Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain

Find Shoulder Pain Relief from These Conditions:

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Labrum Tear
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • AC and SC joint Dislocations
  • Biceps Tendonitis
  • Fractures
  • Post-Surgery Rehab
  • Sports Injuries
  • Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Dislocation
  • Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Sprain/Strain
  • Shoulder Impingement

Health Loft Physical Therapists in Chicago are here to Help

We have found the best way for treating shoulder pain requires a multi-pronged approach – exploring strength, mobility, posture, general health, and education on how to best perform your daily activities.

Physical Therapy Assessment for Shoulder Pain

Health Loft physical therapists work with a variety of shoulder pain conditions caused from work injuries, exercise related injuries, accidents, and general wear and tear on your muscles. The shoulder interacts with other regions of the upper body, like your neck, upper back, and shoulder blade. We typically see mobility and strength problems begin in the back with your shoulder blade and drive many of the problems and pain you feel in your shoulder.

Physical Therapy Assessment:

At Health Loft we spend the time getting to know you. We want to understand what is important to you, what goals you have, and what activities you want to get back to. This allows us to create an individualized or tailored approach to match your needs and get you the result you want.

For your shoulder, your physical therapist will perform an initial examination which will involve looking at the mobility of your shoulder, shoulder blade, upper back, and rib-cage as all these areas contribute to movement of the shoulder. In addition, we will assess the strength of your shoulder and the shoulder blade as the latter contributes significantly to overhead motions and many individuals have weakness in this region that contributes significantly to their problem.

After the basic assessment your physical therapist will use a variety of tests to pinpoint the exact cause of your shoulder issue and create a physical therapy plan that will meet your recovery goals as quickly as possible.

What you can do on your own to help:

  • Improve your posture
  • Warm up before exercise or activity
  • Stretch after exercise or activity
  • Strengthen your shoulder blades and rotator cuff musculature
  • Improve your sleep positioning

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Physical Therapy Treatments we offer for Shoulder Pain:


  • Kiniesio Tape
  • Rock Tape
  • Athletic Tape

Specialty Services

  • Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • Dry Needling

Manual Therapy

  • Strain/Counterstrain
  • Myofascial Release (MFR)
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Graston
  • Asytm Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue
  • Mobilization
  • Active Release Techniques
  • Joint Mobilizations
  • HVLA manipulation

Movement Analysis:

  • Shoulder Movement Analysis
  • Lifting Analysis

Postural Retraining

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Work Place

Specialty Approaches

  • Maitland
  • IPA Approach
  • Mckenzie Approach


  • Sport Specific Training

Exercise Program 

  • Warm-up/Cool Down Program
  • Strength/Stretching Program
  • Digital Exercise Program

For more specific advice, tips, and exercises, check out our Articles and Instagram page. To schedule an assessment of your shoulder pain or injury with one of our physical therapists in Chicago, IL you can call (312) 374 – 5399 or schedule an appointment online.