Posts Tagged ‘rotator cuff’

Posts Tagged ‘rotator cuff’

Using Gratson Technique for soft tissue ailments By: Mike McLarnon D.C.

By PPSM Staff

Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy known as instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM).  Graston Technique instruments are made of stainless steel which are specifically designed and developed as an alternative to manual transverse friction massage.  These instruments help aid in diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue pathology and dysfunction by providing diagnostic tactile feedback to both the clinician and the patient. 

When we have an injury whether it is from repetitive use or trauma our body attempts to heal those areas by creating “scar tissue” or adhesions much like the scar that forms on the skin when injured.  As time progresses there can be a buildup of this fibrotic scar tissue in the soft tissues which leads to decreased function and pain because of the poor quality and lack of strength of the scar tissue as compared to healthy tissues.  Once these areas of scar tissue are treated with the Graston Technique and your body absorbs it pain will be reduced and function restored.  By further incorporating stretching, strengthening, ice, and rehabilitation your body will rebuild the soft tissue injury into healthy functioning tissue.

Graston Technique is clinically proven to achieve quicker and better outcomes in treating soft tissue ailments such as tendonitis/tendonosis, rotator cuff syndromes, shin splints, neck pain, back pain, and plantar fasciitis to name a few.  Treatments speed up recovery and rehabilitation time, reduces the need for anti-inflammatory medications, and helps patients get back to everyday activities in a relatively short time.  Historically, the Graston Technique has had positive outcomes in 75-90 percent of all conditions treated.

If you would like to learn more about how Graston Technique can help you get back in the game of life or for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our sports medicine experts, please call us at 609-588-8600 or email  We are centrally located in Lawrenceville, NJ, right off Rt 1 and about 1.5 miles from the Quaker Bridge Mall.  We serve the Mercer County area including Princeton, West Windsor, East Windsor and Hamilton. 

Rotator Cuff Injuries

By PPSM Staff

What is the rotator cuff?

Your rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and several tendons in your shoulder. These muscles form a cover around the head of the humerus which is the upper arm bone that runs from the shoulder to the elbow. These muscles and tendons work in the shoulder joint to keep the humerus from popping out. This makes the rotator cuff critical for stability as well as the range of motion of the shoulder.

Rotator Cuff - Performance Spine and Sports Medicine Lawrenceville NJWhat is a rotator cuff injury?

A rotator cuff injury includes any type of irritation or damage such as a tear, strain, or inflammation of your rotator cuff muscles or tendons.

Who is at risk?

Any one can get a rotator cuff injury. People who are older are at higher risks because of natural wear and tear of your muscles.

What causes rotator cuff injuries?

Possible causes of rotator cuff injuries include:

  • A single traumatic injury such as falling
  • Repetitive use: For example, baseball pitchers, swimmers, and tennis players are at high risks of rotator cuff injuries. Another example is pulling your seatbelt strap although this action would be more like to lead to rotator cuff injury in an older person.
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • Natural deterioration of muscles
  • Posture


  • Pain and tenderness in your shoulder especially when lifting the arm
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Loss of shoulder range of motion

Treatment Options

  • Cold Laser
  • Kinesio tape
  • Exercise
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Surgery
  • Ice or heat
  • Yoga