Shoulder Pain

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Shoulder Pain

Get back in the swing of things.

5/5

I never needed surgery although I had a consultation with a ENT and they advised I get the painful septum surgery due to my severely deviated septum which caused headaches and terrible sinus infections. After my first visit I could breath again… and I haven’t had a sinus infection in 7 years!
This sinus and headache therapy has allowed me to sleep much better which translates in my overall health being better and feeling well consistently.
I highly recommend Susan if you are experiencing pain like I was! Thank you Susan!
Ian B.“I was in a tremendous amount of pain (from bicep tendinitis) and could barely lift my arm. I had to learn to get dressed, open car doors, put on my seatbelt, etc. using my other arm. The slightest movement would cause me excruciating pain. My own doctor told me that I needed to rest it, and it would likely improve over several weeks’ time. When it didn’t, I consulted an orthopaedic shoulder specialist, who sent me for physical therapy. I worked with a very reputable physical therapy company for six weeks, with limited improvement. I went back to the orthopaedic shoulder specialist who told me that unless I wanted surgery, I would have to learn to live with it.

Shortly thereafter, I heard great things about Susan Schehr. I went to see her, but I was skeptical & had low expectations. I could see right away that her approach was vastly different from what I had experienced before. She sees the body as an integrated whole, so effective healing of a damaged part cannot take place without taking into account all the other parts. Susan works with an amazing intuition that zeros in on areas that need work, all in the service of healing the affected part.

I saw Susan twice a week for about six weeks. After each session I was amazed at my improvement. By the end, I had full use and full range of motion in my left arm, without any pain. I call her my miracle worker. I am still amazed at what she was able to achieve for me. I am so grateful to her. I recently went back to see her for a different issue, having to do with my back. In about five sessions the entire problem was cleared up. Susan is Baltimore’s greatest treasure!”

— Kim K.

WHAT CAUSES SHOULDER PAIN?

There are many causes of shoulder pain.

  • Frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis – limitations in the overhead movement of the shoulder, usually accompanied by pain resulting from surgery, or injury to the shoulder, wrist or hand
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome – sharp pain noted with raising the arm overhead, resulting from the pinching of the tendons of the rotator cuff between the bones of the shoulder joint
  • Pinched nerve in the neck – can be the cause of radiating pain in the shoulder
  • Arthritis – osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) can cause stiffness and pain due to the breakdown of cartilage and subsequent rubbing of the bony surfaces
    • Rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain and stiffness due to the breakdown of the surfaces of the joint of the shoulder
  • Torn cartilage – doing the same motion over and over. You can also hurt it in a fall, or anytime your shoulder absorbs a lot of force. With this type of injury, you might feel pain when you reach over your head, and your shoulder could seem weak. It might also feel like it’s catching, locking, or grinding
  • Rotator cuff tear – shoulder pain when trying to lift things and at night. Damage may be due to injury, overuse and in the wear and tear of aging
  • Tendinitis/tendinosis – inflammation of the tendons of the rotator cuff due to an injury or wear and tear over time
  • Dislocation – pain and weakness with possible swelling, bruising and numbness in the shoulder resulting from excessive force to the shoulder from the front, back or rotationally
  • Shoulder separation – pain in the front and/or top of the shoulder at the acromioclavicular (A-C) joint, located where the collarbone ends at the shoulder. Often it results in a bump on the top of the shoulder
  • Bursitis – irritation and swelling of the sac that cushions the shoulder movement, caused by overuse or injury, resulting in a burning pain mostly with movement
  • Bone spurs- calluses on the bone from rubbing, usually over time, which can lead to tendinitis or a rotator cuff tear
  • Fracture – most commonly of the clavicle (collarbone) and the humerus (upper arm bone)
  • Referred pain – to the shoulder may be from the gall bladder, liver, stomach, heart or another organ

HOW CAN I MANAGE SHOULDER PAIN?

The following remedies may help manage your shoulder pain:

  • Rest
  • Reduce stress to the shoulder in your activities
  • NSAIDS- non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain, inflammation
  • Cold compress for reducing swelling
  • Moist heat
  • Muscle relaxant

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CANNOT MANAGE MY SHOULDER PAIN?

If not managed properly, simple activities, such as putting on a shirt or jacket, reaching overhead in the closet, driving, and cooking may become more and more difficult.  Of course, leisure or competitive activities hamper your ability to achieve your goals.

Ignoring, or not properly managing shoulder pain of any type, will eventually affect other areas of your body.  I have found that many of my patients with elbow, wrist and hand problems, also had a history of shoulder problems.  This happens due to compensations in positioning and movement during activities which result in over-stressing other muscles and joints.

HOW CAN BALTIMORE HOLISTIC PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP MY SHOULDER PAIN?

Your initial appointment session at Baltimore Holistic Physical Therapy begins with taking a thorough history of your shoulder problem. By identifying the cause of your problem and taking a holistic approach with advanced physical therapy and osteopathic techniques, time spent in treatment can be minimized. Our entire goal is to get you back to the lifestyle you enjoy as quickly as possible. 

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

A:  Firstly, I don’t believe in doing what didn’t work before. Many physical therapy practices approach a problem by going to the painful region. Oftentimes, this is a very temporary fix. By taking a holistic, hands-on approach, I understand that your pain may be coming from another part of the body, or even have multiple sources, including posture. By individualizing your treatment, I concentrate on healing and re-balancing the body, to manage your pain and lessen the chance of it returning. Then, I teach you how to manage your posture and movement.

A: Treatments for headaches or other pain from a recent problem will generally benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first 2 weeks, then 1 session per week. Older conditions will benefit from 2 treatment sessions for the first week and then 1 session per week. Wellness sessions to rebalance and optimize the body for healthy aging range from a single session every month to once every six months and will be recommended on an individual basis.

A: An initial evaluation will take 1 hour. (Scar adhesion or sinus treatments only require 45 minutes.) Most follow-up treatments will be done in 30 minute sessions; multiple body areas may require 45 minutes

A: Any heavy exercise or recreational program should be done prior to the physical therapy or wellness session and then not for 24 hours after, in order for the body to adjust itself to the changes in muscle balance.

A: I will teach you techniques to perform on yourself if there is a flare-up and instruct you on proper body mechanics and ergonomics.

A: It is a facial aesthetics program of wrinkle reduction and facial rejuvenation using hands-on physical therapy and osteopathic techniques which may reduce the signs of aging in the face and neck. A FREE HEALTHY AGING CONSULTATION is available. See Refacée®

A: Wellness programs for healthy aging are not covered by most insurances, but may be reimbursable through a Healthcare Savings Account (HSA). A written bill and receipt will be provided upon your request. Although I do not participate in or bill insurance directly, I will provide a bill for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement, upon request. As there are many types of insurance plans with each provider, it is your responsibility to understand the terms of your insurance. *Those with Medicare Part B insurance from CMS will only be allowed to be part of the Healthy Aging program, NOT for physical therapy treatment. Please see Payment Terms and Policies.

A: Appointments may be made in the following ways: Please call 410-665-3223 Email: Dr.Susan@baltimoreholisticpt.com