My Shoulder Hurts – Spanish for Physical Therapy

Learn Spanish for physical therapy and primary care. In this clinical encounter in Spanish, a woman carpenter presents to the clinic with a sore shoulder.

shoulder pain in SpanishThis original dialogue for this podcast was provided by one of our listeners Burke Gurney. Burke just traveled to Mexico where he worked with other physical therapists. Check out his blog @

Clinical Encounter

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Key Phrases

Me duele el hombro derecho.
Me duelen las piernas.
Me duele la mano izquierda.
¿El dolor comenzó rápido o despacio?
Poco a poco apareció después del partido.
¿A qué se dedica usted?
Es peor siempre que levanto los brazos por arriba de la cabeza.

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Listen to Describing Movement in Spanish.

Subscribe to the premium audio lessons at This series includes two dialogues covering the presentation of rotator cuff tendinitis and a shoulder exam. In the premium lessons, we review the vocabulary and practice interpreting the clinical encounters line by line. We also cover movements of the body in Spanish. Learn how to say “roll over, lean forward, bend your arm, tilt your head back, keep your back straight, lift your arms at your sides, put your hands behind your head,” and much more.

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