What are the risk factors for Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can affect anyone, but certain factors may increase your risk of experiencing this symptom, such as:

Increasing age
As you grow older, the tissues in your shoulder joint become increasingly dry, brittle, or worn out. This makes you more susceptible to injuries and illnesses that cause shoulder pain.
Certain sports
Athletes who repetitively move their arms, such as baseball and tennis players, have a greater risk of injuring the shoulder joint. The injury may be sudden (acute) or develop gradually with overuse.
Physical labor
Work that requires frequent reaching and overhead motions, such as painting and carpentry, causes wear-and-tear damage that may lead to shoulder pain.

What causes shoulder pain?

Many problems can lead to shoulder pain, including:

  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Muscle sprains or strains
  • Fractured bones
  • Arthritis
  • Ligament injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Torn cartilage

Why is the shoulder prone to pain

Your shoulder is a complex joint comprised of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), numerus(upper arm bone), and scapula (shoulder blade). Several tendons and muscles surround the shoulder joint to allow you to make a wide range of arm movements. Unfortunately, this great range of mobility comes with a higher risk of injuries. Shoulder pain may result from damage to any part of this intricate joint. At Center Point Physical Therapy, NYC New York, the team performs physical therapy with an individualized hands-on approach, often using additional tools to further improve your results, such as stretching bands.

How do you treat shoulder pain with physical therapy?

First, Dr. Park performs a thorough evaluation of your shoulder’s condition. This may include reviewing medical records from your primary care physician and asking questions about your symptoms.
Treatment depends on the cause and severity of your shoulder pain. The team at Center Point Physical Therapy, NYC New York, designs a customized treatment plan based on your needs. This may include a variety of one-on-one physical therapy techniques, such as:

  • Dry needling
  • Taping
  • Stretching
  • Prescribed exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Manual therapy

Additionally, they teach you exercises, stretches, and proper body mechanics to help prevent shoulder pain in the future.
For expert treatment for shoulder pain, call Center Point Physical Therapy, NYC New York, or book an appointment online today.