Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my video demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. If you have a question, just ask! Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

Posterior Apprehension Test for the Shoulder

The posterior apprehension test is used to detect a poster dislocation or instability of the shoulder. A positive test doesn’t always mean there is a dislocation, and a negative doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t one.

To perform the posterior apprehension test, have the patient lie down in supine. Flex the shoulder to 90 degrees while stabilizing the scapula with the other hand. Apply a posterior force on the patient’s elbow. Then horizontally adduct and medially rotate the arm. A positive test is pain or apprehension.

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5 Best Ways to Improve Your Posture

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Want to improve your posture? Here are some simple things you can do. Having bad posture can cause pain in your neck, shoulders, back, and our whole body.

First is a chin tuck. This is a great way to not only strengthen your neck muscles, but also correct your posture. Second is a scapular or shoulder squeeze. This helps strengthen the thoracic muscles and help prevent your shoulders from rolling forward.

Another way to improve posture is by using a posture correcting brace like the one from 4th & 1 that I feature in this video. They are designed to retrain the muscles and help prevent fatigue, but they should not be used long term. The 4th & 1 brace is fully adjustable and comfortable as well. It also comes with a 100% money back guarantee.

The fourth method is a row. Using a resistive band will help strengthen the thoracic muscles even more when you are ready. Finally a chest or pectoralis stretch is a great way to open up your chest and help prevent your shoulders from rolling forward.

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Shoulder Apprehension Test

The Apprehension Test, or the crank test, is generally used to check for a shoulder dislocation or shoulder instability in the anterior direction.

To perform the shoulder apprehension test, have your patient lie down, and bring their arm into 90 degrees of abduction and the elbow at 90 degrees as well. Slowly rotate their shoulder into external rotation. If the patient shows apprehension, that is a positive test.  Pain can indicate other things going on in the shoulder. Pushing downward on the glenohurmeral joint when doing the test again can be done to see if the pain or apprehension decreases.

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Prone Same Side Arm Leg Lift for Core & Back Strengthening

The prone same side arm leg raise is a great exercise to help strengthen your core and back.

To perform the Prone Same Side Arm Leg Raise:

  1. Lie on your stomach with your arms straight out in front of you. Slowly lift one arm and one leg on the same side.  

  2. Slowly come back down. Repeat with the other side.

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7 Best Flat Feet Treatments

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Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, can cause a lot of problems in our feet, knees, and hips. Usually there is a little bit of space underneath our feet where the arch is, but when the arch falls, there is no more space and it changes the mechanics of our gait. These flat feet treatments should help.

The first treatment is to roll out the fascia underneath the foot. This is the plantar fascia. It often gets tight and irritated with fallen arches.

Next is an arch lift exercise. You can do this sitting or standing, and it does a great job of exercising and strengthening the muscles in the arch.

Another great treatment is using insoles to help put your foot in a neutral position and protect the arch. The folks at Tread Labs sent me their semi-custom insoles for flat feet, and they have 4 different arch sizes to help provide universal support. The insoles feature medical-grade arch support to maintain alignment and foot position, and the molded supports have a lifetime guarantee.

Now you will do a towel crunch. This is also a great way to strengthen and help prevent fallen arches.

The anterior and posterior tibialis help hold up the arches in our feet. When they are weak, it can make our arches fall. The windshield wiper exercise will help strengthen these muscles.

The final two are standing up. Using a step or curb for the plantar fascia stretch, not only stretches the plantar fascia, but it also stretches the calf muscles. The final exercise is a heel lift. Make sure to go slow and controlled to make the muscles work.

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