Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
The approach at Sarasota Sports Medicine is to address not only the pain you are experiencing, but to correct and stabilize the underlying imbalances present in an injury. For shoulder conditions, we often utilize the powerful combination of Prolotherapy and Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy to stimulate the body's natural immune response and improve blood supply to bring fresh, new oxygenated blood to the damaged tissues. The Laser Therapy also helps to control inflammation and decreases pain. This therapy is non-invasive and is completely painless. Treatments are only a few minutes in length. Depending on the injury, pain relief can be felt in as little as one visit. However, six to ten treatments are often recommended.
Prolotherapy is a well-established regenerative approach to heal tendon and ligament injuries. Unlike cortisone injections that only treat the symptoms of an injury and inhibit the proper healing of tissues, Prolotherapy works with the natural regenerative power of the body to stimulate and strengthen damaged or weak ligaments, tendons and joints.
For addressing the underlying soft tissue imbalances present in nearly every shoulder injury we apply Kinesio tape to the shoulder to encourage normal posture and movement. Most of the time, patients will have a forward roll of the shoulders which places the shoulder in a weak position. When applied correctly, Kinesio tape will correct for that weakened position and encourage a more normal posture. The tape will typically stay on for three to five days depending on your physical activity. You can bathe and get the tape wet. You will simply pat the tape with a towel and let air dry. Several applications of the tape may be necessary until your shoulder strength can be restored.
Corrective Exercise Rehabilitation
Finally, corrective exercises are necessary to strengthen and stabilize the shoulder joint. These exercises target the rotator cuff and associated muscles responsible for providing proper stabilization and movement. Current research suggests that for the best outcome, a corrective exercise program should be performed three times per week for eight weeks. These exercises can be performed one-on-one with Dr. Kaufman and you will receive instructions for use at home.
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If you have been suffering from shoulder pain, contact Sarasota Sports Medicine today to schedule an evaluation and treatment.