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WHAT A PAIN IN THE NECK…WHAT CAN BE CAUSING MY NECK TO HURT?

WHAT REALLY IS NECK PAIN?
neck pain

The cervical spine (neck) is made up of 7 vertebrae, with each vertebra being separated by a gel-like disc.  The purpose of the discs is to provide shock absorption for the spine.  The spinal cord travels through a central canal in the cervical vertebrae.  Nerve roots extend off of the spinal cord and branch off into specific locations into the arm and hand.  These spinal nerves provide signals to our muscles to contract or relax, as well as provide sensory input such as pain, pressure, and temperature. If any type of abnormal pressure is placed on these spinal nerves, then we get an impingement, or “pinched nerve.”  Some causes of impingement may be: read more

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I’ve Torn My Rotator Cuff–Do I Need Surgery, Or Can Physical Therapy Help?

rotator cuffThe shoulder joint is one of two ball and socket joints in the body (the other being the hip), making it one of the most mobile joints.  However, possessing significant mobility comes with inherent instability, making it very prone to injury.  Over time, this mobility can lead to injuries of the shoulder, including rotator cuff tears which, unfortunately, are fairly common.  Statistics show that rotator cuff surgeries are performed on between 75,000 and 250,000 individuals per year in the United States, even with several studies indicating high failure rates.  While there are numerous factors associated with these failure rates, Physical Therapy has been advocated as a first line of defense by many to avoid surgery. read more

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CAN MY SHOULDER PAIN BE AC JOINT?

shoulder jointAcromioclavicular (AC) Joint injury is an injury occurring to the top (point) of the shoulder (where the front of the shoulder blade, called the acromion, meets the collarbone, or clavicle).  It can be caused by repetitive overuse, especially with overhead motions, or by a traumatic event, such as a fall directly on the outside of the shoulder.  AC Joint injuries most commonly occur in individuals younger than 35 years of age, with males 5 times more likely to sustain a more traumatic AC Joint injury than females.  This age population is more prevalent due to the participation in high risk and collision activities, such as football, biking, snow sports, rugby, and ice hockey.  The great news is that AC Joint injuries can be identified and effectively treated by a Physical Therapist, often avoiding the need for surgery. read more

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SHOULDER PAIN–DO I HAVE A FROZEN SHOULDER?

frozen shoulderTechnically called “Adhesive Capsulitis,” this painful condition occurs in roughly 2% to 5% of the general population.  Women tend to be more affected than men, and the age of onset is typically 45 years and older.  For those individuals unfortunate enough to experience this debilitating condition, 20% to 30% will tend to get it in the other shoulder.

WHAT IS FROZEN SHOULDER (ADHESIVE CAPSULITIS)?
Frozen Shoulder is the stiffening of the shoulder due to scar tissue, resulting in painful movement and loss of motion.  The actual cause of Frozen Shoulder is debatable.  Some believe it is caused by inflammation of the lining of the joint, while others believe it is a result of autoimmune reactions, where the body launches an “attack” against its own tissues.  Other possibilities include:
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SHOULDER PAIN–DO I HAVE AN IMPINGEMENT?

impingementWHAT IS SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT?
Shoulder Impingement occurs as a result of chronic and repetitive compression of the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder, causing pain and mobility issues.  Individuals who perform repetitive or overhead arm movements, such as manual laborers (e.g., painters, drywall installers) or athletes who raise their arms repeatedly overhead (e.g., swimmers, tennis players, baseball pitchers) are most at risk for developing a Shoulder Impingement.

WHAT ARE THE PRIMARY CAUSES OF SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT? read more

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Shoulder Pain Rehab for Athletes

Posted by Erson Religioso III, DPT, FAAOMPT

athletesDr. Dan Pope demonstrates a great progression/regression for shoulder rehab. There are several great variations here using dumbells and kettlebells.

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As usual, do not perform these if your shoulder currently has pain, or these exercises themselves hurt. Pain should be cleared first. Check out Fitness Pain Free for more great information!

Originally found on Physio Answers

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