Category Archives: Shoulder health

Stop the insanity! Put away the Ultrasound and Electrical Stim for the treatment of shoulder pain

“I have shoulder pain, what should I do” Current research may offer some answers..First of all, stop wasting your time with ultrasound and electrical stimulation….. Many P.T.’s continue to use “passive modalities” to help treat shoulder pain with mixed results. Personally, I found no long term help with such passive modalities like Ultrasound, electrical -stimulation, […]

We are all connected ~ Leah Vong, OTR/L

When we think about the body, we need to consider it as a whole… a connected unit. For example, as far as the pelvis is from the neck and the liver from the shoulder, one can still have a profound affect on the other and on our global movement patterns.

Class update: Introduction to the Self Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points.

1/31/2015 Summary of the first “Introduction the Self Treatment of Myofascial Trigger Points” class held January 24th, 2015. It was Thanksgiving 2014 and we are watching the Seahawks demolish the 49 er’s . It was in the euphoria of the win (and a few beers) that I decided I needed to take the plunge and […]

What to expect from rotator cuff surgery

Rotator cuff injury: conservative management or surgery?

As a physical therapist in beautiful Bellingham, Washington, we are blessed to be surrounded with lakes and mountains that make it an outdoor paradise.  Since so many Bellingham residents are physically active, I also see my share of clients with shoulder pain and injuries, including rotator cuff injuries, shoulder bursitis, arm pain, frozen shoulder,  and shoulder tendinitis. A […]

“I’m having significant shoulder pain, is it a frozen shoulder?”

Shoulder pain can be a result of many different structural dysfunctions: rotator cuff injury, rotator cuff weakness, tightness of the capsule, poor posture, etc. One common diagnosis is a “Frozen shoulder” or the technical name, Adhesive Capsulitis.  As the name suggests, the capsule tightens up, not allowing for normal shoulder movement. What can cause this and […]