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If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, you could be suffering from one of many different ailments. Some common conditions include:
- Rotator cuff tear: This is what happens when the tendons that constitute the rotator cuff muscles around the shoulder detach from the bone, causing a severe decrease in the range of motion that a healthy rotator cuff allows us to have. These injuries are very painful and have two general causes:
- Repetitive use: As the name implies, repetitive use injuries are caused by repeated activities that wear the rotator cuff thin over time. This is typically seen in older patients or people who put an unusually demanding strain on their rotator cuffs, such as professional athletes.
- Trauma: Traumatic injuries, such as breaking a fall with an outstretched hand, can lead to rotator cuff tears as well. This cause is much less common than repetitive use and is most often the culprit of rotator cuff tears in patients under 60 years of age.
- Frozen shoulder: Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is a medical condition that includes a decrease of motion in the shoulder and pain that progressively increases. There are three stages of frozen shoulder:
- Stage 1: The freezing stage, or the beginning of pain and loss of motion, both of which begin to steadily increase.
- Stage 2: The frozen stage. By now, the shoulder’s range of motion is severely restricted, but the pain is likely starting to decrease.
- Stage 3: The thawing stage, where pain is minimal and shoulder motion slowly returns to normal.
These are only a few of the possible conditions that can cause shoulder pain. Some are more serious than others. Call your doctor, and consult us as for your physical therapy needs, if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Inability to carry objects or have full use of your arm
- Joint deformity
- Shoulder pain that doesn’t ease at night or while resting
- Lack of motion, including an inability to raise your arm
- Swelling or bruising around the shoulder joint or upper arm
- Signs of an infection, which could include fever, redness, and warmth
A few common treatments that may bring relief include:
- A little rest & relaxation. This can help soothe many aches and pains in the shoulder region, but medical experts advise you to use caution with this approach as too much rest can lead to the discomforts associated with a frozen shoulder.
- Ice and heat. Ice packs should be used on recent injuries that were sustained in the last 48 hours. Ice packs are especially helpful where swelling is involved, as they can help decrease the swelling in the injured area, thus helping to reduce the pain. Heat treatments, such as hot pads, should be used only to relax and loosen tissues in cases of chronic conditions. Heat treatments should not be used after periods of significant activity (if you’re concerned about muscle soreness, use the heat treatment before participating in the activity) or after an acute injury.
- Stretching. The shoulder is a very mobile joint. The less the shoulder is stretched, the tighter the joint becomes, causing more muscle and joint stiffness and leading to more pain. Stretching the muscles and tendons surrounding an aching joint can spell relief in many cases.
- Physical therapy. It has been shown that physical therapy is “an important aspect of treatment of almost all orthopedic conditions,” and shoulder pain is no exception. The treatments utilized by physical therapists can ease pain, increase strength and mobility, and help patients resume the level of activity they enjoyed before the injury.
- Anti-inflammatory medication. If the above-mentioned treatments aren’t enough to get you moving again, your doctor might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to help the process along.
If you find yourself battling shoulder pain, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Talk to your medical professional, who can refer you to trusted physical therapists like us to guide you on the road to recovery.
OSTC is proud to be the first clinic in the Wichita Falls area to offer LiteCure Laser Therapy. This next generation healing modality is up to 3000 times more powerful than conventional lasers.
Laser Therapy is an FDA approved modality that reduces inflammation and ultimately results in pain reduction. Laser Therapy is effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-op pain.
Laser therapy treatment is safe, painless, and fast. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy treatments are administered in 5 to 10 minute time segments and typically patients see results after 3 to 5 sessions. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy utilizes your body’s own healing powers by stimulating cellular activity. Despite fast treatment times, laser therapy initiates a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up 24 hours.
During treatment, you will feel a soothing warmth that identifies the beginning of an 18-24 hour process of modulated cellular activity leading to decreased pain and inflammation.
What does LASER do?
“Laser Treatment” or photobiomodulation causes physiological and biochemical events to occur within the cell which may include the following:
●Analgesia (relief from pain)
●Accelerated Tissue Repair/Wound Healing
● Increased Blood Flow
●Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation
● Improved Nerve Function
How does LASER give pain relief?
● Increases release of beta endorphins
● Increases release of nitric oxide
●Decreases bradykinin levels
●Stabilizes the membrane potential of the nerve cells
What is the cost of LASER treatment?
At OSTC, we believe the LASER treatment can be beneficial to many patients. If you are interested in Laser, and would like to see if this treatment could help you, call OSTC to set up a free consultation with one of our athletic trainers or physical therapists. Your first LASER treatment is complimentary.
additional treatments are $20/session or $150 for 10 sessions.
Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a training strategy that involves the use of cuffs or wraps placed around a limb during exercise. The pressure is increased enough to restrict venous return, while allowing for arterial blood flow. The person is then asked to perform high rep exercises with a very low weight.
Blood flow restriction may sound scary, but the risks are no more than general weight lifting. Study after study proves that this training technique is useful in helping athletes and patients gain strength, power, muscle size and reduce muscle atrophy following surgery.
So why does BFR work? Resistance training with low load weight training and BFR shows greater post-exercise muscle protein synthesis, higher growth hormone elevations, and more robust molecular signaling responses than conventional resistance training with a similar load.
At OSTC, therapist often use BFR to help athletes maintain muscular strength after ACL or Meniscal Knee surgery. This allows athletes return to their sport sooner!
Laser therapy is technically called photobiomodulation therapy. This is the use of light waves to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. The light penetrates the body to stimulate repair to the damaged underlying tissue. Laser therapy can be used on a multitude of different musculoskeletal injuries or issues. Therapeutic laser can impact the tissue by improving circulation in the tissue and impacting several anti-inflammatory mediators in a joint; helping to reduce pain.
OSTC has been using the Class IV laser for almost 4 years now. In fact, the therapists at OSTC have seen such amazing benefits and positive results for their patients, that in 2016 OSTC bought a second laser. Laser therapy may be used in conjunction with your physical therapy at OSTC or can be purchased individually.
Conditions that are often treated with laser and see the best benefits are: Tendinitis, Plantar Fascitis, Arthritis Pain, and post surgery pain, though it is used for several other conditions as well.
At OSTC, we take great pride in providing our patients and clients with the best physical therapy in the Wichita Falls area. In an effort to make sure we are meeting the needs and wants of our clients, we have a suggestion box available at the front desk area. We also ask for your feedback once a month on our patient surveys. These suggestions and comments are taken very seriously and are an important way to help us help you. Our staff holds weekly meetings to discuss all the positive things we are doing and all the things we can improve upon to serve you better.
This year we are proud to announce the addition of automatic front doors, new treadmills and new ellipticals. OSTC has also hired more therapy technicians to better provide one-on-one care to our physical therapy patients.
Thank you OSTC friends and family for helping to make us Texoma’s Best Physical Therapy Clinic. We strive to exceed all of your expectations.
The Hotter N’ Hell Hundred is a long standing tradition in Wichita Falls. Bike riders from all over come to participate in 100 mile road race. Staff and family members of OSTC employees have been participating in the HHH for many years now. This years OSTC team riders were Diana DeArmond, Charlie Post, Pat Finnell, Lucas Veitenheimer and Juli Weger.
This year OSTC would like to congratulate Pat Finnell, OSTC wellness member and step-mother of physical therapist, Seretha Elkins for winning her age division. Way to go PAT!!
Thanks to Michael Phelps and several other summer Olympians, cupping has made its world wide debut. At OSTC, we have been practicing this therapeutic technique for several years. Many of the physical therapist have seen tremendous benefits of using cupping along side other modalities and exercises, especially in dealing with hamstring and quadriceps strains. Some of these benefits include; increased range of motion, decreased pain and decreased inflammation in the area of injury. Cupping is most notable for the circular “bruises” it leaves behind on the patient. These marks are not painful and usually go away in a few days when the technique is properly applied. Dry cupping is the use of negative pressure to release tension on the muscle and increase blood flow to the area. Though cupping alone is not a cure-all, it is one of the many tools available to the therapists at OSTC. Our therapists pride themselves on having as many options available to create a unique and individualized therapy program to best suit the needs of our patients.
The feet bear the weight of the body upon them, but the heel of the foot receives little thought unless it begins to hurt. Pain can originate under the heel (plantar fasciitis) or the back of the heel in the Achilles tendon. Inflammation, swelling and pain are common complaints associated with the heel.
An injury to any part of the heel can be extremely painful, producing inflammation and swelling. Individuals may have difficulty flexing their foot up or down, standing on their toes, or even walking. A heel injury may also result in a tingling sensation indicating the need for immediate medical care that will often require rehabilitation with a physical therapist.
Everyone has an occasional pain in the heel after extensive walking, jogging or sports activities and it typically disappears within a day or so with rest. Heel pain that interferes in standing, walking, or lasts a week or more can be helped with physical therapy.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain resulting from running and jogging, obesity, and excessive standing. Pain may be present when people take their first few steps in the morning or after sitting down for an extended period of sitting.
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If you or someone you know suffers from heel pain or injury, contacts at OSTC for your FREE consultation and find out what solutions we have to offer you. 940-692-4688