Physical Therapy For Shoulder Pain Fort Collins, Windsor & Surrounding Cities

Shoulder pain resulting from an injury or from overuse can be an incredibly frustrating problem. Depending on the injury, surgery may be recommended, but is not always necessary or may not be the best fit for your lifestyle and functional needs. Seeing a physical therapist for shoulder pain can be an effective and efficient way to eliminate pain and return to your normal activities.

Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Anything from sports injuries to a long term job that requires continuous overhead work can cause painful and debilitating shoulder injuries. Often, the muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint, collectively called the rotator cuff, can become torn or caught during overhead or lifting activities. These tears or impingements can lead to long term damage and dysfunction in the shoulder and cause shoulder movements to be very painful for many patients. Fractures, labral tears, or nerve compression can also occur at the shoulder. Depending  on the severity, some shoulder injuries need medical or surgical intervention, while some issues can be managed conservatively with a physical therapist. 

Shoulder Stretches For Pain Relief

Trying to decide what treatment route to take after a shoulder injury can be challenging, but our physical therapists at Colorado in Motion can help you determine whether you should seek another opinion or stick with physical therapy. Our clinicians can provide shoulder pain relief by treating the underlying issue through evidenced based techniques and interventions. Often a combination of stretching, strengthening, and joint mobilizations can help many patients reduce their shoulder pain and return to their normal activities. A physical therapist will evaluate your shoulder on your first visit to see if you will benefit from physical therapy, and will refer you to an appropriate physician if they feel you would be better helped by orthopedic surgical intervention.

When to Seek a Physical Therapist

Seeing a physical therapist is a great option to address persistent and frustrating shoulder pain. Many times, our patients come to physical therapy after undergoing surgery, or before surgery to strengthen and mobilize the joint. However, seeing a physical therapist for shoulder pain can also be a cost-effective alternative to surgery in some cases. Colorado in Motion serves patients in Fort Collins, Windsor, and other surrounding cities. Make an appointment today to see how our physical therapists can help relieve your shoulder pain!

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Here’s what some of our patients had to say

I am 100% cured. No more numbness in my fingers. I don’t even need to wear my brace at night anymore. Your recommended equipment and posture changes did the trick. Thanks so much!

five stars Rob, Fort Collins Rob, Fort Collins

Our son was 9+ weeks premature and required physical therapy to help with his gross motor skills. Jessica Albers was our therapist and she was wonderful. She gave us the tools to help our son develop and he is now a very active little two year old. We would recommend Jessica to any parents with…

five stars Aaron Biesemeier Aaron Biesemeier

I was referred to CIM for some calf and Achilles issues a few months after a bad strain. I had the pleasure of working with Derek Haverley to resolve it. Derek took time explaining to me how dry needling could help the situation, the results were amazing. It took about 4-5 sessions of dry needling…

five stars Jill Fox Jill Fox

From the very first treatment with Tim I knew I was on the road to recovery. A combination of dry needling, manipulation, home exercises relieved my chronic leg pain caused by a herniated disk. I was in severe pain and limited mobility for more than 3 years. I’ve had 4 treatments and I’m back on…

five stars Joe Joe

Tim has been helping me deal with various running and cycling injuries for a couple of years. They have included hip, back, calf, and knee issues. The at-home exercises he recommended helped so much, and I am now running and cycling pain free. He also recommended a specific strength training program. I am so grateful…

five stars Sheri Sheri

I was in a horrible car accident and had tried many specialized treatments for pain and pain management for more than a year before it was suggested (by a foot doctor) to have Physical Therapy at CIM. Three months ago I started working with David at the College/Harmony facility. What a difference he has made…

five stars Carol carol

Through a combination of dry needling and exercises, Terry had my lower back pain gone within a few weeks. His approach to care is great — educate the patient, give ’em the necessary tools, and the healing happens.

five stars Chris Ketterman Chris Ketterman

Terry is phenomenal. I’m a runner that has been working on a variety of issues for quite a while and I very recently saw Terry. I’ve had chronic Plantar Fasciitis and Terry has gotten it taken care of. His use of ASTYM has been great and my return to running has been much faster than…

five stars Jim Haselmaier Jim Haselmaier

I worked with John Zapanta this fall for joint pain and had terrific results. I was often amazed with the progress made. John’s personality, talent and enthusiasm regarding my recovery made the process more enjoyable than I would have thought possible. I was impressed that he often would follow up with an e-mail with photos…

five stars Cynthia Coogan Cynthia Coogan

I was referred to Colorado Physical Therapy Specialists and saw John. He was very helpful in easing the pain in my shoulder and gave me exercises to do at home in short increments of time that would fit into my schedule, but would still accomplish the goal. He will listen to any concerns, is very…

five stars Carol Metzner Carol Metzner