Category Archives: shoulder pain

Having neck pain and stiffness? Check your scalene muscles for trigger points.

Neck pain and stiffness can often be made worse by trigger points or tenderness of the scalene muscles.  Learn now to find and treat your scalenes and reduce your neck and upper back pain. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments, Thanks, Ed Deboo, PT Bellingham Physical Therapy

Treat and stretch the subscapularis of the rotator cuff

We are blessed with abundant recreational activities to do in Bellingham, but most of them need a healthy shoulder.  Trigger points in the subscapularis of the rotator cuff can be a major player in shoulder pain.  However, the muscle can be difficult to find and treat.  Watch the video below to learn how to identify, […]

Shoulder video: Part 2 of 3 Diagnose your own shoulder

Here is part 2 of my shoulder series. In part 1, I explained the basics of the rotator cuff as I believe there is power in knowledge. The more you understand about how your body works, the better you are able to help it. If you haven’t watched part 1, take a few minutes and […]

Physical Therapy Video: Shoulder pain: Rotator cuff Basics for Dummies Part 1 of 3

Hey everyone, My daughter Hope’s basketball season is coming to an end so my weekends are freed up a bit and I’m back making videos to help you guys the best I can! I have just posted a series of 3 videos on the Shoulder: What the rotator cuff is, How to diagnose your own […]

How to treat hand swelling after shoulder surgery: PT video

Hand or forearm swelling after shoulder surgery is a fairly common occurrence and can be quite painful and very limiting functionally. This swelling is often caused by a lack of lymphatic flow of the arm and can be helped with exercises. Learn how to assist the lymphatic flow to help “drain” your arm and regain […]

Shoulder pain while reaching overhead? Could be an impingement.

A common cause of shoulder pain with overhead movements is a shoulder “impingement”.  Watch the video below to see if you have this common condition and what you may be able to do about it.  Please let me know if you have any questions, Thanks, Ed Deboo, PT Bellingham, Physical Therapy  

Rehabilitation after shoulder separation (AC joint separation)

2 important rehab considerations for AC joint injuries: 40%-50% of all shoulder injuries sustained during sports involve the AC joint, with the most common being a “separated shoulder”. A “separated shoulder” is actually a separation of the AC joint (acromioclavicular joint). The most common mechanism of injury is a downward force that tears/stretches the AC […]

How to foam roll for shoulder pain

Although not as common as lower back pain, shoulder pain is a close second. Posterior shoulder trigger points and tightness is often the common denominator with many common shoulder issues: impingement, bursitis, rotator cuff issues, and bicep pain. Try foam rolling the back of your shoulder to see if it helps, let me know if […]

Stop the insanity: Put away the ultrasound and Electrical stimulation for the treatment of shoulder pain

“I have shoulder pain, what should I do” Current research may offer some answers..First of all, stop wasting your time with ultrasound and electrical stimulation….. Many P.T.’s continue to use “passive modalities” to help treat shoulder pain with mixed results. Personally, I found no long term help with such passive modalities like Ultrasound, electrical -stimulation, […]