Shoulder Pain Specialist

VF Physical Therapy

Physical Therapist located in Staten Island, NY

Shoulder pain can affect the joint, shoulder blade, and even your upper arm and neck, causing severe discomfort and disability. Vladimir Fedosseev, DPT, is an experienced physical therapist who excels in reducing pain and restoring function to patients on Staten Island, New York, and the surrounding area who have shoulder pain. To schedule a one-to-one consultation and receive the most effective therapies for your shoulder pain, call Vladimir Fedosseev Physical Therapy PC today or book an appointment online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

What causes shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can arise from damage or degeneration of any of the tissues within your shoulder joint, upper arm, and shoulder blade. Your shoulder has an extensive range of movement that enables you to swing your arms right around and out to the side, and still use them to exert pressure or support your body weight.

The shoulder joint is supported by a web of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, along with nerves and blood vessels. This complex network is called the rotator cuff and is the chief enabler of the range of motion you can achieve with your arms. The rotator cuff is a frequent cause of shoulder pain, but there are many other potential causes for your pain as well.

What conditions might be giving me shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain may be due to an acute injury like a fracture or dislocation, or it could develop over time because of wear and tear on the joint and supporting structures. Some of the most common conditions that cause shoulder pain are:

Arthritis

Arthritis is a joint disease with many different forms. The most common is osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, caused by the cartilage in the shoulder joint thinning and wearing out so the ends of the bones start to rub together, causing inflammation and pain.

Tendonitis and bursitis

Tendonitis is an overuse injury that causes inflammation and pain in the shoulder. It’s common among people who play sports or who make repetitive arm movements because of the work they do. Bursitis is an inflammation of the bursae that prevent tendons and bones rubbing together. Both conditions cause pain when you raise your arm.

Dislocations

Shoulder dislocation is quite common, but with expert manipulation, the head of your upper arm bone (humerus) should pop back into the socket in your shoulder blade (scapula) without too much problem. You may tear your rotator cuff if you dislocate your shoulder, and once you’ve had a dislocation, you’re more likely to experience another one.

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

If you have frozen shoulder, it means you find it hard to move your arm freely. It’s a problem that tends to follow a period of inactivity, which causes the connective tissues to become less flexible.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Dr. Fedosseev creates a personalized treatment plan for you that includes a combination of therapies most appropriate for the cause of your pain. These treatments could include:

  • Manual therapy
  • Massage
  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Cold and heat treatment
  • Laser therapy
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

Dr. Fedosseev achieves excellent results in improving shoulder pain using manual therapy in combination with state-of-the-art laser therapy. For a one-to-one consultation, call Vladimir Fedosseev Physical Therapy PC today, or book an appointment online.