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It’s time to say goodbye to shoulder, elbow and wrist pain once and for all. Identifyingthecauseofyourpainandtakingstepstocombat illhabits thatmaybecontributingtoyourdiscomfortcanhaveasignificant 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. What is Causing the Pain? Think about the tasks that make up the majority of your day-to-day life. It isoftensaid that life in the21stcentury iswayeasieron thebody 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 putthebodyunderagreatdealofstress.Sedentary lifestylesfrequently contribute to weight gain, which increases your risk for a long list of

obesity-relateddiseases.Thisputsadditionalstressonyourbody,which couldresult inpain incrucial joints likeyourshoulders,elbowsandyes, 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. Shoulder, elbow and wrist 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 that can lead to shoulder, wrist and elbow pain include:

• Athletic injuries • Muscle sprain • Muscle strain • Dislocation or hyperextension of the joints

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

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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 the surrounding muscles 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 therapist.

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. 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 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. 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.

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H A V E Y O U M E T Y O U R I N S U R A N C E D E D U C T I B L E ? An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything! If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Loss of balance or strength? Are you unable to do your normal everyday activities? Let us help you get a head start for 2020 and schedule your free consultation at Lott PT today!

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Y OU DON ’ T N E E D A R E F E RRA L F O R P T ! Texas residents no longer need a physicians referral for physical therapy! With the signing of House Bill 29, patients now have direct access to physical therapy without having to go through their physician! If you’re suffering from aches and pains or feeling unsteady, dizzy or balanced, now is the time to schedule your consultation with Lott PT. Call 903.389.7433 (Fairfield) 903.874.7433 (Corsicana) to start your recovery today!

“I love Lott! A lot of doctors think that drugs or surgery is the answer to a lot of physical ailments, and although sometimes it is the only solution, I believe it should be the last choice after other options have been tried, such as physical therapy.

I had tennis elbow a couple years ago, and I did not agree with the doctor’s options for me. I chose to go to Lott therapy. After an evaluation with Dr. Lott, a few simple exercises cured it, and it has not come back! I am now undergoing therapy for shoulder tendonitis, and again, I did not like the doctor’s options. It’s amazing how they can fix your issues with exercise! I cannot say enough about the staff at Lott. From receptionists to the therapists, they are all kind, caring, friendly people who are always willing to help you out! They are outstanding people with a great sense of humor, which I find is a great quality. If anyone is thinking about trying therapy, I say do it! You will not be sorry!” - Denise E.

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SHOULDER DIAGONAL PATTERN Stand with good posture with your arm across your body, your hand rotated in, thumb pointed down. Bring your arm up and across your body diagonally. As you do, rotate your hand outward. Finish with your hand above your head and out to the side. Repeat 6-10 times for both shoulders.

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H E A L T H Y R E C I P E HONEY GARLIC SALMON INGREDIENTS

• 1 1/4 lb salmon fillets • 2 tsp olive oil • salt and pepper to taste • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 1/4 cup water

• 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce • 3 tbsp honey • 2 tsp cornstarch • 1 tbsp chopped parsley • lemon wedges for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS Heat the olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Season the salmon with salt and pepper to taste. Place the salmon skin side up in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove the salmon from the pan, place on a plate while covering with foil to keep warm. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Add the water, soy sauce and honey combination to the pan, and bring to a simmer. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarchwith1 tablespooncoldwater.Slowlypour thecornstarchmixture into thepanandwhisk tocombine.Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until sauce has just thickened. Return the salmon to the pan and spoon the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges if desired. Recipe/PhotoCourtesy:Sara ofdinneratthezoo.com/honey-garlic-salmon

W I T H R A T E S A S L O W A S $ 2 5 / M O N T H ! N O C O M M I T M E N T !

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