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Shoulder pain problems? We can help!

Shoulder pain problems? We can help!

ShoulderThe rotator cuff is a term that many people have heard of, but don’t know all that it entails.  The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles in shoulder that attach the upper arm bone(humerus) to the shoulder blade.  They are responsible for maintaining the stability of the shoulder.  A rotator cuff injury is common, and can be from repetitive over use, or trauma.  Non-traumatic injuries increase in likelihood with age.  Up to 80% of people over 60 years old demonstrate rotator cuff tears.

The tears occur at the tendonous portion of a muscle, where it changes in structure and attaches the muscle to the bone.  There are two categories of tears:  partial and full, and are differentiated by the length or severity of the tear.
Some symptoms of a rotator cuff injury are pain to the top or outside of the shoulder, weakness, and loss of motion.  Specifically, it can be difficult to reach up high or behind your back.
A physical therapist can help diagnose or differentiate this problem from others.  Rotator cuff injuries can be treated or managed with physical therapy.  Physical therapy treatment of a partial tear can often result in restoration of motion and strength.   It is not mandatory to have surgery on a torn tendon, especially if it is a partial tear that is chronic in nature.  If you do have surgery, physical therapy is imperative afterward to gain proper motion, strength, and function after surgery. Call us today for a consultation at Kaizen Total Wellness, (941) 315-6182.
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At Kaizen, our “personal fitness trainer” is a Physical Therapy Assistant.

At Kaizen, our “personal fitness trainer” is a Physical Therapy Assistant.

Meet David Maloney, PTA

David Maloney is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Power Plate Trainer. He completed his PTA training at the State College of Florida.David provides MAXhealth patients with hands-on, personalized therapy and education. He provides therapeutic treatment for joint and muscle pain and rehabilitation after an injury, surgery or illness. David utilizes Power Plate technology to provide uniquely effective fitness training to improve patients’strength, endurance and balance. David and his family moved to this area from Chicago in 2010. He enjoys being able to golf here year round.

David works under the direct supervision of Dr. Jill Rose, Physical Therapist, Kaizen Total Wellness

 

 

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Bone density and exercise

Bone density and exercise

Millions of individuals have low bone mass.  Aging or menopause leads to a decrease in bone formation, which results in decreased bone mineral density (BMD) and increased risk of fracture.  A recent review in the Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association (August 2013) was conducted to determine which, if any, approaches to exercise reduce BMD loss or reduce the chance of fractures.  The results show that a combination exercise program that incorporates several exercise types can result in a statistically significant change in BMD.  An example of a combination exercise program would include the following: walking, dynamic weight bearing, low-load high-rep strength training, and progressive resistance strength training.  The report concluded that gradually adding weight training and dynamic exercise 2 to 3 times a week to a 30 minute per day walking program for at least 6 months may reduce the risk of fracture and have a beneficial effect on BMD.  A physical therapist can help plan and design an appropriate program.

David Maloney, Physical Therapy Assistant
Kaizen Total Wellness

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