Your shoulder joint has three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). Your shoulders are the most movable joints in your body. They can also be unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it.
To remain in a stable or normal position, the shoulder must be anchored by muscles, tendons and ligaments. Because the shoulder can be unstable, it is the site of many common problems. They include sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, tendinitis, bursitis, torn rotator cuffs, frozen shoulder, fractures and arthritis.
We also apply modalities such as ice and heat in order to reduce swelling on the muscle area. In addition, we also use a TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) unit in order to stimulate the tissues surrounding the shoulder joint. Lastly, we also recommend Therapeutic Ultrasound in order to break down scar tissues around the supporting muscles, it also reduces inflammation around the shoulder joint that causes pain and discomfort.
Our therapist will guide patients through exercise programs that will help the supporting muscles get stronger and they will also teach you manual stretches that can be perform anywhere in order to reduce muscle tension and fatigue.