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3 Feb, 2021

Rotator Cuff Trouble

An irritated shoulder with certain motions or when we sleep, is a sign our rotator cuff could be giving us trouble. Strength and stability of the rotator cuff is needed to relieve that pain or irritation and to help us complete all of our daily activities such as: Brushing our hair Brushing our teeth Lifting

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15 Jan, 2021

Shoulder Fractures

Most of us are bringing back out the shovels, buying salt, and/or investing in snow blowers.  It can also be a dangerous time of year because of ice and the increased risk of falling.  Fractures at the top part of the shoulder are very common.  The risk of fracturing the shoulder increases with age for

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11 Jan, 2021

Shoulder Dislocations

What is a shoulder dislocation? The shoulder joint is called a ball-and-socket joint. The ball is the rounded top of the bone in the upper arm (humerus), which fits into the socket — the cup-shaped outer part of the shoulder blade. When the top of the humerus moves out of its usual location in the

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11 Dec, 2020

Rotator Cuff Tears

We often hear about the rotator cuff (RTC) and how much pain and annoyance it can cause a person. Unfortunately, most people are not given good education on the actual causes, prognosis, and anatomy of the rotator cuff. Below are some examples of causes for rotator cuff tears, anatomy of the rotator cuff, and how

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24 Nov, 2020

What is a “frozen shoulder”? 

Frozen shoulder is a condition where your shoulder joint becomes painful and stiff, usually resulting from lack of motion or use. The medical term for this is “adhesive capsulitis.” Simply put, your shoulder capsule (which is a connective tissue structure that surrounds your bones and muscles of your shoulder) has tightened up and is restricting

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1 Sep, 2020

Avoiding Shoulder Injuries from Repetitive Movements

Shoulder issues like pain and weaknesses are some of the most common reasons people seek help from a physical therapist. This joint is held together by an extensive group of muscles and ligaments that can be weakened by certain repetitive movements. Most of the problems that occur with the shoulder actually involve the: Muscles Tendons

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17 Jul, 2020

Our Scapula is the Root of the Problem

Shoulder pain and problems can come from a number of different sources. One common cause stems from our scapula. This is known as scapular dyskinesis. What is scapular dyskinesis?  Also known as SICK scapula S: Scapular malposition I: Inferior medial border prominence C: coracoid pain K: dysKinesis of scapular movement Dyskinesis is the poor movement

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6 Jul, 2020

A Common Joint to Injure

The shoulder is a very common joint to injure. This is due to the nature of the joint. The shoulder joint is a very shallow joint which has mostly muscles and ligaments holding it in place in addition to a thick and stiff piece of cartilage called the labrum, which helps to vacuum seal the

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3 Jun, 2020

Here’s What to Do If Surgery Is Coming Up!

Pre-op physical therapy can help prepare you for what is going to happen.  It will help you establish your goals before and after surgery as well as determine what your expectations are. What to expect? Examination to set a plan of care and determine a baseline Set goals for before and after surgery Plan and

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29 May, 2020

“Un-Freezing” That Shoulder

What is Frozen Shoulder? Adhesive Capsulitis, or “Frozen Shoulder” is a condition in which the shoulder and the surrounding tissues thickens, which ultimately leads to: Stiffness Decreased range of motion Inability to move one’s arm Frozen shoulder often prevents you from doing everyday activities or the things you love to do. How Does Frozen Shoulder

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