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Shoulder Injuries Specialist

Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation -  - Physical Therapy

Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation located in Purchase, NY

Shoulder injuries are among the most common problems in people of all ages, causing shoulder pain and interfering with arm movement. Cleopatra Espinosa, MS, DPT, Soujaniya Konada, DPT, and the experienced team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation,in Purchase, New York, have extensive experience helping patients recover from shoulder injuries. The team evaluates your shoulder and develops a customized physical therapy treatment plan to ease your pain and restore normal movement. If you need to schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the office today

Shoulder Injuries Q & A

What shoulder injuries could I develop?

Developing a shoulder injury is easy to do because your shoulder supports your arm and your arm moves all the time. As a result, shoulder injuries often involve the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that support arm movement.

The most common shoulder injuries include:

  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder sprains
  • Shoulder labral tear
  • Biceps tendon tear
  • Fracture
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis

The inflammation associated with tendinitis and bursitis often develops due to an acute or overuse injury.

What symptoms occur if I have a shoulder injury?

The symptoms that develop from a shoulder injury include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Pain when lifting or moving your arm
  • Limited arm movement
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Weakness
  • Numbness
  • Muscle spasm
  • Deformed shoulder
  • Tingling down your arm

In severe cases of bursitis, you can develop shoulder impingement, also called a frozen shoulder. When that happens, you first experience pain, and then you gradually lose arm movement.

Do shoulder injuries lead to chronic instability?

Chronic shoulder instability develops when the joint doesn’t fully heal. As a result, the joint is loose and can easily dislocate. Ongoing instability most often develops from repetitive overhead motions and damage from an earlier dislocation. 

Seeking early treatment is the best way to prevent chronic instability. When you keep using injured tissues, the damage only gets worse, increasing your risk of ongoing shoulder weakness. 

How do physical therapists treat shoulder injuries?

If you have a shoulder fracture, you need immediate medical care to ensure the bones are aligned and immobilized. A ruptured tendon or ligament may need surgical repair as soon as possible. Otherwise, the first line of treatment for a shoulder injury includes activity modification and physical therapy.

Your physical therapist customizes your treatment to target the underlying problem, alleviate your pain, strengthen the supporting muscles, and restore optimal range of motion. 

Your treatment could include active exercises, massage, stretching, ultrasound, electric stimulation, and range-of-motion activities.

Physical therapy to reduce inflammation and loosen scar tissue is the primary treatment for a frozen shoulder. Though the frozen shoulder hurts, passive and gentle physical therapy that moves the joint helps the shoulder thaw and shortens your recovery.

If you have ongoing shoulder pain, call Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation or schedule an appointment through online booking today.