Shoulder Pain

Praxis Physical Therapy

Orthopedic Physical Therapists & Sports Medicine located in Vernon Hills, IL

Rehabilitation is essential after an injury or shoulder surgery. If you’re experiencing chronic shoulder pain, the orthopedic physical therapy specialists at Praxis Physical Therapy in Vernon Hills, Illinois, can help. Physical therapy can help relieve pain and restore function to your damaged shoulder. To learn more about shoulder pain, call Praxis Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Why does shoulder pain occur?

Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that joins the upper arm and shoulder blade. The shoulder consists of three bones: the humerus (upper arm bone), the clavicle (collarbone), and the scapula (shoulder blade). A series of muscles, tendons, and ligaments support and provide range of motion in the shoulder.

Injury or damage to any of the structures that make up the shoulder can cause pain and limit its range of motion.

What causes shoulder pain?

Many injuries and chronic conditions can trigger shoulder pain, including:

Rotator cuff injury

The rotator cuff refers to the group of tissues that support your shoulder joint. Overstretching or tearing these tissues can lead to shoulder pain and instability. 

While anybody can develop a rotator cuff injury, they’re most common in athletes and individuals who frequently use their arms at work, such as electricians, plumbers, and construction workers.


Arthritis is a form of joint inflammation that can cause pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Osteoarthritis, the most common type, occurs when the flexible cartilage that protects your joints starts to break down. Without protective cartilage, friction between connecting bones can develop.


A fracture is a break or crack in the bone. Once your shoulder heals from a fracture, physical therapy is a crucial step in minimizing pain and restoring function to the joint.

How is shoulder pain diagnosed?

Along with a full physical exam, a complete review of your medical history is essential to diagnose shoulder pain. Determining the underlying cause of shoulder pain also often requires imaging tests, such as X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) scans.

What are the treatments for shoulder pain?

Restoring the strength and flexibility in your shoulder is your orthopedic physical therapist’s primary goal at Praxis Physical Therapy. The practice offers state-of-the-art equipment to relieve pain and improve the range of motion in your shoulder.

Some of the advanced equipment the team may include in your individualized physical therapy plan are:

  • Free weights
  • Resistance equipment
  • Biodex® machine
  • Blood flow restrictors
  • Stairclimber
  • Treadmills
  • Schwinn® AirDyne bikes

Praxis Physical Therapy also provides equipment for sports such as baseball, basketball, golf, cheerleading, and dance.

To learn more about shoulder pain, call Praxis Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.