If you have gone your whole life without shoulder pain you can consider yourself pretty lucky. Most of our patients who participate in baseball, softball, or group fitness classes and have had at least one incident of having shoulder pain. That single incident all of a sudden becomes a common occurrence and can become a chronic issue.
They might describe their pain as dull, achy, and sometimes sharp. They feel it when they raise their arm to the side or raising it forward. They feel pain on and off when performing overhead presses or bench pressing. When my overhead athletes wind up or follow through on a pitch, they'll feel it in the back of their shoulder. There are complaints when performing the jerk portion of clean and jerks. Maybe when performing butterfly pull-ups they'll feel it. Whether you're feeling pain in the beginning, middle, or end of activity your body is telling you something.
You can always go to your primary doctor or an orthopedist to get it looked at. Or if you had a severe traumatic incident to cause your shoulder pain, go to the Emergency Room.
If you didn't know, Physical Therapists are qualified to asses orthopedic conditions like shoulder pain and give you an accurate diagnosis without the need for expensive medical procedures like a X-ray or MRI. If you haven't had a severe traumatic incident to your shoulder, we would recommend at least an evaluation to see what your conservative options are for your shoulder pain.
If you have a problem that Physical Therapy can help resolve, we will come up with a plan together so there's a clear path to performing at 100 percent.