Northern Physical Therapy Clinical Update
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Rotator Cuff Injury? Recover Quickly With Physical Therapy!
How can physical therapy help a rotator cuff injury? While rotator cuff injuries sometimes require surgery if they are severe enough, there are several cases where physical therapy treatments can work just as well (if not better) than surgery. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “A recent study from Finland asserts that when it comes to treatment of nontraumatic rotator cuff tears, physical therapy alone produces results equal to those produced by arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair.” In this same study, a follow-up on 167 patients receiving physical therapy alone for their rotator cuff injuries, demonstrated that conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, should be considered as the primary treatment for this condition.
Your rotator cuff is comprised of the muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joint. Sometimes, the rotator cuff can become torn or injured, due to repetitive overhead motions performed in sports (such as tennis) or jobs (such as carpentry.) Athletes are also at risk of developing a rotator cuff injury if they participate in rigorous activities, such as weightlifting, swimming, or tennis. The active movements associated with sports and laborious work are undoubtedly important factors to keep in mind; however, passive movements can also be contributing factors to an injury. Continuous poor posture and improper positioning of the shoulders can make your scapula, or shoulder blade, much more vulnerable to pain and rotator cuff injuries. Those who experience rotator cuff injuries or “torn shoulders” generally report a dull ache deep in their shoulder, arm weakness, difficulty reaching behind their back, and disturbed sleep due to pain.
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At Northern Physical Therapy, our natural and non-invasive methods can help relieve your shoulder pain and heal your rotator cuff injury.
HOW DO I KNOW IF PHYSICAL THERAPY IS NEEDED?
How can I begin treatments? At Northern Physical Therapy, we will conduct a physical evaluation and diagnostic tests to determine if you do indeed have a rotator cuff tear, and we will design a personalized treatment plan based on the needs of your diagnosis. Specialized techniques, such as ice and heat therapies, manual therapies, or ultrasound may be used to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and enhance function. Gentle stretches and exercises may also be prescribed to improve your posture and the range of motion of your shoulder. If you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, contact us today. Our dedicated physical therapists will provide you with some much-needed relief and get you started on your path toward recovery!
It is natural to experience an occasional ache or pain from overexertion. However, it is when the pain becomes chronic or unbearable that the condition becomes serious. Chronic pain, or pain persisting for three months or longer, is an indication that PT intervention is needed. There are some additional symptoms to consider that may also be telling signs that treatment is needed, such as: • Sharp or stinging pains. • Uncomfortable “clicking” sounds with movement. • Dull pain that runs alongside your arm. • Sudden arm weakness. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to contact a physical therapist for treatment.
CROCK POT CHEESEBURGER SOUP
Place potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, dried basil and parsley in a large crock pot. Pour chicken broth over vegetables. Cover with lid. Cook on low heat 6 to 8 hours OR on high heat 4 to 5 hours or until potatoes are tender. About 45 minutes before serving, cook and crumble ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain any grease. Pour cooked ground beef into crock pot. Carefully wipe out hot skillet with a paper towel then add butter. When butter is melted whisk in flour and cook until golden brown and bubbly (about 1 minute.) Whisk in the milk, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into the crock pot and stir to combine everything. Add the shredded cheese to crock pot. Stir again. Cover with lid and cook another 30 minutes or until cheese is melted.
• 4 small potatoes, peeled and diced • 1 small white onion, chopped • 1 cup shredded carrots • ½cup diced celery • 1 teaspoon dried basil • 1 teaspoon dried parsley • 3 cups chicken broth
• 1 pound lean ground beef • 3 Tbsp butter • ¼cup all-purpose flour • 2 cupsmilk • ½ teaspoon salt • ½ teaspoon black pepper • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Patient Success Spotlight
Lift chest bone up and out, let shoulders fall down and back gently. Be careful not to arch your back. Hold for 10 seconds 10 times, repeat 3-4 times throughout the day. SCAPULAR ADDUCTION/CHEST RAISE
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“They have made me feel hope that I haven’t felt in a long time.” “Northern Physical Therapy is the happening place to get your therapy. The staff are top notch. They are knowledgeable, caring, funny (that’s important), and make you feel like part of a family. I haven’t been going there all that long, but in the short amount of time I have been going they have made me feel hope that I haven’t felt in a long time. As a three time cancer survivor, they take into account my physical limitations without ever making me feel pitied. Plus, they play really great music while you are there and who doesn’t love that? I highly recommend them.” - S.J.
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