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A True California Summer

Dear Friends,

July 2018 Inside This Newsletter

Summer is in full swing! And my family is loving it! To us it means adventure… road trips…precious time together. We just recently came back from Northern California. We visited Yosemite… We

Arlan Alburo, PT, DPT, MTC

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went whitewater rafting and hiking… And we got to see San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge…the kids loved it! Where will summer take you and your family this year?

To your magical summer, Arlan Alburo

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Hi Ya'll, I am Kate Curley! I just finished my clinical at Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists and I am currently working as a tech at the Valparaiso clinic. I am enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistance program at Ivy Tech and plan to further my career within the next few years to become a Physical Therapist. I am so happy to join the OBTS team! This summer I look forward to traveling with my family down to Florida and going to Disney! Kate Curley

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“I came to OBTS after a shoulder injection by my orthopedic surgeon. Pain was a lot better from the injection, but my posture and movement were still bad. Mike and the other therapists helped me strengthen the shoulder and pointed the way to avoid the bad posture and compensation that had limited my activity. Now there is no pain in lifting objects onto shelves above my head. Life is better when you can be active.” - Alan Zeller "Now there is no pain in lifting objects onto shelves above my head. Life is better when you can be active."

“Since I have started treatment for my shoulder, I have had less pain and am able to reach without any limit. The massage has worked the knots out of my muscles. The exercises has strengthen my right arm. My treatment has really helped me.” - K.F-S. "The exercises has strengthen my right arm. My treatment has really helped me."

“I had a torn bicep that was surgically repaired. With the guidance and patience of everyone here at OBTS, I am completely recovered and heading back to work. It has been a hard road to recovery, rougher at times than I had expected, but the staff always kept me positive and moving forward. Walking away I feel like I have gained new friends. I will definitely miss everyone here at OBTS.” - Sam Andrzejewski "Walking away I feel like I have gained new friends. I will definitely miss everyone here at OBTS."


Special Thanks to Those Below Who Gave the Gift of Health, by Referring a Friend or Family Member Donni Bane Henry Streiffer Sue Raber Ilsa Gewalt Shirley Anderson Frederick Steinke Deborah Heneghan Shirley Richter Joseph Heuer James Secviar Jill McNamara Robert Carnagey

What is causing your shoulder pain?

The majority of pain that travels to your shoulder from your neck is referred pain. Your shoulder may not necessarily be the problem. In fact, the first 10 degrees of movement in your shoulder comes from your shoulder joint. The rest relies on the movement of your upper back, neck, shoulder blade, and collarbone. If these areas work incorrectly then shoulder pain can occur. Most neck and shoulder pain is a result of prolonged poor posture, lifting heavy objects and minor falls or injuries. These irritate the joints in the neck and upper back. This then makes the muscles around the upper back and shoulder tighten and become sore. Suddenly, you now have neck and shoulder pain. There are many nerves that come off of the cervical (neck) vertebral bodies that pass down in front of the shoulder heading towards the arm. Irritation of these nerves can refer pain to the shoulder. Poor posture, especially while sitting at work or at home, can cause this to occur. Rotation or tilting of the neck may create your shoulder pain if these nerves are involved. It is important that a physical therapist examine you thoroughly if you are experiencing these symptoms. If you have had a fall injury and suddenly develop shoulder and neck pain, seek help immediately. Any injury may affect the many sensitive structures in your neck and upper back. Shoulder and neck pain, if they occur together, may relate to disc injuries. This is more likely if you are having neck and arm pain, rather than just shoulder pain. Pain that travels down the arm to any extent may indicate more severe problems. Shoulder pain can result in restricted movement of your body. Pain involves the nervous system, immune system, digestive system, and respiratory system. To avoid referred shoulder pain or any kind of referred pain, you should have a strong immune system for prevention of diseases.

A strong body can fight infection or disease and can enhance the functioning of all the body systems. A balanced diet, regular physical therapy exercises and a stress-free mind are the keys to maintaining an active life. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, consult one of our expert physical therapists for a full evaluation to determine where your problem is originating from, so correct treatments can be applied to help you.

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FREE Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Check-Up Event August 13 and 14, 2018

In celebration of our newly opened location in LaPorte, Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists will host a FREE Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Check-Up Event on the following dates and locations: • Monday August 13 at our Crown Point office (11055 Broadway, Suite B) from 1-5 PM. • Monday August 13 at our Highland office (2144 45th St. from 1-5 PM.

• Tuesday August 14 at our Valparaiso office (3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8) from 1-5 PM. • Tuesday August 14 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 and Shoulder Pain Specialist physical therapists. 2. You will discover tips on how to:

• 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

Here is how you sign up… • Crown Point: 219-310-8278 • Highland: 219-301-7961 • Valparaiso: 219-548-8770 • La Porte: 219-380-0809


Dr. Arlan Alburo, PT, DPT, MTC PS: Call NOW to hold your spot for the FREE Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Check-Up Event on August 13 and 14. PPS: Only 12 spots available at each location for this free Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Check Up Event.

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?

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 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 if a rotator cuff tear can heal, and if pain can 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? See reverse to find out more... on the way up or down. 2. The Lateral Jobe Test

• 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 and forcing you to take more pain pills than you would care to admit. And for golfers out there it can ruin your game! Are you getting scores you’re too embarrassed to hare? 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.


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 Knee Arthritis and Joint Replacement Plantar Fasciitis • Laser Therapy • Graston Technique and More! We help you achieve an unhindered life.

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