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Shoulder Pain

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Elation Physical Therapy

Elation Physical Therapy is located in Houston, Katy, and Pearland, Texas. Also serving the surrounding locations of Houston Heights, Richmond, and Fulshear, Texas.

Shoulder pain is a common problem that’s often hard to treat, recurs in 25% of patients, and causes chronic pain in nearly half of all patients. If you suffer from shoulder pain, you can regain a strong, healthy shoulder with physical therapy from our Doctors of Physical Therapy at Elation Physical Therapy. They specialize in rehabilitating injured shoulders, restoring strength, and helping you prevent recurrent injuries. To learn how physical therapy can relieve your shoulder pain, call the office in Houston, Pearland, Cypress or Katy, Texas, or use online booking to request an appointment today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Rotator cuff injuries are one of the leading causes of shoulder pain. The rotator cuff includes a group of muscles that move your arm while also holding the arm in your shoulder joint. Sports injuries and wear and tear that occur from repeated arm movements lead to partial or complete tears in the rotator cuff.

Other problems that cause shoulder pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Labral tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Shoulder fractures
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Frozen shoulder


You’re more likely to end up with shoulder pain if you participate in sports and other activities that involve overhead motions, such as weightlifting, pitching, and painting.

What symptoms accompany shoulder pain?

The conditions responsible for shoulder pain also cause symptoms such as:  

  • Arm and shoulder weakness
  • Difficulty lifting your arm
  • Shoulder joint instability
  • Muscle spasms
  • Joint clicking
  • Limited range of motion
  • Loss of movement


Sudden pain, swelling, and bruising are the hallmark symptoms of a fracture or dislocation.

How do physical therapists treat shoulder pain?

Your physical therapist completes an intensive evaluation of your shoulder. They examine the shoulder’s strength, range of motion, and functional abilities. If they find a condition that needs the care of an orthopedic surgeon, they refer you to a trusted medical professional.

For example, a shoulder fracture needs immediate medical care and possibly surgery to be sure the bones are properly aligned and immobilized. Sometimes a ruptured tendon or ligament requires surgery to repair the soft tissues and ensure you can regain optimum shoulder strength.

Otherwise, your physical therapist develops a treatment plan designed to ease your shoulder pain, diminish inflammation, and restore movement and strength.

Shoulder pain treatment begins with limiting your activity and physical therapy. A few examples of therapies used for shoulder pain include: 

  • Therapeutic massage
  • Passive range-of-motion therapy
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Range-of-motion exercises
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Ergonomic training
  • Taping


The team at Elation Physical Therapy also incorporates rehabilitation that meets your activity goals. If you want to return to competitive sports, they develop customized, sport-specific exercises. Your therapist also teaches you exercises you can do at home to support your full recovery.

If your shoulder needs surgery, you may want to consider pre-surgical physical therapy (pre-hab). This type of therapy helps you recover more quickly after surgery.

Don’t put up with shoulder pain when relief is available through physical therapy at Elation Physical Therapy. Call or book an appointment online today.

We offer physical therapy for ACL repairs, rotator cuff repairs,  joint replacements, and other orthopedic surgeries. We also treat neck and low back pain and more. Call to book your appointment today.


We are the best physical therapy practice located in Houston, Pearland, Cypress and Katy, Texas. We offer sports injury recovery, pelvic floor therapy, treat lower back pain, and focus on general orthopedic injuries to help your needs. Call us to book your appointment today.

We are an LGBTQ+-friendly sports medicine and orthopedic physical therapy office and happy to get patients back to doing the things they love!