Shoulder Conditions

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder Injuries

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Injuries - New Heights Physical Therapy in Portland OR and Vancouver WABursitis of the Shoulder

Shoulder bursitis occurs when the small fluid-filled sac within the shoulder joint becomes inflamed and painful. This could be caused by repetitive shoulder movements or by an acute injury, such as a fall. Symptoms usually include pain, tenderness to touch and swelling at the area. Tendinitis around the area may also be present. Treatment could include removing some of the fluid from the bursa, corticosteroid injections or physical therapy, which is particularly effective for shoulder bursitis that causes frozen shoulder. Physical therapy could include exercises for range of motion, manual therapy, heat or ice treatments and at-home exercises.

Rotator Cuff Injury

The rotator cuff is an entire grouping of tissues in the shoulder joint that includes muscles and tendons. The rotator cuff is supposed to keep the upper arm securely in the shoulder joint. This area can be injured by an accident, such as a fall, but is most often injured by repetitive movements, such as playing ball. Symptoms may include an ache or pain that does not go away as well as weakness in the affected arm. Individuals may also find that it is difficult to sleep. While surgery may be a necessary part of treatment if the rotator cuff injury does not heal, physical therapy with a variety of strengthening exercises is often the first line of treatment.

Torn Cartilage in Shoulder

Torn cartilage in the shoulder is most often referred to as a labral tear. The labrum is the name of the cartilage that keeps the ball of the upper arm in the shoulder socket. This may occur from an injury or from overuse, such as may happen with long-term repetitive movements. The area will probably feel warm, tender and sore, and it may be difficult to lift the arm or to rotate the arm in the shoulder socket.

Initial rest for the area followed by physical therapy can help restore full movement in many cases. Active and passive range of motion exercises, including shoulder pulley exercises, will reduce stiffness in the area while isometric exercises will help individuals regain strength and joint stability. Manual therapy can reduce pain, and stretching exercises will be used at therapy sessions and at home to keep the surrounding muscles in good shape.


Serving Portland OR | Vancouver WA
(503) 236-3108 East Portland
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East Portland
5736 NE Glisan St.
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 236-3108

1700 Broadway St., Suite 101
Vancouver, WA 98663
(360) 737-3346

Shoulder Physical Therapy in Portland OR and Vancouver WA

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