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How To Handle Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain

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. Wavegoodbye topain inyourhands,wrists,elbowsandshoulders with targeted techniques from your experienced physical and occupational therapists. WHAT IS CAUSING THE PAIN? Thinkabout the tasks thatmakeup themajorityofyourday-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. Thereareplentyofways inwhichthecommontasksof21st-century life put the body under a great deal of stress. Sedentary lifestyles frequentlycontribute toweightgain,which increasesyourrisk 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, therearea lotofpotential issues thatyourbodycan faceasa resultofsedentarybehavior intheworkplace— includingshoulder, elbow and wrist pain.

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 understandwaysthatyoucancombatthat injuryby identifyingwhat may have caused the pain to develop in the first place. Common issues that can lead to shoulder, wrist and elbow pain include:

• Athletic injuries • Muscle sprain • Muscle strain • Dislocation or

• Issues with poor posture • Carpal tunnel syndrome, which can develop from overuse of the wrist and regular, repetitive motions, such as typing

hyperextension of the joints

• Heavy lifting


Oneof thebiggestconcernsregardingpain in theshoulder,elbow and wrist is that it is difficult to impossible to actually allow these partsofthebodytimetorest.Everymovementandactionrequires these body parts — and when the pain develops in both arms, as itoftendoes, treating thepainbecomesevenmorecomplicated. 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 iswhysomany issuesregardingpain in theshoulder,elbows andwriststypicallybecomechronic.Since it isdifficulttoallowthese bodyparts time toproperlyrest, theycontinuebeingoverusedand the pain can actually worsen.

Shoulder,elbowandwrist injuriesareespeciallycommonasaresult

Treating Shoulder, Elbow, & 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 and occupational therapy are the ideal tools for support in this regard. Working with a physical or occupational therapist will provide you with an opportunity to understand what movements may be causing furtherdiscomfort,andcanhelpyou tostrengthen thesurroundingmuscles 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 shoulder, elbows or wrists 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, elbows and wrists, contact your physical or occupational therapist. Call Johnson Physical Therapy at 970.564.0311 to learn how we can help you!

Exercise Essentials

Have You Met Your Deductible?

An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If you’ve met your deductible, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything! Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. If you’ve met your deductible and are seeking pain relief or rehabilitation, now is the time to visit Johnson PT! Call us today at 970.564.0311 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments that will place you one step closer to pain relief.

Shoulder Flexion Lie down on your back on a flat surface with your arms up. Lower your arms out to the sides, keeping your core tight. Repeat 6-10 times throughout the day to relieve shoulder pain.


Patient Success Spotlight “The therapists and front office staff are friendly and knowledgeable. They have helped me recover from many aches and pains over the years. Most recently, Kari has helped me with my hand injury. Her expertise in hand therapy has allowed me to get back to enjoying my hobbies, pain-free! From taking care of my animals to playing music, I am back at it full-swing!” - Barb H. Healthy Recipe Coconut Caramel Popcorn Print sudoku

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  INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup French vanilla Coconut Creamer • 1/2 cup unpopped kernels • 1/2 cup vegan butter • 3 Tbsp agave nectar, amber    

• 1/2 cup dark brown sugar • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon • 1/4 tsp salt • 1/4 cup dried






coconut flakes, unsweetened, toasted



• 1 tsp vanilla


October Is National PT Month!   That’s right, October is dedicated to educating people about the benefits of Physical Therapy—and it couldn’t come at a better time. Winter is one of the most trying times of the year for people struggling with chronic pain. Add the risk of falling due to icy conditions to the cold weather that aggravates even the mildest arthritis issue and you’ll find a huge increase of people who would benefit from pain management and support. If you’re suffering from pain, don’t wait to seek out physical therapy! The longer youwait, themore likely issuesare indangerofbecomingchronicandwillbecome more difficult to hear. Back pain, specifically, is one of the most common problems thatbecomechronic,withover30%ofadultsstrugglingwithbackpain,evenmore so foradultsover theageof65. Ifyou’resuffering frombackpainorother injuries, call Johnson Physical Therapy to begin your journey to recovery! INSTRUCTIONS Pop favoritepopcorn fromyellowcornkernelsoverstove toporuse favoritemicrowave popcornbrand.Spreadonbakingsheetandsetaside. Inasaucepan,meltveganspread andstir intheagave,brownsugar,cinnamon,andsaltuntildissolved.Takethepanoffthe heatandslowlywhisk in thecreameruntilwellcombined.Returntoheat,andcontinueto whisk for10minutesoruntilsaucereachesanambercolorand thickensenough tocoat thebackofaspoon.Stir incoconutflakesandvanilla.Letcoolslightlybeforedrizzlingover popcorn. Drizzle mixture over popcorn and blend in with a spatula. Serve immediately. *This recipe issharedcourtesyofSoDeliciousDairyFree.       KWWSVXGRNXFRP Qr/HYHO+DUG                          KWWSVXGRNXFRP Qr/HYHO+DUG      



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