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It’s Time To Feel Like A Winner! SHOULDER, ELBOW&WRIST PAIN

There are plenty of ways in which the common tasks of 21st-century life put the body under a great deal of stress. Sedentary lifestyles put additional stress on your body, which could result in pain in crucial joints like your shoulders, elbows and yes, even your wrists. Elbow, wrist and shoulder injuries are especially common as a result of workplace injury and overuse. While it is sometimes possible to take action to prevent an injury from developing, it is especially important to be able to recognize when an injury develops and to understand ways that you can combat that injury by identifying what may have caused the pain to develop in the first place.

Common issues that can lead to shoulder, wrist and elbow pain include: • Issues with poor posture • Carpal tunnel syndrome, which can develop from overuse of the wrist and regular, repetitive motions, such as typing • Heavy lifting • Athletic injuries • Muscle sprain • Muscle strain • Dislocation or hyperextension of the joints

If you want to return to a pain-free, active lifestyle, contact us today to schedule an appointment at 810-695-0750.

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inevitable truth — that you need to find a solution for the problem that is causing you pain. Physical therapy is the ideal tool for support in this regard. Working with a physical therapist will provide you with an opportunity to understand what movements may be causing further discomfort, and can help you to strengthen the surrounding muscles while improving range of motion, which together will likely alleviate some of the pain associated with your injury. Don’t assume that pain in your elbows, wrists or shoulders will go away on its own. It is more common for the pain to worsen, and compensating for the pain by overusing the opposite arm can cause further injury to develop. For support with learning how to manage the pain, and to learn exercises and techniques that can help you overcome the injury and restore proper strength and functionality to your shoulders, wrists and elbows, contact your physical therapist.

One of the biggest concerns regarding pain in the wrist, elbow and shoulder is that it is difficult to impossible to actually allow these parts of the body time to rest. Every movement and action requires these body parts — and when the pain develops in both arms, as it often does, treating the pain becomes even more complicated. It is impossible to care for your basic needs without involving your shoulder or wrist, let alone get through a day at the office. This is why so many issues regarding pain in the wrists, elbows and shoulders typically become chronic. Since it is difficult to allow these body parts time to properly rest, they continue being overused and the pain can actually worsen. Treating Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain. Addressing the pain early on is the best way to prevent an issue from becoming chronic. Turning to medication and braces for pain management is not a long-term solution and will only push off the

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I am seeing results! “I unfortunately had a very bad experience with both a chiropractor and massage therapist. Between the two of them, my muscles and nerves became inflamed in my neck, shoulders and head. The doctor sent me to a pain specialist where I received two nerve blocks. Unfortunately, this did not work either. I was in excruciating pain with limited mobility until my doctor sent me to see Ralph. The first night that he treated me, I saw some relief through needling. I have been seeing Ralph for 3 ½ months now and have seen dramatic changes with my nerves and muscles. Ralph took the time to listen and explain what was going on with my body. Through needling, cupping, exercise, and massage, I am seeing results. I am not quite there yet, but I am getting there. Thank you Ralph for caring and helping me.” – David P.

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At Global Physical Therapy & Spine Specialists, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

It’s time to get Global Physical Therapy & Spine Specialists if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

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VEGGIE HUMMUS ROLLS

INGREDIENTS • 2 vegan whole wheat wraps • 1/2 cup diced red peppers • 1/2 cup diced yellow pepper • 1/2 cup diced red cabbage • 2 large carrots, peeled

• 6 - 8 tbsp. no-oil, low-salt hummus • 2 tbsp. raw sunflower seeds (or your choice of raw seeds)

DIRECTIONS Heat wraps for 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave. Spread each wrap with 3 to 4 tbsp of no-oil hummus (depending on the diameter of your wrap). Divide veggies and sprinkle on top of the hummus on each wrap. Make sure to stop your veggies about 2 inches down from the edge of the tortillas (this will help the wraps seal up better). Starting on the opposite end, roll upwards tightly and press down to seal. Eat as whole wraps or cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces to make sushi-like rolls.

Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to relieve shoulder pain...

WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Lying on your back and holding a wand, palms face down on both sides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead. Repeat 5 times.

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The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.

DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION TO START PHYSICAL THERAPY? No, you don’t. Although we see many patients sent directly by their physician, in the state of Michigan, a licensed physical therapist may begin the physical therapy process by performing a full physical therapy evaluation. We will verify benefits for you so that you can get started right away.

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