Shoulder Pain Physical Therapy

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Shoulder Pain Therapy in Bend, Oregon

If you experience shoulder pain, therapy can help. Contact the team at Alpine Physical Therapy in Bend, OR, today to begin your treatment. 

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Typically, shoulder pain is the result of a sudden injury or overuse syndrome. Sudden or acute injuries to the shoulders include contusions, strained muscles/tendons and ligament sprains. Higher force injuries may result in a torn rotator cuff, labral tear, dislocation, subluxation or fracture. 

The shoulder is a complex ball and socket joint that allows for 360 degrees of motion and is essential to our daily activity as humans. Due the relationship of our daily activity demands and the mobility of the shoulder, overuse injuries can occur that affect the underlying tissues through repetitive wear and tear. Examples of overuse conditions include: impingement syndrome, tendinitis/tendinosis, bursitis and osteoarthritis. Shoulder pain may also result from frozen shoulder, brachial plexus (nerve) trauma, or cervical spine referral. 

The good news is that shoulder pain is highly responsive to conservative treatment and exercise management. Your primary care physician and your physical therapist will work to determine the cause of your shoulder pain and develop the appropriate treatment plan.

The Shoulder Pain Conditions we Commonly Treat

We commonly treat the following conditions related to shoulder pain:

What Does Shoulder Pain Treatment Entail?

Physical Therapists are specialists in movement analysis, exercise prescription, and patient education. Your first visit will include reviewing your medical history and a detailed movement assessment addressing your current presentation and the contributing factors to your specific pathology.  Our focus is to empower you as an active participant in your recovery. Understanding why you are hurting or limited and how you will be able to facilitate your healing is essential. The specifics of your treatment plan will depend largely on your condition, its severity, and your specific goals. At Alpine Physical Therapy, we offer a variety of treatments to help aid in your shoulder rehabilitation:

  • Exercise prescription
  • Movement training
  • Joint mobilization and manipulation
  • Soft tissue massage and mobilization
  • Instrument-assisted mobilization
  • Kinesiology taping
  • Ultrasound/Electrical Stimulation

Most shoulder injuries will heal without any need for surgical intervention. However, the severity of your condition may dictate that physical therapy be a precursor or follow-up to surgery. We work with all our local orthopedic specialists and offer great post-operative rehab programs.

    What Comes After Physical Therapy?

    Physical therapy is just one part of your journey towards wellness. Active and regular physical therapy will help you regain motion and diminish your pain. Once you achieve these things, your physical therapist will set you up with a plan for less frequent follow-up visits and self-management to maintain your progress so your injury does not reoccur. Our goal is to see you enjoying all our community offers versus back in our office. 

    To reach either of our locations in Bend, OR, call us at (541) 382-5500.

    Let's Get Started.

    If you have experienced an injury to your shoulder or have shoulder pain, we want to talk to you. Our physical therapists come from a variety of backgrounds and each has areas of expertise. When you call our office for an appointment, we can help pair you with a physical therapist best suited to your area of concern. We look forward to meeting you.

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