April 2010, Issue 3
|Oh no, my aching shoulder!
Don't let shoulder pain get you down
As you get out and enjoy the spring weather, it is important to prevent shoulder pain and recognize problems before they limit your activities. Shoulder pain is easily treatable if recognized early! Prepare the shoulder for sport by:
1. Perform a daily and before activity warm-up/stretching program. See Dave's warm-up video here.
2. Ice after exercise if soreness develops.
3. Get treatment if pain occurs with reaching overhead or across your body. This may be a sign of rotator cuff inflammation.
Frozen shoulders develop when people avoid treatment because they assume the pain will go away if they don't "use" the arm. Unfortunately, this lack of movement will make the situation worse. Call us if you are unsure what you can do to get back to peak performance. One or two visits will often solve this problem.
Choose back surgery
at your own risk
Fusion surgeries found to have increased risk of death; patients should choose safer alternatives.
Patients with low back pain from spinal stenosis are increasingly being exposed to dangerous surgeries. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has just reported an alarming increase in complex spinal surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. In just five years, from 2002 to 2007, the number of complex fusion surgeries to treat lumbar (low back) spinal stenosis soared from a rate of 1.3 per 100,000 to 19.9 per 100,000. The study showed that life-threatening complications occurred in 5.6% of patients having complex spinal fusions. Patients who had complex fusions had longer hospitalizations, higher rates of re-hospitalization, and three times the rate of serious complications such as heart attack and stroke. These surgeries continue despite little medical consensus on whether or not these procedures are helpful or should even be used in the management of lumbar spinal stenosis.
"It just make sense to try physical therapy first, which is a low cost, low risk, and most importantly effective treatment for chronic low back pain due to lumbar spinal stenosis," reports Robert H. Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT, MHS, President, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
Consumers should actively seek care from a qualified physical therapist for their low back complaints.Call us if you'd like to discuss.
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David Bertone, PT, OCS
732 Newman Springs Rd., Suite 300, Lincroft, NJ
DB Orthopedic Physical Therapy, PC offers clients a hands-on approach to long term healing. We strive to give you fast and effective relief for most injuries or painful episodes.
See us first for a diagnosis and treatment plan. In many cases, we can help you forego expensive testing and drug therapy. We also offer unique options for long term physical fitness as well as sports conditioning and golf performance enhancement.
A referral is not needed in most cases.
Call us today at 732-747-1262.
Dave Bertone, PT, OCS
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