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Shoulder Pain Specialist

TLC Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy & Private Medical Practices located in North Shore, Staten Island, NY & South Shore, Staten Island, NY

Shoulder pain can be crippling, but the good news is that you can make a full recovery from a shoulder injury with the proper treatment. At TLC Physical Therapy, Jason LaMendola, PT, and his experienced team offer physical therapy to treat shoulder pain and get you back on the road to a quick recovery. Call a TLC Physical Therapy office today in Staten Island or Midtown Manhattan in New York, or Englishtown in New Jersey to schedule an appointment today. Alternatively, online scheduling is also available to book.

Shoulder Pain Q&A

What is shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your shoulder joint. The joint connects your torso to your upper arm bone and is made up of tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, and cartilage. Injuries, diseases, and age-related wear-and-tear can contribute to shoulder pain.

What does shoulder pain feel like?

Shoulder pain symptoms may include: 

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Bruising
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Weakness
  • Instability
  • Dull aching
  • Sharp pain
  • Popping sounds

If you suffer a shoulder injury, you might also be unable to lift your arm above your head or complete simple everyday tasks.

What are the risk factors for shoulder pain?

Common causes and risk factors for shoulder pain include:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Tendon injuries
  • Torn cartilage
  • Fractures
  • Joint inflammation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Impingements
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Older age
  • Wear-and-tear
  • Lack of strength or flexibility

You can injure your shoulder in a car accident, while playing sports, lifting something heavy, while working, falling down, or some other accident.

How does my doctor diagnose the cause of shoulder pain?

Your provider discusses your medical history and symptoms to find the root cause of your shoulder pain. Then, they check your vital signs, examine your shoulder joint during a physical exam, and could order diagnostic tests. These include blood tests or an imaging procedure like X-rays, an ultrasound, or an MRI.

How does physical therapy help with shoulder pain?

Therapy sessions at TLC Physical Therapy focus on reducing shoulder pain by strengthening surrounding tissues, improving blood flow, and reducing the risk of re-injuring your shoulder. Your therapist may also combine physical therapy with lifestyle changes, injections, medications, shoulder surgery, and other pain-relieving treatments.

During therapy sessions, your physical therapist helps you complete strengthening exercises tailored to your specific needs and lifestyle. They can apply manual manipulation to affected tissues during therapeutic massage or assist you with cutting-edge stretching techniques.

To learn more about the benefits of physical therapy for shoulder pain, call a TLC Physical Therapy office in Staten Island or Midtown Manhattan in New York, or Englishtown in New Jersey to schedule an appointment today. Online scheduling is also available to book.