Is Rotator Cuff Pain Making It Difficult For You to Lift, Carry, or Sleep Comfortably?

And is it important to you to avoid surgery or pain medication?

If so, and you’d like to find a solution that lasts, that does not require surgery or drugs and uses mostly hands-on, natural treatments and simple to do exercises, we can help.

What’s better, is you can start with a completely FREE first session where we can tell you exactly what is causing your shoulder pain – and why it so far hasn’t healed – in less than 30 mins. We offer a limited number of these for free so that you can be certain you’re choosing the right people to help you with your situation.

Click “Request A Free Discovery Visit” Below The Video To Apply.

Is Rotator Cuff Pain Making Lifting, Carrying, or Sleeping a Little Harder Right Now? 

And is avoiding surgery, or pain medication important to you?

If so, and you’d like to find a solution that lasts, that does not require surgery or drugs and uses mostly hands-on, natural treatments and simple to do exercises, we can help.

What’s better, is you can start with a completely FREE first session where we can tell you exactly what is causing your shoulder pain – and why it so far hasn’t healed – in less than 30 mins. We offer a limited number of these for free so that you can be certain you’re choosing the right people to help you with your situation.

Click “Request A Free Discovery Visit” Below The Video To Apply.

Click to Request a FREE Discovery Visit
the doctors of physical therapy back pain book cover
Click Here To Get Your Free Shoulder Pain Guide

If you’re currently living a life consumed by shoulder pain caused by a rotator cuff tear, it can be difficult to track down a long-term solution. Most people with shoulder pain find themselves in a constant battle where the best possible solution is managing the pain and not ending it.

It’s easy to trick yourself into thinking that a nagging shoulder injury can’t affect your life that much, but it can creep into your sleep, keeping you awake for hours on end and it keeps you from the simple joys of an active life. For many, constant pain means they are less able to deal with their daily stresses, which in turn can decrease engagement at work and with their family. At the end of the day, it can change who you are, and prevent you from being the best version of yourself.

Does This Sound Like Your Shoulder Pain?

If the answer is “yes” then you may have already tried many of the usual methods of dealing with a torn rotator cuff such as:

  • Going to your doctor, who advised you to rest your shoulder and take medication to manage the pain while it heals on its own. They told you that if this didn’t work, they would refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for a consultation.
  • Going to that orthopedic surgeon, and being told that surgery was your only option.
  • When chatting with friends they kind of laugh and say, “That’s just what happens as we get older!” 
  • Getting a massage that slightly helps you manage the pain but never quite seems to makes it go away entirely. 
  • Looking up some exercises on YouTube, but not finding anything that provided lasting results – or worse, finding exercises that worsen your shoulder pain.

At this point it’s understandable to be frustrated, and you might be thinking, “If there’s a better way, then I just have not found it yet.” 

So How Does Rotator Cuff Tear Get Solved For Good?

While many Scottsdale shoulder pain treatment providers focus on just one area, a joint, a muscle, a ligament…what most people need is a provider that will approach your treatment as a whole. They should take everything into account when diagnosing what the root cause of your limitations are, and what to do about them.

There are 3 things that are necessary, in order to get you pain free and back into an active life.

Component #1

Accurate diagnosis of the ROOT CAUSE of your shoulder pain. Where your symptoms are, is often the result of a deeper problem, especially in the case of a torn rotator cuff. By treating the root cause of your pain, not only will your pain go away, but you may find yourself feeling stronger than you have felt in years. 

And the best part: Even if that injury is years old, a good provider can still develop a plan to get it corrected. 

Component #2

A comprehensive STRATEGY to get you from point A to point B (With “Point B” being your target lifestyle). Because your body is an inter-connected machine, there are many pieces to an injury. Tight muscles, sprained ligaments, weakness, stiff joints…There is no one size fits all solution to something even as common as a torn rotator cuff, a specific strategy is needed to address each individual component of your condition, while fixing the root cause. 

Component #3

Take frequent measurements. After all, the proof is in the pudding. Measurements allow a provider hard data to help determine how you are responding to your treatment. This is more than just a “Hey, are you feeling better, or worse? Scale of 1-10?” situation. Taking real measurements of your range of motion, strength, and movement patterns on a regular basis is a necessity for gauging progress. When a provider has a STRATEGY, then when the measurements are not meeting expectations you know that the treatment will need to be revised. 

