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Pain Between Your Shoulder Blades: Not a “Poking” Matter

In Neck Pain, Physical Therapy, Shoulder Pain by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

It can feel like squeezing, a dull ache, or like a hot poker getting driven into the area next to your shoulder blades.  It can make it hard to breathe, hard to back the car up in the driveway, or make sitting almost unbearable.  It’s effects are clear—but the cause isn’t so easy to determine.  As a physical therapist, I often see …

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Part III: What Do Airplane Crashes Have to Do with Unnecessary Surgeries?

In Back Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Physical Therapy, Shoulder Pain, Uncategorized by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

The New Healthcare: A 3 Part Series I’m sure you remember it, even now.  Earlier this year, a woman was sitting in her seat on a Southwest airliner, a model known as the CFM56, when the window she was seated next to suddenly burst open.  She died.  It was the first in-flight fatality in the 47-year history of Southwest Airlines.  …

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Part 2: Why Time Matters in Healthcare

In Back Pain, Headache, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Physical Therapy, Shoulder Pain by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

The New Healthcare: A 3 Part Series   Let me describe my last doctor’s visit. It was for what I thought was a trivial condition (I had a red patch of skin that hadn’t gone away for months) and so I went online and scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist.  I chose one that had signed a contract with my …

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What Everyone Should Know About Shoulder Pain

In Neck Pain, Physical Therapy, Shoulder Pain by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

If you’ve ever had shoulder pain, and I have, you know how it can ruin your day.  It can stop you from sleeping, brushing your teeth, showering, putting on clothes, drinking coffee, driving, working, exercising, and on again.  Shoulder pain is one of the most common things seen in physical therapy, but one that few people truly understand.  My hope …