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How do SLAP Tears Occur: Mechanisms of Injury to the Superior Labrum

SLAP tears of the shoulder can occur for a variety of reasons, from a traumatic fall to wear-and-tear over time, to more specific injuries that we see in overhead athletes like baseball players.

But that’s a common question I here … Read more >

What Exactly Is a SLAP Tear? Top 5 Things You Need to Know About a Superior Labral Lesion

Superior Labral SLAP TearA SLAP tear is an injury to the superior part of the labrum in the shoulder.  The term SLAP stands for Superior Labral tear Anterior to Posterior.  This is a very common diagnosis for shoulder injuries.  There many different variations … Read more >

Shoulder Impingement – 3 Keys to Assessment and Treatment

Shoulder impingement really is a pretty broad term that most of us likely take for granted.  It has become such a junk term, such as “patellofemoral pain,” especially with physicians.  It seems as if any pain originated from … Read more >

Which is the Best Position to Immobilize the Shoulder After a Dislocation?

Immobilization is commonly performed after acute first time shoulder dislocations.  The goal of immobilization is to protect the shoulder and allow healing in an attempt to minimize recurrent instability down the road, which isn’t uncommon.

Unfortunately, once you dislocate your Read more >

Assessing for Lat and Teres Tightness with Overhead Shoulder Mobility

Limitations in overhead shoulder mobility are common and often a frequent source of nagging shoulder pain and decreased performance.  Any loss of shoulder elevation mobility can be an issue with both fitness enthusiasts and athletes.  Just look at all the … Read more >

A Simple Test for Scapular Dyskinesis You Must Use

A common part of my examinations includes assessing for abnormal scapular position and movement, which can simply be defined as scapular dyskinesis.  Scapular dyskinesis has long been theorized to predispose people to shoulder injuries, although the evidence has been conflicting.

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How to Know When to Push a Stiff and Painful Shoulder

If you have ever worked with someone with a stiff and painful shoulder, you know how challenging it can be to gain motion.  Regardless of if this is a postoperative shoulder, someone that gets tight from shoulder impingement, or … Read more >

4 Ways to Improve Overhead Shoulder Mobility

4 Ways to Improve Overhead Shoulder MobilityOne of the most common areas we attempt to improve in clients at Champion PT and Performance is overhead shoulder mobility.  If you really think about it, we don’t need full overhead shoulder mobility much during our daily lives.  So … Read more >