Accelerate Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy for Upper Extremity Injuries

The Doctors of Physical Therapy at Accelerate Physical Therapy treat a variety of injuries sustained to the musculoskeletal system, and even more specifically injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand. Injuries to any of these body regions can be caused by a number of reasons, many of which include: motor vehicle accidents, blunt trauma, repetitive strain, overuse, postural, and reaching or grasping among many others.

From your initial evaluation, we will determine the extent and cause of your injury, the source of your pain, your prognosis (i.e. how long your recovery will take in our professional opinion), and a customized treatment plan based on your learning style and specific injury.

Each of your physical therapy visits will be one on one with your Doctor of Physical Therapy, and because continuity of care is our highest priority you will see that same physical therapist for the duration of your treatment (outside of unforeseen circumstances).

To learn more about our physical therapy services or to schedule an appointment, call or text (949)502-3388, or click on the “Schedule Appointment” button below.

Upper Extremity Injury Treatment
Injuries We Treat

Types of Lower Extremity Injuries We Treat

We offer evaluation and treatment for a variety of shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand injuries. Listed below are some of the most common we see; however, if there is not an injury or condition you recognize on this list we highly recommend you speak directly to one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy to determine if it’s something we can treat and assist you with. If it is something that is out of our scope of practice, we will connect you with the resources you need to address the issue.

Our number one priority is to ensure you find the right treatment and know all available options to address your injury. We are available via email at [email protected] and by text/phone at (949) 502-3388 for any specific questions as they pertain to your specific injury and condition.

  • Upper extremity neural mechanosensitivity

    • Median, radial and ulnar nerve entrapment
    • Pronator syndrome
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cervical facet syndrome

  • Cervical radiculopathy

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome

  • T4 syndrome

  • Rotator cuff tendonitis/tears

  • Subacromial impingement

  • Posterior shoulder impingement

  • Shoulder bursitis

  • Shoulder labral injury

  • ACJ sprains/separated shoulder

  • Shoulder dislocations/instability

  • Rib subluxations

  • Scapular dyskinesia

  • Golfer’s/Tennis elbow

  • Little league elbow

  • Wrist sprains

  • Finger fracture and dislocations

Muscle Strains
  • Applies to any muscle throughout the upper extremities.
Ligament Sprains
  • Applies to any joint throughout the upper extremities.

  • Applies to any bone throughout the upper extremities.

  • Applies to any tendon throughout the upper extremities.

Post-Surgical Injury
Including, but not limited to…
  • Spinal fusion

  • Spinal laminectomy

  • Mumford procedure

  • ORIF repairs

  • Rotator cuff repair

  • Shoulder labral repair

  • Biceps repair

  • Subacromial decompression

  • Tommy John repair

  • Wrist and hand repairs

These are common injuries you will research or hear about from an orthopedic specialist, pain management specialist, or your primary care physician. Ultimately, if it deals with bones, muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments, a Doctor of Physical Therapy can be of service to you.

Benefits of Physical Therapy for Upper Extremity Injuries

In general, physical therapy treatment intends to reduce the amount of time it takes for an injury to heal. Although the body is designed to heal on its own, many factors can affect how quickly it recovers. The biggest factors and most pertinent to physical therapy include habitual postures, movement patterns, and daily routines involving posture and movement. Physical therapy aims to restore your body’s natural movement patterns, with reinforcement through education and movement retraining. This can include visual and tactile (touch and feel) cues combined with reminders on your specific postural and movement habits.

Specific to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand are ways to reduce strain, which includes reducing excessive motion through each of these regions. Whether it’s how you reach overhead, lift a heavy object, drive, grasp items, or write, the strategy you use can make all of the difference. Physical therapy provides you with the knowledge to understand and learn the body through anatomy and biomechanics in order to alter your movement and apply these changes in daily life.

Shoulder Injury Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Techniques

Physical therapy uses various techniques to improve your mobility, motor control, and muscle performance. Each of these things can be improved with education on the body, “hands on” soft tissue and joint mobilization, stretching, strengthening, scar tissue mobilization, exercise and movement re-education. It is directed at those individuals searching for pain resolution, improved movement, and a fast, non-invasive remedy for injuries. It can prevent surgeries, provide a second opinion after seeing a medical doctor, and determine whether there are functional ways to prevent pain. Last and not least, it can save you money. Research has shown physical therapy treatment is one of the most cost-effective ways to resolve pain and recover from an injury.


