Shoulder/Rotator Cuff

The shoulder is the most complex and mobile joint in the body. Shoulder pain can be severe and very limiting; causing you a great deal of pain with activities like reaching up to a top shelf or into the back seat of your car, playing catch with your kids, or even combing your hair.

When we talk about the shoulder, most people think of the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. Technically that is correct. But the pain-free movement of your shoulder also requires movement of your shoulder blade, collar bone, ribs (especially the first rib which is high up in the muscle above your shoulder), and neck/upper back. Shoulder motion is the result of a complex series of movements of these individual bones that together give you the ability to reach up over your head.

Problems with movement of any of these bones, which is often the case with shoulder pain, will cause you to have irritation and then inflammation of the 4 rotator cuff muscles. When this happens, you will experience shoulder pain with motion or, if severe enough, even when you are sitting still or lying on your side in bed.

The treatment of your shoulder pain starts with normalizing mobility of these structures with specific Manual Therapy techniques. As more normal motion returns, inflammation will decrease and your pain will get better. Strengthening of the 4 rotator cuff muscles is important to help keep the ball of your shoulder more secure in the socket so it doesn’t cause further inflammation.

Strengthening the muscles that control your shoulder blade, which contributes to the stability of your shoulder joint socket, is also required. As weakness here will also cause irritation of the shoulder. Finally, relearning movement patterns for your shoulder will make sure your shoulder pain won’t return.

Don't live with pain.

If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer. Schedule an appointment with one of our expert physical therapists today.

Change your body for the better.


Here’s what some of our patients had to say

My wife and I have been treated at other PT practices and none holds a candle to Manual Edge! You get actual hands on manipulation for your whole session that really helps vs. other places that give you a few mins of therapy, then slap a hot pad on you, give you some exercises and…

five stars Carmelo C. Manual Edge Patient

Most PT places herd you in and out like cattle. Very little personalized care. Manual Edge is 100% personal care, not “go ride the exercise bike for 20 minutes while I drink coffee with the rest of the staff”. Teresa is great, but I’ve heard great things about the rest of the staff from friends…

five stars Dennis B. Manual Edge Patient

Manual Edge is wonderful. The front desk staff are super sweet. Val is absolutely amazing! She’s helped so much with my pain. She listens and really tries to find the perfect way to help you out. She doesn’t just give you the routine she gives everyone else. She definitely makes it as personal as possible.

five stars Christine D. Manual Edge Patient

They’re very efficient and kind, and time spent waiting to be seen is minimal. I’m pleased with a great physical therapist, who explains the reasons behind the therapy.

five stars Sally S. Manual Edge Patient

Tim cured my headaches that bothered me everyday for almost two years. He is very kind and patient, and his cranial manipulation techniques eliminated the pain in my head immediately. Tim is truly one of a kind.

five stars Sue S. Manual Edge Patient

Experience pain free movement.

Get a shoulder/rotator cuff treatment plan when you schedule an appointment or call us at (719) 694-8342.