Tag: shoulder pain

Frozen shoulder syndrome is more than a shoulder problem; here’s how to get the help you need.

Frozen shoulder syndrome is more than a shoulder problem; here’s how to get the help you need. You reached into a cabinet and all of a sudden you experienced a sharp pain in your shoulder.  It is quite painful, especially when reaching it and it feels stiff as well. You may have also had a stiff neck and lower back problems from time to time but they went away. You call your primary doctor who then first gives you medication and then sends you for therapy to the shoulder and tells you that you have a frozen shoulder otherwise known Read More »

What is slipping rib syndrome?

What is slipping rib syndrome? According to Medical News Today, “Slipping rib syndrome is a condition where the lower ribs slip away from their usual position. It occurs because of a defect or hypermobility in the cartilage that connects the ribs to the rib cage.” Slipping rib syndrome can cause a person to feel pain in their abdomen, lower chest, and lower back. The condition is rare, and it can often be difficult to diagnose. The constant slippage of the rib is also associated with past trauma, muscular degeneration, deformed rib cartilage in the lower ribs where the condition usually Read More »

Dr. Charschan demonstrates 5 shoulder exercises to stabilize the rotator cuff.

Dr. Charschan demonstrates 5 shoulder exercises to stabilize the rotator cuff. If you have rotator cuff problems, strengthening the shoulder can be a challenge, especially since most shoulder problems also involve the core and leg muscles. Most frozen shoulders we treat are affected markedly by the hips and pelvis and often a tight hip capsule had been a precursor. As part of our rehabilitation regimen; when the flexibility of the shoulder has markedly improved and all resistance from the lower body has been resolved, I recommend these exercises using free weights to strengthen the shoulder’s intrinsic muscles first. Once those Read More »

Here’s how to get rid of muscle knots in the neck and shoulders.

Here’s how to get rid of muscle knots in the neck and shoulders. If you could just get rid of these knots in my shoulder blade… This is a common complaint heard in chiropractic and massage therapy offices. Many back rubs are designed to relieve muscle knots yet,  they seem to always return. Maybe there is more to the idea of muscle knots than you understand. To understand why your muscle knot up, you need to understand why they continually return.   Do muscle knots even exist or is this our way of describing how we feel without knowing why?   To Read More »

Why does your shoulder pain return after all the physical therapy you’ve done?

Why does your shoulder pain return after all the physical therapy you’ve done? The patient told me that their first episode began three years ago and didn’t resolve after months of physical therapy and doing exercises at home.   Two months ago he experienced the same symptoms in his left shoulder which did not improve much after therapy directed toward his neck and shoulder. He said his friend recommended him to our office because we evaluated people holistically.  Holistic simply means we are thorough and we evaluate the whole person, not just the symptomatic part. It doesn’t mean we stack rocks, Read More »