Shift Performance PT


A Guide for Former Athletes and Active Individuals

Experiencing shoulder pain can significantly hinder daily life, especially for those active in sports. At Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville, we specialize in tailored solutions to restore movement and comfort. Our comprehensive guide delves into the complexities of shoulder pain and its impact on athletes and ex-athletes, highlighting our effective physical therapy treatments.

Understanding Shoulder Pain and Its Dynamics

The shoulder, a versatile joint, is susceptible to various injuries and conditions. Its intricate composition includes the humerus, scapula, and rotator cuff muscles, among others. Disruptions in these components can cause significant discomfort and limitations.

Root Causes of Shoulder Pain

  • Arthritis: Including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, causing joint inflammation and pain.
  • Tendonitis and Bursitis: Often from overuse or repetitive movements.
  • Dislocation: A painful injury increasing the risk of future occurrences.
  • Frozen Shoulder: Stiffness and pain following a period of immobility.

Effective Management of Shoulder Pain

Our team uses diagnostic methods and develops customized therapy programs. Treatments may include personalized exercise programs, bursitis management, and muscle strengthening to rehabilitate and stabilize the shoulder.

Your journey to recovery at Shift Performance involves a comprehensive assessment and a holistic treatment plan. Active participation in treatment and a holistic approach, including lifestyle modifications and stress management, are key to effective recovery.

We aim to empower you beyond recovery, offering knowledge and techniques to prevent future injuries and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Our team stays updated on the latest in sports medicine and physical therapy.

Preventative care is essential for maintaining shoulder health. We guide you through exercises and educate you on proper techniques to minimize stress on the shoulder.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or suspect a rotator cuff tear, contact Shift Performance Physical Therapy in Knoxville for a professional assessment and personalized treatment plan. Let us help you regain your mobility and active life.


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Janet J

Blake did a thorough analysis of my shoulder mobility, stability, and pain, then provided a detailed plan of action to improve.  He showed me all of the movements, had me perform them during the session, and followed up with an email (including video-clip reminders of the movements) explaining what exercises to do and when.  I particularly liked that he set a limit on the pain threshold I should stay within, not just while exercising but also the day after.  Highly recommend! 

Becky Kotsianas

Blake came highly recommended to me and he has not disappointed! He is professional, knowledgeable, prompt and efficient with your time. He’s the best! I’m still in the middle of therapy for a frozen shoulder but I can already tell I’m making progress!