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Importance Of The Shoulder Blade For Shoulder Function

Remember shoulder impingement from last week? Well, the scapula (shoulder blade) has a HUGE influence on how the shoulder functions and moves. The scapula is stabilized by four main muscle groups on the thoracic (rib) cage. From there, all four rotator cuff muscles come off the scapula to stabilize the shoulder joint so the shoulder can move and function without pain. If one or more of the muscles that stabilize the scapula isn’t doing its job, scapular winging can occur and lead to things like shoulder impingement and pain over time.   

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Evaluation For Shoulder Pain

As we talked about last week (read here), shoulder pain is all too common, especially with repetitive overhead activity and reaching behind the back. It’s typically seen in overhead sports like swimming, volleyball, tennis, and baseball pitchers along with professions such as carpenters, painters, and electricians. These repetitive movements often lead to a condition known as shoulder impingement syndrome where there’s reduced space between the acromion (top of the shoulder blade) and humerus (upper arm) which creates “pinching” on the surrounding tissues.

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Most Common Types and Reasons For Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is something we see often in the office and a common reason for someone to seek out care. There are a variety of reasons that can lead to shoulder pain so it’s important to get the care you need sooner rather than later. Otherwise, a nasty cycle can start to develop – a person with minor shoulder pain avoids using the shoulder, tissues around the area go into “protective” mode and tighten up, now when trying to use it more severe pain is felt so the shoulder is used less, and so on.

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Conservative Treatment for Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is the most common form of peripheal neuropathy, and in most cases conservative treatment can resolve this complaint. In a recent post I discussed other forms of median nerve entrapment that cause symptoms that are similar to CTS (you can read that here). For this reason, before a course of treatment is decided the proper diagnosis must be made.

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Carpal Tunnel? Maybe Not.

When a patient presents with “Carpal Tunnel” like symptoms, first and foremost we need a correct diagnosis. Irritation of the median nerve typically affects the first three fingers on the front of the hand. Symptoms can include numbness, tingling, and pain along with hand grip and thumb weakness. Although these are symptoms on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, other conditions can cause similar symptoms.

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Carpal Tunnel? Know the Symptoms!

When someone is suffering from carpal tunnel, what are the typical complaints? When they present to our office, how do we diagnose it? Carpal tunnel syndrome is irritation of the median nerve at the transverse carpal ligament, also known as the carpal tunnel. When this irritation happens it will cause irritation primarily in the first three fingers.

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