Shoulder & Elbow

Shoulder

NJIB Physical Therapy] | Shoulder Pain

Physical therapists (PTs) are experts in the art and science of the evaluation and treatment of human movement dysfunctions. We care for people of all ages and treat a variety of muscle, joint and neurological conditions.

    Conditions Treated:

  • Impingement*
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Instability
  • Fracture/Trauma
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tendinopathy
  • Arthritis

Treatment Options:

  • Drugs
  • Surgery
  • Physical Therapy*

Advantages of Physical Therapy:

  • No side effects.
  • Cost-effective.
  • Supported by clinical research*.
  • Customized to treat the underlying cause.

Your Recovery Process:

  • Pain Relief
  • Restoration of Normal Movement
  • Recovery of Function
  • Independent Care.

Components of Your Care:

  • A thorough biomechanical evaluation.
  • Customized treatment plan.
  • Extensive patient education.
  • Hands-on techniques to relax the muscles and recover mobility.
  • Stretching for tight muscles.
  • Strengthening of weak muscles.
  • Mobilization of stiff joints.
  • Modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound or electrical stimulation.

Everyone is different. You may require one or two visits or an extended care plan over several weeks or months. If you’re ready for relief, and tired of “masking” your pain, treat the cause, not just the symptoms!

* Physical therapy has been proven to be as effective as surgery. Ann Rheum Dis. 2005 May:64(5).

Elbow

The elbow is a joint made up of three bones held together by muscles, ligaments and tendons. The three bones in the elbow are the upper arm bone (humerus) and the two bones which make up the forearm (radius and ulna). Each of these bones has cartilage on the end that helps cushion the ends of the bones as they slide against each other and act as shock absorbers. At the bottom of the humerus are two bony bumps. The one on the outside (lateral side) is called the lateral epicondyle, and the one on the inside (medial side) is called the medial epicondyle.

Injuries, overuse and wear and tear on any of these or nerves and tissue will cause elbow pain.

Two of the most common causes of elbow pain are:

  1. Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow due to overuse
  2. Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis): damage to the muscles and tendons that control the wrist and fingers, typically in the medial epicondyle, a bony bump on the inside of the elbow where these muscles attach

Other causes of elbow pain include arthritis, dislocations, fractures, sprains (stretching or tearing of ligaments) and strains (stretching or tearing of muscles).

Treatments for Elbow Pain

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