Shoulder Tendonitis Physical Therapy in Washington D.C.

At Release Physical Therapy, our experienced therapists perform comprehensive assessments to see how they can help with your shoulder tendonitis pain. We then design individualized treatment plans aimed at promoting healing and relieving your specific issues.

Shoulder Tendonitis Physical Therapy in Washington D.C.


At Release Physical Therapy, our experienced therapists perform comprehensive assessments to see how they can help with your shoulder tendonitis pain. We then design individualized treatment plans aimed at promoting healing and relieving your specific issues.

We'll help you get back to work, back in the game, and back to doing the activities you love.

Treatment for Shoulder Injury Pain

Shoulder tendonitis can cause pain or discomfort, as you may already know or suspect. When inflammation pinches or traps the tendon against bones, tendonitis in the shoulder can occur. With shoulder tendonitis, it’s common for pain to be felt when the arm is raised overhead or twisted. Pain can range from mild stiffness to severe pain, but regardless, any type of discomfort should be addressed. Your quality of life matters most, and physical therapy for shoulder tendonitis can help you get back to living your life to the fullest.

 

What tendons are located in your shoulder?

Understanding the composition of the shoulder can help you connect the dots or visualize what’s causing your shoulder pain.

Primary shoulder tendons: 

  1. Long head of the biceps tendon 
  2. Tendons of the rotator cuff (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis)

 

Symptoms of Shoulder Tendonitis

  • Pain or discomfort when raising or moving your arm 
  • Shooting pain when reaching behind your back
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Any kind of shoulder discomfort 
  • A clicking sound in the shoulder 
  • Ongoing pain

 

What are the most common shoulder injuries that can lead to shoulder tendonitis?

While shoulder tendonitis might temporarily disrupt your life, it’s treatable and preventable in the future. Here are some of the contributing factors that can cause shoulder tendonitis or other injuries. 

  1. Overuse: Our bodies endure plenty of wear and tear, and while they are strong and resilient, overuse can take a toll. Repetitive overhead motion can cause rotator cuff degeneration. 
  2. Weak muscles: Weak rotator cuff muscles can put strain on other tendons and muscles resulting in pain or discomfort. It’s important to maintain strong and balanced bodies, something that can require a little help to achieve. Treatments such as physical therapy can be used proactively to get to know your body and prevent future injuries. 
  3. Intense training: While training plays an integral role in maintaining our strength, physically and mentally, one wrong move can trigger pain. It’s important to practice mindful movements at all times. Learning how your body works can help you move with more intention. Yet another thing that physical therapy can help with. 
  4. Improper technique: Repetitive movements with improper technique can result in pain. Examples can include swimming or hanging folders in an overhead bin or cabinet at work. Once again we encourage you to always be mindful about how you move your body.

 

Can shoulder tendonitis be cured without surgery?

Shoulder tendonitis can be treated, and treated effectively, without surgery. Physical therapy is one of the best avenues for treating shoulder tendonitis. When it comes to treating any kind of pain, you probably have a few overarching goals; learning what’s causing the pain or discomfort, getting relief from the pain or discomfort, and preventing it from recurring in the future. How to achieve these goals can vary by diagnosis, physical ability, lifestyle, and personal goals within. Your Release Physical Therapist can work side-by-side with you, providing you with personalized, hands-on treatment every step of the way. We use hands-on techniques and the latest technology to guide patients like you on the road to better health and wellness.

 

What is the best physical therapy for shoulder tendonitis?

The most important parts of physical therapy are finding a physical therapist you connect with, trust, and one that sees you, for you – not another case of shoulder tendonitis. In order to commit to physical therapy, you must believe in the work being done. While you’re the center of attention here, you need the right therapist by your side. At Release Physical Therapy our team is compassionate and committed to you. Our time is precious, and every moment counts, including those you spend in physical therapy. Our physical therapists use hands-on techniques and advanced technology combined with a personalized approach to expedite your recovery. Your relationship with your physical therapist is a special one as the two of you will grow together on your journey to recovery. If you trust us with your care, we will do anything we can to help you reach your goals.

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How soon after shoulder surgery can someone start shoulder physical therapy?

