If you have shoulder pain, then you know how much it can limit your functional mobility. The pain in your shoulder can prevent you from reaching overhead or behind your back, and it may prevent you from doing the most basic tasks like combing your hair.
You physical therapist can help you determine the cause of your shoulder pain and can help you improve the mobility of your shoulder. A thorough evaluation of your shoulder can reveal loss of range of motion or strength that may be a contributing factor to your shoulder pain. Too much mobility, as in a shoulder dislocation or subluxation may also cause pain. Special tests for the shoulder that your physical therapist performs can help figure out what is wrong and can put you on the path to pain free shoulder function.