LIM: What You Need To Know About Shoulder Pain

September 2018

Motion Matters The Newsletter That Helps You Return To A Life In Motion



• What You Need to Know About Shoulder Pain • The Love of Teamwork • Health Mentor Program • Trail Mix Recipe • Spotlight on Giving • Patient Success Spotlight • Posterior Shoulder Stretch • Staff Spotlight

September 2018

Motion Matters The Newsletter That Helps You Return To A Life In Motion

“Are You Protecting Your Shoulders?”


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The Love of Teamwork Feature Article About 3 years ago, our family got the idea that we wanted to go on a great adventure - something physical, something challenging. Something that would test our wills… our mental and physical strength. We knew about the Appalachian Trail, but none of us had every really hiked anything like it before. We were not avid hikers or campers to say the least. However, it sounded adequately adventurous for our crew and so we started making the plans. We researched online, read books and even went to the local Bill Jackson’s Shop For Adventure. We bought camping gear, hiking shoes, and made plans for the food and snacks that we’d bring. Finally, the time came and we left Clearwater on aThursday afternoon. Our group was 8 people strong. We had two SUVs loaded down and took turns driving through the night. We arrived in North Georgia Friday morning and, by mid-day, we were all standing at the edge of Springer Mountain.This is where our 3 day, 2 night journey through the unknown would begin. There was a buzz of excitement in the cool mountain air. We took a quick group photo and then fell into a single line, marching one behind the other. The nature surrounding us was breathtaking and one couldn’t help but expect that this was going to be an experience of a lifetime.

Written by Adrienne Riveros

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The Love of Teamwork

Join The Health Mentor Program

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Are you already part of the LIM family as a current or past patient? Join the Health Mentor Program! By becoming a health mentor, you help guide your friends, loved ones, co-workers, and others to an environment that can help them heal more naturally. It will also help LIM grow so that we can provide more services to our community! For every person that you refer to LIM that completes an initial evaluation, you will receive a $10 gift card or a surprise LIM goody! Your name will also be listed in the next month’s newsletter! Pick up your Health Mentor Referral Cards at the LIM front desk!

In the beginning, the silence was almost deafening… as bizarre as that sounds. I had almost unknowingly become desensitized to the phone ringing, the emails pinging as they arrived in my inbox, the radio, and people talking to and around me. With all of that removed, the silence alone had my immediate attention. After a bit, though, I began to notice thesoundof thewindblowingby, the crunching of the leaves and sticks underour feet, thewarmthof thesun on my face and the rhythmic sound of our footsteps as we all set out to do the same thing - individually and collectively conquer the first 21 miles of the AT. Over the next few days and nights, I absorbed the peace and tranquility around me. I sat at the edge of a waterfall and wrote in my travel journal. I stood at the mountain peaks and watched as the fog lazily billowed through the mountains that surrounded me. I enjoyed the company of my family with the strange conversations and hilarious bonding times that occurred in the middle of the woods. On the other hand, I watched myself and my family struggle with the hikes up and down as the elevation changed. The temperature switched from “I can’t take anymore of my clothes off” to “I wish I’d brought another jacket.” Some of the time we were dry, some of the time we were wet from rain or dew. A few times, we ran low on water and had to find a source that we could filter. With all of the exertion, we found ourselves constantly hungry, but had to remember that we’d planned our food specifically to last the whole 3 days. We learned not to camp on

the mountain top unless you just love turning into a popsicle. We collectively learned not to sleep on a slope, not even a gentle one - even if it is cleared and looks welcoming. Some of us even learned not to use our water bladder as a pillow. As we were in the home stretch on Sunday afternoon, it is likely that none of us were thinking of anything else but a shower and a burger and a bed - in thatorder.Wehadnever,ever been so excited to see our SUV when we broke through that tree line. I’m pretty sure there were actual tears of relief from some of our group. We dropped our heavy packs in the dirt, hugged each other and sat for a few minutes to take it all in. We had made it. Lookingbackon that journey through the woods, my mind goes back again and again to the same thing - teamwork. Where one struggled to climb, the other lifted them up. Where one’s body ached from the constant elevation changes, another made them a walking stick. When one needed help crossing the water, another extended a hand. When one was out of water, another shared from the last bit of theirs. When one camp stove no longer worked, we all shared one. That weekend, in the woods, we again learned one of life’s greatest lessons - together… we were stronger. We may have come out of those woods a little banged up and maybe everything had not gone according to our plan, but we’d accomplished what we’d really set out to do - we made lasting memories to cherish for a lifetime, together.

Spotlight on Giving

Diapers and Pull Ups Drive Congratulations to Patricia Upson! She was the winner of our Diapers and Pull Ups Drive back in July that benefitted the Children’s Home Network! We want to extend the most sincere thank you to her and to all of our LIM family - together, we raised OVER 1200 diapers and pull ups! To put this in perspective, if the average baby uses about 8 diapers per day, that will cover 150 days! That’s about 5 months worth! Thanks again to our LIM family!

