Advice for Overhead Athletes: Don’t Play Through Pain


If an overhead athlete is experiencing pain, we advise the athlete to see a medical professional, specifically by a physical therapist. Physical therapists are movement specialists and we are trained in assessing shoulder injuries. As a physical therapist, I’m partial to a conservative treatment approach. My goal is to help the athlete safely return to playing their sport. Don’t play through the pain, it is there for a reason. If you’re having shoulder pain during overhead movement, take the time to get examined by someone who can treat not only shoulder pain but also correct your body mechanics and improve your overall level of performance.

Dr. Kim Bauernfeind is a Physical Therapist at Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation. Dr. Bauernfeind has clinical experience in both outpatient and inpatient settings, and has particularly enjoyed working with athletes. In addition to working with athletes in various outpatient settings in the NJ area, she has spent time at the University of Georgia, working closely with the Bulldog’s division 1 football team. She incorporates her experience with athletics at the University of Georgia with the patients she currently treats at Ferraro Spine & Rehabilitation through preventative, conservative and post-op treatment programs. If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Bauernfeind, you can call (973) 478-2212 to schedule an appointment or you can go to