Shoulder Pain

What Happens During Shoulder Physical Therapy?

Millions of people suffer from shoulder pain. From shoulder impingement, mild to moderate osteoarthritis, to things such as small rotator cuff tears. These are all agonizing experiences and sometimes can require surgical intervention to remediate. One element to this is the implementation of physical therapy in Miami. This can either be a tactic used to avoid surgery altogether or be the tool to reduce your recovery time. In general, physical therapy can drastically improve quality of life, minimize chronic discomfort, and should be highly considered for those living in discomfort.

What can you expect when you walk into our physical therapist’s office for the first time?

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Assessment and Examination

The first thing that will occur is a thorough assessment and examination of your situation. This will help our physical therapists in Miami determine what treatment plan they should structure that will give you the best results. They will ask you many questions, such as where your pain designates from, your level of pain, and your health history. They will then get you up and moving to see what your limitations are. They will test your strength, flexibility, range of motion, posture, balance, and much more to gain a full picture. Keep in mind this is not a pass/fail exam. They are simply learning more about you and your condition so they can fully diagnose you.

Implementation of a Treatment Plan

Once our physical therapist goes through all the necessary steps to reach a correct diagnosis, next is formulating and implementing your treatment plan. The procedure should target your particular shoulder areas of concern to reduce pain, restore mobility, and allow you to regain daily function so you can reestablish the quality of your life.

Some things that our physical therapist may utilize, along with manual therapy and muscle release to the shoulder, include processes that involve exercise, stability training, mobility work, and attention to surrounding structures that may be contributing to the limitation. These methods can improve your shoulder blood flow, which can help with flexibility and reduce swelling. They will also likely work on shoulder exercises with you that are meant to help you move and feel better, both in the facility and at home.

One thing to remember is that though the first couple of sessions might be hard on you, if you stick with it, your body will adapt to those new movements and become a valuable asset for your shoulder recovery.

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  • Arthritis or Osteoarthritis
  • Avascular Necrosis (Osteonecrosis)
  • Biceps Tendon Tear at the Shoulder
  • Breaks and Fractures
  • Bursitis of the Shoulder
  • Chronic Shoulder Pain
  • Dislocated Shoulder
  • Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)
  • Glenoid Labral Tear
  • Hyaline Cartilage Injury
  • Impingement Syndrome of the Shoulder
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Shoulder Strain or Sprains
  • Swimmer's Shoulder
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Separated Shoulder
  • (Acromioclavicular Joint Separation)
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Shoulder Therapy Miami

The potential benefits you can gain from physical therapy should far outweigh any of the fears you may have. If you are living each day in pain and limited in the daily activities you need or want to do, then seeking out a highly educated and licensed physical therapist for your shoulder pain is ideal. Our professionals can drastically alleviate your soreness and increase both your strength and mobility so you can get relief. Not to mention that doing this could also remove surgical mediation as well. So, don't think that living in agony is your only option. Contact our respected physical therapists today so you can get on the right track for a much better, pain-free life.

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Symmetry Physical Therapy is a privately owned one-on-one, patient-centered physical therapy clinic in Downtown Miami/Brickell. Every treatment is with the same Doctor of Physical Therapy for the entire hour. Symmetry’s specialized, dedicated, and passionate team of physical therapists is fully committed to each patient’s success.

10+ Years as a Therapist Owned Physical Therapy Practice