• Getting to the Heart o...
    In this issue of Healthy Living, the focus is on Eisenhower’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence — a fitting topic to start the New Year as many of us make resolutions to improve our fitness. The... click for more
  • 11th Annual Community ...
    February is Heart Month and a great time to educate oneself about heart health. For Coachella Valley residents, the Community Heart and Stroke Conference — presented by Eisenhower Smilow Heart Center and Eisenhower Desert Cardiology Center — is the perfect opportunity to do just that!

    The 11th Annual Community Heart Conference will be held Saturday, February 1 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower. The popular annual event focuses on the prevention and symptoms of heart disease and stroke as well as the latest treatments for those living with cardiovascular issues. Attendees should be 18 years of age or older. Reservations are not required. click for more

  • Eisenhower Medical Cen...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has again received full accreditation as a chest pain center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Originally accredited in 2006 and then in 2009,... click for more
  • How to Live a Long, Sw...
    Zorba Paster, MD, Professor of Fam ily Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and host of the popular National Public Radio show On Your Health, will be the guest speaker at the... click for more
  • Celebrity Golf Invitat...
    The 26th annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, benefiting the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center for Abused Children, tees off February 20-22, 2014. Eagle Falls Golf Course and Fantasy Springs... click for more
  • 5 Things
    (1) Breathe, Long and Deep
    Practice long, deep breaths — at home, in your car, at work or anytime. The increased oxygen and slower pace will benefit your body and your mind.

    (2) Find a New Recipe
    Surprise your family and your taste buds — find a new healthy recipe to make for dinner

    (3) Visit Your Local Library
    Plan to spend a couple of hours exploring your favorite book aisles or consider choosing a topic you’ve never read!   click for more
  • Cheeky’s No Ordinary M...
    It may sound cheeky , but the worst thing about this Palm Springs eatery is the menu. After all, when everything sounds this enticing, how can you possibly decide what to order?

    Will you have the rainbow chard frittata with fried eggplant wheels? Or maybe you’re more interested in the pumpkin bread pudding French toast. How about the braised short rib hash with crispy skillet Yukon golds and sunny eggs?

    And that’s just breakfast. Flip the menu over, and you’ll see dozens of lunch options, each one more mouthwatering than the last. No wonder Vogue magazine visited Cheeky’s and declared, “Its menu means business.” click for more

  • Watercolor Painting
    Imagine a quiet place — a sturdy table, a comfortable chair, a tablet of thick paper, brushes and a palette of bright colors. You have cleared your schedule, turned your electronic devices off and all that remains is creative possibility and the rhythm of steady breathing. You are ready to begin.

    Painting is one of the best ways to be present — to be in the moment. Think of it as something as important as exercise. Carve out a few hours each week, during your morning, your evening or on the weekend. You might even schedule a weekly date with your brushes and paper. click for more

  • Sunnylands
    For decades, desert dwellers have wondered what lies beyond the pink walls of Sunnylands, the private estate of Walter and Leonore Annenberg. The sprawling, 200-acre Rancho Mirage property has been... click for more

The Complexities of the Rotator Cuff

Simple strengthening exercises can be done at home

Every year thousands of Americans are stricken with shoulder pain due to an injury involving the rotator cuff. Whether you are an athlete, weekend warrior or even if you enjoy a more sedentary lifestyle, you might be one of those afflicted with rotator cuff pain.

The shoulder complex is considered a ball-and-socket joint that allows the shoulder to move in all directions. (Compare this to a knee, for example, which is only a hinge joint.) The rotator cuff (often incorrectly referred to as a “rotor cup” or “rotary cuff”) is comprised of four muscles and the tendons needed to stabilize the shoulder during these movements.

A few reasons injuries can occur to the rotator cuff are trauma, overuse and structural changes that occur with age and predispose the shoulder to injury. To help prevent rotator cuff injuries, it is important to avoid overhead, repetitive activities such as lifting heavy items at work, exercising at the gym (shoulder press or posture (rounded shoulders) can also be problematic over time, causing unwanted pressure on the rotator cuff which may cause micro tearing.

The rotator cuff is no different than other muscles in the body and needs to be strengthened to stay in shape, whether it is preemptive, or post injury or surgery. Isolated exercises keep the muscles and tendons strong, stabilize the shoulder and limit the risk of injury. Exercises can also help improve posture by balancing muscles, thus avoiding rounded shoulders.

According to Patrick St. Pierre, MD, Director of Sports Medicine at Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center, “Most rotator cuff injuries are partial tears or what is called tendinosis. Injury to the tendon and the associated bursitis is what causes the pain. Pain control and proper rehabilitation is very successful in treating these injuries and in most cases, surgery can be avoided.” Talk with your physician or physical therapist to determine the specific exercises that would be right for you. Based on your age, activities, history and any current symptoms, a program can be tailored to match your needs.

Rotator cuff strengthening exercises may be done at home. Common household items can be used such as a soup can or water bottle and a Thera-Band® can be purchased on the Internet. For more information about specific exercises, work with your physician and physical therapist to determine the most optimal exercise regimen. Perform ten repetitions of each exercise at a frequency of three times per week. It is important to let your muscles recover. A day of rest between exercise sessions is recommended.

We brush our teeth at least twice a day to keep them healthy and reduce the risk of disease. Exercising your shoulder has the same proven effect — so get moving!