Shoulder Pain Specialist

Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS

Physical Therapy located in Puyallup, WA

Without proper care and rehabilitation, a shoulder injury can leave you with long-lasting and debilitating pain. Thankfully, Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS can help. Their physical therapists provide excellent treatments for shoulder pain. Schedule a visit by phone or online to their state-of-the-art facility in Puyallup, Washington, and start your journey towards more pain-free living today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What leads to shoulder pain?

The two most common causes of shoulder pain are rotator cuff tendinitis and impingement syndrome.

Rotator cuff tendinitis is when the tendons in your rotator cuff become swollen and inflamed. Impingement syndrome, or swimmer’s shoulder, is a condition where your rotator cuff gets caught or rubs against your acromion, which is the part of your shoulder blade that covers the ball of your shoulder joint.

You might also be in pain due to:

  • Spinal cord injury
  • Overuse
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Torn cartilage
  • Broken arm bone or shoulder
  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Heart attack
  • Swollen bursa sacs

Shoulder pain might also be due to referred pain. This is when pain that stems from one area of your body is felt in another area of your body. In the case of shoulder pain, this most typically happens with injuries in your neck or biceps. 

Do I need to see a professional for my shoulder pain?

You should seek out emergency care if your shoulder pain comes on suddenly and is not connected to any particular injury. Sudden shoulder pain might be the sign of a heart attack, which might also produce the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your jaw or neck
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness
  • Tight chest
  • Difficulty breathing

You should also seek medical care if your shoulder pain has lasted for a few weeks and is accompanied by:

  • Tenderness or heat around your joint
  • Bruising
  • Difficulty moving your shoulder
  • Fever

If you have an infection or an active injury, you should contact your primary care provider or emergency services before Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS. Once you’ve treated your condition, the team of physical therapists can help you rehabilitate your shoulder to ease your pain and fully restore your functionality and mobility.

How do you treat shoulder pain?

Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS specializes in Counterstrain, a manual manipulation technique that can help treat your shoulder pain.

Counterstrain involves identifying and rehabilitating the tender points that are causing your shoulder pain. Tender points are specific areas of your musculoskeletal system that are caught in a state of tension. These tissues tense up as a way to protect your body from potential harm, like an infection or an injury, but they can stay caught in spasm after the injury or infection has passed, which causes pain and discomfort.

With Counterstrain, your physical therapist identifies the tender points that are causing you pain and uses their hands to manipulate them into a state of relaxation. Once your tissues have finally released, you feel less pain and experience improvement in function and mobility in the area.

Schedule your appointment with Rainier Family Physical Therapy, PS by phone or online and find relief from your shoulder pain today.