Explaining Stubborn Shoulder Pain

Explaining Stubborn Shoulder Pain

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Shoulder pain can affect a wide range of people for different underlying reasons such as: instability labral tearing, And various rotator cuff injuries. In the younger population, such as high school athletes, shoulder pain is especially prominent in swimmers, volleyball players, baseball/softball players, and participants in other throwing sports. Pain is also a common symptom for people who have instability in their folder or suffered a labral tear. These patients may experience a shifting, cooking or a catching sensation. Pain can range from sharp to a deep ache even at rest. These problems can progress as patients page, which generally involves impingement leading to bursitis and/or tendinitis. Both of these issues generally involve sharp pain with reaching lifting to the side, especially above shoulder level. With and impaired rotator cuff anthology, patients also often complain of pain radiating to the middle of the upper arm. If left untreated these issues may evolve into rotator cuff tearing.

Common Causes

For the overhead athlete the repetitive repetitive nature of their sport put us through the same Tissue over and over. This can lead to looseness of the joint capsule, tearing of the labrum, and rotator cuff inflammation.

Poor posture predisposes people to impingement syndrome of  the rotator cuff.

Trauma such as a fall where the arm is jammed

Any repetitive activity requiring reaching or lifting, especially above shoulder level.

Certain variations in bony anatomy can predispose an individual to rotator cuff problems.

Physical Therapy Treatment

Strengthening and ROM exercise too sure no restrictions weakness of the rotator cuff exist.

Modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation to help calm irritated tissue

Connection of poor posture and incorrect scapular mechanics

Manual techniques to help improve soft tissue mobility and scapular mobility

Dry Needling: A powerful therapy technique for many conditions.

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Dry needling involves advancing an “acupuncture style” monofilament needle into a muscle in an effort to deactivate acute painful muscle spasm or chronic muscle soreness/tension. Patients often feel positive results in one or two visits depending on the complexity of their problem, and typically have minimal soreness afterwards.

Call any of our locations today to discuss your condition and decide if dry needling may be beneficial to you.

Ball Field Injuries: Assisting You With Major League Comebacks!

Baseball Injuries, Softball injuries, physical therapy, surgery, ASTYM, manual therapyDid you know there are over a million baseball and softball injuries in the U.S. yearly? Overuse injuries in the back, shoulder and elbow contribute to pain and can lead to additional problems in the future.

Here’s the good news… many of your symptoms can be treated without surgery in the convenience of an Excel Therapy clinic.

Our therapists are highly skilled in a variety of treatments, including ASYTM, dry needling, and manual therapy. These techniques are effective in relieving a player’s pain and getting them back on the field in no time!

We hope you never need us, but if you do, recommend

Excel Therapy to your physician.

Because you DO have a choice! 

ASTYM Therapy: Addressing the cause of your pain, not just the symptoms.

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ASTYM Therapy is a manual therapy technique, performed by physical therapists, to stimulate regeneration of healthy soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon) by promoting elimination of dysfunctional fibrotic tissue. Fibrotic or scar tissue restricts soft tissue mobility which often results in pain. We often treat chronic problems such as Achilles TendonitisPatellar Tendonitis, and

Tennis Elbow, but also routinely use ASTYM for Plantar FasciitisHip Bursitis, and many more diagnoses.

As an active participant in your own recovery, it’s up to you to guide how your body heals. Our certified ASTYM therapists will provide you with the knowledge you need to adequately stretch and strengthen your healthy new tissue. And the best part? You don’t need to take time off from doing what you love in order for your body to heal. In fact, you are encouraged to continue your favorite activities during the treatment process which is actually beneficial to tissue remodeling.


To find out if ASTYM Therapy is right for you, call an

Excel Therapy location near you today!