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Whether you have shoulder pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing PTs & OTs at Preferred Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at (954) 360-7779 today!

Do you have a daily struggle with your shoulders? Do normal tasks, such as sitting at your desk, bending down to grab a fallen item, or standing to cook dinner, cause a flaring pain between your blades or in the tissues between your shoulders and neck? Chances are, this discomfort could be due to your posture. If you believe your stance could be contributing to your shoulder pain, call Preferred Physical Therapy to schedule an appointment and discuss your treatment options.

making them a common area of complaint. Many patients who seek out physical therapy for their shoulder pain have a condition referred to as “shoulder impingement.” This happens when your rotator cuff tendons press on your “coracoacromial arch,” or the arch of your shoulder. When this happens, you may experience pain when sleeping in certain positions, reaching for something, or moving your shoulder in circular motions. Poor posture is the most common cause of shoulder impingement, but other causes could be related to: • Osteoarthritis • General weakness in the shoulder • Compression, due to trauma • Repetitive reaching movements


How does improper posture affect the shoulders? Shoulders are a common pain area for poor posture. When we slouch, hunch, or lean forward too much, our muscles and tendons are being pulled in ways that they are not used to, thus causing inflammation and pain.The shoulders take the brunt of this pull,

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Left untreated, poor posture in the shoulders can lead to long-term effects, such as tendinitis,nerveconstriction,orevenspinemisalignment.Posture isalsoacontributing factor to kyphosis, or “postural hunchback,” in which the shoulders and neck become abnormally curved. Some common errors in posture (and how to fix them) are: 1. Slouching in a chair. – Slouching in a chair is a bad habit to get into, especially if you work at a desk job. The strain increases tension on the muscles, which will eventually cause pain. The best way to avoid this is to get into the habit of sitting correctly (upright, legs uncrossed, feet flat on the ground, legs a few inches away from seat of the chair) every day.This may not be easy at first, as your body may not be accustomed to the way it is supposed to sit. Try out some of these exercises to help correct your slumped stance and strengthen your natural posture: • Bridges • Back extensions • Planks 2.“Textneck.”– The term “textneck” iscolloquial;however, itdescribesaposition in which thehead is tilteddownwardand theshouldersarehunchedover (as ifsomeone was looking down at a phone screen and texting.)This is also commonplace in desk jobs, as many people will experience “text neck” when hunching over their keyboards orsorting throughfiles.Thiscouldbeasignofa tightchestandweakupperback,and overtimethisposturecouldworsen intoroundedorhunchedshoulders.Someexercises to help correct your “text neck,” and strengthen your upper back and shoulders are: • Chest stretches • Pull-ups • Seated rows 3.Roundedshoulders.– It iscausedwhen theshouldersareroundedforward, instead of back, and the head and chest are slouched forward. To figure out if you have a “mom posture” stance, stand in front of a mirror and let your arms hang naturally. If your knuckles face more toward the front, instead of to the sides, you may have roundedshoulders.Daily tasks thatmaycontribute to thisarebendingdownrepeatedly

throughout theday (much likeamomdoes topickupa toddlerorcleanup their toys), sitting forprolongedperiodsof time,carryingheavyobjects,drivingavehicle,orusing a computer. Some exercises you can do to strengthen your shoulders and back, and correct this posture error are: • Seated Rows • Planks • Bridges How therapy helps: Our physical and occupational therapists at Preferred Physical Therapy are dedicated to helping you achieve your highest level of physical ability. Wewill thendetermine thebestcourseof treatment foryourneeds,andwewillassist you in thenecessaryexercisesand therapies thatwilleaseyourbody into its intended stance once again. Don’t let the weight of your shoulders hold you down – if you are experiencing shoulder pain, contact us today to set up a consultation. We’ll get you victoriously waving your arms around in no time! Sources: cause-shoulder-pain

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Like many physical ailments, plantar fasciitis typically forms from physical exertion. A lot of people tend to develop plantar fasciitis when they are engaging in physical activity more often than usual, or when they are spending an abnormal amount of time on their feet compared to their average daily routine. Physical therapy is a common treatment for plantar fasciitis. At Preferred Physical Therapy, we offer several advanced methods and modalities to treat your pain and relieve inflammation. Your treatment plan may consist of any combination of the following: • Laser Therapy, Ultrasound & E-Stim. • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization. 4 6 9 8 1 6 4 5 6 8 3 1 6 2 8 7 3 3 6


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