Patient Success Spotlight


Take on the outdoors... and bring a snack!

“On my arrival at Life In Motion, Carlos took the time to thoroughly evaluate me and clearly explain what I should expect in the coming therapy sessions. The facility is very clean and the staff is professional, knowledgeable and courteous. After the first few sessions, I noticed my range of motion had improved greatly. Both Carlos and Tamara paid attention to everything I did, ensuring that the exercises I did were performed correctly. I initially had limited movement after suffering a shoulder injury at work and could barely raise my left arm. However, I am now almost pain free and back to my normal work routine without restrictions. I am still continuing the strength exercises at home, so I can improve my overall strength on that injured shoulder. The whole staff, from time I check in to the time I leave, does an outstanding job. I am truly thankful that I chose to attend this practice. My experience with the entire staff at Life In Motion was great. If I should ever need future therapy, I would definitely return to this facility. I would absolutely recommend this practice to anyone that needs outstanding physical therapy!!” - Sui Ching P. “I am now almost pain free and back to my normal work routine without restrictions.”


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Relieve Shoulder Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing shoulder pain.

Shoulder Stretch


POSTERIOR SHOULDER STRETCH Sit or stand with good posture. Reach across your chest. Use your other arm to pull a little bit further. Repeat 7 times on both sides.


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Life In Motion is proud to announce that Frank Giacusa, one of our therapy techs, has been accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at St Pete College! We are going to miss him dearly, but we are excited to see all that the future holds! Congratulations Frank! Congratulations!

Why are we so excited about LASER THERAPY? We’ve Seen It Work!


RELIEF FOR: • Back Pain • Neck Pain • Shoulder Pain • Elbow Pain • Hand Pain • Knee Pain • Foot Pain • Post Surgery

Success Stories

“I feel confident that the LigthForce laser has provided relief to our players through some painful conditions and has been integral in the rehabilitation process after injury. In addition, I believe it has accelerated the recovery time to several injuries that would have normally kept our players off the ice. The LigthForce laser has been very easy to use, has had nomaintenance issues and has been an important asset to the team.” Tim Macre, ATC, CSC S Head Athletic Trainer for the Buffalo Sabres® “The medical staff has made this therapy device ‘one of our go to’ tools when treating sprains, strains, and other muscular skeletal conditions. The ease of application makes the whole treatment very efficient. I am confident in saying that the LigthForce laser helped us get our players back on the court faster. It also helped us keep injured players in action through some painful conditions.” Ed Lacerte, MEd., PT, SCS, L/ATC, CSC S Head Athletic Trainer for the Boston Celtics®


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WHY CAN’T I FIGURE OUTHOWTOTREAT MY SHOULDER PAIN? Shoulders...we carry the weight of the world on them, but don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure them out. Our shoulders are each incredibly complicated joint systems. The positive aspect of this complexity is that your shoulders allow your body to undertake an amazing range of activities. On the downside, when something goes wrong with one or both of them, it can be complicated to treat on your own. Specifically, each one of your shoulders is made up of four joints, which are connected, not only to one another, but they form the connecting unit to your shoulder blades, collarbone and upper arms. Because of this interdependence, any problem with your shoulder often means trouble performing functions that require almost any kind of upper-body mobility.

with other parts of your body, so that even heart disease or gallbladder problems can show up as “referred pain” in your shoulders. WHAT DOES PHYSICAL THERAPY DO TO STOP SHOULDER PAIN AND STIFFNESS? Our highly trained therapists will perform a complete evaluation that will help identify where the problem is, as well as its severity. They will work with you on a variety of motion and rehabilitation exercises to gain mobility back in your shoulder. Once appropriate, you may start resistance exercises to improve strength and overall use of your shoulder. READY TO GET STARTED? Whether you’re in need of post-surgical rehab or are hoping to avoid surgery, our comprehensive treatment plan is designed to address your specific issues and help you return to what is important to you.

WHAT CAUSES SHOULDER PAIN? The causes of shoulder pain can stem from a sudden injury, a lifetime of poor posture, or conditions which weaken joint tissue. These conditions include various forms of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders. Aggravating injuries include shoulder dislocation and broken arms, rotator cuff tears and falls or blows to your torso. In addition, shoulders tend to carry problems

FREE SHOULDER PAIN SCREENING! Call (727) 369-6355 to schedule FREE SCREENING. Have you ever… • had to ask someone else to reach and get something out of the cabinet for you? • missed participating in vacation or leisure activities because of shoulder pain? • found yourself worrying about shoulder pain or stiffness rather than living your life?

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If you are suffering with shoulder pain, call us today to learn how we can reduce your pain and give you your range of motion back! (727) 369-6355

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