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Neck/Shoulder

Whether your pain starts in the neck and runs down your arm, you’ve recently torn your rotator cuff, or you’ve developed a stiff/frozen shoulder over time, our expertise will get you moving and back to life quickly.

Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, Pinched Nerve, or All of the Above?

A careful clinical examination – examining your ability to move, your strength, your reflexes, sensation and incorporating specific clinical tests for each area – will reveal each area that may or may not be contributing to your problem.

How Do We Proceed?

In most cases, your therapist will tackle the most pressing problem first – the one that limits your activity the most or gives you the most pain – or address a problem that can resolved in a visit or two.

After this critical first step, your therapy will proceed based on your status each visit, as re-assessed by your treating therapist.  One-on-one care provides you the most effective and expedient route to recovery.

How Do You Fix a Pinched Nerve?

A detailed spinal examination will lead us to your treatment plan.  Read this series of articles for more information.

You Can’t Fix a Rotator Cuff Tear, Can You?

Depending on your age and how your pain began, you may not actually have suffered a rotator cuff tear, or your rotator cuff tear may be completely normal.

Most rotator cuff tears are the result of normal wear and tear.  About 70% of adults over the age of 70 have a rotator cuff tear, however, most have no  pain associated with it.

When a rotator cuff tear is present, pain most often is the result of the debilitating secondary effects of the rotator cuff tear: capsular/joint stiffness, shoulder girdle weakness, and substitute movement patterns.  When combined, all of these work to slowly increase your pain and decrease your ability to function.

If It’s Not a Rotator Cuff Tear, Then What Is It?

Most shoulder pain in adults is the result of “Subacromial Impingement” (SAI) when the bursa (fluid-filled sac that reduces friction around the rotator cuff) becomes inflamed.  All of the same pain an disability that results from a rotator cuff result from SAI.

Can Therapy Help Resolve a Frozen Shoulder?

Yes it can!  I’m aware of some controversy regarding this topic (from speaking with other therapists) however, there is plenty of published information documenting significant improvement in cases of frozen shoulder with specific therapeutic interventions.

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