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Help!!!

February 21, 2013

Bad day today; a lot of my clients have not been able to give a simple answer to a straight forward question. A Physio is only as good as the information provided. Simple questions like ‘Does it hurt now?’ requires a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer not ‘well it was hurting yesterday………………..but today, well I have taken painkillers this morning so it must have an effect etc……’. One more day like this to round off the week and I think I’ll need a pacifier of some sort!!

Physiotherapists ask questions to understand the behaviour of the pain being experienced. It also provides an understanding of how well the treatment has been effective; if the approach needs to be changed, be less intensive or indeed be more aggressive. So anybody out there about to see a Physio please just answer the question!

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  1. I just wanting to know if there is any exercises I can do when you have a 7.5 mm muscle tear in your shoulder just to help the healing process.

    • Hi
      Apologies for the delay in responding; I was enjoying my annual holiday!
      Muscle tears are like any other injury; the shoulder has many muscles of different fibre type, composition and function. Tears are graded between 1 to 3 with the latter being the most severe. Muscle tears in the shoulder also can be caused by different reasons such as impingement etc depending upon the age of the individual and generally appropriate advice requires an understanding of all these and several other factors. So in one way I can be confident in saying that there are appropriate exercises available but in order to give that advice there are too many unaswered questions and I am afraid this forum is not the appropriate place to seek answers to them. I do have an on-line consultation service at http://www.askaphysio.com but this is not a free service.

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