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The Rotator Cuff Explained

Posted by Judith Winer on

      Rotator Cuff Explained - Jonathan Kuttner M.D.     Pelvic, Trunk, and Scapula stability need to be secure to prevent common rotator cuff injuries A survey of one year (2006) showed that over 7.5 million people visited their doctor for a shoulder problem, including shoulder and upper arm sprains and strains. More than half of these visits (4.1 million) were for rotator cuff problems. Another more recent study (Lewis, 2014) reported that 70% of visits to doctors and therapists for shoulder pain were related to rotator cuff disorders. Shoulder injuries are frequently caused by sports and athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as...

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Trigger Point Release - Teres Minor

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Teres Minor Trigger Points - often associated with Rotator Cuff Injuries   The teres minor decelerates internal rotation of the shoulder joint Inhibition in this muscle due to short/ spastic subscapularis, latissimus dorsi, teres major, and pectoralis major muscles sets up the ideal conditions for repetitive stress in sports, such as swimming and rugby, and in any activity involving acceleration through internal/external rotation and flexion/extension of the shoulder complex. Numbness or tingling will be felt in the fourth and fifth digits of the same arm, as well as pain in the posterior shoulder at the greater tuberosity. Teres minor myofascial...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Biceps Brachii

Posted by Judith Winer on

   Biceps Brachii - Trigger Point Overview   Trigger Points in the Biceps are associated with most painful shoulder conditions including frozen shoulder The biceps brachii decelerates extension and pronation at the elbow and extension at the shoulder joint. It acts as a junction providing myofascial continuity between the thumb and the ribcage (especially obvious when the upper limb is abducted). The muscle plays a vital role in shoulder stability under dynamic conditions, and can contract with the triceps brachii to stabilize the elbow. It has been described as the muscle that puts in the corkscrew and pulls out the cork! ...

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CRPS 1 and Frozen Shoulder

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  CRPS 1 / RSD - May get worse if left untreated and can become irreversible   Severe cases of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome can be associated with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 1 (CRPS 1) - formally known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) or Sudeck’s Atrophy This condition can be a serious and unwelcome complication of frozen shoulder syndrome. In some cases the CRPS 1 may precede the onset of a Frozen Shoulder. The average age of CPRS sufferers is 42, which fits into the “younger” frozen shoulder sufferer profile. The condition is also commonly associated with insomnia, another frozen shoulder...

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Shoulder Impingement or a True Frozen Shoulder?

Posted by Jane Ziegler on

  Shoulder Impingement or a True Frozen Shoulder?     With a frozen shoulder it is very important to keep the shoulder moving as much as possible What you do with your shoulder on a daily basis is important both for managing pain and increasing the rate of recovery. There are simple things you can think about as you go about your daily life to make the ordeal of your frozen shoulder more bearable. The instinct we have when something is hurting is not to use the painful area. Whereas this may be appropriate for other problems, such as a fracture...

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