Low Back Pain Relief In Metro Detroit!

by cshafer, August 2, 2016

If you have ever experienced low back pain in your life time, there is good news! Some studies that looked at when degeneration begins to occur in the human body cite that it could occur as early as the mid 20s. Essentially that means that degeneration is not an evil word, and that things like a […]


Should I Use Ice?

by cshafer, July 27, 2016

Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. We have all heard that when we have any type of injury, ankle sprain, neck pain, etc. that we should use ice. But why? I have many patients that come into my clinic with some type of pain and they often tell me that they have been icing for a long […]


Pain or Discomfort?

by cshafer, July 12, 2016

Is there a difference between pain & discomfort? The answer is absolutely there is a difference. The most common reason that a patient visits a physical therapist or any other medical professional is for the big P word (pain). But what is pain & what is discomfort and how do we tell the difference and […]


“Did He Just Say I am Faking My Pain”: Pt. 2 of 2

by cshafer, June 28, 2016

Welcome back to the rabbit hole as describe in part 1 of this 2 part blog post. If you missed part one you can check it out by clicking back into our general blog page. The previous post was the introduction to what pain science is and how it can be beneficial to both providers […]


“Did He Just Say I Am Faking My Pain?”-Pt. 1 of 2:

by cshafer, June 21, 2016

Pain science is the new buzz word in not only physical therapy, but in any field that works with patients on decreasing pain, increasing function, etc. But what is it really? The term pain science education is a very broad term that includes patient education, PT-patient interactions, guided imagery, mindfulness, etc. The list could go […]


Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, or Both? –Patient Case

by cshafer, June 14, 2016

Today’s case is in regards to a new patient that attended physical therapy with a report of shoulder pain. Subjective: The patient reported that both shoulders were in pain R>L, she presented with distal numbness most noted in her R-ring & pinkie finger. She reported that her pain began a few months ago and has […]


Low Back Pain & Exercise

by cshafer, June 7, 2016

Why does general exercise help low back pain? As physical therapists we are asked this question quite frequently and there are a number of different answers depending on the type of low back pain you have. In cases of what is classified as Non Specific Low Back Pain with the absence of leg pain or […]


Are Patients Hiding Something? -Patient Case

by cshafer, May 31, 2016

Are Patients Hiding Something? –Patient Case A 65 y/o male patient presented as a new patient with reports of bilateral foot numbness. Subjective: Patient reports that his feet began to feel weird overall about 2 years ago. He reported that his feet were not quite numb but that he couldn’t feel everything. The patient denied […]


Skate Your Way To Strength!

by cshafer, May 24, 2016

This is a short and sweet post about a great exercise that I call “skaters.” The great thing about this exercise is that it is simple, inexpensive, and can be progressed from a rehab prospective to a strength and conditioning perspective. You can find the exercise below: There are a great number of reasons to […]


Lower Extremity Strengthening

by cshafer, May 17, 2016

Looking for a great leg workout or lower extremity strengthening program? The squat is one of the best exercises for lower extremity as well as whole body strengthening. The squat is beneficial for the following reasons: –It is functional –It can be modified (Think easy-simple-functional-modified-complex-weighted) –We do it every day –It helps with back pain […]

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