Springs Physical Therapy
Negassi Seyoum, DPT
Physical Therapist located in Silver Spring, MD
Your shoulder is a complex group of bones, muscles, and connective tissue that combine to allow a remarkable range of motion, but they leave the joint vulnerable to injury and degeneration. At Springs Physical Therapy in Silver Spring, Maryland, Negassi Seyoum, DPT, and his team offer highly customized physical therapy to help you recover from shoulder injuries quickly and safely. Call Springs Physical Therapy or request an appointment online today.
Shoulder Injuries Q & A
What are common shoulder injuries?
You probably don’t think much about your shoulders until you sustain an injury that causes enough pain and stiffness to interfere with your range of motion and strength. Whether your injury is sudden or develops slowly, such as through wear-and-tear, shoulder injuries are highly disruptive.
Some of the most common shoulder injuries include:
- Frozen shoulder
- Rotator cuff injuries
You may also develop arthritis in your shoulders, which causes pain, stiffness, and weakness.
When should I get treatment for a shoulder injury?
Pain is how your body signals that something is wrong, and you should never ignore it. If you have shoulder pain, try at-home treatments like ice, heat, rest, and over-the-counter pain relievers.
If your shoulder pain doesn’t subside in a couple of days, call Springs Physical Therapy for assessment and treatment. However, if you have a visible deformity or your range of motion is severely impaired, seek treatment right away.
How are shoulder injuries treated?
Dr. Seyoum and his team at Springs Physical Therapy begin with a comprehensive assessment of your shoulder and overall health. They talk to you about your lifestyle, injury, symptoms, and overall health. If you know how you injured your shoulder, or you’ve tried at-home therapy, make sure to share those details.
Then, your physical therapist creates a treatment program to keep your shoulder strong and flexible while you recover, and it eventually allows you to restore your strength, flexibility, and range of motion. You may begin with two physical therapy sessions a week, and then decrease the frequency of your sessions as you recover and your function returns.
During your sessions, your physical therapist may use a variety of approaches, including:
- Therapeutic exercises and stretches
- Manual therapy
- Electrical stimulation
- Mechanical traction
- Shock wave therapy
- Dry needling
They also teach you exercises and stretches to practice at home every day. You need to do a little work on your injured shoulder every day to facilitate your recovery. When your shoulder heals, and its function is restored, your physical therapist may also recommend maintenance activities to protect your shoulder and prevent future injuries.
If you have a shoulder injury and you’re looking for expert physical therapy services, call Springs Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.