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Everything You Need to Know About Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain

Everything You Need to Know About Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain

Muscle imbalances are one of the leading problems related to shoulder pain. Quite often patients come into our Layton physical therapy office with shoulder pain related issues. We have found dry needling therapy for shoulder pain to be an effective treatment method. Identifying what is behind the shoulder pain allows our experts to create long-term treatments that will allow patients to find relief.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is common in the U.S. as we see patients come in with long-term shoulder pain quite often. Unfortunately we find that over 67% of patients will experience some type of shoulder pain throughout their lifetime. Pain caused from an accident, pain caused by improper posture, pain caused just by sleeping the wrong way can all be related to your problems with muscle aches. The shoulder is one area in the body that is connected to several other areas. The shoulder moves freely in several different directions. The mobility of the shoulder is what does leave it vulnerable to pain. Wear and tear from everyday use is one of the leading factors causing shoulder pain.

Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain

Imbalance of the muscles is one of the most common causes of limited mobility of the shoulder. We refer to pain of this type as “functional shoulder pain.” When you have inefficient shoulder function, it is easy to have muscles around the shoulder start hurting. The shoulder muscles can become overactive and can begin cramping. Other muscles then become inhibited and weaker. Having the imbalance of muscle function will cause trigger points to develop. We then use dry needling treatment to target the trigger points, which causes them to be stimulated and eventually release, letting go of the tension and pain. The imbalance of muscle function will place more stress on the shoulder joints, back, and neck.

What Does Shoulder Pain Feel Like?

Limited mobility and a dull ache are the two most common symptoms of shoulder pain. Painful knots around the shoulder and the shoulder blade are other common symptoms. While resting the shoulder can decrease pain, it is not always a treatment that is doable with today’s busy world. As soon as a patient gets into their normal activities, they often see the pain return. Prolonged muscle pain can lead to degenerative joint pain and postural changes.

How Dry Needling Treatment Works

Using a small filament needle, we gently insert it into the trigger point. The goal is to cause the trigger point to be stimulated to allow the myofascial trigger point to release. Producing this twitch from the knot will result in relaxation of the shoulder muscle pain. Patients will be able to find relief from pain and an increase in mobility of the shoulder. Using additional treatments, we are able to help patients find a way to receive long-term results and improve their overall shoulder mobility and function. To learn more about dry needling therapy for shoulder pain, or to schedule a consultation with our experts, contact our physical therapy office in Layton or Mountain Green today!


Common Cheerleading Injuries

cheerleading injuriesThere are roughly 3.5 million cheerleaders in the United States and approximately 16,000 emergency room visits yearly due to injuries related to cheerleading. March is National Cheerleading Safety Month and our team at Layton Physical Therapy is here to help prevent long-term injuries. Cheerleading injuries are often found to be more severe from other sports due to the amount of force and pressure on the wrists, head, neck, shoulders, ankles, and knees.

Ankle Sprains

The most common injury related to cheerleading is an ankle injury. Typically the ankle injuries are caused by landing on the outside of the foot and twisting the ankle inward. It is common to see injuries to the bone and ligaments following an ankle injury. We can diagnose and treat the various ankle injuries to provide long-term relief.

Knee Injury

A knee injury often occurs after landing awkwardly from jumps. ACL tears are the most common injuries to the knee from cheerleading. We recommend seeing our physical therapist in Layton prior to surgery as we may be able to provide treatments to speed up the healing time following ACL surgery.

Wrist Injury

An injury to the wrist often occurs because cheerleaders use outstretched hands to brace their fall. Wrist tendonitis is a common long-term side-effect from cheerleading wrist injuries. Dry needling is an effective way to reduce pain and improve range of motion to a wrist following an injury.

Head Injury

Concussions are common when a cheerleader’s head hits the ground following a fall. Brain injuries are serious and need timely treatment to reduce long-term problems. Sometimes the injuries will lead to additional issues such as neck pain, shoulder pain, and back pain.

