Blue Ridge PT: Shoulder, elbow & wrist pain

Exciting Changes & Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body OPEN HOUSE

For those of you who are presently attending therapy here, you may have noticed some changes we are going through. Some of you have already started giving us ideas and we love them. For those of you who haven’t been here in a while, we are preparing for a big celebration!! It has been almost 16 years that we have been at this site and we thought it was time for a facelift. We have just finished our logo contest and are putting the votes together. Many projects are going on right now. We are painting. We are putting in new flooring. We are changing up the rooms. And we are upgrading our signs. We even have some new staff!! We appreciate all our past, present, and future patients and look forward to treating you in our “new” environment. On October 20, 2018, we plan to celebrate our 16th Anniversary with an open house. We would love to have you come to see our new design and enjoy snacks, beverages, and good conversation.

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

No Longer Have To Look Over Your Shoulders For Discomfort! SHOULDER, ELBOWANDWRIST PAIN

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• Get A Handle On Wrist, Elbow & Shoulder Pain • Relieve Shoulder Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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It’s time to say goodbye to elbow, wrist and shoulder pain once and for all. Identifying the cause of your pain and taking steps to combat ill habits that may be contributing to your discomfort can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Wave goodbye to pain in your hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders with targeted techniques from your experienced physical therapists. What is Causing the Pain? Think about the tasks that make up the majority of your day-to-day life. It is often said that life in the 21st century is way easier on the body than life during any other time in human history — and it’s true that there is a fair amount of evidence to support this idea. Rather than spending all of your days working in a factory or on a farm, the vast majority of Americans work indoors, often at a computer for a predetermined number of hours week after week. But this new lifestyle isn’t exactly harmless for the body, either. 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 frequently contribute to weight gain, which increases your risk for a long list of obesity-related diseases. This puts additional

stress on your body, which could result in pain in crucial joints like your shoulders, elbows and yes, even your wrists. But even aside from that, there are a lot of potential issues that your body can face as a result of sedentary behavior in the workplace — including shoulder, elbow and wrist pain. 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

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GET A HANDLE ON WRIST, ELBOW& SHOULDER PAIN

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 regording 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 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 us today.

Call us today at 423-262-0020 to schedule an appointment!

DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

Relieve Shoulder Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing shoulder pain.

WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Lyingonyourbackandholdingawand,palms facedownonbothsides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead. Repeat 3 times. Strengthens Shoulders www.simpleset.net

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

It’s time to go to Blue Ridge Physical Therapy 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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ARE YOUR CHILDREN CARRYING THEIR BELONGINGS CORRECTLY? BACKPACK SAFETY

Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students Aching backs and shoulders? Tingling arms? Weakened muscles? Stooped posture? Does your child have these symptoms after wearing a heavy school backpack? Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain. Parents can take steps to help children load and wear backpacks the correct way to avoid health problems. Loading the backpack: • A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10% of his or her body weight. This means a student weighing 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a loaded school backpack heavier than about 10 pounds. • Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back (the back of the pack). • Arrange books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack. • Check what your child carries to school and brings home. Make sure the items are necessary for the day’s activities. • If the backpack is too heavy or tightly packed, your child can hand carry a book or other item outside the pack. • If the backpack is too heavy on a regular basis, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it. Wearing the backpack: • Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. Wearing a pack slung over one shoulder can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort. • Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have

many blood vessels and nerves that can cause pain and tingling in the neck, arms, and hands when too much pressure is applied. • Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the child’s back. A pack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backwards and strain muscles. • Wear the waist belt if the backpack has one. This helps distribute the pack’s weight more evenly. • The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back. It should never rest more than four inches below the child’s waistline. • School backpacks come in different sizes for different ages. Choose the right size pack for your child as well as one with enough room for necessary school items. • Only put items in your backpack that you need for the day.

Attention Joint Pain Sufferers!

Patient Success Spotlight

“ When I came to Blue Ridge Physical Therapy, I had a lot of stiffness in my left wrist due to having surgery and wearing a brace for so long. I was very pleased with the therapy I received. I gradually began to gain back strength and mobility. The staff were all very friendly. When you left each time, you felt likeyouhadaveryprofitable workout. I would gladly recommend Blue Ridge Physical Therapy to anyone.” – Emily G. Began to gain back strength!

Do You Have Difficulty With Joint Pain?

• Decrease your pain • Increase your strength • Increase your activity level • Increase your flexibility • Improve your health • Get back to living We can help:

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