The Truth

The truth is, we’re all far to often obsessed with quick-fixes to our problems. Very rarely do we want to put in the hard work to find permanent solutions. This has led to short-sighted medicinal solutions to injuries like a rotator cuff tear, that simply fail to address the root cause of the injury.

There are enough people out there who are perfectly fine with taking pills, or waiting until surgery, that doctors and insurance companies have shifted towards this as the desired and recommended model. As a result, it’s difficult for active people who want real solutions to find good help. 

When living an active life is important to you, it is world-shattering to have a doctor advise you to stop doing what you love for the sake of your health. It can feel like a big part of your life has been stolen from you. That’s why it’s important to find a Scottsdale shoulder pain treatment doctor who is onboard with helping you live the best life you can.

Click the video below to hear what Dr. Tom has to say about your shoulder pain, or keep reading to learn more about how to find a real solution. 

“How Do I know If I’ve Received a Quick-Fix for My Torn Rotator Cuff?”

  • You went to a medical doctor, who simply prescribed pain medications, and asked you to come back if they didn’t work. 
  • You have been told that surgery as your only option to repair the tear. Unless you’ve had a major accident this generally is not the case. 
  • You have been getting massages to manage your aches and pain, but they seem to just tighten right back up.
  • You have been to chiropractor but your stiffness keeps returning. 
  • You have been to physical therapy, and the exercises they gave have helped but you have to do them all day long to feel any better. 
  • You have been to any doctor, and they have only focused on the area of pain, and not what the other areas of your body are doing.

“How Do I know If I’ve Found The Root Cause of My Pain?”

It’s important to know that the “diagnosis” or the injured area, is very rarely the actual ROOT CAUSE of your pain. Everything in your body works together in a cause and effect relationship. 

When it comes to the shoulder there are 17 muscles that attach to your shoulder blade alone. While it may be you may be suffering from a torn rotator cuff in your shoulder there could also be muscular weakness in any one of the other muscles that is causing the rotator cuff to work harder than it has to. Over time, this can have a cascading effect that can injure the attached muscle groups.

Some surgeons will look at this injury and want to cut into your shoulder to fix the rotator cuff. But what about the weakness that caused it in the first place? This is why you end up hearing about people having multiple surgeries on the same body part…

When you find the root cause, the doctor will be able to explain to you exactly what’s wrong, and all of the components that are contributing to your injury. When it comes to your shoulder, this could mean tight muscles, weak muscles, poor movements, bad daily habits, or any number of other issues. It’s important to have a complete understanding of your shoulder pain before a strategy can be developed. 

STOP and re-read that last sentence. In case you zoned out I’ll repeat it… “It’s important to have a complete understanding of your shoulder pain before a strategy can be developed.” Notice that I use the word “STRATEGY.” Because that’s what you need to fix the root cause of your shoulder pain. You can’t just look at the thing causing you pain and let the treatment stop there. Unless of course you want to be in the same boat six months from now. 

7 Reasons Shoulder Pain Cause By a Rotator Cuff Tear Lasts Longer Than It Should

  • You rely mainly on word of mouth, and you’ve run out of places to go.
  • You’ve received advice overload, so you’ve done nothing. 
  • You’ve been burned in the past and received subpar treatment. You don’t want to waste time again by choosing the wrong option, so you’re doing a lot of research.
  • Your shoulder pain used to go away on its own, so you’ve been waiting.
  • You looked up exercises to do on YouTube, but they only helped a little. 
  • You’re currently getting care, and the provider is insisting that you just keep being patient and eventually it will work (without good explanation as to why). So you’re staying with them a little longer because they’re “nice.”
  • You’ve had physical therapy in the past, so you’ve tried the same exercises, but this time they aren’t working.

What Can I Do About My Shoulder Pain Right Now?

  • The best thing that you can do is decide to get help from an expert. With all the options out there, it’s difficult to find someone reliable who you can trust. This is why at The Doctors of PT, we offer a non-committal Discovery Visit option. You can see more below. 
  • Whatever you do, keep moving. Don’t let things stiffen up and get worse. 
  • Stay hydrated. Especially in Phoenix during the hotter months of the year. We need to drink about ½ our body weight in ounces each day. Add 10% if you’re living an active lifestyle. This helps your muscles get circulation, which helps them heal. 
  • Try to avoid sleeping on your side or leaning on your shoulder when you’re seated in a chair or driving.
  • Request A Copy of our Free Report: How To Stop Shoulder Pain Without Risking Surgery & While Staying Active. Inside you’ll find a series of three techniques that you can do that will start giving you some relief.

