Tag Archives: bellingham physical therapy

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 […]

Changing attitudes towards the treatment of osteoarthritis

A fellow basketball player friend of mine originally hurt his back and hip  in high school, about 25 years ago.  He was playing 2-3 times per week, but I hadn’t seen him in awhile until I ran into him at a social function.   Well, over the years his lower back and hip has progressively become more painful and he’s been unable […]

Core training and it’s effects on athletic performance, injury treatment, and injury prevention.

Core training (mid line musculature) has been added to many exercise programs and the virtues of this type of training have been detailed in many media outlets, magazine articles, and also by health professionals, myself included. However, I read an interesting article by John M Cissik, MBA, PT from the Texas Women’s University in Denton, […]

Cholesterol reducing drug, Statin, may be causing your muscle pain.

I recently saw an old  patient of mine back in the clinic for complaints of diffuse, general muscle pain in her shoulders and neck that came on fairly suddenly.  After seeing him for a few visits without significant lasting changes, I decided to ask him again about any medications that may be a contributing factor.  He had […]

Popular supplement for back pain may not be helpful

Glucosamine is a hugely popular supplement taken by millions of people in hopes of helping with arthritic pain. It is estimated that up to 25% of all back pain suffers will try the supplement glucosamine “to see if it helps”.   How helpful is it for arthritic back pain?  Well, an impressive research  study from the University of […]