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Shoulder pain is a common problem that we treat at our clinics. A significant percentage of these patients have rotator cuff pathology that contributes to their symptoms. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that help dynamically stabilize the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff can have complete tears, partial tears and/or tendinitis issues that contribute to the shoulder pain. As physical therapists we focus on the non-operative treatments that can improve a patient’s quality of life and possibly avoid the need for surgery. As a patient in our clinic you can expect to receive a thorough evaluation that will assess your posture, range of motion, strength, soft tissue and joint mobility, spinal mobility and special testing. Once your evaluation is completed a custom program will be implemented that will include the following non-operative treatments. Manual therapy skills will be used to address joint and soft tissue restrictions. Functional dry needling skills may be used to help reset muscles and other soft tissues for a quicker recovery. Electrical stimulation may be used through the dry needling to also accomplish the reset. Therapeutic exercises will be used to supplement the manual treatments to maintain and gain on any mobility restrictions. At the appropriate time during your treatments therapeutic exercises will also include a strengthening program. A home exercise program will be given to address the findings of your individualized evaluation and is a crucial part of your success with physical therapy treatment. At times using ice at home will be recommended to decreased inflamed regions of the shoulder to assist in continual progression towards achieving your physical therapy goals.