DoYouHaveShoulder, ElboworWristPain? You try to get through the day, but that nagging pain in your shoulder, elbow or wrist just keeps your attention focused on it. It sure is hard to concentrate on work, your family and other activities you need to do! We can help you get back to living!
It is common to fixate on that body part that hurts. The thought is that because it hurts there, the problem is right there! However, this is often not the cause. You see, the body part that is painful is usually the one that is doing all the work, because other areas are not doing their job. The body is truly amazing and all the parts work together as one whole, most of the time. However,whenanareaofyourbodybecomes weak or stiff because it was abused from poor posture, stress or injury, even an old one, other areas strain from the overwork to pick up the slack. A common word that is used for this type of repetitive injury strain is called “tendonitis”.This is simply an inflammation of the tendonsof thatarea,whichattachmuscles to bones. For example, a very common complaint is tennis elbow and even pain in
the forearm or wrist area. However, why is this happening in the first place? The upper extremity works in 3 parts, the shoulder, elbow and wrist. They rely on each other to make the incredible movements of your arm so you can reach grasp and do ordinary daily tasks we take for granted. They rely on your posture to be good in order to function properly. When you slouch or sometimes do a repetitive task, like reaching acrossyourdesk,certainmusclescanbecome too tight or strong while others become weak. This muscle imbalance leads to that area not working as well as it should. For example, you sit at a desk all day and you slouch your shoulders. Now, your shoulder doesn’t work as well, but you still move your mouse around with your arm, which causes your wrist and forearmmuscles tooverwork.As thishappens
over time, you start to notice aches and pains in your wrist and elbow. If this goes on too long, it becomes severe and you seek out medical help. Typically a brace may be put on the area, but that is not where the problem is, right? It’s because your shoulder was stiff and weak from your slouching. Now, a good occupational therapist has the right medical training to spot where your posture is not optimum and how you are compensating. With the right evaluation and treatment from you can be back to doing what you like to do, quickly and easily. Then with the training we give you, you can help yourself stay well for the long haul and know what to do to prevent the problem from happening again. Give us a call today if your shoulder, elbow or wrist is hurting, we can help!
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