Shoulder pain can be either acute (occurring suddenly) or chronic (developing and persisting over time), and there are many different causes of both types of pain, including:
ligament and tendon injuries
shoulder dislocation or separation
rotator cuff injuries and tears including impingement
inflammation of interior structures that aid in movement
Imelda will perform a thorough evaluation of your symptoms to develop a course of therapy that will help reduce pain while developing strength and helping the shoulder regain range of motion.
Frozen shoulder is a condition that occurs when tissues surrounding the joint become stiff and, often, scarred, resulting in pain, stiffness and limited range of motion when moving the shoulder or raising the arm. Frozen shoulder most often occurs following a period of immobility of the shoulder, such as following surgery, injury or disease like a stroke. Physical therapy following any of these occurrences can help prevent the development of frozen shoulder.
The shoulder contains tiny pockets of fluid called bursa that help cushion the shoulder and facilitate pain-free movement. Bursa can become inflamed and irritate as a result of prolonged pressure on the joint or activities requiring repetitive motion.
In shoulder treatment, physical therapy is aimed at reducing pain and inflammation while restoring strength and range of motion to the joint. Therapy is important following an injury to the shoulder, clavicle or arm or after surgery, and it can also be very helpful for people with arthritis or other chronic diseases that can increase the likelihood of shoulder pain or injury.
Physical Therapy is a medical expense covered by most major insurance plans. In order for therapy to be reimbursed by insurance, a doctor's prescription is usually required. However current trends in Physical Therapy now allow therapists practicing in New York State to evaluate and treat patients without an MD referral or prescription. This is called Direct Access. You are entitled to a 30-day treatment period or 10 visits, whichever occurs first. This is an advantage for patients who wanted to get immediate care without making an appointment with the doctor. After performing the evaluation, your Physical Therapist will communicate with your primary care physician regarding medical findings as necessary. If further treatment is needed, then a referral from the physician is required.
Most insurances pay for treatment under Direct Access. Our Insurance experts will verify coverage prior to your first physical therapy appointment. If your insurance plan doesn't pay for Direct Access, we can assist you in getting a Physical Therapy prescription/referral or you can payout of your pocket for a discounted fee in order to receive treatment.
"Great spot in midtown for some physical therapy. The therapist is very knowledgeable and super friendly."
"Convenient location and flexible hours. Imelda was very friendly, treated me for shoulder pain. I am back to working out in a short period of time."