Shoulder injuries can be painful and inconvenient, however recovery can often be achieved through treatment and physical therapy. Shoulder pain may be caused by dislocation or separation, damage to the rotator cuff, or by arthritis.

Depending on the type and severity of the injury, and if surgery is required, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to help increase flexibility and motion and decrease pain. Intermountain's specialized team of physical therapists will work with you to strategize a rehabilitation plan that works for you, and that helps you live free from shoulder discomfort and pain. We are committed to helping you live your healthiest life possible.

Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint has more motion then nearly any other joint in the body. Because of the amount of motion, the shoulder lacks intrinsic stability which puts it at risk for injury with overhead activity and repeated movements. The shoulder is the link between the body and the hand; it serves as a base of support for all upper body activity. When shoulder pain interferes with daily activity including work, sleep, household activity or recreation, it's time to seek care. 

Shoulder Evaluation

We will evaluate your shoulder by looking at how much motion you have, how you move your shoulder as well as your strength in your shoulder. Individualized assessment will help determine needs for further testing. We will take into account your daily activity and recreational demands that you will need to return to. 

Shoulder Treatment

Treatment may include stretching and strengthening exercises for the shoulder, upper back or core muscles, hands on stretching and manual techniques for the joints and muscles to improve mobility and decrease pain. We will guide you in a home exercise program and transition you back to work, functional and recreational activity with an individual program. 

Physical Therapy after Shoulder Surgery

Therapists at Intermountain Physical Therapy Clinics will work with your surgeon to coordinate care in order for you to return to daily activity, work and recreation. Shoulder surgeries vary in recovery time. Therapists will respect healing time and will progress according to surgeon guidelines. Our primary goal is to maximize the results of your surgery and get you back to what you need to do as well as what you enjoy doing. 

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