Physical Therapy For Shoulder Pain – Better Than Injections?

As a practicing Physical Therapist, shoulder pain is the 3rd most common problem I treat.
(Just in case you were wondering, back pain and shoulder pain are the 1st and 2nd most common)

So I found this new research study to be very interesting. It looked at the cost of healthcare (amount of healthcare resources) used over the course of 1 year and the outcomes of that care. Specifically, the researchers compared these things for two groups of people with shoulder pain – those that received corticosteroid injections and those that were treated with a specialized form of physical therapy called manual therapy.

Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory medicines.

Manual therapy is a hands on approach to physical therapy that includes soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization and therapeutic exercise.

If you are interested – You can check out the details of the study here: http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1892614

The findings of the study suggest that both groups had great outcomes. So if you are leery of getting injections or prefer a more conservative approach to getting rid of your shoulder pain, you should definitely consider manual therapy.

To find the best physical therapist for you – I strongly suggest you take the following steps:
1. Look online for a physical therapy clinic close to your home, office or school. When you choose to try physical therapy you need to be sure you can go to treatment sessions (usually) two days per week for 3 to 4 weeks. So convenience should definitely be a consideration. Look for offices / clinics that take no more than 15 minutes in drive time.

2. Call the closest physical therapy offices to make sure they take your health insurance. Just ask if they are in-network providers. This will help minimize your personal out of pocket costs.

3. During the call – ask if they specialize in orthopedic manual therapy and who will be treating you. The therapist should have several years of manual therapy experience and should be licensed in PT (i.e. be either a licenced Physical Therapist or Physical Therapy Assistant… not a PT tech or aide).

Arvada Physical Therapy Clinic for Knee Pain

Do You Suffer from Knee Pain?

There are many causes for knee pain

It’s very important to find out what the cause of your knee pain is…

This is called getting a diagnosis.

Without a diagnosis you might be tempted to start doing something to get rid of your knee pain…

But it might be the wrong thing.

Doing the wrong thing can actually cause more problems and more pain.

Do I Need To See A Knee Pain Specialist?

If the pain in your knee has been around for more than a couple of days, or the pain is so intense that it’s stopping you from doing normal activities, then you should go and see a specialist. 

It’s not a good idea to try and diagnose yourself. A specialist like a Physical Therapist will find out why you have knee pain and develop a plan to get you out of pain.

 

We Can Help – Physical Therapy for Your Knee Pain

When you come to our physical therapy clinic the first thing we will do is diagnose your problem.

Once we know exactly what is wrong we’ll discuss it with you and then we will discuss your treatment plan.

CLICK HERE to read an article from Harvard Health about how Physical Therapy Works As Well As Surgery for knee pain

What Is A Treatment Plan?

A treatment plan is the plan we will follow to help you get rid of your knee pain.

Specifically in our clinic we use a combination of cutting-edge techniques, manual therapy, movement patterns and exercises to help you get out of pain as fast as possible.

It’s important to us that every single session you leave feeling better than when you got here.

So we practice a pain-free approach to physical therapy.

Some people believe in a no pain no gain approach.

We have found that approach to be completely ineffective.

Anything that increases your pain also increases muscle guarding and inflammation.

And that slows down your healing.

Physical therapy is meant to decrease pain, muscle guarding, inflammation. Not increase them.

What to Expect When You Come to Our Physical Therapy Clinic

  • You will be seen promptly on time for your appointment.
  • Each session will last from 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Sessions are one-on-one and take place in a private room.
  • Will answer all of your questions, so don’t hesitate to ask.
  • You’ll get hands on care from an expert in manual therapy.
  • You’ll receive a program of things you can do at home to decrease knee pain and speed up healing.
  • We practice a pain free approach – and strive to ensure that you leave every session feeling better than when you came in.

What You Need To Do

Call our office today at (720) 222-9669

We will answer your questions, check your insurance benefits for you, and if it makes sense you’ll schedule an appointment to come to our Arvada physical therapy clinic

Don’t delay – you can get rid of your knee pain and start feeling better today!

Arvada Physical Therapy Clinic

Attention: Arvada Residents

This office is located on South Jasmine Street off of East Evans Avenue.

It is about 1/2 mile east of the intersection of Kipling Avenue and Ralston Road / W 58th Avenue and is very convenient for you if you live or work near:

  • Arvada
  • Lakewood
  • Wheat Ridge
  • Westminster
  • Golden

We accept most major insurance (United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Anthem, Medicare, Workers Compensation, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Optum, all Auto Insurances).

Not sure how to choose your Physical Therapy Clinic? Check out THIS ARTICLE

Your First Visit at Our Arvada Physical Therapy Clinic

Your first visit will usually take up to 60 minutes.

Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early to complete 1-3 pages of paperwork.

Sessions take place in private rooms and are one-on-one with a licensed Physical Therapist or licensed Physical Therapy Assistant.

Some Helpful Tips

Get Directions: Make sure you know how to get to our office. This lets you plan for travel time and decreases the stress of going to a new place.

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What to Bring With You:

  • Wear or bring comfortable clothes (you can change into them when you get here in one of our private rooms or in the rest room)
  • Your insurance information – bring your insurance card or your auto accident claim information or your workers compensation paperwork
  • Your referral or prescription – bring any paperwork that you got from your doctor

New Article – How To Prevent Getting Injured In A Car Accident

Here’s the opening of my latest article:

In this article, I’m going to share eight tips with you that could help prevent you from getting injured in a car accident. All of these tips are ways to help decrease your chances of ever getting into a car accident. They do this by helping to ensure your car and your driving experience are as safe as possible. This is because the best way to prevent getting injured is…

To read more CLICK HERE

David Berman FizzNiche Expert Blogger

Car Accident Injury Prevention Article

Check out my latest article at http://drhill.com/how-to-prevent-getting-injured-in-a-car-accident/

I’m now an Expert Guest Blogger at FizzNiche… So check back for more articles soon.

David Berman FizzNiche Expert Blogger

Do You Need A Car Accident Injury Care Specialist?

If you live in or near Arvada and have a car accident injury – check out this article I wrote for the online Colorado News site.

To schedule an appointment or have any of your car accident injury questions answered by an expert please call me at (720) 222-9669. 

CLICK HERE TO READ The Top 3 Reasons You Should See A Specialist To Treat Your Car Accident Injuries