If you would like to know more about our approach to rotator cuff physical therapy in Scottsdale, and you’d like to get to know us better before deciding, now is your chance. Click the button below, and fill out a short form to apply for a Discovery Visit. We offer just 4 per week only to people who are serious about getting back to their active, healthy, mobile lifestyles free of shoulder pain. 

Click Here To Apply For A FREE Discovery Visit

“Can You Tell Me More About Your Approach?”

Sure, we call it the “PHIX” approach (pronounced “fix”) and here’s how it works: 

  • A complete analysis that looks at your body as a complete system, not just one piece at a time. 
  • A combination of the latest and most impactful research across several industries. 
  • An analysis of the root cause of your shoulder pain.
  • A specially-formatted, individual treatment plan to address every aspect of your physical limitation.
  • The bridge between getting you “healthy” and keeping you active, mobile, and strong. 
  • A focus on using hands-on treatment and movement to promote healing. We do not use hot-packs, estim, or other forms of passive temporary treatments. 
  • A standard our doctors hold themselves to, that makes sure you get the highest possibility of achieving your outcome.

If you would like to inquire further about your rotator cuff tear you can click the button below and fill out a form to request a call-back. 

Click To Speak With An Expert

“How Can Choosing Physical Therapy at DPT Help Me?”

  • With our PHIX approach, we can identify the ROOT CAUSE of your shoulder pain, and design a plan specific to you to address it. 
  • We will identify all the individual components of your injury, and make sure nothing gets left out.
  • We will explain clearly why the other treatments you have tried, only resulted in temporary relief. 
  • You’ll get back to being active, which we know is about more than just being active. It’s about stress relief, and it helps you live a high-performance life. 
  • You’ll sleep better at night, knowing that you have the right solution. 
  • You’ll get clear and straightforward communication about the solution you’ve been looking for. 
  • You’ll be working with a team of doctors. Even though you may be seeing one doctor, we hold round-tables in our clinic to deal with cases of all levels of difficulty. 
  • We know when it’s time to change direction of treatment to ensure that you keep progressing.

Basically we design a comprehensive plan made specifically for your injury, and have a standardized process for getting you from where you are at now…back to the active, healthy, mobile lifestyle you love. 

If you’re ready to go, but you’d like to know more about availability for appointments at our Scottsdale shoulder pain treatment clinic, and what it costs. Simply click the button below and fill out the short form on the next page.

Click To Ask About Cost And Availability

Please Take A Few Moments To Hear What Our Clients Have To Say About DPT

Click to Request a FREE Discovery Visit
the doctors of physical therapy back pain book cover
Click Here To Get Your Free Shoulder Pain Guide

If you’re currently living a life consumed by shoulder pain caused by a rotator cuff tear, it can be difficult to track down a long-term solution. Most people with shoulder pain find themselves in a constant battle where the best possible solution is managing the pain and not ending it.

It’s easy to trick yourself into thinking that a nagging shoulder injury can’t affect your life that much, but it can creeps into your sleep, keeping you awake for hours on end and it keeps you from the simple joys of an active life. For many, constant pain means they are less able to deal with their daily stresses, which in turn can decrease engagement at work and with their family. At the end of the day, it can change who you are, and prevent you from being the best version of yourself.

Does This Sound Like Your Shoulder Pain?

If the answer is “yes” then you may have already tried many of the usual methods of dealing with a torn rotator cuff such as:

  • Going to your doctor, who advised you to rest your shoulder and take medication to manage the pain while it heals on its own. They told you that if this didn’t work, they would refer you to an orthopedic surgeon for a consultation.
  • Going to that orthopedic surgeon, and being told that surgery was your only option.
  • When chatting with friends they kind of laugh and say, “That’s just what happens as we get older!” 
  • Getting a massage that slightly helps you manage the pain but never quite seems to makes it go away entirely. 
  • Looking up some exercises on YouTube, but not finding anything that provided lasting results – or worse, finding exercises that worsen your shoulder pain.

At this point it’s understandable to be frustrated, and you might be thinking, “If there’s a better way, then I just have not found it yet.” 

