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Tight Or Achy Shoulders Holding You Back? Try Physical Therapy!

If you’re dealing with shoulder pain daily, it’ i a major issue. We utilize our shoulders all day, so if you are in pain, it may disrupt your day, as well as your mood and productivity.


Whatever the source of your shoulder pain, Wisconsin Orthopedic Physical Therapy is dedicated to providing you with natural pain relief options. Make an appointment today at our Wauwatosa, WI physical therapy clinic to learn more about our shoulder pain treatment options!

Common Causes Of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can range from modest aches and pains caused by a strained muscle to severe bone-on-bone friction caused by arthritis. It can also occur as a result of an accident, leaving you with the sensation that your shoulder is frozen.

Shoulder pain can show up in a variety of ways, such as reaching for the top shelf to put away dishes or having trouble sleeping in a comfortable position.

Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include:

Rotator cuff injuries

Deep shoulder discomfort, arm weakness, difficulty reaching behind the back, and difficulty sleeping are all symptoms of rotator cuff injuries, popularly known as “torn shoulders.” Depending on the severity and circumstances, surgery may be required, however physical therapy can often help reduce pain and restore rotator cuff strength without the need for surgery. If surgery is required, physical therapy will be an important part of the rehabilitation process.


Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis that affect the shoulder. Both of these conditions cause shoulder muscular weakness and make it difficult to complete typical everyday chores. Rheumatoid arthritis is a condition in which the immune system attacks the membranes that surround the shoulder joint, causing discomfort and inflammation. Osteoarthritis develops when the cartilage in the shoulder joint wears down significantly, usually as a result of age or usage.


Tendinitis occurs when a person’s shoulder joint is overworked, frequently as a result of their work, overhead activity, or sport’s physical demands. Tendinitis can be caused by poor posture, which disrupts the equilibrium of your shoulders and causes tension and weakness, placing you at risk for tendon injury. The tendons become inflamed over time, resulting in swelling and severe impingement when you raise your arm.


Impingement typically occurs because of abnormal movement and tracking of the humeral head as you lift your arm overhead. Pain typically occurs when lifting your arm at or above 90 degrees.

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is defined by a painful loss of shoulder motion and a tightness of the shoulder joint that severely restricts motion. Another name for it is adhesive capsulitis. This syndrome can occur if your arm has been in a cast or sling for a long time, or if you have been bedridden for a long time. Some ethnic groups are more prone, and women between the ages of 40 and 60 are more likely than men to have this illness.

How Can Physical Therapy Combat Shoulder Pain?

Physical therapy is a non-invasive, natural, and comfortable alternative to address shoulder pain. Our physical therapists have treated a wide range of shoulder pain disorders, with many patients seeing considerable relief and improvement after just a few sessions! All of this can be done without the use of harmful medications.

During your evaluation, we will assess your range of motion, strength, coordination, medical history, joint mobility, and joint motion mechanics. Once the source of your discomfort has been identified, our Wauwatosa, WI physical therapist will be able to build a personalized treatment plan to manage and relieve your shoulder pain.

To aid in the restoration of normal joint movement, relieve soft tissue restrictions, and promote circulation, gentle manual therapy may be included in your treatment plan. Specific strength-building exercises and a proper muscle activation sequence around the shoulder joint may also be included.

Physical therapy will also teach you new ways to move your body to increase your strength and avoid future shoulder problems.

Looking For True Shoulder Pain Relief? Call Us Today!


Shoulder pain may be controlling your life, but it does not have to! We will give you the help you need to get back to doing the things you enjoy without pain. Make an appointment with Wisconsin Orthopedic Physical Therapy today to begin your journey toward pain relief!

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