Physical Therapy For Shoulder Pain Raleigh-Durham, Fayetteville & Surrounding North Carolina Cities

A physical therapist can offer one of the most effective treatments for shoulder pain of all types. It is almost always a step in the recovery process after a shoulder injury or surgery. It is important for the shoulder joint and the shoulder blade to be functioning the right way to avoid pain. Our highly trained physical therapists at BreakThrough Physical Therapy will comprehensively assess your shoulder pain and instruct in a thorough treatment plan to ease your symptoms and restore your normal shoulder function!

Shoulder Pain and Common Causes

Shoulder pain occurs from a variety of causes. The shoulder joint, or glenohumeral joint, is supported by many ligaments, tendons, and muscles. When these structures are damaged, strained, or not working properly, the shoulder joint will not move the correct way. This can cause pain and dysfunction over time. Common diagnoses that physical therapists treat are rotator cuff tears, impingement, shoulder osteoarthritis, labral tears, shoulder dislocations, shoulder replacements, and many more. Each of these problems can happen gradually from overuse or suddenly from an injury.

Exercises to Help with Shoulder Discomfort

Our physical therapists will guide you through a program to provide you shoulder pain relief. This will typically include exercises to restore range of motion in the initial phases of rehabilitation, followed by exercises to activate and strengthen the surrounding muscles of your shoulder including the rotator cuff and muscles that attach to your shoulder blade. Your therapist may add gentle stretching to restore muscle length in the area and recommend modalities like ice and heat application to accelerate the healing process. 

When to Seek a Physical Therapist

Anyone who has shoulder pain from an injury or overuse will benefit from seeing a physical therapist, and as early as possible! There is risk in waiting for treatment due to the potential worsening of symptoms, stiffness, and poor motion of the shoulder. If you are having shoulder pain from any cause, even if you do not have a diagnosis, our physical therapists will conduct an examination and guide you through a thorough exercise plan that fits into your schedule. 

Free Screen on Us

We offer complimentary screens at all BreakThrough PT locations. If you’ve been dealing with a nagging injury or persistent pain, don’t wait any longer.

Don't Let Shoulder Pain Hold You Back! Find Out How Our Physical Therapists Can Help.

Schedule an appointment or call us at (866) 922-0012.

Young and older women in sports wear doing yoga together indoors at home or a gym

Ready to reclaim your life? BreakThrough is here to help.


Here’s what some of our patients had to say

Working with Pierce and the team at Breakthrough Sports Performance has been a major help to our at Athletes at Liberty Soccer Academy. Their knowledge and professionalism is top class.

five stars Andrew Bradham

BreakThrough Sports Performance has been a tremendous help in the development of the ACS U13 Girls Volleyball team. Just a few short weeks of training you can clearly see the positive impact it has had on their bodies and their approach to the importance of training!

five stars Scott Shepard

Coach Pierce has been a great asset to our program. His understanding of building the athlete from a fundamental level is of huge benefit to our athletes. Every athlete feels like they are getting the most out of each training session to improve their individual events.

five stars Lorin Collins

My experience at BreakThrough Sports Performance has been amazing. I’ve been seeing the guys at BreakThrough for 3 years now and feel so much stronger and more mobile swinging the golf club. BreakThrough Sports Performance is different. The trainers will educate you with things you wouldn’t hear anywhere else, like… the importance of your airway…

five stars Jackson Bode

Training at BreakThrough Sports Performance helps me feel my best. Before I started with BreakThrough there were days where I physically felt that I couldn’t perform the way I needed to. Since training at BreakThrough I feel more prepared to tolerate a high volume of tournaments that I couldn’t do before. I injured my back…

five stars Jackson Von Paris

I started working with Breakthrough Sports Performance to help with my back. I was unable to play two rounds in a row but after participating in the golf fitness class I can now play as often as I can without pain. The simple process of a physical assessment, swing assessment and KVest evaluation narrowed down…

five stars Brian

I discovered Breakthrough Sports Performance due to an ankle injury. They were able to see within the first 24 hours which greatly improved my recovery time. They provided me with the right physical therapy and treatment needed to get me back on the court faster. Because of the knowledgeable coaches/trainers, and the excellent facilities, I…

five stars Karsen Corbett

Thank you so much! I love you guys and the care I received!

five stars Zoe BreakThrough PT Patient

We rate BreakThrough Physical Therapy a 10; we are extremely happy! After having received excellent PT in the past, we had no doubt this was the only place we would trust with our son’s recovery. The warm, welcoming environment makes it a comfortable place to receive therapy. This puts him at ease allowing for the…

five stars Mary Y. BreakThrough PT Patient

After just 4 visits…I feel like a brand new person. Before, I could barely walk for 15 minutes without my back screaming in pain. Now I’m zooming through therapy and going on walks at home.

five stars Christy F. BreakThrough PT Patient

Physical Therapy Exercises For Shoulder Pain

July 13, 2022

Many causes of shoulder pain range from nerve damage to cartilage damage, muscle or tendon strain, or tears. Not only are the shoulders a complicated joint, but they can have a significant effect on the surrounding areas like your back, neck, or arm. To prevent a shoulder injury from worsening or causing damage in the…

Read More

Achy, Painful Shoulder? Here Are 5 PT-Approved Exercises to Help

September 22, 2020

One of the most common questions a physical therapist gets is simply, “What are some stretches for shoulder pain?” Now, more than ever, shoulder pain is a leading complaint among physical therapy patients. But why the sudden increase in shoulder pain symptoms? The answer is surprisingly simple. For many workers across the United States, working…

Read More

Physical Therapist’s Guide to Shoulder Impingement

February 25, 2017

Shoulder impingement syndrome occurs as the result of chronic and repetitive compression or “impingement” of the rotator-cuff tendons in the shoulder, causing pain and movement problems. It can also be caused by an injury to the shoulder. People who perform repetitive or overhead arm movements, such as manual laborers or athletes who raise their arms…

Read More