A Guide to Shoulder Pain Treatment

A Guide to Shoulder Pain Treatment

Shoulder Pain Treatment Program Rotator Cuff tears are a very common culprit to pain and should have special orthopedic testing to determine if tear is suspected before shoulder pain treatment is started.  These four tiny muscles are crucial for the stability of the shoulder.  Let’s take a look at what the rotator cuff does so we can understand why we need to approach the shoulder the way we do.  The shoulder is a ball and socket joint which means this joint will give up stability for mobility. The added mobility of this joint leaves the shoulder joint vulnerable to injuries. One of the many structures that can get injured is the capsular ligament.  This is a fibrocartilagenous ligament that can tear or weaken.  This ligament is considered one of the static stabilizers of the shoulder.  A static stabilizer is  any ligament or fibro-cartilagenous structure that connects the apposing bones and keeps stability. Another commonly injured structure in the shoulder joint is the labrum.  In the shoulder the labrum is fibrous  and deepens the shoulder cavity by 50% which adds some stability to this extremely mobile joint. Capsular ligament: is broken down into superior middle and the inferior complex. The Inferior is broken into anterior, posterior and inferior. This is the most important static stabilizer. Static Stabilizers of Shoulder= Ligaments / Cartilage Dynamic Stabilizers of Shoulder=  Muscles The 4 Ps of Shoulder Pain Treatment Plans Protector- These are your four rotator cuff muscles and part of you dynamic stabilizers (supraspinatus, teres minor, infraspinatus, subscapularis) Pivitor muscles- all of your scapular stabilizers (rhomboids, serratus anterior, levator scapula, trapezius) Positioner- The 3 different heads of the deltoid Propellor- Powerful movement muscles (pectoralis...
Getting Down To Your High School Weight and Win $500

Getting Down To Your High School Weight and Win $500

A Guide to Get You Back into your High School Clothes Best Before and After Gets $500 Dollar Gift Card This brief guide will be broken down into specifics for a diet promoting weight loss. If you are starting off this program and have an excessive amount of weight to lose then this is the article for you.  The more we can promote and share this free resource and get people involved in this holiday competition the better chance we have at beating obesity and decreasing the risk of obesity related deaths.  My goal is for you first to follow the program until you are within 5 pounds of your goal weight.  Our bodies are built to store fat and we need to put our body into a fat burning state until we have normalized our hormone release and have reduced our body weight to allow our insulin to properly manage our blood sugar levels in the body.  After you get to this stabilized level you can eat a diet that follows a program that is designed for health and disease prevention which will be material in future article. Weight Loss Program Our bodies are designed to store fat as a means of survival.  However, we never need to use this survival trait due to the convenience of fast food and and the ability to get food at a moments notice.  The survival mechanism in our body allows us to use our fat as energy reserve.  This was much more useful when there were times of famine due to harsh winters.  This is what makes losing weight so difficult.  We get...
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Plantar fasciitis treatment is a common pitfall effecting runners and people that are overweight.  Plantar fasciitis involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.  Plantar fasciitis treatment varies from profession to profession but ultimately it comes down to prevention and taking care of your feet.  The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that arises on the bottom of the feet.  This band of tissue can tighten and cause pain on the underside of the feet.  Typically, a person would describe the pain felt as like walking on shards of glass.  The pain would be worse in the morning and usually get better throughout the day.  Lets look at some of the treatment options both for at home and professional options. Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Exercises: Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Splint :  This brace is worn throughout the night and allows you to stretch the fascia when sleeping.  This method does get results but usually is not successful in chronic cases.  If you have had the problem for years, this option would be good to combine with professional care. Lacrosse Ball Massage– The lacrosse ball makes an excellent tool to break up the tight fascia on the underside of the foot.  It is usually best to do this massage while in a chair and perform on each foot for several minutes.  The lacrosse ball makes a great choice because it does not flatten much when pressing down on the ball.  This allows greater blood flow to get to the tissue and...
Tennis Elbow Treatment

Tennis Elbow Treatment

Effective tennis elbow treatment involves a complicated process of finding the source of the problem.  When dealing with chronic tennis elbow, one must act like a detective and figure out all the complicating factors that might cause the not only the pain caused but the problem to the muscle.  To understand tennis elbow we must look at what tennis elbow is and how it starts.  Fixing tennis elbow sounds like all you have to do is avoid the use of your elbow and the problem is solved.  However, there are several complicating factors such as: shoulder movement restrictions, decreased hand strength, as well as functional biomechanics of your swing that could be a culprit to the problem. Tennis elbow is a condition in which there is an irritation due to chronic repetitive use of the wrist extensors.  The symptoms of tennis elbow are as follow: Pain is felt on the outside of the elbow. It is more common for the pain to gradual increase over time. Pain is worse when shaking hands or squeezing objects and can usually be associated with a feeling of weakness. Examples include lifting, using tools, opening jars, or even handling simple utensils such as a toothbrush or knife and fork. Prevention As the name suggests tennis elbow is very common in tennis players due to the repetitive nature of the game.  The best tennis elbow treatment to keep you from getting tennis elbow would to be to follow the exercises listed below.  Tennis elbow treatment is very difficult especially when a player doesn’t want to take time off from playing.  Making sure to do these stretches...
Best Exercises for Low Back Pain

Best Exercises for Low Back Pain

A common question that is asked in our practice is, what are the best exercises for low back pain.   Low back pain is an extremely common complaint that is seen frequently in hospitals, emergency rooms, as well as primary care physcians’ offices.  We have created what we feel are the best starter exercises for low back pain relief and prevention.  Keep in mind that exercise is just part of the problem and without knowing exactly what the structure of your spine looks like, it is hard to determine to what extent this form of exercise will improve your condition.  These exercises are common in physical therapy programs with a focus to increase the stability of the low back.  A commonly misunderstood belief of stretching is that daily stretching is good for keeping the low back healthy.  However, most people fail to realize the importance of keeping motion and stretching certain motions rather then making a gross statement that all stretching is good.  Stretching should be focused on joints that were designed for large degrees of range of motion (hip).  We want a majority of the motion to occur in the hips where motion should occur keeping the low back for stability and endurance. Bird Dog (3 sets of 10 reps) Starting picture above on the left, focus on brining opposite arm straight forward and your opposite leg straight back.  We want this to be a slow process in which we focus on keeping the back perfectly still during the entire time.  Imagine you had a cup of water on you low back and you had to perform the entire process of...