Shoulder pain is something many people live with on a daily basis. One solution to the problem is shoulder rehab supervised by a physical therapist.
Shoulder rehabilitation is the choice for millions of people to reduce chronic pain, increase strength of shoulder muscles after an injury, reduce inflammation and even post-operative care.
Physical therapy is used routinely on frozen shoulders, recovery from dislocation, acute pain from a strain or sprain and rotator cuff tears. Shoulder rehabilitation is also beneficial for tendonitis or bursitis which are very common ailments.
You can expect some strengthening exercises in your shoulder rehab session. The use of bands to gradually increase flexibility and rebuild the weakened muscles is one choice. Physical therapists also advocate the use of a stick to regain mobility. Teaching various stretching techniques using a stick above your head or moving it to the side will increase range of motion.
The physical therapist will gently manipulate the shoulder to fascilitate the stretching of tightened muscles and stiff joints. Various machines, free weights, ultrasound, electrical stimulation will be utilized as well to boost the strengthening and healing process. In some cases a low level cold laser may be used to ease the discomfort. Additionally, your therapist will demonstrate and instruct you in various exercises to be done between sessions to help regain lost shoulder mobility.
Your shoulder rehab therapist is uniquely qualified in the use of hot and cold therapy to reduce the inflammation that causes the pain and discomfort in the shoulder joint. Depending on the injury or issue to be addressed, heat may be applied to ease the ache and pain of the shoulder, while cold will be applied to reduce inflammation and swelling. The use of cold therapy can also numb the area providing some additional pain relief. Your therapist might use targeted massage techniques to loosen and relax painful shoulder muscles and increase blood flow back to the injured area.
It is important to have your shoulder rehab done by a qualified physical therapist since the wrong approach can worsen the injury or pain. The stages of healing are taken into account in physical therapy and devised for each person.
Each type of injury requires a different set of shoulder rehab protocols. From the generalized gentle stretches following an acute injury to the strengthening exercises targeted for the later healing stages, the therapist works with each individual for the optimal healing results.
The physical therapist stays closely connected with your doctor to ensure the best treatment for your shoulder pain or injury. Because of the potential of worsening the injury, it is always best to see a trained physical therapist before beginning any shoulder rehabilitation even for minor injuries.
The longer a person waits to begin therapy, the harder and longer it may take to heal the shoulder. Seeing a physical therapist at the first signs of pain to begin shoulder rehab will diminish acute pain, help regain range of motion and increase strength of your shoulder.