,” said Michael McKindley, DPT of Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. “Physical therapists have the skill set to complete a comprehensive evaluation determining the root of the problem, as there are many possibilities that can be contributing factors. It is through an extensive medical history combined with a physical exam we are able to pinpoint the problem and devise an appropriate treatment program.

“Shoulder issues are one of the most common problems we treat,” he added  “Fundamental to our rehabilitation and treatment plan is educating the patient on body mechanics and injury prevention.  Based on each individual’s goals we develop customized strength and conditioning programs that can be done at home.  Often this includes functional fitness training hat mimics everyday activities. Especially for athletes, we evaluate form and technique providing corrective advise and specific exercises to prevent further injury.  Whether it’s returning a patient to sport, the workplace or improve everyday quality of life, physical therapy can have a positive impact to both help prevent or  rehabilitate a shoulder injury.”

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