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Shoulder Physical Therapy in Utah

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Subluxation


Subluxation is a partial dislocation of the shoulder joint. The difference between a partial and full dislocation is that, in the case of a subluxation the shoulder slips out of place by a smaller degree and normally pops back into place on its own. Even though the joint has returned to its proper place, the ligaments may be strained. This can lead to pain and a weakening of the joint, making another subluxation or a complete dislocation possible in the future.

Immediate symptoms of subluxation include:
  • Pain and soreness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty moving the joint
  • Pins and needles feeling affecting the same arm and hand

In more severe cases of subluxation, the shoulder will be visibly deformed. Compared to a complete dislocation, however, the symptoms are usually mild. Some patients may not even be aware their shoulder subluxed until experiencing the symptoms associated with strained ligaments (persisting pain and joint weakness). Often caused by trauma, shoulder subluxation is also a common occurrence in highly active individuals, especially swimmers and baseball pitchers. Subluxation or complete dislocation may also occur during a stroke.

Shoulder Physical Therapy

The shoulder joint is extremely mobile, allowing us to move our arms forward, backwards, sideways, and in a full rotation. While this mobility is beneficial in many ways, it also means that our shoulders are more prone to injury as they lack the stability of more fixed joints. If you are experiencing ongoing shoulder pain, your injury could be the result of shoulder subluxation. At the Utah Rock Run physical therapy office, you can find the treatment you need.

Our physical therapists are experienced with shoulder injuries and can develop a personalized recovery plan for your injury. If your shoulder is currently subluxed, your physical therapist will replace the joint into its proper location. To ensure the injury does not recur, strengthening exercises will need to be practiced. Your physical therapist will provide you with instructions and a recovery timeline. Depending on the severity of joint and ligament damage, you may be required to wear a brace to keep the shoulder immobile for a time period.

At Rock Run, our goal is your recovery. You can count on our talented physical therapists for quality care throughout your shoulder physical therapy. Contact our physical therapy office in Utah today to make an appointment.

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Patient Testimonials

We are committed to providing the best physical therapy experience with the highest quality of care for optimal results. See what real patients have to say about us!

Prior to coming to Rock Run I had horrible experiences with physical therapy. Coming here they have made my entire experience fun, they give great quality care and are very friendly. They actually care about how you feel and you are not just a number.

5 Stars

Rachelle D. 2020

— Rachelle D., Posted August 7, 2020

I injured my left ACL racing BMX bikes at age 40 (not smart). My surgeon replaced my ACL and I started PT here shortly after. I had my first appointment with Brenda and she did a wonderful job listening to my concerns and most importantly my goals. She beat my knee the first visit, which was VERY unpleasant but necessary. Fast forward 6 weeks, and I have my full range of motion back. I can golf, ride bikes with my kids, and walk all day. When I finally make it big BMX racing in my 40’s, I’ll have a Rock Run sticker on my helmet.

10 Stars!!

Dan M. 2020

— Dan M., Posted August 7, 2020

I came to Rock Run PT from another PT office because I was not progressing fast enough. When I came to Rock Run PT and told them my issue, they started me out with small weights and my progression started. I improved my strength in my arm and shoulder. This was after the 8th surgery and with one arm. I had to improve my strength so I could do my daily workout in my 1/5th acre garden.

5 Stars

Patrick H. 2020

— Patrick H., Posted August 7, 2020

Rock Run Physical Therapy is the best on physical therapy it is the only place where I have had complete success. This is the best place and staff! Thanks to Brenda and the rest of the staff I didn’t have to have surgery for a frozen shoulder and they have made my life so much better because of this!

5 Stars

Roxanne S. 2020

— Roxanne S., Posted August 3, 2020

I was being seen for a torn MCL. Josh did a great job evaluating the issue and then designing a recovery program. I feel my knee is much stronger than before the injury. Everyone on the staff has been great. Very accommodating and understanding. Thank you for everything.

5 Stars

Scott T. 2020

— Scott T., Posted August 1, 2020

My experience at Rock Run has been amazing. When I first started coming to PT, I had a lot of pain in my hips and had a hard time walking/running.  After working with Brittnee, she showed me things I could do to strengthen my muscles. I have never felt better and my hips feel great. I can go on walks and runs now without pain!

-Jazmin S.

5 Stars

— Jazmin S., Posted July 29, 2020

I have had such an amazing experience at Rock Run. Everyone is so nice and I am so happy with how much happier I am with my ankle motion. Josh and Amanda have done such a great job at pushing me and helping me do things that I never would have been able to do on my own. I definitely struggled with walking and moving around before but I am moving much better and can do so much more. I am so thankful for everything that the employees at Rock Run have helped me accomplish. I would definitely recommend them to anyone who is in need of Physical Therapy.

5 Stars

Kalista N. 2020

— Kalista N., Posted July 28, 2020

My experience at Rock Run and working with Jerrin has been a relief. I have regained my range of motion to allow activities to be enjoyed again. I have enjoyed the personal interaction with each of the staff. I will highly recommend Rock Run to others! I just feel better!

-Mark R.

5 Stars

— Mark R, Posted July 21, 2020

Very positive experience all around. At the beginning, I had a lot of pain when performing basic activities, like walking or going up stairs. I was very skeptical about the benefits that physical therapy could provide.

The exercises performed here took my body out of the comfort zone and were very awkward at first. However, after three weeks, I have seen amazing improvement. The pain level in my daily life and activities has dropped significantly and I can now say that I feel healthy again.

5 Stars

Travis G. 2020

— Travis G., Posted July 20, 2020

When I first came to physical therapy, I was having difficulty functioning at all because of my back. After two visits I was feeling so much better! I could not believe the difference! I loved that all the staff were focused on teaching me how to take care of my back, so I could do everything on my own. I even graduated early because my back was so much better!

5 Stars                                 Deanna B. 2020

— Deanna B., Posted July 17, 2020

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