So How Does Rotator Cuff Tear Get Solved For Good?

While many Scottsdale shoulder pain treatment providers focus on just one area, a joint, a muscle, a ligament…what most people need is a provider that will approach your treatment as a whole. They should take everything into account when diagnosing what the root cause of your limitations are, and what to do about them.

There are 3 things that are necessary, in order to get you pain free and back into an active life.

Component #1

Accurate diagnosis of the ROOT CAUSE of your shoulder pain. Where your symptoms are, is often the result of a deeper problem, especially in the case of a torn rotator cuff. By treating the root cause of your pain, not only will your pain go away, but you may find yourself feeling stronger than you have felt in years. 

And the best part: Even if that injury is years old, a good provider can still develop a plan to get it corrected. 

Component #2

A comprehensive STRATEGY to get you from point A to point B (With “Point B” being your target lifestyle). Because your body is an inter-connected machine, there are many pieces to an injury. Tight muscles, sprained ligaments, weakness, stiff joints…There is no one size fits all solution to something even as common as a torn rotator cuff, a specific strategy is needed to address each individual component of your condition, while fixing the root cause. 

Component #3

Take frequent measurements. After all, the proof is in the pudding. Measurements allow a provider hard data to help determine how you are responding to your treatment. This is more than just a “Hey, are you feeling better, or worse? Scale of 1-10?” situation. Taking real measurements of your range of motion, strength, and movement patterns on a regular basis is a necessity for gauging progress. When a provider has a STRATEGY, then when the measurements are not meeting expectations you know that the treatment will need to be revised. 

The Truth

The truth is, we’re all far to often obsessed with quick-fixes to our problems. Very rarely do we want to put in the hard work to find permanent solutions. This has led to short-sighted medicinal solutions to injuries like a rotator cuff tear, that simply fail to address the root cause of the injury.

There are enough people out there who are perfectly fine with taking pills, or waiting until surgery, that doctors and insurance companies have shifted towards this as the desired and recommended model. As a result, it’s difficult for active people who want real solutions to find good help. 

When living an active life is important to you, it is world-shattering to have a doctor advise you to stop doing what you love for the sake of your health. It can feel like a big part of your life has been stolen from you. That’s why it’s important to find a Scottsdale shoulder pain treatment doctor who is onboard with helping you live the best life you can.

Click the video below to hear what Dr. Tom has to say about your shoulder pain, or keep reading to learn more about how to find a real solution. 

“How Do I know If I’ve Received a Quick-Fix for My Torn Rotator Cuff?”

  • You went to a medical doctor, who simply prescribed pain medications, and asked you to come back if they didn’t work. 
  • You have been told that surgery as your only option to repair the tear. Unless you’ve had a major accident this generally is not the case. 
  • You have been getting massages to manage your aches and pain, but they seem to just tighten right back up.
  • You have been to chiropractor but your stiffness keeps returning. 
  • You have been to physical therapy, and the exercises they gave have helped but you have to do them all day long to feel any better. 
  • You have been to any doctor, and they have only focused on the area of pain, and not what the other areas of your body are doing.

“How Do I know If I’ve Found The Root Cause of My Pain?”

It’s important to know that the “diagnosis” or the injured area, is very rarely the actual ROOT CAUSE of your pain. Everything in your body works together in a cause and effect relationship. 

When it comes to the shoulder there are 17 muscles that attach to your shoulder blade alone. While it may be you may be suffering from a torn rotator cuff in your shoulder there could also be muscular weakness in any one of the other muscles that is causing the rotator cuff to work harder than it has to. Over time, this can have a cascading effect that can injure the attached muscle groups.

Some surgeons will look at this injury and want to cut into your shoulder to fix the rotator cuff. But what about the weakness that caused it in the first place? This is why you end up hearing about people having multiple surgeries on the same body part…

When you find the root cause, the doctor will be able to explain to you exactly what’s wrong, and all of the components that are contributing to your injury. When it comes to your shoulder, this could mean tight muscles, weak muscles, poor movements, bad daily habits, or any number of other issues. It’s important to have a complete understanding of your shoulder pain before a strategy can be developed. 

