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“Stretching” Versus “Warming up”

Stretching or prolonged stretching can be thought of as bringing a specific joint to its end range and holding this position to improve flexibility and/or mobility. This may sound familiar to you; from when we are small children we are taught that this is the appropriate prelude to a recreational activity or sport. While this is not a harmful activity, there are been many studies and much evidence that this type of stretching does not necessarily prevent injuries or improve performance. Stretching, as it is defined as above, does have its place in everyday life and many times will be prescribed in Physical Therapy to regain flexibility that has been lost due to tightness of muscles (from agi

What to Expect After Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery

Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that act to stabilize your shoulder. Each of these muscles attaches to the head of your humerus (your upper arm bone) and work to both rotate and lift your arm. The tendons of these muscles are commonly torn either through a traumatic injury or due to repetitive stress across the tendon causing fraying. In some individuals, one of the tendons may tear completely, resulting in an inability to move your arm into a certain motion. The most common tear occurs in your supraspinatus tendon, the muscle responsible for lifting your arm however, tears may occur in any of the four tendons. Your rehabilitation restrictions will depend on the specific tendon

So You Have A Shoulder Impingement? What Does That Mean? How Does PT Help?

Quick Anatomy Lesson: There are four muscles that assist the larger deltoid group to lift and lower the arm and are collectively known as the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff lies under the roof of the shoulder, the acromion, which is part of the shoulder blade. There is a space between the rotator cuff and the acromion which is filled by the subacromial bursa, a fluid filled sac that allows for smooth gliding of the rotator cuff under the acromion during shoulder movements. The rotator cuff functions to depress and centralize the humeral head in the joint. When the arm is raised overhead, the rotator cuff depresses the humeral head allowing it to glide freely underneath the acromion. If there

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