Call Layton Physical Therapy for Cheerleading Injuries

Many cheerleaders deal with inflammation of the joints, which can be treated in our Layton physical therapy office. We have experience dealing with a variety of injuries by offering dry needling and several other services designed to decrease pain, improve range of motion, and improve mobility. Contact our office for more information about cheerleading injuries, and how to prevent serious injuries.



Why Go to a Physical Therapist Before a Chiropractor

physical therapy vs chiropractic careWe often hear people claim physical therapy is the same as chiropractic treatment.  While both professionals deal with the treatment of pain and injury, the methods used and training of the physical therapist and chiropractor are drastically different. At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we focus on identifying the most effective treatments for pain and inflammation. Our goal is to identify the treatments that work for your body and accelerate healing time.

Specializing in Soft Tissue Injuries

Physical therapists are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue injuries. We often work with soft tissue injuries related to the muscles, ligaments, fibrous tissue, tendons, nerves, fascia, blood vessels, and synovial membranes. Soft tissue injuries can occur from something as simple as failing to stretch before a workout to something more extreme. Soft tissue injuries commonly occur when you have an unexpected or uncontrolled movement, such as tripping while walking upstairs and injuring an ankle.

When you are dealing with a soft tissue injury, it is common to feel immediate pain or delayed swelling. Typically patients will have stiffness within 24-48 hours following the injury. The recovery time from a soft tissue injury varies based on the extent of the injury and the treatment plan you are following. In the majority of cases a grade 1 soft tissue injury normally recovers in about two weeks. A grade 2 injury can take upwards of four weeks. We recommend visiting our physical therapy office in Layton for additional information related to your injury. Our experts will work with you to determine the extent of the injury and figure out how to accelerate healing time to get you back to doing the activities you love.

Treatment of Soft Tissue Injuries

We use Dry Needling and a variety of techniques to effectively treat soft tissue injuries. We want to ensure you receive the best possible treatment for your injury. Physical therapy is designed to speed up the process for an injury and prevent long-term care and potential surgery needs. Our experts will discuss the best method with you regarding active rest, total immobility, and other needs for soft tissue rehabilitation. Having gentle, controlled motion and exercise is the best way to stimulate the overall healing process and prevent additional damage.

The use of specific manual therapy techniques is commonly used to restore motion to the impacted area. We will provide other treatments to reduce swelling and manage inflammation. Dry Needling is commonly used by our physical therapist to aid in managing pain, reducing inflammation, and restoring normal range of motion. In addition to a restorative treatment program, we will discuss at-home techniques you can do to aid in the healing process. Our goal is to restore the muscles ability to respond and move properly within the body.

What Chiropractors Provide

Chiropractors are different from physical therapists as they focus on adjustments and various techniques that may be able to reduce the pain in your body and assist in helping you move more freely. However, when it comes to long-term pain relief, chiropractors do not provide the same services you will receive from a physical therapist. Normally a chiropractic treatment can help patients feel good for a day or two, but often have the stiffness and pain return in a day or two. Without proper treatment for the injury sustained, the healing process will not work effectively. At Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, we focus on helping your body return to its pre-injury status and help you become capable of withstanding the day-to-day forces you face in your life.


How to Manage Crossfit Injuries

Crossfit InjuriesHave you been struggling to overcome crossfit injuries? We often see patients come into our Layton Physical Therapy office after a major crossfit injury. The problem often lies with several factors from the way in which a person is handling the injury to the way the body responds to an injury. Crossfit workouts are designed to be intense and they are going to push your body more than you have seen in the past. How you respond to those injuries will do a lot for you in the recovery process. Fortunately we see a lot of Crossfit injuries, and we have some tips on how you can manage them so you can get back to the game of life!

Understanding Crossfit

The first thing you need to do is understand what Crossfit is, and how it can help you get into shape. Crossfit is designed to create a comprehensive workout program based on aerobics, strength training, core building, and balancing exercises. The core of the program is made up with variation, meaning you should not be performing the same workout more than once a week. The majority of people will spend 60 minutes performing Crossfit exercises a day or at least five days a week.

