Professional Care PT. Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain


Happy Holidays from Professional Care PT! • Meet our New Physical Therapist, Dr. Marissa Polonski! Patient Success Spotlight • Professional Care PT in Riverhead Celebrates 4 Years! Special Event: Photos with Santa EAST PATCHOGUE • 191 PATCHOGUE YAPHANK ROAD • EAST PATCHOGUE, NY 11772 • P : 631.775.0971 RIVERHEAD • 806 EAST MAIN ST • RIVERHEAD, NY 11901 •P : 631. 591.0838 ALSO INSIDE: SHOULDER, ELBOW, & WRIST PAIN WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?


Program, Marissa had the opportunity of having clinical rotations in a variety of settings including, inpatient rehabilitation at Island Nursing and Rehab Center, sports rehabilitation at Max Effort Physical Therapy, inpatientRehabilitation atSt.CharlesHospitaland outpatientrehabilitation at Goodman Physical Therapy. She also had the opportunity to attend the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans, in February 2018, where she furthered her knowledge and learned from some of the most well-known researchers and physical therapists around the world. It was this conference that further sparked Marissa’s interest in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. Outside of physical therapy, Marissa enjoys traveling and staying active whether it be at the gym or finding a new hiking spot. In the future, Marissa would like to attend courses to further her manual skills in the sports and orthopedic world, and would like to help promote injury prevention and conditioning in the dance community. 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 learninghow tomanage thepain,and to learnexercisesand techniques that canhelpyouovercomethe injuryandrestoreproperstrengthand functionalityto your shoulders, elbows, and wrists, contact Professional Care Physical Therapy &Rehabilitation. WewillhelpyouscheduleaconsultationwithAmandaParacat, Occupational Therapist, Certified Hand Therapist and Co-founder of ProCare OccupationalTherapy&PhysicalTherapy,so thatshecanevaluate theextentof your condition and create a personalized rehabilitation treatment plan for you. You upper extremities are important aspects of your everyday life – find relief for them today! GETTING A HANDLE ON SHOULDER, ELBOW, AND WRIST PAIN One of the biggest concerns regarding pain in the shoulder, elbow, and wrist is that it is difficult to impossible to actually allow these parts of the body time to rest.Everymovementandactionrequires thesebodyparts—andwhen thepain 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 shoulder, elbows, and wrists 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. Physicaltherapy isthe idealtool forsupport inthisregard.Workingwithaphysical therapistwillprovideyouwithanopportunitytounderstandwhatmovementsmay 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.

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. Wave goodbye to pain in your hands, shoulders, elbows and wrists with targeted techniques from your experienced physical therapists. WHAT IS CAUSING THE PAIN? Thinkabout the tasks thatmakeup themajorityofyourday-to-day life. It isoften said that life in the 21st century is way easier on the body than life during any other time inhumanhistory—and it’s true that there isa fairamountofevidence tosupport this idea.Rather thanspendingallofyourdaysworking ina factoryor 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. Thisputsadditionalstressonyourbody,whichcouldresult inpain incrucial joints like your shoulders, elbows and yes, even your wrists. But even aside from that, therearea lotofpotential issues thatyourbodycan faceasaresultofsedentary behavior in the workplace — including shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain. Shoulder,elbow,andwrist injuriesareespeciallycommonasaresultofworkplace 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 identifyingwhatmayhavecaused thepain todevelop in thefirstplace.Common issues that can lead to shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain include:

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Issues with poor posture

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Athletic injuries Muscle sprain Muscle strain

Carpal tunnel syndrome, which can develop from overuse of the wrist and regular, repetitive motions, such as typing

Dislocation or hyperextension of the joints

Heavy lifting

DR. MARISSA POLONSKI Meet Our New Physical Therapist DR. MARISSA POLONSKI grew up locally in Middle Island, New York and graduated fromLongwoodHighSchool inMiddle Island. Marissa then attended Adelphi University where she was on the dance team for two years and graduated with her bachelor’s degree inExerciseScience.Marissa’s interest in physical therapy began after meeting, her nowbrother-in-law,whoenduredanaccident over in Iraqwhich lefthimparalyzed from the waistdownandseeingall thathewascapable

of performing due to his physical therapists. Following her undergraduate education, Marissa was accepted and attended Stony Brook University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program graduating in June 2019. While attending Stony Brook University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy

PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT It’s hard to imagine our Professional Care PT Patient, Raymond Hayes, without a smile on his face. He is one of the most polite, hardworking and outgoing young men we have had the pleasure to work with. However, just two years ago, life for young Raymond had taken a bit of a scary twist. While celebrating the Easter Holiday with family, then 14-year-old Raymond had suddenly experienced severe low back pain and paralysis. After being rushed to the hospital and following a week’s worth of testing, Raymond was diagnosed with Acute Transverse Myelitis, acute inflammation of

gray and white matter in one or more adjacent spinal cord segments. Some of the common symptoms with this neurological disorder include:

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pain and discomfort

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weakness in the arms/legs

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bladder dysfunction and/or bowel motility problems

sensory symptoms such as numbness or tingling

Following Raymond’s diagnosis, he would spend one month at Stony Brook University Hospital, under the care of Neurologist Dr. Louis Manganas, before being transferred to St. Charles where he would endure several months of intense Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy services, learning to walk again and participate in every-day activities. Now 16 years old, Raymond spends his rehab time with his personal Professional Care Physical Therapist, Dr. Catherine Powell. They work closely together on average, twice a week for several hours a day and we are happy to say that after a year of being home-schooled, Raymond has returned back to class full-time as a Junior to be with his friends at Greenport High School. Raymond is thrilled to be with his peers on a daily basis, and getting back to the everyday routine keeps him motivated. Although his new daily schedule is long and tiring, Raymond stays dedicated to his rehabilitation and continues to smile and keep a positive outlook on life, which is something we admire about him!


Dear Friend, Whetheryou’resettling inathometowatch the snow fall with a mug of hot cocoa, or planning a cross-country excursion with family,ProfessionalCarePhysicalTherapy wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season. It is no secret that the holidays can be a physically stressful time, and we want to let you know we are here for you, should any pain or discomfort come your way. May you have a holiday season filled with comfort and joy, followed by a fruitful new year. With warmth, The Professional Care PT Staff

November is a special month to be “THANKFUL” at Professional Care Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation in Riverhead because it’s our 4-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!! Thank-you for continuing to help us grow and serve the members of the Riverhead Community and surrounding areas of the East End. As a token of our appreciation to our wonderfully loyal and supportive patients, the staff at Professional Care PT has once again made a donation to the Michael P. Murphy Scholarship Foundation.


A FRESH START TO 2020! Stay committed to your New Year’s Resolutions and begin your fitness journey with Professional Care Physical Therapy!

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