woman dealing with back pain

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a relatively common condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s life. A person with a true frozen shoulder usually experiences a significant loss of motion and experiences a significant amount of pain. About Frozen Shoulder Frozen shoulder affects approximately 2-5% of the population. Also called adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder…

sabacromial bursa

Shoulder Pain

Many patients come to our clinic believing they have shoulder bursitis. Shoulder bursitis is a condition in which the bursa of the shoulder gets inflamed and generates pain. What is a bursa you ask? Let’s start from the beginning… Bursa and Bursitis Bursa are anatomical structures that are present throughout our body. A simple way…

shoulder supraspinatus tear

Shoulder Pain

The rotator cuff is a general term used to describe four muscles in the shoulder that lie deep to the deltoid muscles. These muscles include the infraspinatus, supraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. Of these muscles, the supraspinatus is the most commonly injured. Supraspinatus Tendon The supraspinatus muscle is located on the top and back of…

back of arm showing supraspinatus

Supraspinatus Tear

The supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis muscles are often referred to as the rotator cuff muscles. Injury to the rotator cuff musculature is one of the more common conditions affecting the shoulder, ranging from mild strains to complete tendon rupture. Symptoms of Supraspinatus Tear Rotator cuff injury (including rotator cuff tear) can cause significant…

woman lying on face doing shoulder extension

Shoulder Rehab

Shoulder pain is very common among active individuals.  Although there are many different causes of shoulder pain, many studies have been published in recent years which link scapular (shoulder blade) position and the activity patterns of the muscles around the scapula to many types of shoulder injury. Among the evidence is the consistent finding of…

Shoulder Exercises

Recently I was lucky enough to go to Costa Rica for a week of surfing. Needless to say it was a great time, but as I’ve experienced in the past, my shoulders are now paying the price.  For this week’s blog I thought I’d suggest a few exercises for any fellow novice / occasional surfers…