Advantage PT: Relieving Shoulder Pain



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INSIDE: Service Spotlight

When to Contact Your Physical Therapist Spring in Full Swing! As the weather begins to warm up, springtime activities will be in full swing – both literally and figuratively! It is that time of the year when being outside is at its peak level of enjoyment, with everyone happily takingadvantageofspending time outdoors.Formore informationon treating andavoidingshoulder injuries in thespring, contact Advantage PhysicalTherapy and Sports Rehabilitation today! This occurs when the muscles or tendons that surround the shoulder joint become damaged or torn. • Tennis elbow. While this term is colloquially referred to as “tennis elbow,” it can also be caused by other sports and activities, including softball, baseball, raking leaves, and even excessive typing onacomputer.Tenniselbow isanoveruse injury that results in inflammation of the tendons in the forearm, making it difficult to lift your arm. While the name implies specificity to the elbow, it may be felt throughout the entire extremity.

What are some common shoulder injuries? When it comes to your upper extremities, injuries typically fall into two categories: acute or overuse. Acute injuries are caused by a single specific incident, such as a strain or tear. Overuse injuries are caused by excessive repetitive movements over time. Some common acute and overuse injuries to be aware of whenparticipating inyourspringactivities include: • Frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder can result from either an acute injury or an overuse injury. It occurs when the tissue in your shoulder thickens or scar tissue forms, causing your shoulder to feel as if it’sbeing “squeezed”andmaking itdifficult to move. • Rotator cuff tear. Rotator cuff tears can occur from either acute or overuse causes, as well. For example, falling on an outstretched arm, sustaining a blow to the shoulder, or partaking in repetitive overhead motions (such as those in swimming, softball, baseball, tennis, or football) can all result in rotator cuff tears.

• Golfer’s elbow.This is another colloquial term, used to describe an overuse injury causing muscle inflammation inside the elbow. It is also sometimes referred to as “Little Leaguer’s Elbow.” This injury runs from the bony point of your elbow and can stretch throughout the extremity, making itdifficult toextendor liftyourarm. Sports and activities that generally result in golfer’s elbow include golf, baseball, softball, bowling, and gardening. •Flexor tendinitis.This isanoveruse injury that causes swelling in the tendons that control your hand movement, making it difficult to bend your fingers and move your hand, elbow, or shoulder. Flexor tendinitis is typically associated with sports that require constant throwing, such as softball, baseball, football, or shot put.

How Will Physical Therapy Help?



22717 SE 29th Street Ste D10 Sammamish, WA 98075 Phone (425) 883-9631 Fax (425) 250-0575

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HowWill Physical Therapy Help?

If you find yourself in pain this spring, and you think you may be experiencing one of the above conditions, it is important to make sure you contact your physical therapist as soon as possible. At Advantage Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, we’ll conduct a thorough evaluation to diagnose your upper extremity injury and create a personalized treatment plan based on the results of your diagnosis and the symptoms you are experiencing. Our treatment methods are conservative and non-invasive, aimed at relieving pain and promoting healing. Our physical therapists incorporate specialized methods into their treatment plans as needed, such as manual therapy, ice and heat therapies, or ultrasound. They also provide patients with light stretching and exercise plans, in order to improve their range of motion and overall function in the affected area. Additionally, we also offer preventative screening and sports performance enhancement programs, designed to provide education for proper techniques and function, in order to prevent further injury in the future. The overall goal of physical therapy is healing and prevention. In addition to treating the injury,ourphysical therapistswillhelpstrengthen theaffectedarea, in order to prevent additional injury from occurring. Our physical therapists will also provide you with helpful warm-up and cool-down techniques for your sport or activity, in order to lower your risk of sustaining another injury. If you’ve developed shoulder pain or injury this spring, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll help diagnose the issue and get you started on the path toward recovery and returning to your springtime activities!

Lasertherapyusesaprocesscalledphotobiomodulation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain without undesirablesideeffects. It isalso important topointout that patients report long-lasting pain relief. While the number of treatments required may vary depending on the acuity of the condition, many patients experience lasting relief after only a couple treatments. With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-12 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated.


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MEDICAL NIGHT APRIL 24TH • 7:00-8:00PM Rich Chessario will be at the “Medical Night” hosted by Super Jock N Jill from 7pm-8pm on April 24th. Super Jock ‘n Jill is pleased to host local podiatrists, physical

7525 166th Ave NE Ste D225 Redmond,WA 98052 Phone (425) 883-9630 Fax (425) 250-0575 22717SE 29th Street Suite D100 Sammamish,WA 98075 Phone (425) 883-9631 Fax (425) 250-0575

therapists, sports medicine doctors, massage practitioners in our store. We invite our customers to visit with these individuals to find out about injury prevention, training and medical issues.These events will be casual question and answer sessions – not to be mistaken for office visits – for individuals during our regular sales activities. Our goal is to provide useful information to keep our customers healthy. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity, while using what you learn to make a better buying decision on your next pair of shoes. Check out our schedule. We hope to keep changes to a minimum, but we encourage you to call us to confirm appearances.

FREE WORKSHOPS APRIL 23RD & 24TH • 6:30PM The Shoulder Pain Workshop will be held April 23rd at our Sammamish clinic and April 24th at our Redmond clinic at 6:30pm. ATTENTIONSHOULDERPAINSUFFERERS! Are you looking to learn about permanent relief of your shoulder pain without more medications, injections or surgery? The Shoulder Pain Workshop includes a thorough explanation to address the most common problem areas and causes of shoulder pain:

• RotatorCuff (4Muscles inyour shoulder)

• Shoulder blade • Neck and Upper back

We only have 20 seats available for the event. This event is FREE, but you must call to reserve your seat, so if you would like to attend, be sure to register now …call 425- 883-9630. All 20 attendees for the Shoulder Pain Workshop will receive a Special Report: “The Top 3 Exercises to Keep Your Shoulders Healthy”.

Service Spotlight: mTrigger® Biofeedback System

The mTrigger® Biofeedback System uses surface electromyography (sEMG) instrumentation to measure the electrical activity produced by targetedmuscle groups during physical activity. Decreased EMG activity as compared to pre- injury levels inhibits the primary goal of rehabilitation: patients’ ability to resume pre-injury level of functionality. The primary rationale for the use of biofeedback in physical therapy is the belief that this functionality should be monitored, and that patients should begin to use their own electrical system as early as possible through volitional contraction. By communicating voluntarily generated EMG activity as an indicator of muscle functionality, biofeedback enables the reacquisition of pre-injury performance.

Register by calling

Redmond: (425) 883-9630 Sammamish: (425) 883-9631

Don’t delay! Seats are limited!

Patient Review

“Charles helped me get rid of a shoulder pain from an old injury! I thought I would just need to live with it and/or spend lots of energy with trying to get rid of it. Trough targeted exercises that were realistic with my life schedule, we were able to get rid of it. Now I am back to an exercise routine that I had before the pain started bothering me & don’t have the nagging pain anymore. THANKS!” - Anita S.

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently & securely • Sit for long periods comfortably


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