Cervical Radiculopathy Part 3 - Physiotherapy Treatment

The third and final blog for this series covers the treatment modalities available for cervical radiculopathy. It is important to consider what the goals of your treatment are and how you are going to implement strategies to improve both the health and the movement of the nerve. 

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Cervical Radiculopathy Part 1 - Clinical Presentation

This is the first of a three part series on cervical radiculopathy. Cervical radiculopathy occurs when the cervical nerve roots are compressed resulting in pain, paraesthesia, and weakness into the upper extremity. The first step in making this clinical diagnosis is understanding dermatomal pain patterns indicative of nerve root pain. 

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Shoulder Symptom Modification Procedure - picking the right shoulders to treat

This week we take a look at one more approach to assessing shoulders, the Shoulder Symptom Modification Procedure. It was developed by internationally acclaimed Physiotherapist Dr Jeremy Lewis and it links beautifully with the previous shoulder blogs, providing a more holistic assessment for the painful shoulder. The SSMP helps identify those suitable for conservative treatment and directs our initial rehabilitation approach. 

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Scapula rehabilitation - which exercise to choose?

This blog compares different approaches for scapula rehabilitation. It has been interesting reading about the research which explores which exercises promote certain muscles around the scapula. This blog also introduces a contrasting approach, which focussing on retraining upward rotation rather than isolated muscle strengthening. While the focus has been on scapula dyskinesis relating to shoulder impingement, the principles in this blog are generalisable to some extent to many shoulder problems. 

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The role of the scapula in Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: part 2

Part 2 of the shoulder impingement series is an entire blog dedicated to looking at the finer detail of normal functioning of the scapula and then applying this knowledge to scapula assessment and diagnosis of scapula dyskinesis. Before we can move onto rehabilitation pathways, you first need to try decipher what we see. 

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