Tools We Use to Treat Upper Extremity Injuries

We offer a range of orthopedic physical therapy treatment methods for maximum results.

Manual Therapy for Upper Extremity Injuries

Manual Therapy for Upper Extremity Injuries

Manual therapy is a very structured approach to delivering “hands on” physical therapy through the use of highly specific manual pressure, joint mobilization, and soft tissue mobilization in order to reduce tension, strain, guarding, spasm, and scar tissue restrictions throughout the body. Tissues affected can include muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments. More recent additions to a physical therapist’s personal touch can include IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) such as myofascial release, cupping, foam rolling and scraping (i.e. gua-sha). These techniques allow your physical therapist to improve the mobility throughout the spine so the body is able to move in a way that will allow reduced stress and strain to any injured tissues.

Therapeutic Exercise for Upper Extremity Injuries

Therapeutic Exercise for Upper Extremity Injuries

Therapeutic exercise involves a variety of movements to correct movement dysfunction. It is provided to correct impairments, restore muscular and skeletal function, and improve blood flow in injured tissues. The most common forms of therapeutic exercise involve strengthening exercises, endurance exercises, flexibility, and balance and coordination. The Doctors of Physical Therapy at Accelerate use a combination of therapeutic exercises and individualize them based on your current condition, prognosis, and specific injury.

Movement Analysis for Upper Extremity Injuries

Movement Analysis for Upper Extremity Injuries

Movement analysis of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand involves your physical therapist analyzing the quantity and quality of specific movements that affect your injury. We will evaluate movements that increase your pain, and ask you to perform them in the clinic, via telehealth, or picture if needed. This can include reaching overhead, driving, sleeping, lifting objects, and grasping items as examples. Movement analysis one on one with your physical therapist will allow you to see how your movement changes or alters your pain. Your physical therapist will educate you on ways to use your body to prevent pain and then reinforce these new movement patterns in your daily life. Follow-up physical therapy visits are intended to build upon a system to change the way you move and to keep it at the forefront of your mind as you live your life.

Neuro Re-Education for Upper Extremity Injuries

Neuro Re-Education for Upper Extremity Injuries

Neuro re-education is a technique used by physical therapists to restore normal movement. It involves the “brain-body connection” and specifically addresses motor control dysfunction and deficits. Think of it as nerve connections from the brain to a specific muscle or group of muscles throughout the body. This can include when, where, and how fast to move as well as initiating a muscle contraction, sequencing, and timing. Your physical therapist will utilize visual, audio, and tactile cues to improve your movement strategy and to “wake up” new muscles that are underutilized and relax those that are overutilized.

Physical Therapy Service Options

Service Options

We offer three service options for your convenience:

In-Clinic Treatment

In-Clinic Treatment

Our Newport Beach office offers nearly 1,700 square feet of open gym space including two private treatment rooms and four treatment tables to perform exercise and manual therapy. We utilize weights, bands, mirrors and other equipment to increase resistance for therapeutic activities and provide visual feedback for movement retraining.

Tele-Health Consultations

Telehealth via Physitrack

We provide client education on pain management strategies, movement analysis for lifestyle activities, functional tasks, ergonomics/posture, and sports.

Movement Screening

Custom Movement Screens

Custom movement screens provided in conjunction with employers, coaches, teachers, and other community members.

Accelerate Physical Therapy

Types of Injuries We Treat

The Doctors of Physical Therapy at Accelerate PT specialize in the evaluation and treatment of any and all orthopedic related injuries. Orthopedic injuries refer to anything affecting the musculoskeletal system (i.e. muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, bones, as well as nerves as they interface through each of these structures). Sports specific injuries, work related injuries, and injuries caused by a motor vehicle accident fall under the orthopedic umbrella. Pre and post-operative care is intended to improve mobility, muscle performance, and motor control in individuals with surgical intervention to alleviate pain.

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule a 45-minute one on one session with one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy and get started on your path to recovery.