The Shoulder Guy Gives “OutBack” A Crack?

My wife and I had thought about it before but never really had the chance to make it happen. The timing and opportunity just never seemed to fit quite right. So we waited… And then we plain forgot about it and moved on with our lives. But it just so happens another opportunity presented itself again at the end of last year (2022). A chance at something Big, New and Different. So we gave it a crack… well at least my wife did. Nervous, yet quietly confident, my wife sat an interview for an Executive Director role. And sometimes when … Continue reading

Is Shoulder Physio Delivered Via Telehealth Just As Good As Face to Face?

Australian shoulder physiotherapist, Luke Van Every aka The Shoulder Guy is one of the first to embrace online shoulder physio via telehealth

Patient Outcomes Are Just As Good… There is a growing body of research evidence suggesting online physiotherapy produces patient outcomes that are just as good as face-to-face physiotherapy consultations. Are you kidding me? No, not at all… As a patient, you want results, right? Does it really matter how that gets delivered? A comprehensive video consultation is just as effective as face to face when targeted to delivering what you need and want. For example, you may need reassurance, education, the right advice and exercises to perform following your shoulder surgery? It’s not all about hands-on, you know? In fact, … Continue reading

Are You Looking At Significantly Improving Your Shoulder Pain, Strength & Mobility?

Okay, it’s probably a stupid question… But of course you are or you would not be here in the first place looking for answers to your single most important shoulder question. I’d love to know what that is… I’s also like to know, what happened today in particular that made you sit down and start searching? How hard has it been to find an easy answer? The right solution, tailor made just for you… I’d hazard a guess, you might be more confused then ever. I’m sure you’ve plenty of questions left unanswered… Why does my shoulder hurt? Is this … Continue reading

8 Killer Questions To Ask Your Shoulder Surgeon

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In just 2 minutes you’ll discover the “8 Killer Questions You Must Ask Your Shoulder Surgeon BEFORE You Go Under The Knife”. The first thing you need to decide, is whether you actually do need surgery… Because research suggests that physiotherapy is just as effective. At a fraction of the cost… With less risk… In about the same time. Shoulder research also suggests that “surgically observed cuff integrity was not strongly correlated with the shoulder’s comfort or function”. While surgeons seek to improve the integrity of the rotator cuff through repair… “factors other than cuff integrity” seem to influence the … Continue reading

11 Mind Blowing Facts About Your Shoulder Pain

Watch this 3-minute video and rediscover your amazing powers of resilience in the face of shoulder pain… #1. Pain is an alarm which is meant to protect you. Alarms want you to do something! #2. Pain is poorly related to tissue damage. It’s okay to have a few ‘grey hairs’ on the inside as well… Most rotator cuff tears could be considered normal ageing. Imaging cannot tell us where the pain is coming from… #3. Pain is more about ‘sensitivity’ than damage. Pain is often a poor guide to what’s wrong, where and how bad is it? When shoulder pain … Continue reading

Are You Letting Your Shoulder Niggle Become A Nightmare?

It amazes me how long most patient’s report that they have been putting up with their shoulder pain while at the same time resting, avoiding usual activities, becoming less confident in their capacity and increasingly fearful about what arm use and movement might mean for them. I commonly hear from concerned patients that – “I’m afraid of doing further damage.” Yet most painful and weak shoulders, are just that. De-conditioned, neglected, weak…but still expected to perform at a high level, overhead, in the gym and at work. Increasingly, I find a growing gap between the activity demands being placed upon … Continue reading

Do You Make These Mistakes In The Gym?

I have a saying…”Movement IS Medicine!”But movement is not always intuitive. Yes, we are built to move but “Moving Well” is not always the outcome of more movement. Every year, Exercise & Sports Science Australia promote an “Exercise Right” public awareness campaign to promote both “The Benefits of Exercise” and Accredited Exercise Physiologists as the go to professionals for exercise prescription and delivery. Research suggests that exercise should be the cornerstone of both preventative and therapeutic health interventions. What If Everything You’ve Ever Been Told About Exercise & Strength Training Was Wrong?The only problem I have with the promotion of … Continue reading

Considering An Alternative to Subacromial Decompression Surgery?