Common Crossfit Injuries

The second thing you need to know about Crossfit is that it does come with a handful of injuries. We often see people in our physical therapy office after they have injured something after exercising. Usually the individual will have an intense strain or sprain. Other people can end up with serious back pain and performance problems related to Crossfit injuries. Here are some of the most common injuries we see when people come in with Crossfit problems:

  1. Tennis Elbow – This is one of the top injuries related to Crossfit. Tennis elbow often occurs after repetitive strain. We can treat tennis elbow without the need for surgery. Correct stretching and treatments will aid in improving problems with tennis elbow.
  2. Achilles Tendinitis – If you are experiencing Achilles tendinitis pain, you need to call our Layton physical therapy office immediately. We often see patients in the office after they have performed a few too many high jumps. Here are some of the most common ankle treatments we implement following Achilles strains and sprains.
  3. Rotator Cuff Tendinitis – While Crossfit patients tend to be on the list for rotator cuff problems, we often see middle age and senior patients. We will evaluate the extent of your injury to determine the best treatments. Dry Needling is one of our most popular treatments that has been able to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Physical Therapy Treatment for Crossfit Injuries

The best thing you can do after dealing with a Crossfit injury is to call Layton Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. Our team is here to help you on your way to preventing future injuries and to help you on the road to recovery.


What is Cupping Therapy?

cupping therapy Did you notice along with many other viewers of the 2016 Olympics the welts that decorated Michael Phelps upper back and shoulders? Many viewers along with the media were enthralled by the red circles that looked to be the size of tennis balls. Those welts came about because of a cupping a technique used by physical therapists to invigorate blood flow to specific areas of the body. Thanks to Michael Phelps, this therapy has become trendy, however the practice has been around dating back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures.

History of Cupping

Cupping is a method of healing developed over time. This form of healing began with hollowed out horns of an animal that would siphon any toxins that came from snake bites or skin lesions. It evolved from animal horns to bamboo cups that were then eventually replaced by glass. There are records dating back to 28 AD that shows the Chinese believe that acupuncture and cupping would cure half the ills of life.  The Chinese deeply believed that cupping was a way of providing a defense for a body’s immune system.

The Egypitians also employed the cupping practice and used it for vertigo, menstruation, fever, pain, weakened appetite and imbalances. The practice became widespread from Egypt throughout the centuries than moved in to Europe and eventually to America.

Methods of Cupping Therapy

Even though cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine, the practice continues to be improved and implemented. The different kinds of cupping therapy are:

  • Wet
  • Dry

At our physical therapy office in Layton, we perform the dry cupping method. We use alcohol because of its level of flammability and get a small flame on the glass cup. As the flame burns out we put the cup on your skin upside down as to induce suction to your skin as the air inside the cup cools. Your body will react to this and your skin will become red and will rise because your blood vessels are espanding. In our practice, we leave the cup standing in place for 3 minutes.


Recovering From Auto Accident Injuries

car accident injuries laytonHave you been injured in a car accident? Physical therapy is one of the best treatments to consider if you have been injured and want to restore your body to its proper state. The body is a complex system of muscles and bones and there is not always a single treatment that will help everyone. When you visit our Layton office for auto accident treatment, we will discuss the injuries you sustained and will establish goals to bring your body back to its correct state. Here are some of the treatments we like to use when dealing with patients injured in auto accidents.

Common Injuries After a Car Accident

We treat a number of patients for car accident cases. Quite often we treat patients for the following auto accident injuries:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arm pain
  • Leg pain
  • Ankle pain

The injuries will vary from patient to patient, which is why we have so many different treatments available to ensure you are given the best treatments for your injuries.

