The Gift of Healthy Shoulders Dear NW Indiana Neighbor, Nothing gives like a pair of healthy shoulders. It gives you joy at night…letting you sleep like a baby; comfort knowing it won’t give you fits; renewed energy waking up in the morning after a deep sound sleep. It gives you wings to worship…raising your arms in Hallelujah; binding ties to family and friends with a warm loving embrace; high fives to teammates for a job well done. It gives peace of mind to families…allowing dads and moms to earn a living; delight to grandma and grandpa playing and spending quality time with grandkids; excitement to everyone… golf, tennis, bowl, swim, exercise, or just the simple joys of daily living. But then sometimes your shoulders finally give out from giving. Top 3 Causes Why Your Shoulders Give Out There are 3 most common causes of shoulder pain. Cause #1 is arthritis. The most common form of arthritis in the shoulder is “osteoarthritis”. The joint wears out and may crop up as you age. You start to feel and hear irritating and alarming noises from your shoulder as you try to move your arm. You might respond to arthritis pain by reducing your shoulder movements…but this can backfire and cause tightness or stiffness in the soft tissues of your shoulder joint. This can then lead to significant pain when moving the shoulder…and worst, it can cause your shoulder joint to freeze up. Cause #2 is tendinitis and bursitis. Shoulders are prone to overuse injuries from repetitive tasks, such as overhead lifting. This often shows up in the form of tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendons, and bursitis, inflammation of the bursa. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac between tendons and bones that allows them to glide easily. If the bursa is inflamed, the tendons may scrape against the shoulder bones resulting in weakness or tearing. Sharp thunderbolt-like pain that drops you on your knees can be a telltale sign. Cause #3 is rotator cuff tendon tears. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that run from your shoulder blade into the top end of your arm bone. When torn (there are 3 grades of tears), you’ll experience pain and weakness as you try to raise your arm overhead, or when reaching behind the back such as with women trying to strap on their bra. How To Get Back Your Healthy Shoulders For years, your shoulders have given freely, generously, bounteously without stint. Think of your shoulder’s gifts, as you have received them; as you and your family will in days to come. Then give to your shoulders, like your shoulders…freely, generously, bounteously…without stint. Attend my FREE Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Workshop. My team of doctors of physical therapy will present on this on SATURDAY APRIL 10th at 10:00 AM in the following locations: • HIGHLAND: Call 219-301-7961 2144 45th St. (in the Porte DeLeau Plaza) • CROWN POINT: Call 219-310-8278 11055 Broadway Suite E (just south of Tech Credit Union). • VALPARAISO: Call 219-548-8770 3125 Calumet Ave. Suite 8 (next to the YMCA). • LAPORTE: Call 219-380-0809 1405 E. Lincolnway Suite B (across Route 2 from Walmart) We will discuss in detail during the workshop: • • • How to find out what’s causing your shoulder pain without having to get an X-ray or an MRI (yes…I’ll show you ways to test it yourself). How to correct the cause of your pain and speed up the healing process without relying on medications, injections, or surgery (one of the techniques I’ll share takes only 3 minutes to do on your own every day…patients can’t believe how much difference it can make). How to prevent your shoulder from getting worse, and avoid the single biggest mistake shoulder pain sufferers make (unfortunately this is a mistake that a lot of people make that results in unnecessary surgery). Due to social distancing guidelines, we are taking only 20 attendees for each location. To hold your spot, please call: • • • • 219-548-8770 in Valparaiso 219-310-8278 in Crown Point 219-301-7961 in Highland 219-380-0809 in LaPorte Sincerely, Dr. Arlan Alburo, PT, DPT, MTC Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists PS-Call 219-202-2500 in Valpo, 219-203-3100 in Crown Point, 219-301-7961 in Highland, or 219-380-0809 in LaPorte to hold your spot for my FREE Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain Workshop on SATURDAY APRIL 10th at 10:00 AM. PPS- Due to social distancing guidelines, we are taking only 20 attendees for each location.