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Shoulder Pain

Shoulder Pain services offered in the greater Bonita Springs, FL area

Shoulder pain is a common musculoskeletal complaint, affecting 18%-26% of adults at any given time. At Bridging the Gap Physical Therapy in Bonita Springs, Florida, physical therapist David Lee, PT, DPT, and the team specialize in diagnosing and treating shoulder pain with a drug-free, surgery-free approach. Dr. Lee and the team focus on hands-on, patient-centered therapies to get to the root cause of your pain, helping you enjoy better sleep and a quick return to your routine. Call Bridging the Gap Physical Therapy today to schedule treatment for shoulder pain, or book your appointment online. 

When should I see a physical therapist about shoulder pain?

Visit Bridging the Gap Physical Therapy if you have persistent shoulder pain that doesn’t improve with rest, ice, and activity modification. That’s particularly true if your pain keeps you up at night, prevents you from working, or causes you to miss time with friends and family.

Most shoulder pain isn’t serious, but it’s important to get it checked. Intervention can prevent the issue from worsening and help you avoid more invasive treatments, like surgery.

What causes shoulder pain?

At Bridging the Gap Physical Therapy, the team treats shoulder pain caused by various issues, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Torn rotator cuff
  • Swollen bursa sacs and tendons
  • Bone spurs
  • Pinched nerves
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Spinal cord injuries

Sometimes, shoulder pain results from general wear-and-tear. For example, swinging a golf club or tennis racket increases the risk of swelling and inflammation.

Can anyone benefit from physical therapy to treat shoulder pain?

Florida allows anyone suffering from musculoskeletal pain to see a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral. That means you can schedule an appointment without seeing your primary care doctor. 

Even so, the team is happy to coordinate treatment between providers. They work with each patient to determine a treatment approach that best meets their needs. 

How does physical therapy treat shoulder pain?

At Bridging the Gap Physical Therapy, the team treats shoulder pain manually. Instead of relying on pills or injections to mask your pain, they identify the root cause and develop a personalized treatment plan to help fix it.

Depending on the location and severity of your shoulder pain, the team might suggest:

  • Myofascial release
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Functional joint mobilization
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Trigger point release
  • Massage

Often, it takes a combination of treatments to provide lasting relief. Follow your provider’s instructions carefully and attend your appointments to ensure a positive treatment outcome.

Will I need any special equipment for physical therapy?

No. The team doesn’t rely on special equipment like treadmills or electrical muscle stimulation to do the work for them. Wear breathable athletic clothing for a full range of motion and shoes that fit well and support your feet to get the most from each session.

Call Bridging the Gap Physical Therapy today for shoulder pain treatment, or book your visit online.