Sports Ortho: Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain

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

“Family Time Doesn’t Include Pain!” SHOULDER, ELBOW&WRIST PAIN

Give Chronic Pain the Cold Shoulder 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. (continued inside)

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

“Can Your Shoulders Support Your Upper Body?” SHOULDER, ELBOW&WRIST PAIN

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

(continued from outside) 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 put 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 thatcan lead toshoulder,wristandelbowpain 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

No one understands movement like we do! Come experience real pain relief with our physical therapists at Sports & Ortho Physical Therapy by scheduling an appointment today!

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GET A HANDLE ON WRIST, ELBOW& SHOULDER PAIN

Oneof thebiggestconcerns regarding pain in thewrist, elbow andshoulder 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 regarding 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 thesurroundingmuscleswhile improving rangeofmotion,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 your physical therapist. For more support in finding relief from shoulder, elbow, or wrist pain, talk to your physical therapist.

Learn more about how you can naturally relieve joint pain, call the clinic nearest you today!

Healthy Recipe

VEGGIE HUMMUS ROLLS INGREDIENTS

• 2 large carrots, peeled • 6 - 8 tbsp. no-oil, low-salt hummus • 2 tbsp. raw sunflower seeds (or your choice of raw seeds)

• 2 vegan whole wheat wraps • 1/2 cup diced red peppers • 1/2 cup diced yellow pepper • 1/2 cup diced red cabbage

DIRECTIONS Heat wraps for 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave. Spread each wrap with 3 to 4 tbsp of no-oil hummus (depending on the diameter of your wrap). Divide veggies and sprinkle on top of the hummus on each wrap. Make sure to stop your veggies about 2 inches down from the edge of the tortillas (this will help the wraps seal up better). Starting on the opposite end, roll upwards tightly and press down to seal. Eat as whole wraps or cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces to make sushi-like rolls.

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DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

5 1. Call and talk to a therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program 4 5 2 7 At Sports & Ortho Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatmentsbyour friendly,caringhealth experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Sports & Ortho 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

PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

“I would highly recommend Sports & Ortho to anyone in need of PT!The whole staff is so welcoming and accommodating. I was very impressed from the start. Cash gave a very thorough assessment during the first exam and he took the time to explain everything that was going on. From then on it was several weeks of therapy, where Cash did everything he could to improve my injury. He goes above and beyond! It’s a fun group of people in the office which makes for an enjoyable time during every session” – Rachel J. I was very impressed from the start!

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

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