Shoulder tendonitis can make daily tasks unbearable, but it doesn’t have to. The team of experts at Step Ahead Physical Therapy in Cambridge and Marblehead, MA can help you achieve relief.
What Is Shoulder Tendonitis?
The shoulder has a rotator cuff that consists of both tendons and muscles, which connect the shoulder blade and upper arm. The biceps also contain tendons. At times, these tendons can thicken and become inflamed, which is referred to as shoulder tendonitis. In some cases, the inflammation causes the tendon to get trapped, leading to a pinching feeling and additional pain.
Shoulder tendonitis can cause several issues in daily life, including pain and discomfort in the shoulder. It may interfere with your quality of sleep. It can also make it difficult or impossible to hold your arms in certain positions, including reaching overhead or putting your arms behind your head or back.
How Can Physical Therapy Treat Shoulder Tendonitis in Cambridge and Marblehead, MA?
Physical therapy is a very effective method of treatment for issues like shoulder tendonitis. Upon visiting the team at Step Ahead Physical Therapy, you’ll receive a full evaluation to determine the extent of your condition. This will include tests for muscle imbalances, strength, range of motion, and posture. It will also typically include an in-depth conversation about your symptoms, habits, work, and more.
In most cases, this evaluation and discussion can lead to a proper diagnosis. However, X-rays, MRIs, and more can be utilized if necessary.
After your diagnosis, the experts at Step Ahead Physical Therapy will put together a treatment plan to suit your needs. This can include a variety of steps, including:
- Pain management, which can include heat or ice therapy, therapeutic modalities, and electrical muscle stimulation.
- Exercises that target the injured area, helping to stretch and strengthen it.
- Soft tissue therapy, such as massage and stretches.
- Patient education to help you identify and address any habits or movements in your daily life that might be contributing to your pain.
Your treatment plan will be built around you – your symptoms, your level of comfort, your life, and your needs.
If you suspect you are suffering from shoulder tendonitis, let the team at Step Ahead Physical Therapy provide a diagnosis and effective treatment plan to get you back to your normal life. You can schedule an appointment at the Cambridge, MA location at (617) 349-3540 and the Marblehead, MA location at (781) 797-0844.