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Rotator Cuff Tendinitis: Are You Treating it Properly?

April 29 | 2024
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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What is the rotator cuff? The rotator cuff is made up of a group of 4 muscles which control shoulder movements in all directions. Each rotator cuff muscle takes part in a slightly different anatomical shoulder movement like flexion, abduction, or rotation. In addition, they are all used in combination for movements like sport=specific movements. For example, in overhead, throwing, and racket sports such as badminton, tennis, volleyball and basketball. The 4 muscles involved in the rotator cuff are as follows: 1) Supraspinatus 2) Infraspinatus 3) Teres major, teres minor 4) Subscapularis What is rotator cuff tendinitis? Rotator cuff tendinitis usually means there has been overuse/repetitive strain of the one of the tendons or group of tendons of the muscles listed above. As a result, inflammation has developed in that tendon, causing pain and loss of function. This condition may start as mild pain at the beginning but if left…

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How to Treat a Frozen Shoulder: Physio 101

January 16 | 2024
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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What is Frozen Shoulder? Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, involves stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint is enclosed in a capsule of connective tissue. Then, frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement. What does a typical case look like? Often, signs and symptoms begin slowly, and start getting worse. Over a long period of time, symptoms get better, usually within 1 to 3 years. Additionally, having to keep a shoulder still for a long period increases the risk of developing frozen shoulder. For example, this might happen after having surgery or breaking an arm. Treatment involves range-of-motion exercises. Sometimes, treatment involves corticosteroids and numbing medications injected into the joint. Rarely, arthroscopic surgery is needed to loosen the joint capsule so that it can move more freely. It’s unusual for this condition r to reoccur in the…

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FROZEN SHOULDER

February 18 | 2022
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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WHY DO I HAVE SHOULDER PAIN You haven’t done anything to hurt your shoulder. However, you may find yourself unable to move your shoulder and it may cause serious pain if you try. This is a condition known as Frozen Shoulder, and it can greatly affect your daily life. Frozen shoulder, also known as Adhesive Capsulitis is a condition that leads to a painful loss of range of motion in the shoulder joint. frozen shoulder SYMPTOMS  It causes persistent shoulder pain, inflammation and stiffness in the connective tissue of the shoulder. Therefore, the condition is known to gradually worsen over time. These persistent symptoms can make daily tasks extremely painful and challenging. Frozen shoulder causes the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissue, which causes a painful restriction in range of motion. However,  without proper treatment, this shoulder condition can last for…

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Shoulder Pain and Treatment

January 20 | 2021
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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Shoulder Pain Shoulder pain is a common problem for many people.  It can happen to people of all ages from children to the elderly.  The pain can be very severe and cause a lot of limitations with work and activity.  Shoulder pain is one of the top 5 reasons why people seek out physiotherapy and massage treatments. What Causes Shoulder Pain? There are several reasons why people suffer from shoulder pain. Trauma Any type of direct or indirect trauma can produce shoulder pain if the arm and/or shoulder is involved Motor vehicle accidents Falls Sports injuries Violent incidents Poor office ergonomics Many people who work in offices spend majority of their time sitting  in front of a computer for long periods of time.  Additionally, many offices do not always provide optimal ergonomic setups for their staff.  Over time, as a result, this may lead to the development of pain and…

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Shoulder Injuries

December 02 | 2018
Posted by Sharon Tierney

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Shoulder Injuries Shoulder Injuries Shoulder injuries are a common problem for many people. It can happen to people of all ages from children to the elderly. The pain from shoulder injuries can be very severe and cause a lot of limitations with work and activity. Shoulder pain is one of the top 5 reasons why people seek out Physiotherapy and Registered Massage Therapy treatments. What Causes Shoulder Pain? There are several reasons why people suffer from shoulder pain. Trauma – any type of direct or indirect trauma can produce shoulder pain if the arm and/or shoulder is involved Motor vehicle accidents Falls Sports injuries Violent incidents Poor workplace ergonomics – For people who work in offices, they may spend the majority of their time sitting in front of a computer. If the desk set up is not properly, then this may start to produce stress and…

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