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Empty Can Test for Shoulder Impingement

The Empty Can Test (aka Jobe's Test) is used to determine a shoulder impingement or a supraspinatus tear. The test can yield both false positives & false negatives, so use it in combination with other diagnostic tools.

The patient can sit or stand for the empty can test. The patient's arm should be elevated to 90 degrees in the scapular plane (about 45 degrees), with the elbow extended, full internal rotation, and pronation of the forearm. Then you push down on the arm. A positive sign is pain and/or the patient can’t hold their arm up.

The test can also be positive for other shoulder issues including shoulder bursitis, tendonitis, or even a labral tear.

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How to Use a TENS / EMS Unit for Ankle Pain

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A TENS / EMS Unit can be a great tool for helping to reduce and relieve ankle pain. Here are some pad placements to help relieve different types of ankle pain.

Some common ankle injuries that may benefit from a TENS/EMS unit include things like Achilles bursitis, sprains, strains, heel pain, bone spurs, tendonitis, ankle impingement, and general arthritis.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is used to help reduce pain and increase circulation. Basically the vibration of the TENS follows the same pathway as the pain pathway to the brain and helps cancel it out. It is a great alternative to pain medication. A TENS uses two or four electrodes with cross currents to surround the area. The deep vibration/massage helps relax the muscles and allow for healing. You should not get a muscle contraction when using TENS.

EMS (Electrical Muscle Stimulation) is designed to treat more of the muscle area than the nerves. It helps activate the muscles to help healing, and regain strength in that muscle. EMS is uncomfortable, and you should get a contraction with this. To help with elbow strengthening, placing the electrodes over the wrist extensor muscles is a great option.

Healthmate Forever has a wide variety of TENS/EMS Units and pads. The unit I'm using in this video is the T24AB.

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7 Best Pelvic Stabilization Exercises (Moderate)

Pelvic stabilization exercises are a great way to strengthening the hip, pelvis, and your general core area. These may also help for things like SI joint dysfunction.

If you’ve already mastered my beginner pelvic stabilization exercises, these are a great next step. Some of exercises are similar, but adding another component to make it a little harder.

The first exercise is a single leg bridge. These are great for your gluteus maximus and hamstrings.

Next is a clamshell with your feet lifted off the ground. These are great for your gluteus medius muscles as well as your hip rotators.

Then there is a side plank with a leg lift and the side fire hydrant. These are great for your core muscles, glutes, and your hip abductors.

Standing side steps with a band can be great for your glutes and your balance muscles.

The final two on a step are hip hikes and hip circles. This is an overall great workout for all your glutes, especially the glut med, and your balancer muscles as well.

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How to Use a TENS Unit for Hip Pain

Sponsored Content: This video contains paid product placement. Thank you to Healthmate Forever for sponsoring this video and providing Doctor Jo with a free NTS8 TENS Unit to use. If you purchase a product from these links/ads, Doctor Jo will receive a commission.

Click here and use code DRJO to get 10% OFF a Helthmate Forever TENS/EMS Unit!

A TENS Unit can be a great tool for helping to reduce and relieve hip pain. Here are some pad placements to relieve different types of hip pain. 

Some common hip injuries that may benefit from a TENS/EMS unit include things like bursitis, tendonitis, labral tears, hip impingement (FAI), hip replacements (THA), and general arthritis.

TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is used to help reduce pain and increase circulation. Basically the vibration of the TENS follows the same pathway as the pain pathway to the brain and helps cancel it out. It is a great alternative to pain medication. A TENS uses two or four electrodes with cross currents to surround the area. The deep vibration/massage helps relax the muscles and allow for healing. You should not get a muscle contraction when using TENS.

Healthmate Forever has a wide variety of TENS/EMS Units and pads. The unit I'm using in this video is the NTS8.

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10 Best Hip Stretches for Hip Pain Relief

10 Best Hip Strengthening Exercises to Relieve Hip Pain

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