Though you may attribute your shoulder and arm pain to throwing a baseball too hard or stressing out at work, diagnosis can actually be more much difficult than simply pinpointing a specific cause. Whether you sustained an injury during your youth or have experienced a gradual change in posture over several years, shoulder and arm pain can vary greatly in origin.
Regardless of your pain’s cause or location, the manual physical therapists at OMT Specialists are dedicated to helping you discover the course of healing that is right for you. We will guide you to shoulder and arm pain treatment that will not only ease your pain, but also enhance your overall health and comfort every day.
To schedule an appointment and get started on your physical therapy treatment plan for shoulder and arm pain, contact us online or call (240) 454-3806 today!
Please note that arm pain can be the sign of a heart attack. If you may be having a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
Causes of Shoulder & Arm Pain
Some of the most common causes of shoulder and arm pain include:
- Pinched nerve
- Alteration in posture
- Rotator cuff tear
- Tennis elbow
- Sports injury
- Sprains and strains
- And more
If you think that any of these causes may be related to your shoulder and arm pain, please call OMT Specialists at (240) 454-3806 or contact us online to discuss your physical therapy treatment options!
How to Describe Your Shoulder & Arm Pain Symptoms
When meeting with your physical therapist for an initial consultation—read about that process on our FAQ page—describing your symptoms accurately will be crucial in creating the best physical therapy plan for your particular manifestation of pain. To make that process easier for you, take a look at this list of ways to describe your shoulder and arm pain symptoms:
- Location – Where do you experience pain the most? Does it radiate to other areas?
- Quality – Is the pain constant or on-and-off? Is it a dull, aching pain or a sharp, shooting pain?
- Ratio – Is your pain localized in one part of your body, or does it affect multiple areas? (E.g., 70% shoulder vs. 30% neck or 100% elbow).
- Intensity – On a scale of 0-10, how unbearable is your pain?
- Inability – Are you feeling weak, numb, or uncoordinated as a result of your pain?
- Onset – How did the pain start? Was it gradual or sudden? How long has it persisted?
- Activity – Do certain activities ease or worsen the pain?
- Interval – Do particular times of the day become more painful than others?
As you prepare for your manual physical therapy appointment, consider these questions and note your answers so that you can share them with your physical therapist. OMT Specialists doesn’t believe in a blanket diagnosis; we believe that true healing involves the whole body, not just the site of pain. As a result, we’ll evaluate your shoulder and arm pain holistically to create the optimal treatment plan for you.
Schedule Physical Therapy for Shoulder & Arm Pain in MD, DC & Northern VA
At OMT Specialists, we believe that manual physical therapy is an avenue to healing. With our hands-on, one-on-one approach to physical therapy, we guarantee that you will achieve a level of comfort that you may have never experienced in your life. Due to the fact that we believe that our patients are a whole person—not just a diagnosis or a body part to fix—we offer customized, personalized treatment plans to help you along your journey to recovery.
Our physical therapists work based off of the notion that all of the parts of the body are connected; healing isn’t about targeting one body part, but rather making sure all of the parts are working together as seamlessly as possible. This holistic approach to physical therapy enables you to create a plan that’s tailor-made for your needs and goals. Not only will we help you eliminate your shoulder and arm pain, but we will also make sure your whole body is in the healthiest shape it can be.
To discover how it feels to have relief from your shoulder and arm pain, contact us online or call (240) 454-3806 to schedule an appointment with a manual physical therapist at OMT Specialists today!