Category Archive: Shoulder

Jun
05

Prevent shoulder injuries in tennis by stretching: Part 2 of 2

Photo 4 - Latissimus Dorsi Stretch

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries In Tennis by Stretching: Part 2 of 2 Last week we discussed the importance of strengthening to prevent shoulder injuries in tennis. This week we will focus on stretching the shoulder for injury prevention. As with the exercises for strength, it may be better to do nothing at all than to …

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May
29

Prevent shoulder injuries in tennis by strengthening: Part 1 of 2

Photo: 5 Bicep Curl

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Strengthening. Part 1 of 2 HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! You can tell that summer is in the air, not only by the arrival of the sunshine, warm air and longer days, but also by the beautiful sound of a tennis ball hitting a racquet hitting at Scranton Tennis Club and …

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Aug
08

Managing Shoulder Pain – Part 3 of 3

Photo A - Shoulder Extension

Part 3 of 3 When the shoulder is compromised by loss of motion or strength, so too is the function of the arm and hand. It becomes difficult to dress, groom, work, play sports, etc. Therefore, it is imperative that we maintain shoulder health through range of motion and strength exercises. However, it is equally …

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Aug
01

Stretch your shoulder muscles — Part 2 of 3

Photo 1 - Pendulums

Part 2 of 3 The shoulder, working as a ball and socket, is most flexible joint in the human body. It is comprised of two separate joints, the union between the glenoid fossa, (the socket at the end of the scapula or shoulder blade, and the ball at the end top of the humerus, or …

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Jul
25

Management of Shoulder Pain – Part 1 of 3

Part 1 OF 3 The shoulder, working as a ball and socket, is most flexible joint in the human body. It is comprised of two separate joints, the union between the glenoid fossa, (the socket at the end of the scapula or shoulder blade, and the ball at the end top of the humerus, or …

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May
02

Avoid Spring Baseball Shoulder Pain

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It happens every spring.  A young pitching ace that started strong is now beginning to lose some speed on his fast ball.  A third baseman that had no problems last week can’t throw to first base without pain.  Shoulder pain in young baseball players occurs every spring just as the first robin, warmer temperatures, and …

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Jul
13

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 2 of 2

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 2 of 2 Last week, guest columnist, Dr. Gary Mattingly, anatomy professor at the University of Scranton, described the problem of “swimmer’s shoulder” … “inflammation of part of the rotator cuff, a group of muscles that stabilize the shoulder passes between the arm bone (humerus) and a bone in the back (scapula). …

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Jul
06

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 1 of 2

It’s summer time! 4th of July weekend is a great time to enjoy the water. Whether your swimming laps for exercise or competition, be careful not to overdo it and injure your shoulder. While there are many different types of shoulder problems, one is specific to the sport of swimming called “swimmer’s shoulder”. The Shoulder …

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Jul
01

Prevent Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Part 2 of 2

Standing Extension

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries In Tennis by Stretching Part 2 of 2 Last week we discussed the importance of strengthening to prevent shoulder injuries in tennis. This week we will focus on stretching the shoulder for injury prevention. As with the exercises for strength, it may be better to do nothing at all than to do …

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Jun
24

Prevent Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Part 1 of 2

Bench Press

Prevention  of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis   Part 1 of 2: Strengthen to Prevent Shoulder Injuries in Tennis You can tell that it is officially summer, not only by the  arrival of the longest day of the year, but also by the beautiful sound  of a tennis ball hitting a racquet hitting at Scranton Tennis …

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Sep
24

Breast Cancer and Frozen Shoulder

Overhead Wand

Now that NEPA has just supported another successful “Race for the Cure,” and with October named as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I am dedicating today’s column to the brave women and their families and friends affected by breast cancer. Presently, in our clinic we have several women suffering a tight or “frozen shoulder” as …

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Aug
08

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 2 of 2

Guest Columnist: Dr. Gary Mattingly 2nd of 2 columns on Swimmer’s Shoulder Last week, Dr. Gary Mattingly, local physical therapist and anatomy professor at the University of Scranton, Department of Physical Therapy introduced shoulder problems in swimmers. He defined “swimmer’s shoulder” as follows: “Part of the rotator cuff, a group of muscles that stabilize the …

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Aug
01

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 1 of 2

Guest Columnist: Dr. Gary Mattingly 1st of 2 Columns on Swimmer’s Shoulder Enjoy your pool during this heat wave, but don’t overdo it and get “swimmer’s shoulder. Gary Mattingly, PT, PhD. Dr. Mattingly is a professor of anatomy at the University of Scranton, Department of Physical Therapy. He has dedicated most of his professional life …

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Jul
18

Prevent Shoulder Instability: Part 3 of 3 on Hypermobility

Shoulder Isometrics: 1

As we discussed in last week’s article, hypermobility (joints that are too mobile/flexible)—as demonstrated by the ability to perform tasks such as bending forward and placing your palms flat on the floor without bending your knees—can lead to joint injury, pain and possibly arthritis pain caused by excessive joint movement. This week’s article will discuss …

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Mar
28

Before You Throw, Take It From a Pro: Pitching Tips

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Guest Columnist: Gary E. Mattingly, PT, PhD The first robin, the last mound of snow melting, crocuses emerging from the ground, the budding of trees: these all signal the beginning of Spring. But for some, Spring doesn’t officially begin until the first pitch is thrown with the start of baseball practice. Ron Chiavacci, former professional …

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Mar
21

Prepare Your Shoulder for Spring Sports: Part 2

Part 2 - Back Throws

Today’s article emphasizes core exercises that are more sport specific. These exercises are for sports that emphasize the use of the arms. This would include all throwing sports (baseball, softball), all racket sports and golf.

Mar
14

Prepare Your Shoulder for Spring Sports: Part 1

Part 1 - Ts

It is not too early to think about the onset of spring sports!

May
10

Avoid Spring Baseball Shoulder Pain

It happens every spring. A young pitching ace that started strong is now beginning to lose some speed on his fast ball. A third baseman that had no problems last week can’t throw to first without pain.

The cause of the condition was the usual: not properly preparing the arm for the season.

May
10

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Strengthening. Part I of III

To prevent shoulder problems one must participate in a exercise program specifically designed for tennis. A well-balance shoulder strengthening program includes; rotator cuff and scapular (shoulder blade) muscle exercises, reeducation, biomechanics, and a stretching program pre and post hitting.

May
10

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Stabilizing the Shoulder. Part II of III

Last week, in part one of “Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis,” I presented the basics principles of strengthening the large muscles of the shoulder. This week will demonstrate how to stabilize the important scapula muscles and smaller muscles of the shoulder such as the rotator cuff.

May
10

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Stretching the Shoulder. Part III of III

Last week we discussed the importance of strengthening and stabilizing the shoulder muscles to prevent injuries in tennis. This week we will focus on stretching the shoulder for injury prevention.