Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy is your shoulder slowing you down? Is it not really hurting, not really achy, but it interferes with a lot of things that you're trying to do. For instance, this young woman that I met, she's early forties, she's 42. Her name is Christina, and she is very active. She's got kids that are between the ages of five and 10, so she runs around with them. She has a full-time job and she loves to work out. She was doing pretty well balancing all of these things. Until about six months before she called me when she went to one of her favorite aerobics classes. She was doing her normal routine, there was a motion where you raise your arm up, and when she did it this time, it was the one moment where you’re like “ oh that didn't feel good”. She modified her workout the rest of that day, she figured it would just go away. Who hasn't moved their arm in a weird way in a day and had some little achiness. So she rested. But she never could quite go back to that same class and raise her arms. She's been modifying how she does that class. Again, it doesn't hurt when she's doing it. It just doesn't feel good so she's been modifying how she moves. Then she was telling me that she's had to change how she puts her bra on, she's had to change how she moves anytime she has to raise her arms above her head like putting away dishes and not to mention how she carries the laundry basket. She has even started to have to change her sleeping position because it just felt weird.
It didn't hurt and it wasn't achy and there's nothing that really wrong: It just doesn't feel good.
This had been going on for quite a while, but she noticed recently after she was taking stock of why it was taking her so long to get through her normal things. She was just trying to go to the grocery store, just trying to clean up the house, just trying to balance all the things that she does on a normal day and even stuff at work. She was noticing she was having a harder time getting through certain projects at work. And so she was trying to take stock of why life just feels like it's harder now. And she realized it was all based on her shoulder. She's at work and she's trying to type, but she has to take a break or shake things around. She's not able to keep that same train of thought and be as productive as she was with her kid. She gets distracted because now she has to do extra steps to get the dishes done. The same thing with dressing and it of all this accumulation, she just realizes that she's wasting all this time because her shoulder is bugging her.
She calls me completely frustrated. She's like, it doesn't hurt, but it just doesn't feel good and it's not moving well. All I did was go to an aerobics class. There can't be anything too dramatic, but why on earth would this be happening? And I don't really want to go to the doctor and have them tell me I'm crazy because I couldn't have actually done anything. So what do I do? And I said, “Well, why don't you come in and we'll take a look at how your shoulder is working. And what else is going on to see if we can pinpoint exactly what's happening. I even offer a free session just to make sure that I'm even the right idea for you.” Now, Christina was all about that because she really did think that I was telling her she's completely crazy. And this is just life. She didn't do anything to her shoulder and she just sorta has to get on with it.
But that was not what I told her after just doing a little short movement assessment, I could definitely see something was wrong with her shoulder. There was definitely a difference between her right and her left shoulder. We set up a time to dive a little bit deeper and to find out the root cause of what was happening with her shoulder. At the evaluation, we had our answer and we had a game plan. The following sessions with me, she has had some hands-on treatments. I was able to help move and stretch her shoulder to improve her motion. I give her some homework, but not too much because of course she's a busy mom. Like I said, she's got kids between five and 10. they're busy at that age. We were able to talk about her office setup. We were able to talk about how she was sleeping and all the things, all the irritants. What's happening when she's putting away her dishes? We were able to problem solve through all of those things. Now we're done with therapy. Hallelujah. I know she's probably super excited. I'm fun and all, but you know, everybody's excited when they don't have to come anymore. She is back to her favorite aerobics class with her arms as high up as she can get them without having to worry. She is not being slowed down when doing her dishes. She is not being slowed down at work. So all of that fear and anxiety that she was dealing with, because everything's just taking so much longer than it should have. Making her feel like she was doing something wrong. All of that is gone. She's feeling 100% better and she's very excited.
If this is the type of care that you're looking for, feel free to contact me. I have several ways that you can get a hold of me. One is the discovery session that I was talking about with Christina; if you don't know what, if anything is gonna be able to help you with your situation, sign up for a discovery session. We're gonna sit down for 20 minutes and we're going to talk about what your concerns are, what are what's actually happening and whether or not physical therapy or me is right for you. Maybe you need a different physical therapist. But we're going to sit down and we're going to talk about what's happening with you specifically so that we can get you the best help.
Second, if you're kind of in a situation where you just want to know how you can treat your shoulder on your own, I have a free ebook. And in that ebook, I give my best tips for how to start healing that shoulder problem at your house. You can pick either one that works best for you. I do hope to hear from you if this is the type of problem that you're having. And have a great day.
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Dr. Molly McDonald