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January 15, 2018

Pain Free Motion: Shoulder Impingement The most common cause of shoulder pain is called impingement syndrome. Impingement of the rotator cuff tendons inside the shoulder joint is a problem experienced by people typically when they attempt to reach overhead. Often the symptoms of shoulder pain occur during the night when we lay on one side more than the other. This pain is located in the shoulder but also can radiate down into the shoulder blade, up to the neck and sometimes cause pain that travels down the arm. Shoulder impingement is not a structural problem (meaning surgery is needed) but a functional problem (meaning the body isn’t moving properly due to weakness or stiffness). Now if the shoulder impingement is present for years, it will turn into a structural problem that requires surgery (don’t do that).  Most of the options out there that treat shoulder impingement are focused on identifying and treating the symptom. This is often done with imaging of the shoulder, pain medications, injections, and rehabilitation of the shoulder itself. In this article we are going to discuss the dysfunctions that commonly create shoulder impingement which should be addresses to make the problem go away permanently. The following

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The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

January 8, 2018

In this Vlog learn about the pain the foot and where it may be coming from. Part 1 is an anatomy lesson which describes how the foot is designed and what is was designed to do. This includes descriptions of the Plantar Fascia and the Achilles Tendon and what they are meant to do for our bodies. Part 2 discusses how the structure of the foot works. It also discusses why the Plantar Fascia and Achilles Tendon tend to experience micro tears when we use this structure. Part 3 discusses how movement dysfunctions in the ankle and hip play a role in limiting the foots full potential. And what you can do to fix this… The take away message here is that it’s not always your foot that is causing you pain. It may be other parts of the body playing a major role in that pain. It often includes the ankle and hip and by focusing on those areas we can avoid medications, injections and surgery.

DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE

The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

December 22, 2017

Functional Deficits after Meniscectomy Over the last thirty years the advances in musculoskeletal imaging and surgical arthroscopy have increased the surgical options and minimized the post-operative morbidity from tears of the knee meniscus.  Generally, there is a mild effusion, minimal pain, and a rapid recovery of range of motion when part, or even all, of a meniscus is removed. Also, very often the ability to perform basic activities of daily living returns in a relatively short period of time. Certain studies represented by Goodwin et al (1), demonstrate no difference in recovery between patients undergoing rehabilitation and those recovering without such assistance during the early recovery phase. The need for formal rehabilitation and post-op training appears to be less warranted, but there is much evidence that this is a misconception. Problems with Research One problem in basing decisions on this research is that the comparisons are soon after surgery, and the outcome measures are not directly related to functional performance. There have been a number of studies that report strength deficits many months (2) and years (3) after surgery. Even though strength is often measured on non-functional testing equipment, the deficits are likely to affect performance. Ericcson et al (3)

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DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE

The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

April 10, 2017

The Runners Key to Preventing Injury Spring has sprung in Northern Michigan! As I sit here I’m looking out on to our back parking lot that backs up to a beautiful wooded area, which is now starting to show signs of life again! Around here we are in the heat of training for the upcoming Bayshore Half Marathon, and one of the things on our minds, and the minds of many runners is “How can I prevent an injury?”. One of the worst feelings, and believe me—I’ve been there, is training for weeks and months for an upcoming race only to be side lined by an injury. Many times runners who are training will experience “over use” injuries, caused from improper body mechanics, which is essentially, the body working against itself. We see an influx of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and knee pain (amongst others) in the spring and summer seasons as more and more athletes are getting out and starting to train for upcoming races. So how can you be proactive and try to prevent those “over use” injuries? You’d be surprised that just a few simple stretches and movements before you embark on that run can lower your

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DISCLAIMER: THIS WEBSITE DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE

The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

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