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My shoulder hurts when I try to lift my arm above my head or reach for something in the backseat of the car. I looked up my symptoms online and it seems like I have impingement syndrome. What does this mean? Can physical therapy help me?


Shoulder pain can be due to a variety of causes, including muscle weakness, posture, or poor movement patterns. Sometimes your rotator cuff tendons can be pinched or "impinged" as you raise your arm, especially with repetitive activities. Impingement can cause pain when reaching behind your back or over your head. Poor posture or mobility in your upper back can be part of the problem. A physical therapist can perform a thorough examination to determine the cause of your pain and determine a specialized treatment program to help you get through the day without difficulty. Often a combination of hands-on treatment performed by your physical therapist along with carefully selected exercises can help relieve your pain and allow you to move your arm freely without pain. Did you know, with most insurance plans in Oregon, you don’t need a referral from your doctor to see a physical therapist? Physical therapists are trained to identify symptoms that may be caused by non-musculoskeletal pathology and when you should see your doctor. Call us today to schedule your appointment so you can work, live, and play...again!
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