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Shoulder Pain? It could be a problem with your shoulder blade.

A part of your body you probably don’t think about much is your shoulder blades. But the fact is: without good shoulder blade mobility, positioning, and muscle activation, you are unlikely to enjoy unrestricted pain-free use of your arm and shoulder.

Common Shoulder Diagnoses:

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries (Tear or Strain)
  • Instability
  • Impingement
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Post Surgical Rehab

Picture the combination of your arm and shoulder blade as being similar to the structure and function of a construction crane. Obviously, your arm is comparable to the arm of the crane; it has to be able to move easily, but be strong enough to lift and transport things. Less obvious is that your shoulder blade is the equivalent of the cab of the crane. In order for a crane to work effectively, the cab of the crane has to be able to swivel and move so that the arm of the crane can do its work. At the same time the cab has to be solid and stable so the crane doesn’t tip over when you move the arm with its load. Your shoulder blade contains the socket where the arm attaches and is supported by muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Your shoulder blade has to be able to move with your arm yet be able to hold your shoulder in a steady position. If your shoulder blade is immobile and/or unstable or is stuck in a bad position, your arm won’t function properly and damage can occur that will result in pain and restricted motion.

Solution? if you have a shoulder problem one exercise you can do is Shoulder Retraction. This consists of actually attempting to squeeze your shoulder blades together. Do this 10x approx. 2-4x a day and hold for 10 seconds.

At Pisgah Physical Therapy your Therapists may begin treatment with procedures/modalities to help reduce muscle spasm and up regulated reflex patterns such as Primal Reflex Release Techniques, Myofascial Release, Ultrasound, and Joint Mobilizations.

Your Physical Therapists will also prescribe exercises that focus on scapular stabilization/strengthening and Shoulder range of motion exercises. At Pisgah Physical Therapy, our Physical Therapists and Support Staff can help your recover faster from shoulder injuries/pain and get back to normal use of your arm.