Treatments for Car Accident Injuries

When you visit Layton Physical Therapy, we will start with an evaluation to determine the extent of your injuries. Our goal is to find the problems so we can find the best solution! We want to bring you back to the game of life by restoring function, mobility, and reducing pain. Some of the treatments we prefer include the following:

  • Custom treatment plan- the customized treatment plan will include a variety of stretching and physical therapy treatments designed around your body and your injury. We will discuss the mobility that you need to have in the region where you have sustained an injury, and we will focus on finding physical therapy treatments that work.
  • Dry Needling – this is one of our favorite treatments as it helps to penetrate deeply into the muscle tissue where you are experiencing pain.
  • Cupping- for patients looking for ways to improve range of motion, we recommend using cupping as it helps to relax the muscles and break up tissue that is hindering your movements.

For additional information about treatments for car accident injuries, contact Layton Physical Therapy today!


Using Physical Therapy to Prevent Summer Injuries

prevent summer injuriesPhysical therapy is one of the best treatment methods to help patients before or after surgery, but did you know it can be used to prevent injuries? Now that summer is in full-swing, we are seeing patient after patient with a variety of injuries from hiking, biking, swimming, golf, running, and just enjoying the outdoors. Physical therapy treatments offer an effective way to prevent some serious aches and pains and improve or restore range of motion and flexibility.

Our Layton Physical Therapy office is designed around our patient’s needs. We often deal with patients coming to avoid surgery, or hoping to improve range of motion and mobility. Our goal is to not only meet your goal but to exceed it. In the summer we often see an increase in ankle sprains, back injuries, and more. Using a variety of techniques and strengthening programs, we are able to reduce pain and break down scar tissue.

Preventing Summer Injuries

We love patients that are looking for ways to enjoy their active lifestyles, but we always recommend you play smart! Simple things like stretching before you slalom ski or wakeboard can prevent you from straining your back and shoulders. Learning how to prevent injuries is the best way to focus on staying fit and enjoying your summer. If you have mobility issues, we can help. Schedule a consultation and we will evaluate your current range of motion to determine the best stretching and treatment method to improve your health.

Stretching the Muscles

The best way to prepare your body is to focus on stretching and gradually introducing your body to vigorous activity. If you tend to be sedentary, suddenly getting up and running a 5K can place some major strain on your muscles. Taking a few minutes to do some stretches will allow the muscles to loosen and warm up before you do put it to work playing this summer.

Wear the Right Clothing

Another reason why people become injured is due to their clothing. If you want to go out for a run, wear loose fitted clothing that allows the muscles to breathe. Your shoes play a critical role in your ability to participate in your favorite summer sports. Check on the tread of your shoes and ensure they do have plenty of wear left in them.

Know the Terrain

Hikers often come into our office with wrist strains, knee pain, and ankle injuries. The majority of patients will trip or slip when they are hiking. While you will not be able to prevent all of the injuries that can occur when hiking due to the terrain, you can focus on watching your step! Watching your step can help you stay balanced and could keep you from a serious hiking injury.

Have you already been injured this summer? Layton Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine is here to help! Our physical therapy team will show you the proper stretches you need to help your muscles heal more quickly. Our goal is to help you get back to the game of life and enjoy the rest of the summer pain free!


Common Biking Injuries and How to Prevent Them

biking injuries We often have patients come in with serious injuries from biking accidents, strain, and general wear and tear on the muscles. Physical therapy is often associated with recovery and rehabilitation, but we work with many clients to prevent injuries and enhance performance.  If you are training for a marathon bike race, contact our Layton physical therapy office before your race so we can assist in preparing your body for the tough road ahead.

