Shoulder Pain Specialist

Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic

Chiropractors & Rehabilitation Centers located in Pittsburgh, PA

It doesn’t matter if you hurt your shoulder jumping off a rope swing or if your pain is caused by years of throwing a baseball, when your shoulder aches, it can impact how you function. Dr. Justin Foltz takes a natural approach to care and treatment at Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic. Located in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, this chiropractic and rehabilitation center focuses on short-term therapies to improve how you feel and function. Call Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic today to schedule your appointment, or easily book your initial consultation online.

Shoulder Pain Q & A

Pittsburgh Physical Medicine and Chiropractic

What causes shoulder pain?

Your shoulder is the most complex joint in the body, and when you have shoulder pain, it can arise from many different issues. You may have a problem in the actual joint or in one of the muscles, ligaments, or tendons that make up your rotator cuff (the structure that holds your shoulder joint in place and gives the joint a wide range of motion).

Your shoulder pain can result from an acute injury, overuse, or even bad posture. Some of the most common conditions that cause shoulder pain include:

  • Bursitis
  • Dislocation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Impingement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tendonitis

How can you prevent shoulder pain?

If you’ve had shoulder pain before or play a sport where shoulder injuries are common, such as baseball or swimming, there are things you can do to protect your joint and reduce your risk of developing chronic shoulder pain.

Dr. Foltz may recommend:

  • Improving your posture
  • Implementing ergonomic changes to your workplace
  • Reducing repetitive shoulder movements
  • Resting your shoulder after strenuous activities

How is shoulder pain treated?

The course of treatment Dr. Foltz recommends for your shoulder pain depends on the cause of your pain. His two-week treatment plan reduces your shoulder pain by decreasing inflammation as well as improving your range of motion and shoulder strength.

He may perform trigger point therapy, using deep pressure and massage to release tension in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. He may use his hands, a massager, or another tool, such as foam roller or tennis ball, to reach these trigger points.

Dr. Foltz may also give you therapeutic exercises and stretches that can eliminate your shoulder pain. He may have you do these exercises in the office or prescribe them as homework. Sometimes, he may suggest implementing these movements as a regular part of your daily routine.

He may also counsel you on how to improve your posture and workspace, reducing the risk of future shoulder inflammation and irritation. If your shoulder pain is related to a sports injury, he may review and critique your form to help eliminate your pain.

To see what Dr. Foltz can do for you, call the office today, or use our convenient online booking agent to schedule your initial consultation.


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