Marathon Monthly July 2019 Physical Therapy
Treating Upper Extremity Injuries in the Athlete
What are upper extremity injuries? Upper extremity injuries typically fall under one of two categories: acute or overuse. Acute injuries are caused by a single specific incident, such as a strain or tear. Overuse injuries are caused by excessive repetitive movements over time. Some of the most common types of upper extremity injuries include: • Tennis elbow. While this term is colloquially referred to as “tennis elbow,” it can also be caused by other sports and activities, including softball, baseball, raking leaves, and even excessive typing on a computer.Tennis elbow is an overuse injury that results in inflammation of the tendons in the forearm, making it difficult to lift your arm. • Golfer’s elbow. This is another colloquial term, used to describe an overuse injury causing muscle inflammation inside the elbow. This injury runs from the bony point of your elbow and can stretch down your forearm, making it difficult to extend or lift your arm. Sports and activities that generally result in golfer’s elbow include golf, baseball, softball, bowling, and gardening. • Flexor tendinitis. This is an overuse injury that causes swelling in the tendons that control your hand movement, making it difficult to bend your fingers and move your hand or elbow. Flexor tendinitis is typically associated with sports that require constant throwing, such as softball, baseball, football, or shot put. • Frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder can result from either an acute injury or an overuse injury. It occurs when the tissue in your shoulder thickens or scar tissue forms, causing your shoulder to feel as if it’s being “squeezed” and making it difficult to move. • Rotator cuff tear. Rotator cuff tears can occur from either acute or overuse causes, as well. This occurs when the muscles or tendons that surround the shoulder joint become damaged or torn. How will physical therapy help an upper extremity injury? At Marathon Physical Therapy, we’ll conduct a thorough evaluation to diagnose your upper extremity injury. Afterward, one of our dedicated physical therapists
will design a personalized treatment plan based on the specific needs of the diagnosis and the symptoms that you are experiencing. We are happy to say that we also offer preventative screening and sports performance enhancement programs, designed to teach you the techniques you need in order to prevent further injury in the future. The overall goal of physical therapy is healing and prevention. In addition to treating the injury, our physical therapists will help strengthen the affected area, in order to prevent additional injury from occurring. Our physical therapists will also provide you with helpful warm-up and cool- down techniques for your sport, in order to lower their risk of sustaining another injury. If you have developed an injury in the hand, arm, elbow, or shoulder, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We’ll help diagnose the issue and get you started on the path toward recovery and returning to the beloved sport!
TREAT YOUR TENDINITIS WITH LASER THERAPY
Do you suffer from tendinitis – pain, tenderness, stiffness or swelling around your joints? There are various treatment options however tendinitis can often be successfully treated using low level laser therapy–whichstimulates thebody’snaturalhealing process, helps restore function of theaffected area and results in significant reduction of pain in many cases. Laser therapy safely improves the range of motion of the affected tendon, promoting healing of the affected area. Laser therapy uses a process
called photobiomodulation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reducespainwithoutundesirableside effects. Laser therapy safely improves the range of motionof theaffected tendon,promotinghealingof the affected area. It is also important to point out that patients report long-lasting pain relief. If you want relief from the pain of tendinitis, using a therapy that encourages healing of the affected area, schedule an appointment with us today.
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