Common Bicycling Injuries

Our patients come in with a variety of bicycling injuries from knee pain to neck pain. We can provide treatment plans for all styles of injuries related to overuse, bicycling accidents, and performance enhancement. Here are some of the common bicycling injuries we frequently treat:

  • Knee pain – front knee pain is common and normally caused from having the saddle too low, or using your quadriceps muscles too much. If your quadriceps are stronger than your hamstrings, it can easily cause a problem with your knees.
  • Back pain – it’s common to see athletes dealing with back pain during biking as they are hunched over. Back pain normally increases when there is a problem with the handlebars being too short or too long.
  • Neck pain – neck pain is normally related to problems with the handlebar positions or the saddle position.
  • Hamstring pain – normally this occurs when the saddle is too high
  • Numbness in the hands – if you experience numbness in the hands, check your brake levers as they could be improperly positioned.

Preventing Bicycling Injuries

If your saddle is not level, it can lead to a number of different pains. Try moving your seat forward or backward to ensure you are not suffering from low back pain. The handlebars need to be adjusted if you do notice aches throughout the body. You don’t want to be reaching too far forward to grasp the handlebars and you want to ensure proper function of the muscles when biking.

Why Choose Layton Physical Therapy?

There are all types of sports-related injuries that require personalized patient treatment plans. We not only provide individual treatment, but we understand the biomechanics of your sport. We will discuss the types of treatments we will use to prevent injuries, or the methods we will use to treat your injury. Our practice is movement-based, which means we focus on understanding how you are moving both on and off your bicycle.

Overuse is one of the most common sources of pain because it is movement driven. By assessing how you move on the bike, we can make simple adjustments to your body, allowing you to perform at your maximum potential. If you have become injured due to overuse, we will evaluate the best treatment that will strengthen the area and prevent additional overuse.

We look at the whole body when we are creating a patient treatment plan. We understand that the whole body has an impact on the way it moves during competition or even leisure biking. We want to understand the root cause of the dysfunction. Our systematic treatment will address the true cause of pain so that it doesn’t come back.

Setting Goals

Our staff will provide you with a clear set of goals for addressing the dysfunction and understand performance issues that are causing additional problems. Goals often range from range of motion, mobility, stretching, strength training, and activation. Together we will set realistic expectations around your recovery and performance enhancements.


Car Accident Physical Therapy

car accident physical therapy Have you been injured in an auto accident? Car accident injuries can hamper your ability to feel good about your life. However, with the right physical therapy services, you can easily overcome a number of ailments and get back to living your life. We provide car accident physical therapy services designed to reduce swelling, manage pain, and bring you back to your best following surgery and injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

Common Physical Therapy Treatments for Car Accidents

Injuries from a car accident are painful, stressful, and can make it difficult to perform routine tasks. The pain from injuries often progresses over time and makes it challenging to get through the day without medication and other temporary pain-relief symptoms. If you want to avoid pain medications and surgery, Layton Physical Therapy can help! Research shows that there are several benefits to initiating physical therapy care within 96 hours of a car accident. The sooner you get into our office, the faster we will be able to determine the best care options for your health.

How Physical Therapy Helps Treat Pain after Motor Vehicle Accidents

At Layton Physical Therapy, we focus on not only treating your pain, but identifying the best course of action to relieve and prevent additional pain. Our therapists have training in the latest treatments for pain relief including dry needling. Our team will gather information about the severity of the accident, discuss the types of treatments you are receiving, and create a personalized patient treatment program to assist with your healing. We use a combination of exercises, treatments, and modalities to improve your health and strengthen your body. There are a number of treatment methods used for car accident injuries including:

  • Acute treatments –these treatments include manual therapies that focus on light pumping exercises and other hands-on techniques.
  • Long term treatments – based on the severity of the injury, we may recommend using long-term treatments including manual therapies and strengthening exercises designed to reduce pain and strengthen the body.

Whiplash Treatment

If you are suffering from whiplash from a motor vehicle accident, we can help! Our team uses a number of active treatments designed to reduce pain and inflammation in the neck and back. We often find neck rotation and posture control are two areas that assist in reducing neck pain. Layton Physical Therapy uses other active treatments that will strengthen the neck and improve the way you feel. Call us immediately to start treatment for whiplash injuries as there is a small window of time for us to help prevent long-term issues.

