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The long head of biceps tendon and superior labrum can get a hard time in throwing athletes and patients that fall on their arm or shoulder. This can result in long head of biceps tendon pathology or SLAP tears, and cause ongoing shoulder pain.

A lot of our shoulder tests are non-specific, and are unable to identify particular structures that are irritated or painful in the shoulder. In the case of the long head of biceps (LHB) tendon and slap tears, there are a few useful tests that in combination with a good history can help you identify when the structures are involved in your patient's shoulder pain.

In episode 77 of the Physio Edge podcast, Jo Gibson, Shoulder Specialist Physio and David Pope discuss anterior shoulder pain, LHB pathology and SLAP tears. You will discover:

  • Anatomy of the long head of biceps tendon and superior labrum
  • Why the anatomy is important, and may be different to what you learnt at university around the biceps tendon and bicipital groove
  • The clinical presentation and relevant history of patients with SLAP lesions and LHB tendon pathology
  • Which patients are more likely to get SLAP tears following trauma
  • Special tests that may help you identify LHB pathology and SLAP tears
  • What information imaging gives us
  • When to request imaging for your shoulder pain patients
  • Different groups of patients that develop LHB pathology
  • Rehabilitation of LHB tendon pathology and SLAP tears
  • When to specifically target the LHB tendon, and when to target the surrounding structures for best results
  • Other areas to consider in your rehab beyond the shoulder
  • How the kinetic chain can impact shoulder pain
  • How someone's hop distance can influence their shoulder pain
  • How to start treatment of someone with an irritable LHB tendon
  • Important education components to include in your treatment
  • Time frames - How long do these injuries take to recover?
  • Which patients are suitable for surgical management?
  • Different types of surgery for LHB tendon pathology
  • Which SLAP tear patients should have conservative treatment?
  • How suprascapular nerve involvement can present following traumatic shoulder injury, and how to identify patients with suprascapular nerve compression

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There are a lot of myths around footwear, and your patients with running injuries will often blame an "incorrect shoe" choice for their injury, or believe that getting the "right shoe" will help resolve an injury. Are running shoes the cause of, and solution to running injuries?

What advice should you give your patients when they ask that inevitable question "Do you think I need to get new shoes?", closely followed by "What shoe do you think I should run in?"

In Physio Edge podcast episode 76 with Tom Goom, you will also discover:

  • What footwear should your runners and injured runners wear?
  • Footwear questions you need to ask your running injury patients
  • Does footwear change gait patterns?
  • Can footwear contribute to injury?
  • What footwear may contribute to or help in your treatment of Achilles tendinopathy
  • What is heel-toe drop and how is this important?
  • Does footwear affect ground reaction forces, and how does this relate to bone stress injuries and plantar fasciopathy?
  • Is minimalist or barefoot running helpful or harmful?
  • Can runners safely transition to barefoot or minimalist running?
  • Is footwear the key to resolving running injuries?
  • Shoe prescription
  • Recommendations when buying new shoes
  • Footwear considerations for specific pathologies
  • When should runners change their shoes?

If you would love to get better results with running injuries, the podcast handout contains the key take-home messages for you. You can download it here.

To complement this podcast and improve your treatment of runners, Tom Goom and I have created three awesome free Achilles tendinopathy rehab videos. This is a series of three evidence-based videos to help you master Achilles treatment. CLICK HERE to get your free access to these videos

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