Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff

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Dog Ear Publishing, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 89 pages
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Treat your own rotator cuff? Who needs to worry about that? According to the medical research, a lot of people. The rotator cuff, a group of four, flat tendons that connect to the critical muscles that stabilize your shoulder, can cause a lot more problems than you might think. Consider a few of these statistics from the published literature: .It's simply just a matter of time until the majority of shoulders get a rotator cuff tear. According to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans, approximately 4% of people under forty years of age have a torn rotator cuff. After age sixty, however, 54% of people have one (Sher 1995). .Once the rotator cuff gets torn, it doesn't look good either. One study followed a group of patients with tears in their rotator cuffs and found that 80% of the them went on to either enlarge or turn into full thickness tears-in less than a two-year period (Yamanaka 1994). As you can tell, rotator cuff problems aren't just for elite athletes. Seriously consider investing just a few minutes a week doing the simple exercises in this book if you: .have been diagnosed with either a partial or full thickness rotator cuff tear (yes, many studies show that even full thickness tears can be helped with exercise ) .experience shoulder pain .do upper body weight lifting .have a job or play a sport where you do a lot of work with your arms above shoulder level .have been diagnosed with "impingement syndrome" .want a healthy and properly functioning rotator cuff So whether you already suffer from a rotator cuff problem, or simply want to prevent one, Treat Your Own Rotator Cuff will guide you step-by-step through an evidence-based program that can iron-plate your shoulders in just minutes a week. Jim Johnson, P.T., is a physical therapist who has spent over fifteen years treating both inpatients and outpatients with a wide range of pain and mobility problems. He has written many books based completely on published research and controlled trials including The Multifidus Back Pain Solution, Treat Your Own Knees, The No-Beach, No-Zone, No-Nonsense Weight Loss Plan: A Pocket Guide to What Works, and The Sixty-Second Motivator. His books have been translated into other languages and thousands of copies have been sold worldwide. Besides working full-time as a clinician in a large teaching hospital and writing books, Jim Johnson is a certified Clinical Instructor by the American Physical Therapy Association and enjoys teaching physical therapy students from all over the United States.

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What Exactly Is a Rotator Cuff?
The Many Shoulder Problems This Book Can Help You Solve
The Exercises
Beginning Intermediate and Advanced Routines
Measure Your Progress

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Page 83 - Tears of the rotator cuff of the shoulder associated with pathological changes in the acromion.
Page 86 - The influence of scapular retraction and protraction on the width of the subacromial space. An MRI study.
Page 85 - Alterations in shoulder kinematics and associated muscle activity in people with symptoms of shoulder impingement.
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Page 83 - JP, er al. Exercises versus arthroscopic decompression in patients with subacromial impingement: a randomized, controlled study in 90 cases with a one year follow up. Ann Rheum Dis 2005;64:760-764.
Page 85 - Muscle Activity and Coordination in the Normal Shoulder. An Electromyographic Study.
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Jim Johnson is a licensed physical therapist with over fifteen years of research, teaching, and clinical experience with chronic back pain patients. Currently he is an instructor in physical therapy at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA.

Scott D. Boden, MD, is director of the Emory Spine Center and associate professor of orthopedic Surgery at Emory University Hospital in Decatur, GA. He is the deputy editor of The Spine Journal.

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