Is Your Shoulder Pain Due To A Rotator Cuff Tear?

3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8 Valparaiso, IN 46383

Specializing In: Lower Back Pain • Headaches and Neck Pain • Sciatica and Hip Problems Balance Issues and Difficulty Walking • Dizziness and Vertigo Shoulder Pain, Bursitis and Tendinitis Hip and Knee Arthritis and Joint Replacement Plantar Fasciitis • Laser Therapy • Graston Technique and Other Conditions

219-548-8770 3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8 Valparaiso, IN 46383


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219-310-8278 11055 Broadway, Suite B Crown Point, IN 46307

Is your shoulder pain due to a rotator cuff tear? Do you have shoulder pain with any of the following day-to-day activities? • Reaching Overhead? Attention Shoulder Pain Sufferers...

• Reaching into the Back Seat? • Reaching Behind Your Back? • While you Sleep?


M O N T H L Y February 2017

Dear Valued Client,

Inside This Newsletter

Happy Valentine’s Day to all our current and past patients, and attendees of our workshops! We hope you are keeping to your New Year’s resolutions. We are all trying to keep to ours which you may have read in our last newsletter. Inside we have some great success stories that tell the story of how some of our patients have gotten out of pain and back to activities they

• A Letter From Arlan • Patient Spotlights

• Are you Shoveling Correctly? • Valentine’s Day Word Search • Workshop Information

Arlan Alburo, PT, MTC CEO, Co-Founder, OBTS

love like spending pain free time with their families.

Our goal is to serve you with such a great experience that you:

Are you shoveling correctly? Shoveling snow is enough of a pain let’s not get hurt in the process. We have some tips to make sure that you don’t get hurt this winter. Also we have a fun Valentine’s Day word search. See how many words you can find. While you are looking for words look for a misspelled word in this newsletter and you could win a $10 Gift Card. Finally, do you suffer with shoulder pain? It could be caused by a rotator cuff injury. Please come by and attend our workshop as it could be extremely valuable in getting you out of pain. Look at the insert inside this newsletter for details.

1. Thank the person who sent you here AND 2. Refer people that you care about to us

Call IN & Win!

Thank you to all of those who referred a friend, we couldn’t do this without you!


Misspelled Mania Edition

Be the first 10 to call with the misspelled word and receive a $10 Gift Card Call in and Win Hotline: 219-548-8770

Last Month’s Misspelled Word Mania Winners

219-548-8770 3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8 Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-310-8278 11055 Broadway, Suite B Crown Point, IN 46307

Maria Aquino Sandra Roberson Sophie Robert Solon Pat Hildebrand

Susan Moore Tom Cath Geri Stoll Gordan Sheffer Michelle Kroft


“The positive professional atmosphere is excellent.” Success Story: Susan Martz

“My treatment at Orthopedic and Balance Therapy has been great! Through Arlan’s advertisement in the Times newspaper I realized the pain in my bicep was caused by a torn rotator cuff. I was unable to raise my arm above my head or reach behind my back. Getting dressed was difficult and at times painful. Even after 4 weeks my progress seemed slow, then from week 5 to week 8 I had steady improvement. I was even able to hang lights and ornaments on the highest branch of the Christmas Tree. Also, the positive professional atmosphere at this workplace is excellent. I appreciate that employees are never on cell phones; they are committed to their clients’ therapy.” “I am ready for a regular exercise program again!” Success Story: Mary Ellen Spaite “After an injury to my rotator cuff resulting in pain using my right arm, I began Physical Therapy. 4 weeks in I am able to use my arm and shoulder with much less pain. My pain is gone now on most days! I am ready to begin a regular exercise program now here to continue to strengthen my shoulder muscles and work to prevent further injuries, so I don’t have to stop my favorite hobby, working with my horses!”

“The team here is fabulous!” Success Story: Nancy Walleske

“When I first came to therapy I could hardly move my arms, I was unable to put on a coat or get dishes out of the cabinets. I had trouble putting arms up to even drive a car. Since I came here I am able to do all of those things plus so much more. The team here is fabulous and has shown me how to continue to improve my capabilities at home.”

Special Thanks to Those Below Who Gave the Gift of Health, by Referring a Friend or Family Member 1. Val Walsko

4. Jeanette and Paul Rommelmann 5. Mary Jones

2. Stasia Krempa 3. Jeanie Kelsey

Are You Shoveling Snow The Safe Way?