You’d think that if you had been recommended shoulder surgery for subacromial ‘impingement’ pain that it would prove to be of superior benefit over and above all other treatment options. Makes sense, right? I mean, you’d think so wouldn’t you? But does it? Does surgery provide superior outcomes to specific shoulder physiotherapy for subacromial ‘impingement’ pain? Well, let’s see what the evidence that is freely available suggests… You’ll have to excuse my lack of Australian patient data but to illustrate my point I am using data from the NHS in the England. In the 2001, there were 2523 subacromial decompressions … Continue reading

10 Reasons Why You Should Choose The Shoulder Guy!

Here they are: More than 9679 documented shoulder treatments since 2005. I Practice What I Preach So YOU BENEFIT From My Mistakes You’ll Get 13 Years Shoulder Physio EXPERIENCE At Your Disposal You’ll Talk And I’ll Listen You’ll Get A CLEAR Understanding Of Your SPECIFIC Problem You’ll Get A UNIQUE NO B.S. Perspective On YOUR Shoulder And Overall HEALTH You’ll Get IMMEDIATE RESULTS From Day 1 You’ll Get ACCESS To My UNIQUE REHAB SYSTEM – “Shoulder Rehab Secrets” You’ll Save Time & Money (Some Tell Me They’ve Wasted Thousands of Dollars Elsewhere). If I Cannot FIX It Or Tell You … Continue reading

Are You A Tradie At Risk Of Shoulder Injury?

A large majority of your time is spent at work. It just so happens that some workplaces are more dangerous or have the potential for increased risk of injury. Every year Tradies National Health Month in August recognises the fact that “tradies” like you often work hard and heavy most days but do very little for themselves in terms of maintaining their health or reducing their risk of potential injury. The shoulder is particularly susceptible to workplace injury and quite often these injuries are significant and result in lasting disability. Think about your situation for just a moment… Are You … Continue reading

Does Your Shoulder Snap, Crackle or Pop?

Your shoulder is a highly mobile, technical and complex yet efficient machine. Most of us are blissfully unaware of this, thank god. I’m guessing then that the only reason you’d be reading this post is because you’re concerned that something is now wrong with yours? A shoulder dislocation that tears the soft tissue labrum or fractures the bony glenoid socket as a result, is a common reason for recurrent shoulder pain. Have you heard or felt your shoulder painfully snap, crackle and pop out of place? You May Have An Uncontrolled Shoulder Joint? This picture demonstrates a shoulder that is … Continue reading

Is Your Subacromial Bursitis Keeping You Up At Night?

Subacromial (shoulder) bursitis is a common reason for shoulder pain and often associated with other shoulder pathology e.g. rotator cuff tendinopathy, subacromial impingement and shoulder instability. Put simply, bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. There are approximately 8-12 bursa in and around the shoulder with the subacromial, sub-deltoid, subcoracoid and subscapular bursae being the most commonly irritated and referred to in the literature. The normal function of the bursae is to act like the oil in the engine of your car; lubricating and protecting moving parts. Usually we are blissfully unaware of their existence (the oil and the bursa) until … Continue reading

It’s Not All About Your Shoulder

Shoulder dysfunction spares neither young nor old, and the problem shoulder presents in a multitude of circumstances ranging from the result of a rugby tackle to an arthritic or frozen shoulder. While research guided manual therapy techniques and specific exercises are invaluable resources for the physiotherapist, nothing offers more guidance for a treatment approach than an understanding of functional movement, in my opinion. For example, a golf swing is not purely a movement of the shoulder. The swing is created and starts from the transmission of ground reaction forces through the lower limb, pelvis and trunk, through the scapula and … Continue reading

Is Your Physio Unwittingly Making Your Shoulder Pain Worse?

If I was you I’d forget about watching this video because the statistics aren’t in your favour. Just pick up the phone or book online now to get started on solving your shoulder pain problem. Because as you’ll see, if you decide to watch the video, getting a clear diagnosis and an effective treatment plan is essential to your success. In this video you’ll find: 00:15 — Population data on shoulder pain 00:35 — Shoulder pain gets the bronze medal 01:00 — The most common shoulder diagnoses in general practice 01:35 — The stats aren’t good…you’re in for the long … Continue reading

The Little Known Benefits Of Incidental Exercise

How much physical activity are you doing each week? As a nation we are not doing so well… In fact, most of us do not come anywhere near the expected activity levels for health… highlighted in this 2016 epidemiological study of the total physical activity and strength exercise behaviour of 9345 Australians. The study concluded that… “The large majority of Australian adults do not meet the full physical activity guidelines and/or reported excessive sedentary behaviours.” Only 18.6% met the strength training guidelines… This begs the question…“are we becoming less active and chronically underloaded as a nation?” What should you do … Continue reading