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Shoulder Pain


I am so thankful that my doctor sent me here for physical therapy. Grant was awesome in explaining and demonstrating the various physical therapy exercises for my neck and shoulder pain. He recommended dry needling and that was an immense help in releaving my pain. I highly recommend this office for anyone needing physical therapy!

Julie P.

I was referred to Compleat Rehab in Locust before and after my shoulder surgery. This was my first time needing PT, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I actually looked forward to my PT appointments. My shoulder always felt so much better after each appointment. I would definitely recommend Compleat Rehab for anyone requiring PT services.

Ellen B.

After a complete shoulder replacement, I went to Compleat Rehab for my post op PT. After two months out of surgery, I have complete range of motion and no pain. You’ll really get the best experience possible if you use them for your PT needs.

Don’t Let Shoulder Pain Stop You From Living Your Life

Living With Shoulder Pain? We Can Help!

We use our shoulders for almost every movement we make, so if they bother us, it’s a big deal! There are many reasons why someone may experience pain in the shoulder, and the severity of pain may range from temporary discomfort in the pulled muscle to agonizing bone-on-bone arthritic friction.

Sometimes you just can’t get through a day without feeling the pain in your shoulder and neck. It may show up as a result of injury, making you feel like your shoulder is immobile.

Shoulder pain can take many forms – it can appear when you reach toward the top shelf to put away dishes or when you’re struggling to find a comfortable sleeping position.

Whatever may be the cause of your shoulder pain, Compleat Rehab & Sports Therapy is dedicated to offering you natural pain management methods. Schedule an appointment at our China Grove, Gastonia, Huntersville, Lincolnton, Locust, Mint Hill, Mount Holly, and Charlotte, NC physical therapy clinic today to learn more about our different treatment methods for shoulder pain.

Why physical therapy is better than surgery

Those who have rotator cuff injuries or “torn shoulders” generally report dull pain deep in their shoulders, weakness in their arms, difficulty reaching behind their backs, and troubled sleep due to pain.

Depending on the severity and situation, surgery is sometimes needed, but often proper physical therapy can help reduce pain and restore strength to the rotator cuff to compensate for partial tears. Physical therapy is an integral part of rehabilitation for full recovery if surgery is needed.

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “A recent study from Finland asserts that when it comes to the treatment of nontraumatic rotator cuff tears, physical therapy alone produces results equal to those produced by arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair.”

At Compleat Rehab & Sports Therapy, our natural and non-invasive methods can help relieve pain in your shoulder and heal rotator cuff injuries.

What can I expect from PT treatments for my shoulder pain?

Physical therapy is a natural, easy, and comfortable way to find relief for pain in the shoulder without the need for harmful drugs or invasive surgery. Our China Grove, Gastonia, Huntersville, Lincolnton, Locust, Mint Hill, Mount Holly, and Charlotte, NC physical therapists have treated a number of conditions that lead to pain in the shoulder, with patients finding improvement and relief after just a few short sessions.

Physical therapists are movement experts who are trained to identify the cause of your pain through a variety of diagnostic tests and methods.

During your assessment, we will examine your range of motion, strength, coordination, medical history, joint mobility, and joint motion mechanics.

Once our physical therapist has determined the cause of your shoulder pain, they can create a specialized combination of PT methods to manage and relieve your pain.

Your treatment plan may involve gentle manual therapy that helps to restore normal joint movement, ease soft tissue restrictions, and promote circulation. It may also include specific therapeutic exercises to restore strength and a proper sequence of muscle activation around the shoulder joint.

Another benefit of physical therapy is that you will learn new ways to move your body to enhance your strength and prevent future shoulder problems from recurring.

The importance of functioning shoulders

The shoulder is a “ball-and-socket” joint, which means the head of the upper arm bone, or “humerus,” fits perfectly into the corresponding space within the shoulder blade or “scapula.” The ends of the bone are protected by a thick layer of cartilage, which prevents the bones from causing friction.

Fluid-filled bags called “bursae” also protect tendons from rubbing against bones. The tendons attach the bones in the shoulder to a set of bones known as the rotator cuff.

Your shoulders are capable of performing many physical feats. In fact, the shoulders have the widest range of all the joints in your body! However, the possibilities of pain and discomfort also come with their complexities.

The type of pain you feel in your shoulder may vary depending on what causes it. Pain from impingement, for example, usually occurs when you raise your arm, beginning at a certain point in the range of motion.

Pain from a degenerated shoulder may cause persistent aches every time you move your arm in certain directions. Acute injuries can result in sudden and intense pain, making it impossible for you to move your shoulder.

If something goes wrong with the intricacies that make up the mechanical interplay of the shoulder, pain may be an unfortunate result.

What’s causing my shoulder pain?

Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include:


The two main forms of arthritis that affect the shoulder are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these result in loss of motion, weakness to the shoulder muscles, and difficulty performing normal, daily tasks.

Rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system decides to attack the membranes surrounding the shoulder joint, resulting in pain and inflammation.

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage in the shoulder joint experiences significant “wear and tear,” typically due to age or excessive overuse.


Impingement typically occurs because of abnormal movement and tracking of the humeral head as you lift your arm overhead.

Pain typically occurs when lifting your arm at or above 90 degrees.

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder results in a painful loss of motion in the shoulder with a tightening of the shoulder joint that severely limits motion. It is also known as “adhesive capsulitis.”

This condition can occur if your arm has been in a cast or sling for a while, or if you have been bedridden for an extended period of time.

Some ethnicities are more predisposed, and women from 40-60 years of age tend to have more instances of this condition than men.


Tendinitis occurs when the shoulder joint is excessively overused typically due to the physical demands of a person’s job, overhead activity, or sport.

Another factor for tendinitis is also poor posture because this alters the normal forces on the tendons, and can set you up for tendon injury.

This causes the tendons to undergo ongoing inflammation, resulting in swelling and painful impingement when raising your arm.

Say goodbye to shoulder pain once and for all

Shoulder pain may be controlling your life, but it doesn’t have to! Our China Grove, Gastonia, Huntersville, Lincolnton, Locust, Mint Hill, Mount Holly, and Charlotte, NC physical therapy practice will get you the help you need to start doing the things you love once again without pain.

Contact Compleat Rehab & Sports Therapy today to request your appointment and get started on your path toward pain relief.