Thoughts from the Therapist desk...
November 16, 2020 - "Right on the Edge"
The phone keeps ringing, patients are cancelling left and right. People are being exposed to the virus at work, school, sports, grocery stores, everywhere they go. We are staring down the barrel of our second big shutdown. We have learned from the first time around and will be able to continue to provide a high level of care should the shutdown occur. Some aspects of physical therapy require hands on techniques as well as access to our equipment, however there are many conditions where we can guide your rehab/recovery through the appropriate exercises and activity. A huge part of a PT's intervention is the education of our patients to be able to deal with their ailments and we can do most of that education remotely should the need arise.
In the meantime, for those that are comfortable, we remain open with the strictest of precautions to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. Everyone is required to wear a mask and we are scheduling clients for extended appointment times with only 1-2 people in a clinic at time. I can promise you that you won't find that anywhere else! We clean each piece of equipment after every single patient use as well as have the highest levels of air filtration in our HVAC system to keep you safe. We are here to help and would be happy to answer any questions you have in regard to our protocols.
March 3, 2021 - Is it my Rotator Cuff?
Everyone who develops shoulder pain at one time or another has the same initial thought…”Is it my rotator cuff?” (Or “rotator cup” LOL) The rotator cuff is 4 muscles in the shoulder that create rotational movement as well as create stability in your shoulder. The rotator cuff musculature can have multiple reasons to become painful, including muscle strain, tendonitis, tendonopathy, or tear. Many of these causes of pain can be rehabbed without the need for any surgical intervention.
A physical therapist can evaluate your ROM, strength, and specifically test certain structures to develop a clinical diagnosis and design a treatment plan to correct the mechanical faults in your shoulder, in turn alleviating the cause of your pain. Most cases of shoulder pain can be evaluated and treated without the need for expensive imaging (MRI).
In our next blog post, we will discuss what to expect if you do require rotator cuff surgery.