April 2015

PT Guide to Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder impingement syndrome occurs as the result of chronic and repetitive compression or "impingement" of the rotator-cuff tendons in the shoulder, causing pain and movement problems. It can also be caused by an injury to the shoulder. People who perform repetitive or overhead arm movements, such as manual laborers or athletes who raise their arms repeatedly overhead (i.e., weightlifters and baseball pitchers), are most at risk for developing a shoulder impingement. Poor posture can also contribute to its development. If left untreated, a shoulder impingement can lead to more serious conditions, such as a rotator cuff tear. Physical therapists can help decrease pain, and improve shoulder motion and strength in people with shoulder impingements.

Set your appointment for an evaluation today and get treatment for your shoulder issues. 


Ouch...My shoulder hurts!

I'm middle-aged for a pickle. I'm also an engineer and I spend many hours drafting, creating spreadsheets, and writing reports on my computer at work (exciting I know). I also enjoy playing tennis after work a few times a week to stay "phit" and trim.

Recently, I began feeling pain in my right shoulder when I reached overhead to serve a tennis ball. I felt the same kind of pain when I tried to throw a softball during my daughter's softball practice.

After a few weeks, the shoulder pain worsened and I began to have difficulty just reaching into a cupboard to get a glass at home. Last night, the pain in my shoulder woke me up every time I rolled onto it. I decided to call my physical therapist because no one likes a crabby pickle.

 CLICK HERE to read the rest of PHIT PHORUM about shoulder impingement.

Your physical therapist can evaluate your shoulders issues and help guide you to recovery.



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The Alphabet

You'll need a kettle ball or small hand weight for this exercise (or use a gallon jug that's partially to completely full or fill a bag with sand). 1-4 lbs is good depending on your shoulder strength. 
Start in a "relaxed stance." Take the medicine ball and support it in both hands out in front of your body. Maintain a slight bend to your elbows throughout this exercise.  Now start "drawing" the alphabet one letter at a time. You do this by rotating your arms, from the shoulders only, in the pattern of the specific letter, starting with the letter A. Make nice big, full letters with big motion so that your shoulders get lots of work and a full range of motion.  Begin by doing as many letters as you can and work your way up to the full A-Z.

Start with a very light weight to see how your shoulders tolerate it. Your letters should range no higher than your head, and no lower than your waist. All letters are formed out in front of your body. Keep those arms straight, with just a slight bend at the elbows.



 - Proverb


Chocolate milk is considered a great post-workout recovery drink.
Here's why: 
Chocolate milk is a good mix of sugar and protein to replenish muscles post-workout. After years of promoting carbo loading before exercise, research shows that the body needs and can process carbs post-workout more efficiently. For 30 to 45 minutes post-workout, the human body is primed to replenish the lost fuel because your muscles are more responsive to insulin. The insulin helps muscles pull glucose, made from carbs, out of the bloodstream and into the muscle. This will provide fuel for the muscles for the next time you work out. Add a little protein to the mix and your muscles can store even more fuel. Protein also helps repair the muscle damage associated with strengthening them.



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