OBTS: Shoulder Pain Relief

3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8 Valparaiso, IN 46383

219-548-8770 3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8 Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-310-8278 11055 Broadway, Suite B Crown Point, IN 46307 219-380-0809 1405 East Lincolnway, Suite B La Porte, IN 46350

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 Knee Arthritis and Joint Replacement Plantar Fasciitis • Laser Therapy • Graston Technique and More!


FREE Rotator Cuff Health Check-Up Event August 14-16, 2017


“It’s hard to believe, but we are getting close to the end of summer already. Time to start thinking of getting kids and grandkids back to school. The busy pace of fall is almost upon us. I want to encourage you to cherish these last weeks of summer. Some things you could do to slow things down a bit are sip some fresh lemonade, read a book under a tree, watch a baseball game, catch some fireflies and look up at the stars on a clear night.

M O N T H L Y August 2017

Inside This Newsletter

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

• A Letter From Arlan • Patient of the Month • Shrimp Boil • Backpack Safety • Avoid Sports Injury

And thank you for being awesome clients:-)

From all of us at OBTS we hope you enjoy your last bit of summer!”

Arlan Alburo

Our goal is to serve you with such a great experience that you: 1. Thank the person who sent you here AND 2. Refer people that you care about to us Back By Popular Demand


Ingredients • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer • 1 (1.5-ounce) bag seafood boil seasoning • 1 tablespoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) • 3 bay leaves • 2 onions, quartered • 2 garlic bulbs, halved • 1 pound small red potatoes • 4 ears fresh corn, husks removed and halved • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch diagonal slices • 2 pounds large shrimp • French baguette, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning

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How to Make It Bring 4 quarts water and first 7 ingredients to a boil in a 12-quart stockpot. Add potatoes; simmer 15 minutes. Add corn and sausage; simmer 8 minutes. Add shrimp, cover, and turn off heat. Let shrimp sit 10 to 15 minutes to absorb flavor. Drain liquid, and spread shrimp boil out on a newspaper- covered table. Serve with baguette slices, lemon wedges, melted butter, and Old Bay seasoning.

8 TIPS TO AVOID A SPORTS INJURY Participation in athletic activities of all kinds, at all ages, is at an all-time high. Accordingly, sports injuries are also on the rise. However, many injuries can be avoided. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, up to 50 percent of all athletic injuries can be avoided. The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases conservatively estimates that athletic injury rates could be reduced by 25 percent if all athletes followed essential safety, conditioning and preventive strategies. The following tips are meant as a guide to the pursuit of that goal.

1. Warm up and stretch before you start. 2. Wear proper protective gear. 3. Use proper form. 4. Hydrate. 5. Don’t overdo it. 6. Cross train when possible. 7. If injuries occur, don’t play when you’re injured.

8. Finally, remember RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation, the best treatment for an acute injury. In many cases a course of physical therapy may be needed. Don’t hesitate to call for a FREE CONSULT should injury occur.

Good luck and play safe!


Introducing our Patient of the Month Gloria! MEET GLORIA!

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

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

219-380-0809 1405 East Lincolnway, Suite B La Porte, IN 46350

INJURY CAUSES KNOW THE WARNING SIGNS PROTECT YOUR SHOULDERS What you need to know, to prevent a serious injury...

All of us experience occasional aches and pains from doing too much, which does not necessarily mean a chronic problem is emerging. However, when those pains don’t go away, or when the uncomfortable feelings have certain characteristics, it’s important not to ignore them, and seek help. If you keep experiencing shoulder clicking or “popping,” for example, you may have a ligament tear in your shoulder area. Sharp pain should also be checked out with your physical therapist, as this means the shoulder joint is not moving in good alignment. There are also more easily-ignored symptoms, like a dull pain that runs along the side of your arm, or sudden arm weakness whenever you try to carry something or reach for an object. These symptoms, you should definitely not ignore.

