Physical Therapy Can Help

Shoulder pain can happen any time – it can show up when you’re reaching toward the top shelf to

put dishes away or when you’re struggling to find a comfortable position to sleep in without feeling a

dull aching pain in your shoulder and neck. It can show up as a result of an injury, making you feel as

if your shoulder is immobile.

There are various reasons why someone may experience shoulder pain, and the severity can range

from the temporary discomfort of a pulled muscle to the agonizing bone-on-bone friction of arthritis.

Whatever may be the cause of your shoulder pain, Long Island Physical Therapy is dedicated to offer

you natural pain management modalities.

How will I get Relief from my shoulder pain

If you hate taking drugs and surgeries then, Physical therapy is a way to find relief for shoulder pain

We have treated a number of conditions resulting in shoulder pain, with patients finding

improvement and relief after just a few short sessions – and sometimes less!

Our physical therapists are movement experts, trained to pinpoint the cause of your pain through a

variety of diagnostic techniques.

During your evaluation, we will examine your range of motion, strength, coordination, your medical

history, joint mobility, and mechanics of your joint motion.

Once we have established the cause of your shoulder pain, we can create a specialized combination

of physical therapy methods to manage and relieve your pain.

Gentle manual therapy helps to restore normal joint movement, ease soft tissue restrictions, and

promote circulation, while specific therapeutic exercises restore strength, and the correct sequence

of activation and inhibitions techniques create a balance in the muscle of around the shoulder joint.

Finally, we teach you techniques to enhance your strength and to prevent recurrence of future

shoulder problems.

Why I have a shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is capable of many physical activities, and has the greatest range of motion of all the

joints in your body.

However, with its complexities also comes the possibilities of pain and discomfort. It is a “ball-and

socket” joint, meaning the head of the upper arm bone, fits perfectly in the corresponding space

within the shoulder blade. The ends of the bone are protected by a thick layer of cartilage, protecting

the bones from rubbing together.Fluid-filled sacs called “bursae” also protect the tendons from rubbing against the bones. Tendons

attach the bones in the shoulder to a set of bones, known as the rotator cuff. If something goes

wrong with the intricacies that make up the mechanical interplay of the shoulder, pain can result.

The type of pain you feel in your shoulder can vary, depending on what is causing it. Pain from

impingement, for example, typically occurs as you raise your arm up, and begins at a certain point in

the range of motion.

Pain resulting from a degenerated shoulder may create persistent aches every time you move your

arm in certain directions. Acute injuries can result in sudden and intense pains that make it

impossible for you to move your shoulder at all.

Rotator cuff tear ( A very common shoulder pain condition)

While rotator cuff injuries sometimes require surgery if they are severe enough, there are several

cases where physical therapy treatments can work just as well (if not better) than surgery.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “A recent study from Finland asserts that

when it comes to treatment of nontraumatic rotator cuff tears, physical therapy alone produces

results equal to those produced by arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair.”

In this same study, a follow-up on 167 patients receiving physical therapy alone for their rotator cuff

injuries, demonstrated that conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, should be considered

as the primary treatment for this condition.

Your rotator cuff is composed of the muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint.

Sometimes, the rotator cuff can become torn or injured, due to repetitive overhead motions

performed in sports (such as tennis) or jobs (such as carpentry.)

Those who experience rotator cuff injuries or “torn shoulders” generally report a dull ache deep in

their shoulder, arm weakness, difficulty reaching behind their backs, and disturbed sleep due to pain.

At Long Island Physical Therapy our natural and non-invasive methods can help relieve your

shoulder pain and heal your rotator cuff injury.

At Long island Physical therapy, first we will do a thorough physical evaluation and perform

orthopedic diagnostic tests to determine if you do indeed have a rotator cuff tear, and then we will

design a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnosis.

Rotator cuff tear

The rotator cuff is composed of 4 muscles, tendons, and soft tissue that surround the shoulder joint.

The job of the rotator cuff is to correctly guide the movement of the shoulder joint. With injury,

overuse, poor posture, or even age, the rotator cuff can be partially or completely torn. Depending on

the severity and situation, sometimes surgery is needed, but often the correct physical therapy

treatments can help reduce pain and restore strength to the rotator cuff to compensate for the

partial tear. If surgery is needed, physical therapy is an integral part of the rehabilitation to a full recovery.


Tendinitis occurs when the shoulder joint is excessively overused typically due to the demands of a

laborious job, overhead activity, or sport. Furthermore, poor posture with elevated and protracted

shoulder is a major contributor, as this alters the normal forces on the tendons, and can set you up

for tendon injury. This causes the tendons to undergo ongoing inflammation, resulting in swelling

and painful impingement when raising your arm

Frozen shoulder

Also known as “adhesive capsulitis,” frozen shoulder can occur if your arm has been in a case or

sling for a while, or if you have been bedridden for an extended period of time. Furthermore, there are

some ethnicities that are more predisposed, and women tend to have more instances than men. It is

more common in women in the 40-60 years of age. Frozen shoulder results in a painful loss of

motion in the shoulder with a tightening of the shoulder joint that severely limits motion.


The two main forms of arthritis that affect the shoulder are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

  1. Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in the shoulder joint experiences significant “wear

and tear,” typically due to age or excessive overuse.

  1. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system decides to attack the membranes

surrounding the shoulder joint, resulting in pain and inflammation.

Both of these result in painful loss of motion, weakness to the shoulder muscles, and difficulty

performing normal, daily tasks.


Impingement typically occurs because of abnormal movement and tracking of the arm bone head as

you lift your arm overhead. Pain typically occurs when lifting your arm at or above 90 degrees.

Long Island Physical Therapy

Are you looking for your shoulder pain relief now?

Don’t let your shoulder pain limit your physical abilities any longer! We will get you the help you need

to start living your normal life once again.

Call Long Island Physical Therapy today to schedule your appointment and get started on your path

toward pain relief.

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Contact Long Island Physical Therapy today for your appointment today and find out how we can get you started on the road to recovery.


Are you ready to take your life back? If so, contact us at Long Island Physical Therapy .