By Dr. Adam M. Cramer, PT, DPT
Of all the joints in your body, the shoulder joint has the greatest range of motion. Because of its incredible mobility, it is more likely to be injured or sustain painful problems. And when it does become painful, it impacts almost everything you are trying to do.
Shoulders sustain sprains and strains, dislocations, tendinitis, torn rotator cuffs, bursitis, frozen shoulder, fractures, arthritis and a host of other injuries and conditions. Because it is such a mobile joint, you can hurt it in falls, when you strain to try to reach something, when you lift something heavy, and even when you throw a ball or play a game. Sometimes it becomes injured and painful just from a gradual irritation or deterioration over time.
Where do you look for relief of shoulder pain? Too often when twinges of pain erupt from the shoulder, busy people just pop a pain-killer and push on through their day. The next day it hurts even more, so they take a few more pills and continue without seeking help or they seek out a surgeon who can only provide surgery as an option when they actually don’t want or even need surgery. This practice leads to a continuing and escalating shoulder problem as well as other side effects of increased dependency on painkillers, unnecessary MRI imaging, ineffective steroid injections and life threatening surgery. In fact, according to a report released three years ago by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), our culture’s tendency to treat chronic pain with a one-pill-fits-all mindset has created a “silent epidemic” regarding the use and possible overuse of opioid reliance. They suggest that we must urgently consider non-pharmacological approaches to treating pain, including PHYSICAL THERAPY!
How your Doctor of Physical Therapy can help your shoulder pain. When you consult with a doctor of physical therapy at MyoFit Clinic because of shoulder pain, you can expect that first you will be evaluated so that they can determine the cause of your pain and then an effective way to treat it the same day.
We will use a combination of hands- on treatment to loosen the muscles and joints and combine it with dry needling, laser therapy, electrical stimulation, hot and cold treatments, and Kinesio tapping. Add to that stretching and strengthening exercises including gentle self-mobilization exercises and education on proper posture and movement to decrease the pain while improving function safely and effectively
Your Doctor of Physical Therapy can help you heal from your shoulder pain, avoid surgery saving you money and returning you to your normal life. Just leaving your shoulder alone to heal won’t help you at all.
Dr. Adam M. Cramer, PT, DPT, is a licensed physical therapist, pain specialist and owner of MyoFit Clinic in Chardon and at 14950 S Springdale Ave, Middlefield (44062). Call 440- 632-1007.