Shouldering Your Spring Cleaning

Many people attack their yearly spring cleaning ritual in the months of March and April. With thousands thawing from winter’s cold, there are bound to be some sore, stiff muscles. The National Safety Council reports that approximately 21 million people visit the emergency room as a result of home injuries. One of the most common complaints is shoulder pain.  

“Typically we see a lot of shoulder complaints and injuries in the spring months, said Lisa Kerrigan, MSPT,co- owner of Advantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation in Gainesville & Manassas, and a member of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association (PPS). “Spring cleaning involves a lot of over-the-head motion and lifting that results in pain and discomfort for some. We commonly treat shoulder impingement. Basically it’s the result of a sudden spike in use of a shoulder joint that is under-exercised or under-utilized.”

As your activity levels increase with the onset of spring weather, be aware of the signs and symptoms associated with shoulder impingement including:


  • Pain with pushing, pulling, or carrying heavy objects
  • Pain when performing an overhead activity
  • Pain during or after exercise
  • Fear of putting the shoulder in certain positions
  • Clicking and popping sensations with movement
  • Weakness when performing athletic movements, especially overhead and away from the body
  • Loss of performance ability in sport activities
  • Fatigue with repetitive activity 

“Many people ignore or discount the common complaints that come with shoulder impingement. Rather than living with limited mobility and shoulder pain, I encourage people to consult with their local physical therapist for personalized treatment plans,” says Kerrigan  “Lack of attention to the pain could lead to more serious problems such as rotator cuff tears.  Proper treatment is crucial.” Advantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, LLC doesn’t require a physician’s referral and is an expert in shoulder pain treatment and preventative exercise programs. For more information, please call (571) 229-1113 or visit


About Advantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, LLC

Founded in 2006, Advantage Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, LLC exists to help individuals move better, feel better & live better.  We have a team built to provide exceptional service and practice a manual hands on philosophy of care.   We also have a strong belief in being involved and supporting the  communities we serve.   Advantage has clinics located in Gainesville and Manassas.   For more information, please visit


About The Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association

Founded in 1956, the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association champions the success of physical therapist-owned businesses. Our members are leaders and innovators in the health care system. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 85,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy nationwide. For more information, please visit