Take Control of your Shoulder pain with Help from  Britt Zink Physical Therapy Services

At Britt Zink Physical Therapy Services we know that shoulder pain can take a serious toll on your daily life and can lead to many sleepless nights. If you are seeking relief from shoulder pain, we can help.

Britt Zink is a certified McKenzie MDT Physical Therapist who will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the root cause of your pain. Britt will partner with you to develop a treatment plan to provide you with pain relief so you can get back to the activities you love without medications, injections or surgery.

Shoulder problems

Shoulder problems

Shoulder pain is one of the most common problems affecting the joints and muscles after neck and back pain. At some point during our lives may of us suffer from pain or stiffness in the shoulder region, or pain originating in the shoulder joint that radiates into the upper arm.

These problems frequently persist or recur, with what is estimated to be 50% of people still have pain and problems up to a year or more after the onset of their shoulder pain. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that more than 4 million people in the USA seek medical attention each year for shoulder pain, and it accounts for 1.5 million clinic visits to orthopedic surgeons.

Shoulder pain and problems are often described in different ways, including impingement syndrome, tendonitis, rotator cuff injury or tear, frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis, bursitis, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease/DJD, degenerative osteoarthritis.

The shoulder is a very complex joint and even experts disagree as to the precise generator of pain in this region. With its close proximity to the neck, often what is deemed "shoulder pain" actually originates in the neck. Many use X-rays, MRIs and ultrasounds for their differential diagnosis only to still be unsure of the precise origin of the pain. Radiological studies do not typically tell the full story and do not give an exact account of the site or the severity of the injury, thus making treatment strategies even more uncertain.

At Britt Zink Physical Therapy Services, we see patients who before coming to our clinic, have been repeatedly "labeled" with a "diagnosis" which then further clouded the clinical judgement of the treating clinicians. These patients have been grouped by diagnosis instead of undergoing a thorough mechanical examination.

This is how our clinic is different: each patient undergoes a thorough mechanical evaluation which then guides the treatment approach rather than patients being siloed with a treatment protocol based on their "diagnosis."

How Shoulder Pain affects Us

Shoulder pain affects people in different ways. Shoulder pain can be intermittent, with days or times of day when no pain is felt. The pain and associated symptoms may come on for no apparent reason and may disappear just as mysteriously. At other times, pain and symptoms may come up only with specific movements of the arm such as occurs with dressing, washing and combing your hair, reaching up into a cupboard, reaching back to fasten your seatbelt or reaching into your back pocket. Aches and pains may also occur constantly and disturbs sleep.

As the condition becomes more chronic, these aches and pains and other symptoms may become constant and individuals struggle to find something that will give them relief. When dealing with constant pain, people may avoid recreational and leisure activities that they enjoy, miss work, may undergo expensive (and often, unnecessary) radiological imaging studies, injections, and take medication to relieve their pain; only to find that the pain does not go away and keeps recurring. This pain often makes their daily lives absolutely miserable and they avoid activities in order to keep their pain at a tolerable level. Even worse, they struggle to get a good night of sleep and with lack of sleep, their symptoms during the day worsen.

If you have suffered symptoms like this, you may have already discovered that these symptoms can last for months or even years. You probably have tried treatments that give you temporary relief (adjustments, ultrasound, cupping, electrical stimulation, massage, ice, heat, dry needling, acupuncture, etc) that may give you some relief for a short period of time, but rarely give you any lasting relief. Your symptoms keep recurring and you long to find something that will give you lasting relief once and for all. The reason your symptoms keep recurring is because these temporary treatments do not address the CAUSE of your pain and do nothing to prevent if from recurring again.

You may also have seen another therapist or healthcare provider who gave you a generic sheet of exercises to do for your shoulder based on your "diagnosis" but they didn't take you through a thorough mechanical exam. You may have tried these exercises and found these to be of some benefit but often stretching and strengthening alone does not get rid of your shoulder pain. It is important to have an awareness of how you move and position your arm during the day can significantly contribute to your shoulder pain.

Wouldn't it be nice to finally get to the ROOT CAUSE of your pain, be shown techniques and exercises that will not only relieve your pain, but prevent it from coming back? How good would it be to learn how to apply treatment to yourself that you could perform in the privacy of your own home to decrease your pain and prevent it from coming back?

It has been demonstrated repeatedly that patients need a rational explanation of their condition. They need education in postures, activities, and exercises that allow them to remain pain free. They need advice from a specialist on how to avoid detrimental forces encountered in our daily lives and how to apply beneficial strategies. All of these things can be found at Britt Zink Physical Therapy Services!

Wondering if we could help you with your shoulder pain?

Wondering if we could help you with your shoulder pain?

  1. Are there periods in the day when you have no pain? Even 10 minutes?
  2. Do you only have pain when you move your arm and shoulder?
  3. Are you generally better with your arm at your side and supported across your body?
  4. Are you generally worse during or after prolonged periods of holding your arms in a raised position such as driving, painting, welding, hedge trimming, etc.?
  5. Is your pain produced or made worse when you lie on your affected shoulder?
  6. Is the pain confined to areas above the elbow?
  7. If you have pain in the upper or lower arm, does it sometimes stop completely even though you may still have pain in the shoulder?
  8. Have you had several episodes of shoulder pain over the past months or year?
  9. Is your shoulder pain-free between episodes?
  10. Are you able to move your arm freely in all directions without pain between episodes?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, there is great chance you can benefit from the treatment strategies offered by Britt Zink at our clinic.

Self-treatment strategies are the ultimate goal, but hands-on manual techniques may be necessary initially to assist with your recovery. It is recommended that you undergo a thorough comprehensive examination and evaluation by our own McKenzie MDT certified therapist, Britt Zink.

McKenzie Method: How it works

McKenzie MDT is a comprehensive, evidence-based system of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and prevention strategies aimed at patient education and independence. It is known to provide results for patients in the first 2-3 visits. It is founded on sound clinical reasoning for individualized plans of care. Cost-efficient treatment minimizing the need for expensive tests or procedures: no needles, no injections, no surgeries.

Step 1: Active Examination: Listening to the patient's detailed history and with the patient's active involvement using repeated postures and movements during the unique MDT examination process, Britt Zink establishes a clear direction with a solid baseline to develop anindividualized plan of care.

Step 2: Dynamic Diagnosis: The patient will be prescribed specific exercises and given guidance for appropriate postures and behaviors to adopt or temporarily avoid outside of the clinic. Britt Zink can quickly re-evaluate your symptoms and range of motion changes to maintain the treatment course or modify the plan of care. This may include hands-on manual techniques as needed to assist in your recovery.

Step 3: Reliable intervention: By learning how to self-treat your current condition, you gain knowledge to minimize the risk of recurrence and you are empowered with knowledge and techniques to deal with your symptoms should they ever recur.

Prevention is the ultimate goal- YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR PAIN!


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