Do you have shoulder pain?

Dr. Phil McClure at Arcadia University in collaboration with the University of Oregon, was awarded an NIH grant to study “The Effects of Exercises on Pain and Rotator Cuff Muscle Function.” McClure and his research team are studying muscle activation in people before and after treatment. The treatment (provided free of charge) includes a pain-relieving injection from an orthopedic surgeon specialized in the shoulder plus a six-week rehabilitation program guided by a physical therapist. We are currently looking for interested participants.

Our Research Goal

Shoulder pain is a common problem and frequently involves irritation of the joint and tendons of the rotator cuff muscles which are located within the shoulder. Rehabilitation, guided by a physical therapist, is the first line of treatment for many shoulder conditions including rotator cuff problems. We are seeking to better understand how pain and muscle activation respond to standard treatment and why some people respond better than others. The overall goal of the Shoulder Research Center is to understand the underlying causes of shoulder pain and develop optimal treatment approaches to manage shoulder pain. 

Our Dedicated Team

Our group includes physical therapists and an orthopedic surgeon dedicated to understanding the underlying causes of shoulder pain and developing optimal treatment approaches to managing shoulder pain. Do you currently have pain in your shoulder? When do you have pain?

  • While sleeping on your side?
  • When you raise your arm?
  • During overhead activity and self-care?

If you answered YES to any of these questions and are between the age of 21 and 55, physical therapy could help. You may be eligible for an NIH-funded study exploring the effects of exercise on pain and rotator cuff muscle function.

You can start now via this screening questionnaire to see if you qualify: 

If you or you know of anyone with shoulder pain/rotator cuff complaints who might be interested in this study, please let us know. Compensation will be provided for eligible patients.

Phone: 215-572-2459