Shoulder Pain Relief

Shoulder Pain relief Alexandria, VA


Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint and many people do not seek medical attention in hopes that it will disappear on its own. While this may occur, if the symptoms persist for more than a few days it is a good idea to see a physical therapist.

Your shoulder is a highly mobile joint that is made up of four separate joints that connect your shoulder blades, collarbone, and upper arms. Because of this interdependence, any dysfunction in one area can lead to strength, mobility, or stability issues in another area.


Shoulder pain can arise from a lifetime from poor posture, a hidden injury, overuse as an overhead athlete, or from repetitive motions in the workplace. Common injuries include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bicep Tendonitis
  • Biceps Tear
  • Bursitis
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • AC Separation
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • LabrumTear


Our highly trained physical therapists work with you on a variety of rehabilitation exercises to bring pain-free mobility back to your shoulder. Through a comprehensive evaluation, Our physical therapists will discover if it is stiffness, motor control, poor posture, bad mechanics, or weakness that is causing your shoulder issues. A complete evaluation will verify exactly where the problem is and how to fix it.

To be most effective, the treatments will most likely incorporate manual therapy, flexibility, and strength for the shoulder and surrounding areas. Manual therapy or joint mobilization will help restore the mechanics of how your shoulder should move. Flexibility or stretching exercises will help preserve that mobility. Strengthening will keep everything working cohesively together in the long run.


Whether you’re in need of post-surgical rehab or are hoping to avoid surgery, our comprehensive treatment plan is designed to normalize the mechanics of how your shoulder and the surrounding areas should work together.

Contact us today at Alexandria, VA center to learn how Our Physical therapists can help you fix your shoulder dysfunction.



What is the most common shoulder injury?

Sprains and strains are among the most commonly experienced overuse injuries in the shoulder area. A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is stretched too far or torn. A sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched too far or torn. Strains and sprains can result in an ongoing shoulder pain that may make it difficult to partake in exercise or even daily tasks. If the strain or sprain is minor, it can sometimes be iced at home and healed with rest. More severe strains and sprains will often require physical therapy treatments. Additional shoulder injuries include a torn cartilage, dislocation, tendinitis, frozen shoulder, and arthritis.

How do you know if my shoulder injury is serious?

Your shoulders can accomplish several physical feats due to their structure – however, this also means that they are susceptible to an increased risk of injury because of their complexity. If something becomes damaged in the make-up of the shoulders, pain and discomfort can develop. This pain may range from a dull ache to shooting pains, depending on the severity of the condition. If you are experiencing severe pain, or pain lasting three months or longer, it could be indicative of a deeper issue.

How do I get my shoulder to stop hurting?

If your shoulder is causing you discomfort, physical therapy is the best way to ensure the highest rate of relief. Our physical therapists are highly trained to help improve the flexibility and range of motion in your shoulder, in addition to relieving your pain and discomfort. This will be done through an individualized treatment plan designed specifically for you, and may include any combination of treatment methods as your physical therapist deems fit, including manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, electrical nerve stimulation, or ultrasound. Your physical therapist will also prescribe targeted exercises and stretches to help regain your optimal shoulder function.

How can physical therapy help with shoulder pain?

Two of the biggest goals of physical therapy are 1) to alleviate your pain and 2) to improve your function. Your physical therapist will work with you to make sure that both of these are achieved throughout your physical therapy sessions. Physical therapy has been proven to manage the pain of several conditions, and in many cases, it has even been proven to eliminate shoulder pain altogether, thus making the need for harmful drugs or surgical intervention obsolete.