Long Term Car Accident Injuries

Some people will not experience pain after a car accident, but eventually notice pain developing in other areas of the body. We can diagnose where there may be acute pain symptoms and identify the source and provide an effective treatment.

Why You Need Physical Therapy after a Car Accident

If you need surgery after a car accident, your body will start to alter the way it works to compensate for the injured area. It is important to work on physical therapy treatments as soon as possible to prevent long-term changes to the function and movement of the muscles and joints. Physical therapy after a car accident can help to reduce or eliminate the following:

  • Back pain
  • Whiplash
  • Headaches related to muscle tension

Our goal is to improve function and modality of your body after a car accident. Call our office to discuss your car accident case and schedule an appointment for treatment today.


Common Ski and Snowboard Injuries

ski and snowboard injuriesSki and snowboard season is officially here and while it brings a lot of fun, it can also bring a lot of pain to some people! Winter sport injuries are common due to the speed and nature of the sport. Skiing and snowboarding do have some similarities, but the injuries sustained from both sports are different. Skiiers tend to focus on balance, flexibility, speed, and strength. Snowboarders tend to have the same but they move their bodies completely different from a skier, which leads to different injuries. Here are some of the most common ski and snowboard injuries we treat.

Knee Injuries

We see a lot of skiiers end up with knee injuries, especially those skiiers that love to do moguls. Skiiers have a lot of injuries in the knees and lower extremities as they twist the upper leg one way and the lower leg rotates the other way. Tears in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are the most common knee injuries that occur for skiiers.

Snowboarders can have problems with knees, but they typically do not end up with ACL tears. Since snowboarders are always pointing the knee in the same position, it keeps it from twisting too much and the upper extremities tend to be the area that takes the impact.

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Wrist Fractures

Snowboarders often come in with wrist sprains and wrist fractures because they fall on their hands. We also see snowboarders come in with shoulder and head injuries since their upper body tends to take the majority of the punishment when snowboarding.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Both skiiers and snowboarders can end up with rotator cuff injuries. Strengthening programs combined with dry needling and other treatments can assist in reducing pain, swelling, and inflammation. Patients with rotator cuff injuries are normally those that go off jumps or attempt to perform risky maneuvers and tricks.

While these may be the most common ski and snowboarding injuries, we have seen a variety of others including:

  • Broken collarbones
  • Broken tailbones
  • Concussion
  • Neck strain
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Finger fractures
  • Wrist tendonitis
  • Herniated discs
  • Muscle strains of the back

What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured?

If you have broken or dislocated something, seek out medical attention immediately. If you have a mild strain or sprain, call our office for a consultation. We will sit down with you to evaluate the severity of your case and determine the best treatment plan. Soon after the injury occurs, it is best to use ice three or four times a day to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling.

Layton Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine deals with all types of athletes and their injuries. We can assist in creating a long-term treatment program to prevent future injuries. If you have a mild sprain or strain, we can help you prevent surgery through effective techniques. Our team also works with patients before surgery to help strengthen the area and speed up the recovery time following surgery. Call our Layton physical therapy office to schedule a consultation for your specific injury.

Preventing Skiing and Snowboarding Injuries

We recommend all patients follow the proper procedure when skiing and snowboarding. Invest in some safety gear including a helmet. If you are a skier or snowboarder that likes to perform tricks or jumps, consider using wrist and elbow guards to help break the impact when you do fall. Learning the mechanics of how to perform particular tricks can help you from twisting the body in the wrong way, which leads to problems with knee strain and possibly ACL tears.

Keep in mind that skiing and snowboarding are two completely different sports. If you are switching from one to the other, your technique is different. Great skiiers don’t always make great snowboarders right away as your mechanics are completely different. It is important to pace yourself and go slowly until you learn the right body mechanics. Consider a skiing or snowboarding lesson from a qualified instructor to help you learn as it will make your visit enjoyable, and prevent you from serious injuries.