Many shoulder injuries result from tasks requiring heavy lifting or repetitive reaching motions. Along with manual labor jobs, work around the house such as cleaning gutters or hanging up wet clothes are common culprits. In addition, athletic pursuits like weightlifting, swimming, and tennis can unfortunately lead to shoulder injuries. Along with these activities, passive movements can also be a problem. If you have continuous poor posture, the improper positioning of your shoulders, can make you extra vulnerable to scapula (shoulder blade) and rotator cuff injuries.


Special Thanks to Those Below Who Gave the Gift of Health, by Referring a Friend or Family Member 1. Diane Krebs 2. Deb Davis 3. Linda Goble 4. Sharon Dobis


Finding a Safe Pack Despite their potential problems, backpacks are great when used properly. Before you buy one, though, consider a backpack’s construction. Look for the following to choose the right backpack: • Lightweight pack: get one that doesn’t add a lot of weight to your child’s load; for example, leather packs look cool, but they weigh more than canvas backpacks • Two wide, padded shoulder straps: straps that are too narrow can dig into shoulders • Padded back: it not only provides increased comfort, but also protects kids from being poked by sharp objects or edges (pencils, rulers, notebooks, etc.) inside the pack • Waist belt: this helps to distribute the weight more evenly across the body • Multiple compartments: to help distribute the weight throughout the pack Although packs on wheels (which look like small, overhead luggage bags) may be good options for students who have to lug around really heavy

loads, they’re very hard to pull up stairs and to roll through snow. Check with the school before buying a rolling pack; many don’t allow them because they can be a tripping hazard in the hallways. Using Backpacks Wisely To help kids prevent injury when using a backpack: • Lighten the load. No matter how well- designed the backpack, less wate is always better. Use the bathroom scale to check that a pack isn’t over 10% to 15% of your child’s body weight (for example, the backpack of a child who weighs 80 pounds shouldn’t weigh more than 8 to 12 pounds). • Use and pick up the backpack properly. Make sure kids use both shoulder straps. Bags that are slung over the shoulder or across the chest — or that only have one strap — aren’t as effective at distributing the weight as bags with two wide shoulder straps, and therefore may strain muscles. Also tighten the straps enough for the backpack to fit closely to the

body. The pack should rest evenly in the middle of the back and not sag down to the buttocks. You may need to adjust your kids’ backpacks and/or reduce how much they carry if they : • Struggle to get the backpack on or off • Have back pain • Lean forward to carry the backpack If your child has back pain or numbness or weakness in the arms or legs, talk to your doctor or a physical therapist.

Is your shoulder pain ruining your summer? Find out if it’s due to a rotator cuff tear

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 nights 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. FREE Rotator Cuff Health Check-Up Event August 14-16, 2017 In celebration of our newly opened location in LaPorte, Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists will host a FREE Rotator Cuff Health Check-Up Event on the following dates and locations: • Monday August 14, 2017 at our Valparaiso office (3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8) from 1-5 PM. • Tuesday August 15, 2017 at our Crown Point office (11055 Broadway, Suite B) from 1-5 PM. • Wednesday August 16, 2017 at our LaPorte office (1405 E. Lincolnway, Suite B) from 1-5 PM. During the event, each attendee will receive: 1. One on one FREE consultation time with one of our Rotator Cuff Specialist physical therapists. 2. You will discover tips on how to: • 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.

• 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

Only 12 FREE consultation spots available for each location. To hold your spot, please call 219-202-2500 in Valparaiso, 219-203-3100 in Crown Point, or 219-380-0809 in LaPorte.


Arlan Alburo Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists PS-Call 219-202-2500 in Valpo, 219-203-3100 in Crown Point, or 219-380-0809 in LaPorte to hold your spot for the FREE Rotator Cuff Health Check-Up Event on August 14-16. PPS-Only 12 spots available at each location for this free Rotator Cuff Health Check Up Event.

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