Shoulder Pain


Shoulder injuries happen for a number of different reasons.  They can be difficult to deal with and difficult to manage. The reason is because the shoulder joint is the most flexible joint in the body. What this means is that there are several different methods to take to treat your shoulder pain. Every situation is unique and everyone’s body is different which is why we will examine your injury in detail before determining the best self-treatment technique. The shoulder treatment programs at ActivePT are designed to reduce your pain quickly, typically within the first week, and empower you with self-treatment techniques to reduce the chances of your problem returning.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain can be the result on a number of different things. Often the impact of a car accident can hurt the shoulder. Sporting injuries such as falls on the field or dancing injuries can also result in an injured shoulder. While in some instances you may require surgery to have your shoulder fixed, we strive to help you improve without the need for surgery. In the event that your problem will not improve without surgery, we can refer you to one of our preferred surgeons. With your permission, the therapist may even observe your surgery to ensure the surgeon and therapist have a common plan for your post-surgical rehabilitation.

Some of the more common shoulder problems we see at ActivePT include:

  • Rotator cuff pain or tear
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Labral tear, torn labrum, slap tear

Dealing with Shoulder Pain on a Daily Basis

You need your shoulder to do a lot of daily activities. From putting on your clothes in the morning to lifting your arms to take the laundry off the line, from opening the car door to lifting the children into bed – all of these things require your shoulder and if you are experiencing shoulder pain, then these regular day to day activities can be made impossible. Many people do not realize how important of a role their shoulder plays until it is injured and they are experiencing pain. Shoulder pain can last a long time if it is not handled the right way. While you can always pop a couple of pain killers and hope the pain goes away on its own, it’s always best to get to the bottom of the problem.

In addition to regular treatment through our Minnesota physiotherapists, we also suggest these self-help tips:

  • Sit upright in your car when reaching for your radio or steering wheel. This can help reduce the pressure that you feel on your shoulder
  • Before reaching up into the cupboard for a plate, squeeze your shoulder blades together and stick your chest out slightly.
  • Avoid lowering your head down and reaching up at the same time

Contact ActivePT to set up an appointment for your shoulder injury at 507-322-3460.