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Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist Pain Where Is It Coming From?
Give Chronic Pain the Cold Shoulder It’s time to say goodbye to shoulder, elbow, and wrist 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. An assessment by an experienced physical therapist is the first step to wave goodbye to pain in your hands, shoulders, elbows and wrists for good. 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. In addition, your posture while sitting at the computer for this extended period of time places additional strain on the muscles and joints of the shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Not only will the associated aches and pains make computer work more challenging, your other day-to-day activities can be affected as well. A proper consultation with a physical therapist will help to determine which movements, postures, and activities may be negatively affecting the health of your shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Many times, simple adjustments to a workstation or improving posture while sitting at the computer can significantly reduce your overall pain levels. Coupling these techniques with targeted exercises for the arms can do wonders to return you to your normal lifestyle.
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3. If further assessment is
1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to a therapist.
2. The therapist will tell you the possible causes of your pain as well as precautions you can take at home.
warranted, the therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.
Handling Your Pain
Staff Spotlight Brian Murphy
Brian received his Associates degree in Exercise Science and Wellness from Montgomery County Community College. He is a certified Personal Trainer through the American Council of Exercise (ACE) and is continuing his education. Brian has a personal interest in physical therapy and rehabilitation as the result of a serious wrist injury that required extensive surgery followed by a rehabilitation program. Brian enjoys spending time with friends and family and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. He enjoys playing basketball, working out at the gym, and spending time with his German Shepard Bella. He has a large sneaker collection and is a food enthusiast. He also devotes time to training youth with special needs.
One of the biggest concerns in treating pain in the shoulder, elbow, and wrist is that every movement and action requires their use, so it seems difficult, if not impossible, to allow them to heal. When the pain develops in both arms, as it often does, treating the pain becomes even more complicated. As painful shoulders, elbows, and wrists continue to be used for every movement, the pain can worsen and the condition becomes chronic. 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 delay the inevitable — that you need to find the root cause of your pain. Physical therapy is the ideal tool for support in this regard. A physical therapist will help you understand what movements may be causing your discomfort, and can offer treatment, as well as help you to strengthen the surrounding muscles while improving range of motion. Don’t assume that pain in your shoulders, elbows, or wrists will go away on its own. It is more common for the pain to worsen, and compensating for the pain in one arm 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, elbows, and wrists, contact your physical therapist.
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Before you can treat your shoulder, elbow or wrist pain, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a physical therapist can help.
13 Steps To A Better You
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1. Eat nutritionally high density vegetables and fruits.
2. Exercise 2 to 5 times per week , if possible outside. Walk 30 minutes daily.
3. Use turmeric, garlic, ginger and drink green tea.
4. Take probiotics, digestive enzyme, omega 3 oils, and vitamin D3 daily.
I can not begin to express how wonderful my experience has been at this physical therapy facility. As a long time clinical nurse, I have had a few occasions over the years in which I needed physical therapy. Because I have had experience not only at hospital based physical therapy facilities, as well as the popular chain PT’s, I can honestly say, none have compared to Polishuk PT in Springhouse. I discovered them through a “word of mouth” recommendation. There are several reasons why they excel over the others in the area. The facility itself is roomy, comfortable, and clean. There are multiple private exam rooms. But mostly the amount of time and the obvious expertise the physical therapists provide to your personal recovery goes above and beyond anything I have received in the past. I have a history of a herniated disc and sciatica and most recently a knee replacement. My therapist was Milana and every visit she provided the extra care needed to help me heal. Heat, ice packs, laser treatments, massage and gentle stretches as well as electric simulation was all part of my therapy. The whole team from the office staff and physical therapy assistants work hard to make your experience as positive as possible under often painful and sometimes a lengthy recovery. What can not be underestimated is the support and encouragement you feel. The other PT facilities did an adequate job but Polishuk PT is outstanding. - Kathy L.
5. Eat fermented foods and sprouts.
6. Make love frequently.
7. Bring flowers home at least once a month and say “I love you” to your spouse daily. 8. Start your day with positive affirmations and go to bed with gratitude.
9. Do deep breathing exercises and meditate daily.
10. No electronics 2 hours before bedtime.
11. Do one thing daily for others without expecting anything in return.
12. Don’t be afraid of aging. It starts on the second day after you are born.
13. Get together wi th your friends weekly and laugh l ike a chi ld.
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