Some patients may undergo surgery followed by physical therapy. In some cases, physical therapy can start in as little as 2-3 days following the surgery, but treatment plans can vary. Before signing up for surgery, contact a Release Physical Therapist of your choice to assess the power of physical therapy and learn how it can help you.

 

What causes the calcification of tendons in the shoulder?

Calcific tendonitis can cause pain in the shoulder, but the cause is unknown and unrelated to the injury at hand.

In the shoulder, calcium deposits can cause tissues to become inflamed. The calcium deposits can also cause reduced space between the acromion and the rotator cuff which can cause impingement or pinching of the tendons. Calcific tendonitis is common among people over the age of 40. Two types of calcific tendonitis are reactive calcification and degenerative calcification.

 

Does shoulder tendonitis ever go away?

With proper treatment, you can find relief from shoulder tendonitis. Your body is unique to you and your lifestyle, and your treatment should be too. Your Release Physical Therapist can work with you to create a personalized treatment plan designed to meet your goals and match your lifestyle. Work hand-in-hand with your Release Physical Therapist to connect with your body, gain strength, and improve your quality of life. With an understanding of your body, you can practice more mindful movements and implement preventative practices to help you feel better, which means living better.

 

What activities can make shoulder tendonitis worse?

If you’re experiencing shoulder tendonitis, you should seek physical therapy treatment as soon as possible. In the meantime, try to avoid any movements that cause pain. The less you can use your shoulder, the better, until you’ve had an assessment with your Release Physical Therapist. During your personalized physical therapy sessions we can provide awareness for movements that can trigger or worsen shoulder tendonitis, as well as those that can keep the pain out of reach.

 

How many weeks of physical therapy are typically needed for shoulder tendonitis?

Most physical therapy treatment for shoulder tendonitis runs 6-8 weeks, but should be catered to the individual. In today’s world, we see all too much of a lack of real personalization, especially when it comes to care. Your Release Physical Therapist will listen, think creatively, and design a custom treatment plan for you and your body. If at any point along the way, you need adjustments to produce the best results, we can make those. After all, flexibility is pretty important, right?

We'll help you get back to work, back in the game, and back to doing the activities you love.

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Treatments

At Release Physical Therapy Washington, DC, we offer a full range of manual therapies, as well as both traditional and non-traditional techniques. We work one-on-one with our patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets their unique needs, conditions, wellness goals and fitness levels. Learn More

Active Release Technique ® (ART)

Massage and movement-based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

K-Laser ® Therapy

The use of specific wavelengths of light to improve healing time, pain reduction, increase circulation and decrease swelling.

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Needle treatment that decreases pain, increases range of motion and improves strength by inactivating myofascial trigger points.

ASTYM ® Therapy

Regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.

Kineseo ® Taping Method

Taping technique that reduces muscular pain and inflammation, relaxes overused muscles, improves posture and movement awareness and enhances performance.

Running Assessment

Individualized biomechanical analysis designed to identify strength, gait, and alignment imbalances to decrease risk of injury and improve your current training program.

Functional Training

Exercise regimens that integrate multiple muscle groups, joints and the brain to prepare the body for everyday movement, athletics and other specialized physical activities.

Graston Technique ®

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization used to address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

Rehabilitation therapy and performance training technique using a Personalized Tourniquet System® designed for BFR, to reduce atrophy and increase strength.

Shockwave Therapy

A non-invasive, office based treatment that utilizes acoustic waves to alleviate pain, promote tissue regeneration, and accelerate the healing process.

Massage Therapy

Manual manipulation of the soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints to relieve pain, improve circulation, and address specific musculoskeletal conditions.

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Hours of Operation

Monday-Thursday: 6am - 8pm
Friday: 6am - 5pm
Saturday: By appointment
Sunday: Office closed

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Release Physical Therapy
2134 L St NW, Washington, DC 20037

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Our Physical Therapists


Our experienced and highly trained physical therapists specialize in treating the outpatient orthopedic population, including sports therapy, orthopedic/spinal therapy, chronic pain management, pre/post-surgical therapy, as well as wellness and prevention. All of our physical therapists are accepting new patients.