Treating Shoulder Problems

Shoulder physical therapy is an important treatment option for individuals with injured or painful shoulders. Physical therapists work with patients to develop a treatment plan that will relieve pain and stress related to injury, while improving function and restoring strength. Shoulder physical therapy helps relieve pain by stretching and strengthening the muscles of the shoulders. Shoulder physical therapy is one of the most commonly sought after specialty procedures, and countless numbers of people have been treated successfully at hospitals throughout Oshkosh and Wisconsin. Treatment is provided by a range of qualified and experienced therapists and other healthcare professionals who specialize in shoulder care.

Shoulder physical therapy uses a variety of different exercises to treat rotator cuff, shoulder joint, and other shoulder joint problems. The exercises are specifically designed to strengthen the muscles and tendons of the shoulder, and help prevent future injuries by strengthening weak muscles and promoting proper joint motion. Stretching exercises and strengthening exercises are performed to increase range-of-motion, stability, and range of motion of the muscles and tendons of the shoulder. Motion-based exercises, such as those used in Shoulder strengthening, improve posture and help reduce pain and stiffness.

The most common type of exercises included in Shoulder physical therapy treatment are passive motion exercises. These exercises are designed to help strengthen and control the motion of a joint by using minimal, repetitive movements. Patients are trained to perform passive motion exercises in a comfortable and controlled environment, and progress through the exercises one level at a time. Patients often use elastic bands or invisible resistance bands to help strengthen their muscles during passive motion exercises.

Active movement and variety of motion exercises are also used in Shoulder physical therapy treatments. These types of exercises focus on correcting kyphosis, or a condition that affects the way that the shoulder moves. This type of correction is accomplished through a series of exercises and stretching routines that are performed in a gym or medical facility. Some of these routines may include rope jumping, a simulated weight bench, or the participant performing an exercise that utilizes hand weights or a weight machine.

Passive motion is sometimes combined with active motion to correct a dysfunction of the shoulder’s motion. One example of this combination is using a massage table to perform a series of motion exercises that tighten and improve range-of-motion, as well as increase flexibility. Active motion is often used in Shoulder physical therapy treatments to correct kyphosis. This type of correction is achieved by using a hand crank to rotate the shoulder blade and encourage the muscle to return to its original position. Several sets of passive and active movements are performed each week in a gym or medical facility.

A person suffering from Shoulder physical therapy can receive help from several different sources. Physical therapists are one source that can provide help to patients. Another common resource for shoulder mobility and pain relief is a rehabilitation program designed to rebuild the ability of the shoulder to move properly. Rehabilitation programs utilize various exercises and stretches that teach the shoulder muscle to heal and restore mobility. Many people who suffer from Shoulder injuries find that doing some form of physical activity three to four times a week is very helpful. Exercising regularly helps with flexibility, strength, and range-of-motion.