4 Keys to Rotator Cuff Related Pain Physical Therapy [Subacromial Pain Syndrome] FPF Show Episode 120

By dpope2020

February 9, 2024

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4 Keys to Rotator Cuff Related Pain Physical Therapy [Subacromial Pain Syndrome] FPF Show Episode 120

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In today's video we go over 4 Keys to Rotator Cuff Related Pain Physical Therapy [Subacromial Pain Syndrome] FPF Show Episode 120: 

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:07 Introducing our new co-host, the great Kevin Coughlin!
  • 2:58 The importance of an accurate diagnosis
  • 3:44 Differentiation between cervical radiculopathy and rotator cuff related pain
  • 4:17 Differentiation between frozen shoulder and rotator cuff related pain
  • 10:13 Special tests to accurately diagnose rotator cuff related pain
  • 12:41 The importance of patient education - modifying aggravating lifestyle activities
  • 19:11 Modifying training in the gym (Bench press, overhead press)
  • 24:03 How much pain is acceptable with training and physical therapy exercises?
  • 29:38 The importance of targeting the painful tissue (rotator cuff)
  • 37:58 Are manual therapies effective for rotator cuff related pain?
  • 45:17 Is extra corporeal shockwave therapy (ECSW) helpful for rotator cuff related pain

Super charged rotator cuffs,


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