RSI: Shoulder, Elbow, and Wrist Pain

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WHERE IS YOUR SHOULDER, ELBOW, AND WRIST PAIN COMING FROM?

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A shoulder, elbow, or wrist injury can develop from a number of causes, such as lifting heavy materials or performing repetitive reaching motions. There are several culprits that can result in upper extremity pain, such as manual labor jobs or physically demanding work around the house. This can include common tasks that you may not have even considered, such as cleaning the gutters, mowing the grass, or hanging up wet clothes. Athletes are also at risk if they participate in rigorous activities, such as weightlifting, swimming, or tennis. The active movements associated with sports and laborious work are undoubtedly important factors to keep in mind; however, passive movements can also be contributing factors to an injury. (continued inside)

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• Dull pain that runs alongside your arm.

Continuous poor posture and improper positioning of the shoulders can make your scapula (shoulder blade) much more vulnerable to pain and rotator cuff injuries. Fortunately, Repair Sports Institute can provide you with the treatments you need to bring relief to the shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain you are experiencing. If you have noticed discomfort in your upper extremities, contact us today. Knowing the warning signs: It is natural to experience an occasional ache or pain from overexertion. However, if the pain worsens or becomes chronic, it is best to consult with a physical therapist. Chronic pain can be defined as any pain persisting for longer than three months – if you notice a lingering pain that won’t go away despite your best efforts, we can help. There are some additional symptoms to consider that may also be telling signs that treatment is needed, such as:

• Sudden arm weakness.

If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to contact a physical therapist. We can determine the cause of your pain and help treat it accordingly. Shoulder, elbow, and wrist 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. At Repair Sports Institute , those are two methods that we commonly incorporate into treatment plans for neck pain relief, and we have noticed significant success in them.

• Sharp or stinging pains.

• Uncomfortable “clicking” sounds with movement.

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Training Your Body Right!

At the end of the day, it is important to simply be mindful of the ways in which you are using your shoulders, elbows, and wrists. If your sport or work requires repetitive heavy lifting, reaching, or swinging, a physical therapist can help you determine the best techniques to allow for as little strain as possible. 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.

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• Dislocation or hyperextension of the joints.

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A physical therapist can also help you strengthen your muscles in order to accommodate for your physically demanding lifestyle. This will help make frequent daily chores, as well as strenuous, repetitive motions, much easier. By doing some basic exercises just a few times a week, you can strengthen the range of muscles in your rotator cuff region. Your physical therapist can also provide manual techniques for relief, such as targeted massage, pressure, and stretching of the affected area(s) to keep muscles loose and to relieve inflammation. If you are experiencing shoulder, elbow, or wrist pain (or you think you may be at risk for developing a shoulder injury), give our office a call today. At Repair Sports Institute, we are dedicated to providing our patients with quality treatment plans and long-lasting relief.

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DR. CHRIS SCOTT Chris Scott earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from University of Texas – Southwestern in Dallas. He has an extensive background practicing in neurological, orthopedic and sports settings treating numerous high school, college and professional athletes. His treatment

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