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Shoulder Pain in Urbandale

Dealing with Shoulder Pain: Finding Relief and Recovery

Is reaching up to grab something from a high shelf becoming a challenge because of shoulder pain? Do you feel discomfort when resting on your side at night? Does it disturb your sleep? Shoulder pain can significantly impact your daily life, whether from a recent injury or a chronic condition. It can range from a temporary nuisance like a muscle strain to a more persistent condition like arthritis. Fortunately, physical therapy offers a natural and effective solution for managing shoulder pain. Our expert physical therapists are ready to help you alleviate pain and restore your shoulder’s functionality.

Understanding the Complexities of Shoulder Pain in Urbandale

Unfortunately, your shoulder, a complex joint known for its flexibility and strength, is prone to discomfort. It’s a ball-and-socket joint, with the humerus (upper arm bone) fitting into a socket in the scapula (shoulder blade). Cartilage provides cushioning for these bones, while bursae reduce friction between tendons and bones. The rotator cuff, comprised of muscles and tendons, enables a wide range of shoulder movements. Pain can occur when any of these components are affected.

The type of shoulder pain can vary widely. Tendon impingement, for instance, might cause pain while lifting the arm but eases before reaching full extension. Arthritis can result in a constant, dull ache, whereas acute injuries might cause sharp, intense pain.

Identifying Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Several conditions can lead to shoulder pain, including:

Arthritis: This encompasses osteoarthritis, where joint cartilage wears away with age, and rheumatoid arthritis, which involves the immune system attacking joint membranes.

Tendonitis: Overuse of the shoulder can lead to tendon inflammation, causing pain, especially during movement.

Bursitis: Inflammation of the bursae, often due to tendon friction, can make overhead activities painful.

Dislocation: A dislocated shoulder, where the humerus is forced out of its socket, is intensely painful and can make it more prone to future dislocations.

Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis): Lack of movement, perhaps from using a sling or not exercising, can result in significant shoulder stiffness.

Physical Therapy: Your Route to Relief and Recovery

Physical therapy is a proven, safe alternative to surgery for addressing shoulder pain. Physical therapists conduct thorough diagnostic evaluations, including X-rays and movement assessments, to pinpoint the exact cause of your discomfort. This precise diagnosis allows them to develop a customized treatment plan comprising various therapeutic techniques.

Physical therapy can effectively manage pain from conditions like osteoarthritis, alleviate stiffness in frozen shoulders, and address bursitis. Common treatments include:

  • Applying heat and cold.
  • Making ergonomic adjustments.
  • Engaging in targeted exercises to strengthen and stabilize the shoulder.

Embark on Your Recovery From Shoulder Pain in Urbandale

Recovery begins with a comprehensive evaluation by your physical therapist, who will ask detailed questions about the nature of your pain, including when it started, its severity, what aggravates it, and any relieving factors. They will assess your shoulder’s range of motion and strength.

Based on this assessment, your therapist will propose a treatment plan, including strategies for managing pain, avoiding specific movements, manual therapy like massages, and exercises to improve shoulder functionality. For some diagnoses, strengthening exercises might be included. Following your therapist’s recommendations is vital to a successful recovery.

Are you experiencing shoulder pain due to an injury or other condition? Reach out to us today to schedule a consultation with a physical therapist. Let’s embark on your path to recovery and help you return to a life free from shoulder pain!

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Amie DeForest

I had been experiencing shoulder pain and mobility issues for months prior to seeking treatment. It’s unclear how my injury occurred as I don’t recall a specific event that caused it. I went from training for a PL meet one week to barely being able to push the barbell of my chest without pain and my shoulder locking up the next. As the months progressed, I was unable to pick things up with my right arm or reach into the passenger seat to pick up my purse without turning my whole body and/or using my other arm to assist. I had pretty constant sharp pains and numbness every day when I woke up. After about 6 months of having limitations both in and outside the gym it seemed rest alone was not helping and it was time to seek professional assistance. I chose Kaizen because I already followed their page on Instagram after seeing their signs at CrossFit events. I saw I had just missed the workshop on healthy shoulders and felt like that was my sign that he’d be able to help. I was right. I have had the best experience since my original discovery call. Bryan assessed my shoulder and assigned me the perfect plan to get my shoulder healthy again. In the three months that I’ve been working with him my shoulder has made significant improvements. I’m able to bench, my shoulder mobility is back and I’m able to do overhead activities again. I’m finally pain and numbness free. He has also helped with hip issues I was having. I had pain in my right hip when walking up stairs. He prescribed some hip strengthening work and now my hip pain is gone as well. I’ve been able to ease back into squats and am hoping to get back into cleans/snatches soon. Aside from my gym goals, I want to keep my body moving optimally as I age. Overall, my body feels completely different (better) than it did 3 months ago. I am so thankful for Kaizen/Bryan and plan to continue working with them going forward. I highly recommend Kaizen to any athlete, everyday athlete, and anyone else who wants to keep their body in good working form! 

Josh Benge

I first heard about Bryan from my powerlifting coach. He initially saw me for my shoulder problems. We fixed those in a few months time. He also worked on my lat, which is still in the process of healing. He also opened my eyes to dry needling and that has done wonders for a lower back issue I developed working. I have recommended Bryan to other people from my gym and all of them that have went seemed to also have extremely good luck. If the problem isn’t a simple one to fix, Bryan will get it figured out!!