Even those who use snowblowers often have to “touch up” later in certain areas with a shovel. Consult the snow shoveling tips below to the make the job go more smoothly with less work. You should have a plan before you start snow shoveling, and leave these 2 areas for last: 1. Don’t fuss about the rest of the snow around the car just yet. More snow will accumulate there when you clean the car, so you might as well wait until then to clean up around the perimeter of the car. 2. Hold off on snow shoveling (with any degree of thoroughness) where your driveway meets the street. As plows go by, they’ll be barricading that area with more snow. Save this area until you’re ready to pull out with your car (or until after you’ve wrested up).

Speaking of resting, if you can afford the luxury of clearing a driveway in stages, that’s the way to go. If the storm’s over, divide the workload into sections; if the storm’s still in progress, make a preliminary sweep, then go back after the storm. How To Shovel To Protect Your Body From Injury Once you step outside and start wielding your shovel, remember the following: • Bend your knees and lift with your legs • As you lift the snow, keep the shovel blade close to you, to reduce back strain • Switch off between snow shoveling right-handed and left-handed, so that you’re working different muscles • Likewise, periodically change your grip on the hand holding the bar (palm under vs. palm over)

• When the snowfall is heavy (1 foot in depth, let’s say), don’t try to clean right down to the ground with a single scoop. Instead, skim the top 6 inches off, then scoop up the bottom 6 inches. Otherwise, you could be hurting yourself by lifting too much.

Word Search





Do you have shoulder pain with any of the following day-to-day activities? • Reaching Overhead?

• Reaching into the Back Seat? • Reaching Behind Your Back? • While you Sleep?

Dear Valued Client, If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you surely know that shoulder pain can be such a menace. It can ruin a good night’s sleep… and when you lack sleep, you get cranky. It can change the way you put on your shirt…or for the ladies, your bra…because it’s just too painful to do it the way you used to. It can stop you from enjoying daily simple tasks…making you frustrated…forcing you to take more pain pills than you would care to admit. And for golfers out there…it can ruin your game…getting scores you’re too embarrassed to tell…your friends are probably wondering why you even care to play! Is it your rotator cuff that’s the culprit? The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that run from our shoulder blade into the top end of our bone in our arm. They help keep the ball end of our arm bone centered in the shoulder socket. When healthy, the rotator cuff allows us to reach in all directions smoothly and without pain. If you experience pain, weakness or difficulty during the tests mentioned here, it is highly likely that you are suffering from a rotator cuff tear. 1. This first test is called the Drop Arm Test. With your arm relaxed by your side, turn your arm out so your thumb faces directly to the side. Slowly raise your arm to the side, then slowly lower the arm. Test is positive if the arm suddenly drops or you experience severe pain on the way up or down. 2. The Lateral Jobe Test. In this test for the right shoulder, raise you right arm out to the side by lifting your right elbow to 90 degrees, with your hand hanging down, fingers pointed to the ground, your thumb pointing to your tummy. With your left hand, push down on the right arm just above the elbow. Test is positive if you experience pain or weakness. 3. The 3rd test is called Lift-Off Test. The hand of the affected arm is placed on the lower back. Now try lifting the hand off the back without straightening your elbow. Test is positive if you’re unable to lift the hand off.

Now you may be asking…can a rotator cuff tear heal and pain subside without medications, injections, or surgery? In most cases, yes…but it depends on but not limited to the following factors:

• What is the grade of the tear? There are 3 grades. • Which of the 4 muscles of the rotator cuff is torn. • How old is the tear.

FREE Rotator Cuff And Shoulder Pain Workshop February 7 and 9 Due to overwhelming requests from our fellow NW Indiana residents, Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists will host our first ever Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Workshop on the following dates and locations: • Tuesday 6:00 PM February 7, 2017 at our Crown Point office (11055 Broadway, Suite B) • Thursday 6:00 PM February 9, 2017 at our Valparaiso office (3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8) Here’s what you’ll learn during the workshop: • Know which rotator cuff muscle is affected and the grade of the tear • Correct the cause of your pain and speed up the healing process • Prevent your shoulder from getting worse, and avoid the single biggest mistake shoulder pain sufferers make

Due to the interactive nature of this workshop, there are only 20 spots available for each location. To hold your spot, please call 219-202-2500 in Valparaiso, or 219-203-3100 in Crown Point.


Arlan Alburo Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists

PS-Call 219-202-2500 in Valpo or 219-203-3100 in Crown Point to hold your spot for the FREE Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Workshop on Tuesday February 7 in Crown Point, and Thursday February 9 in Valpo.

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