Can PT Avoid SAD Procedures?

Shoulder impingement can often be resolved through physical therapy without the need for surgical intervention. If you require surgery, upon your initial evaluation at Elite Physical therapy, your physical therapist will instruct you on your physicians protocol for recovery. 

Following your evaluation, your physical therapy team will develop and guide you through an individualized exercise program. This exercise program will be geared specifically to you and your shoulder injury/surgery. These exercises will help improve your ROM post op and start to strengthen weak muscles around the shoulder and to promote healing. You will also be evaluated for any abnormal postures occurring in the shoulder and thoracic region as this can greatly affect the position of the shoulder joint. Some exercises that you may be asked to perform during your physical therapy treatments are as follows: 

      • Pulley ROM ex into flexion, abduction or scaption
      • Scapular retractions without resistance initially
      • Elbow ROM

As part of your physical therapy intervention, your PT or PTA may find it necessary to perform manual interventions and passive ROM.  These types of interventions involve hands on treatments which may include soft tissue release to inflamed muscles, joint mobilizations to improve joint capsule mobility, manual resistive exercises for joint stabilization and physical reassessment of joint mechanics and function.

Your physical therapy team will also integrate a number of modalities to decrease pain and inflammation in the shoulder joint. These modalities include such treatments as:  interferential electrical stimulation, vasopneumatic icing, cold packs, therapeutic ultrasound, and phonophoresis.

If you are experiencing any kind of shoulder pain or have been diagnosed with impingement syndrome, contact us for a free consultation.  To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:

Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Shelbyville: 931-684-0027
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022

Disclaimer:  The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care.  Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.

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