Articles & Advice

Arthritis of the shoulder

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | The Shoulder
In arthritis of the shoulder, the cartilage of the ball and socket (glenohumeral joint) is lost so that bone rubs on bone. It may be caused by wear and tear (degenerative joint disease), injury (traumatic arthritis), surgery (secondary degenerative joint disease), inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis) or infection (septic arthritis). Signs and diagnosis Arthritis of the shoulder ...
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Tendinitis, Bursitis, Impingement syndrome, and Rotator cuff tears

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | The Shoulder
These conditions are closely related and may occur alone or in combination. If the rotator cuff and bursa are irritated, inflamed, and swollen, they may become squeezed between the head of the humerus and the acromion. Repeated motion involving the arms, or the aging process involving shoulder motion over many years, may also irritate and ...
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Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | The Shoulder
As the name implies, movement of the shoulder is severely restricted in people with a “frozen shoulder”. This condition, which doctors call adhesive capsulitis, is frequently caused by injury that leads to lack of use due to pain. Rheumatic disease progression and recent shoulder surgery can also cause frozen shoulder. Intermittent periods of use may ...
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Fracture of the shoulder

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | The Shoulder
A bone fracture of the shoulder involves a partial or total crack through one of the three bones in the shoulder, the clavicle, the scapula, and the humerus. The break in a bone usually occurs as a result of an impact injury, such as a fall or blow to the shoulder. Fractures usually involve the ...
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Is Massage Therapy better than meds for back pain?

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | Advice, The Back, The Shoulder
Nagging back pain? New research reports that a weekly one-hour massage could be just the thing. A study shows that a 10-week massage treatment reduced pain more than medications and exercises, and the effects lasted for six months. Ten sessions of massage therapy led to more rapid improvement in low back pain than usual medical ...
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Lower Back Pain – The Facts

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | The Back
If you have lower back pain, you are not alone. Nearly everyone at some point has back pain that interferes with work, routine daily activities, or recreation. Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on low back pain, the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work. Back pain ...
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Separation of the shoulder

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | The Shoulder
A shoulder separation occurs where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the shoulder blade (scapula). When ligaments that hold the AC (acromioclavicular) joint together are partially or completely torn, the outer end of the clavicle may slip out of place, preventing it from properly meeting the scapula. Most often the injury is caused by a blow to ...
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Proper lifting techniques

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | Advice, The Back
One of the easiest ways to injure your back is through careless lifting. Proper bending and lifting, and wearing a back brace can help you to both prevent back injury and lesson painful flare-ups. The mechanics of bending and lifting are hard on the back, especially when lifting heavy objects. Various structures in our backs ...
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Shoulder Pain – The Facts

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | The Shoulder
Shoulder problems including pain, are one of the more common reasons for physician visits for musculoskeletal symptoms. The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in ...
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Dislocation of the shoulder

by Gilly | February 3, 2016 | The Shoulder
The shoulder joint is the most frequently dislocated major joint of the body. In a typical case of a dislocated shoulder, a strong force that pulls the shoulder outward (abduction) or extreme rotation of the joint pops the ball of the humerus out of the shoulder socket. Dislocation commonly occurs when there is a backward pull ...
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