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Treatment Options for Shoulder Pain

Friday, October 24th, 2014

There comes a time in most people’s lives where they are looking for treatment option for shoulder pain. I am currently in one of those times myself. After separating my shoulder six months ago while adjusting a patient and straining my rotator cuff, I have been “lucky” to learn all kinds of new stuff on shoulder injuries when it comes to treating my patients. (and myself unfortunately!)

The biggest realization I have had is that your body’s ability to stabilize your shoulder blade to your trunk regardless of the injury is the most important thing. What does that mean to you? If you sit with poor posture and rounded shoulders and engage in the turtle pose while at your computer all day, your shoulder injury is going to be much more painful. One of the most effective yet basic exercises I give people and do myself are shoulder blade pinches. You bring your shoulder blades together and down without moving your arms and hold it for 5 seconds. I do 30 in my car on the way to work. I also make sure my spine is in very good alignment by getting regular chiropractic adjustments. I get my spine adjusted weekly. After my adjustment, even if she doesn’t touch my shoulder, it feel better. I also get regular treatment of deep muscle stripping and chiropractic adjustments to my clavicle, scapula and humerus.

The second of the treatment options for shoulder pain that I have found to be incredibly effective is kinesiotaping. Kinesiotape is that colorful tape you see all over the beach volleyball players during the Olympics. It’s easy to spot since these people barely wear what can be considered swim suits! When you are kinesiotaped properly, you should have some sort of instant gratification. The biggest problem I see is when people buy it at a sporting goods store and put it on their body themselves and end of thinking it doesn’t work. It definitely doesn’t work if it isn’t put on properly AND just because you followed the instructions that came with the box, doesn’t mean you put it on the right way for your injury. I don’t even kinesiotape myself. You simply can’t hold the proper alignment and put the tape on most parts of your body. To learn how to tape properly, I learned from several doctors over the years plus attended two 8 hour seminars simply on taping. On top of that, to tape properly you need a strong background in dissection anatomy. In the case that you weren’t in the lucky segment of society that spend 8 hours a week dissecting a cadaver for 8 months of your life, you probably don’t have the background you need to tape yourself properly.

One of the most helpful treatment options for shoulder pain that I have pursued has been a weekly Pilates practice. Every time I go to Pilates class, my shoulder feels significantly better. I am sure it has a lot to do with the strength building that helps stabilize my shoulder.

If you suffer from shoulder pain, please seek chiropractic care from someone who has experience treating extremities and also who is experienced in applying kinesiotape. You will feel so much better!

Tips for Safe Shoveling During a Minnesota Winter

Monday, December 16th, 2013

While there are lots of ways to enjoy winter, shoveling is not on my top ten list. Personally, the best safe shoveling advice I give my patients is to hire a plow service or greedy neighbor kid. You pay me more than you pay them if you injure yourself. While I definitely appreciate the business, I’d rather see you healthy.

If you insist on taking care of your driveway yourself, please follow these simple tips.

1) Push the snow, don’t lift it. This works great if it is light and fluffy.
2) If you have to lift it, lift with your knees and keep your core muscles tight and contracted.
3) Switch sides regularly so you aren’t always tiring out the same shoulder.
4) Not all shovels are created equal. I like the shovel with the bend in it. It makes is easier ergonomically.
5) Shovel frequently so you don’t have to lift big amounts at once.
6) Put the kids to work. Really, those hockey and dance payments need to be re-cooped some way!

If you don’t listen to my advice, I will be seeing you soon. If you do feel injured or pain that doesn’t go away after 24 hours, just remember that prompt treatment helps injuries heal quicker. The patients who wait heal slower. Now, get out there and go skiing, snow shoeing or dog walking, just NO shoveling.

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