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Where Is It Coming From? SHOULDER, ELBOW, & WRIST PAIN
INSIDE: • Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain • Getting a Handle on Wrist, Elbow, & Shoulder Pain • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight
N E W S L E T T E R
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. What is Causing the Pain? Thinkabout the tasks that makeup themajority of your day-to-day life. It is often said that life in the 21st century is way easier on the body than lifeduringanyother time inhumanhistory—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 SHOULDER, ELBOW & WRIST PAIN Where Is It Coming From?
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 puts 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 whenan injurydevelopsand tounderstandways 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: • 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
GETTING A HANDLE ON WRIST, ELBOW, & SHOULDER PAIN
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One of the biggest concerns regarding pain in the wrist, elbow and shoulder 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 thewrists,elbowsandshoulders 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. TreatingShoulder,Elbow&WristPain 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 solutionandwillonlypushoff 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 opportunitytounderstandwhatmovements maybecausing furtherdiscomfort,andcan 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 elbows, wrists or shoulders will go away on its own. It is more common for the pain to worsen, andcompensating for thepainbyoverusing 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.
HEALTHY RECIPE Arugula, Grape, and Sunflower Seed Salad
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INGREDIENTS • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon honey • 1 teaspoon maple syrup • 1/2 teaspoon stone- ground mustard • 2 teaspoons grape seed oil
• 7 cups loosely packed baby arugula • 2 cups red grapes, halved • 2 tablespoons toasted sunflower seed • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
INSTRUCTIONS Combine vinegar, honey, syrup, and mustard in a small bowl. Gradually add oil, stirring with a whisk. Combine arugula, grapes, seeds, and thyme in a large bowl. Drizzle vinegar mixture over arugula; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss gently to coat.
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Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner, Cindy Barr, Hayden Patton; Recipe: Cooking Light
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Patient Success Spotlight
Exercise Essentials Strengthens Rotator Cuff
Shoulder Horizontal Abduction
Lie on your back with your arms up as shown. Keeping your arms straight without bending at your elbow, lower your arms out to the sides and flat to the ground. Return to starting position and repeat 3 times.
The exercise program he has given me to do at home will be helpful and keep me moving in the right direction." "I worked with Ryan for about two months and have seen some strength improvement. I am very glad I had Ryan as my therapist. He is extremely personable and takes time to explain how to do the exercise and why, which was very helpful. He put me at ease and made me feel important and glad to be here.The exercise program he has given me to do at home will be helpful and keep me moving in the right direction. I would highly recommend Ryan and Rebound to anyone." – S. J.
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