Shoulder Pain Relief
You Don’t Have To Live With Shoulder Pain Forever: Find Relief Through Aquatic Therapy
If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, aquatic therapy is an excellent route to go down for long-lasting relief. Aquatic exercise provides several benefits for those suffering with shoulder pain. The buoyancy of the water makes it easier to move and improves your flexibility. The water also provides resistance to movements, which helps to strengthen muscles in your shoulders.
Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center is dedicated to offering you an effective program in the water that will assist the shoulder with healing and range of motion. The viscosity (water’s thickness) will create the perfect environment to provide resistance throughout the entire movement of your affected arm.
According to ChoosePT, pool exercises can also improve agility, balance, and cardiovascular fitness. Many types of conditions greatly benefit from pool exercise, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, joint replacements, neurological, and balance conditions. Regardless of what your specific condition entails, deciding to see a physical and occupational therapist about your shoulder pain is a good idea.
Eliminate the need to take harmful painkillers or have an invasive (and expensive!) surgery. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of aquatic therapy for shoulder pain, don’t hesitate to call our clinic to learn more.
Where is my shoulder pain coming from?
Your shoulder has the greatest range of all the joints in your body, and is capable of accomplishing many things! But like all complex parts of the body, there is the possibility of something going wrong and causing you to become extremely uncomfortable. Pain levels can vary depending on the presence of a pulled muscle or arthritis caused by bones rubbing against each other. Let’s look a little bit into what makes up the shoulder, and what causes shoulder pain.
Your shoulder is a “ball-and-socket” joint, which means that the top of the upper arm bone, or the “humerus,” fits in the space corresponding within the shoulder blade, or “scapula.” The ends of the bone are protected by a dense layer of cartilage, which assists with keeping the bones from rubbing against each other. Sacs filled with fluid, also known as “bursae” protect the tendons from rubbing against the bones as well. Tendons work to attach shoulder bones to another set of bones referred to as the “rotator cuff.”
If you receive an injury or are in some sort of accident and something goes haywire with the complex aspects that make up the shoulder, it’s a no-brainer that pain will be the ultimate result of your experience! Our physical and occupational therapists can help relieve your pain and get you back to doing the things you love.
Types of shoulder pain
Shoulder pain can manifest itself as a dull ache when you turn over in bed, or when you reach for something on the highest shelf in your kitchen. It can show up after surgery or as the result of an injury. Shoulder pain can literally make you feel as if you can’t use your shoulder!
The kind of shoulder pain you experience can differ depending on what the underlying cause of it is. For example, pain from impingement begins at a certain point in the range of motion. It often happens when you raise your arm up in the air. Pain that is a result of a degenerative shoulder condition might create consistent aches whenever you move your arm in certain directions. You may also experience sudden and intense pains as a result of acute injuries. These can make it impossible for you to even move your shoulder at all.
Causes of shoulder pain
Because it is so incredibly complex and intricate, there are tons of opportunities in the shoulder joint for pain-causing conditions! Here are just a few:
Tendonitis happens if the shoulder joint gets overused. This is typically the result of daily demands of an overhead activity, laborious job, or sport. Poor posture can also be a cause of tendonitis, because it changes the normal forces on the tendons, and can set you up for tendon injury. This particular condition causes the tendons to experience persistent inflammation, resulting in swelling and painful impingement when raising your arm.
Rotator cuff tear
The rotator cuff is made up of tendons, muscles, and soft tissue that surrounds the shoulder joint. Rotator cuffs are meant to properly guide the movement of the shoulder joint. However, with overuse, injury, poor posture, and age, the rotator cuff can be partially or completely torn. Some people with this condition might even need surgery, depending on the severity and situation. Thankfully, aquatic physical and occupational therapy treatments are often very successful with reducing pain and restoring strength to the rotator cuff to make up for for the partial tear. However, even if surgery is necessary, aquatic physical and occupational therapy is still an important part of the rehabilitation process and having a full recovery!
Impingement happens because of abnormal movement and tracking of the humeral head as you lift your arm up in the air. Pain typically occurs when lifting your arm at or above 90 degrees.
This is a condition also known as “adhesive capsulitis.” Frozen shoulder can happen if your arm has been in a sling or cast for a while, or if you have been bedridden and unable to move freely for a long time. There are also some ethnicities that are more predisposed to developing this condition, and women tend to experience this pain more than men. Frozen shoulder results in the painful loss of motion as well as the tightening of the shoulder joint that can be severely limiting to your physical activity.
The thermal properties of our 92 degree pool will help sooth pain from arthritis and the buoyancy of water will support the body to allow you to exercise with less pain and better results.
Arthritis is a very common ailment affecting people of all ages. The two main forms of arthritis that affect the shoulder are rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system begins to attack the membranes surrounding the shoulder joint, resulting in pain and swelling. Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage in the shoulder joint experiences excessive “wear and tear,” typically due to age or overuse. Both of these conditions result in weakness to the shoulder muscles, difficulty performing normal, daily tasks and painful loss of motion.
How aquatic physical and occupational therapy can help you heal
If you’re struggling with shoulder pain, know that aquatic physical and occupational therapy is a natural, easy, and comfortable way to find relief for shoulder pain, without the need for harmful drugs or invasive surgery. Our physical and occupational therapists at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center have treated tons of underlying conditions that show themselves as shoulder pain. It’s very common in our clinic for patients to find improvement and relief after just a few appointments!
Here at Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center our physical and occupational therapists are specialists in movement and know exactly how to find the root cause of your pain through various diagnostic tests and techniques. During your initial appointment, your therapist will take a look at your range of motion, coordination, strength, medical history, and joint mobility. Once your therapist figures out the cause of your shoulder pain, he or she can create a special combination of physical and occupational therapy methods that will reduce or relieve you of your issues!
Some exercises work to restore strength, and the correct sequence of muscle activation around the shoulder joint. Your therapist will also educate you about exercises you can do at home to enhance your strength and to prevent recurrence of future shoulder problems!
Schedule your appointment today
There is no reason for you to live in pain anymore. If you are ready to get your old life back, contact us today. Our physical and occupational therapy practice will get you the help you need to start living your normal life once again. Call Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center today at Port Charlotte, FL to schedule your appointment and get started on your path toward pain relief.