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Shoulder Pain Series: Scarecrow Exercise

Shoulder Pain? Improve your shoulder health

In order to maximize back development and maintain shoulder health, make sure to include small isolation movements for the middle and lower traps, rhomboids, and rear deltoids. ⁣
Compound movements will often leave these muscles underdeveloped. It’s essential to train these small muscles with exercises such as:

  • 𝐘𝐓𝗪’𝐬 ⁣
    • Retract shoulder blades prior to initiating movement
  • 𝐅𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐏𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐬 ⁣
    • Use a neutral grip so thumbs are facing you to bias external rotation ⁣
  • 𝐒𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐬 ⁣
    • “Pretend your biceps is a rotisserie chicken” (𝘧𝘢𝘷𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘤𝘶𝘦 𝘌𝘝𝘌𝘙) to maintain joint centration during rotation ⁣
  • 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐞 𝐅𝐥𝐲
    • Maintain slight elbow bend⁣
  • 𝐁𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐏𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐀𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 ⁣
    • Straight elbows, initiate movement with shoulder blades⁣
  • 𝐅𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐬 ⁣
    • Hands pull away from body, keep elbows tight to body, maintain flexed elbow ⁣

These exercises can be done twice per week for a few sets of 12-20 reps. ⁣ Make some room for these by adding them into your warm up, in between work sets as a filler exercise, or in between workouts whenever you have free time. ⁣

Scarecrow Exercise

The scarecrow exercise is an excellent exercise for improving shoulder health.  During the scarecrow exercise you target abs and shoulders and also involves upper back & lower traps.  This exercise can be performed using cable pulleys, dumbbells, or elastic resistance bands.  The video below demonstrates the use of cable pulleys.

TST COVID Policy – Healthy Body/Healthy Mind

June 26th Update

We have been taking the health and safety of our patients and staff as a priority since the outbreak of COVID-19.  As an essential service provider it is important that we create an environment that is as clean and sanitary as if you were staying at home.  Maintaining a healthy body and mind is why we are here.

Here are the current steps we are taking to reduce the risk and keep your rehabilitation progressing:

  • All staff, patients, and patient family members are required to wear masks entering our office
      • Those who fall into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for those who should not wear face coverings due to a medical condition, mental health condition, developmental disability, or are otherwise covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
      • Children under 6 years old.
      • People whose religious beliefs prevent them from wearing a face covering
  • We take temperature of anyone coming into the office with a forehead thermometer
  • We provide hand sanitizer during treatment
  • We sanitize all surfaces before and during treatment
  • We provide social distancing seating in waiting areas (space is limited)

Please feel free to contact any of our 4 locations to learn more about how we can serve your needs.

Courtesy of OrthoInfo

What is Hip Osteoarthritis?

Symptoms and Treatment

⁣⁣When treating hip pain we often assess if the pain is related to hip osteoarthritis.  The hip is a ball (femur) and socket (pelvis) joint. The ends of each bone is covered with articular cartilage which allows the bones to glide smoothly over each other during movement. ⁣⁣Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis, occurs when this articular cartilage gradually wears away and the joint space narrows. Bone spurs may also form in the hip joint as a result of wearing of cartilage. ⁣⁣
Symptoms include: ⁣⁣

  • Pain in the front of the hip/groin/thigh.
  • Stiffness upon waking or with prolonged positions.
  • Loss of range of motion, crepitus, and pain aggravated with weight bearing.
  • Symptoms typically worsen slowly over time. ⁣⁣

Treatment options:

In most cases, physical therapy is the first recommendation for the treatment of hip osteoarthritis.⁣⁣ If conservative management fails, steroid injections into the hip may be attempted. If symptoms still persist, a hip replacement surgery may be performed. ⁣⁣Following a hip replacement, these patients would then return to physical therapy for post-operative rehabilitation in order to restore their hip range of motion, strength, and function. ⁣⁣

Are you dealing with hip pain? Contact us on getting scheduled for an initial evaluation in order to start your road to recovery!  You can also learn more by visiting OrthoInfo.