STOP and re-read that last sentence. In case you zoned out I’ll repeat it… “It’s important to have a complete understanding of your shoulder pain before a strategy can be developed.” Notice that I use the word “STRATEGY.” Because that’s what you need to fix the root cause of your shoulder pain. You can’t just look at the thing causing you pain and let the treatment stop there. Unless of course you want to be in the same boat six months from now. 

7 Reasons Shoulder Pain Cause By a Rotator Cuff Tear Lasts Longer Than It Should

  • You rely mainly on word of mouth, and you’ve run out of places to go.
  • You’ve received advice overload, so you’ve done nothing. 
  • You’ve been burned in the past and received subpar treatment. You don’t want to waste time again by choosing the wrong option, so you’re doing a lot of research.
  • Your shoulder pain used to go away on its own, so you’ve been waiting.
  • You looked up exercises to do on YouTube, but they only helped a little. 
  • You’re currently getting care, and the provider is insisting that you just keep being patient and eventually it will work (without good explanation as to why). So you’re staying with them a little longer because they’re “nice.”
  • You’ve had physical therapy in the past, so you’ve tried the same exercises, but this time they aren’t working.

What Can I Do About My Shoulder Pain Right Now?

  • The best thing that you can do is decide to get help from an expert. With all the options out there, it’s difficult to find someone reliable who you can trust. This is why at The Doctors of PT, we offer a non-committal Discovery Visit option. You can see more below. 
  • Whatever you do, keep moving. Don’t let things stiffen up and get worse. 
  • Stay hydrated. Especially in Phoenix during the hotter months of the year. We need to drink about ½ our body weight in ounces each day. Add 10% if you’re living an active lifestyle. This helps your muscles get circulation, which helps them heal. 
  • Try to avoid sleeping on your side or leaning on your shoulder when you’re seated in a chair or driving.
  • Request A Copy of our Free Report: How To Stop Shoulder Pain Without Risking Surgery & While Staying Active. Inside you’ll find a series of three techniques that you can do that will start giving you some relief.

If you would like to know more about our approach to rotator cuff physical therapy in Scottsdale, and you’d like to get to know us better before deciding, now is your chance. Click the button below, and fill out a short form to apply for a Discovery Visit. We offer just 4 per week only to people who are serious about getting back to their active, healthy, mobile lifestyles free of shoulder pain. 

Click Here To Apply For A FREE Discovery Visit

“Can You Tell Me More About Your Approach?”

Sure, we call it the “PHIX” approach (pronounced “fix”) and here’s how it works: 

  • A complete analysis that looks at your body as a complete system, not just one piece at a time. 
  • A combination of the latest and most impactful research across several industries. 
  • An analysis of the root cause of your shoulder pain.
  • A specially-formatted, individual treatment plan to address every aspect of your physical limitation.
  • The bridge between getting you “healthy” and keeping you active, mobile, and strong. 
  • A focus on using hands-on treatment and movement to promote healing. We do not use hot-packs, estim, or other forms of passive temporary treatments. 
  • A standard our doctors hold themselves to, that makes sure you get the highest possibility of achieving your outcome.

If you would like to inquire further about your rotator cuff tear you can click the button below and fill out a form to request a call-back. 

Click To Speak With An Expert

“How Can Choosing a PT at DPT Help Me?”

  • With our PHIX approach, we can identify the ROOT CAUSE of your shoulder pain, and design a plan specific to you to address it. 
  • We will identify all the individual components of your injury, and make sure nothing gets left out.
  • We will explain clearly why the other treatments you have tried, only resulted in temporary relief. 
  • You’ll get back to being active, which we know is about more than just being active. It’s about stress relief, and it helps you live a high-performance life. 
  • You’ll sleep better at night, knowing that you have the right solution. 
  • You’ll get clear and straightforward communication about the solution you’ve been looking for. 
  • You’ll be working with a team of doctors. Even though you may be seeing one doctor, we hold round-tables in our clinic to deal with cases of all levels of difficulty. 
  • We know when it’s time to change direction of treatment to ensure that you keep progressing.

Basically we design a comprehensive plan made specifically for your injury, and have a standardized process for getting you from where you are at now…back to the active, healthy, mobile lifestyle you love. 

If you’re ready to go, but you’d like to know more about availability for appointments at our Scottsdale shoulder pain treatment clinic, and what it costs. Simply click the button below and fill out the short form on the next page.

Click To Ask About Cost And Availability

Please Take A Few Moments To Hear What Our Clients Have To Say About DPT