Oakland PT_You Can Fix Your Shoulder Elbow and Wrist Pain

NEWSLETTER Frank Kava DPT • Kristie Kava DScPT

Strengthen your shoulders and arms to avoid pain. SHOULDER, ELBOW&WRISTPAIN

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! It is common to fixate on the body part that hurts. It is often thought that because it hurts there, the problem is right there. However, this is typically not the case, as the cause of the problem is in another area. The body part that is painful is usually the one that is doing all the work because other areas are not doing their job.

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SHOULDER, ELBOW&WRISTPAIN “Reach For The Stars Without Fear Of Pain!”

• What Is Causing Your Shoulder Pain? • Patient Success Spotlight • Upcoming Workshops INSIDE:

Why it hurts The body is truly amazing and all the parts work together as one whole. However, when an area of your body becomes weak or stiff because of poor posture, stress or injury, other areas strain from the overwork. A common word that is used for this type of repetitive injury strain is called “tendonitis”.This is simply an inflammation of the tendons, which attach muscles to bones. 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. Proper movement relies on your posture to be in good order. When you slouch or sometimes do a repetitive task, like reaching across your desk, certain muscles can become 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 forearm muscles to overwork. As this happens 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 need to seek out medical help. Solving the problem Typically a brace may be put on the area, but that does not solve the cause of the problem. The real reason can be because your shoulder was stiff and weak fromslouching.Anexpertphysical therapisthas the right medical training to spot where your posture is not optimum and how you are compensating. With the right evaluation and treatment from the experts at Oakland PhysicalTherapy, you can relieve your shoulder, elbow or wrist pain quickly and be back to doing what you like to do. Our home programs make it easy for you to maintain your gains and stay well for the long haul. Call us today to learn more how we can relieve your pain and get you back to enjoying your activities.

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What IsCausingYour Shoulder Pain?

The majority of pain that travels to your shoulder from your neck is referred pain. Your shoulder may not necessarily be the problem. In fact, the first 10 degrees of movement in your shoulder comes from your shoulder joint. The rest relies on the movement of your upper back, neck, shoulder blade, and collar bone. If these areas work incorrectly then shoulder pain can occur. Most neck and shoulder pain is a result of prolonged poor posture, lifting heavy objects and minor falls or injuries. These irritate the joints in the neck and upper back. This then makes the muscles around the upper back and shoulder tighten and become sore. Suddenly, you now have neck and shoulder pain. There are many nerves that come off of the cervical (neck) vertebral bodies that pass down in front of the shoulder heading towards the arm. Irritation of these nerves can refer pain to the shoulder. Poor posture, especially with sitting at work or at home, can cause this to occur. Rotation of the neck or tilting of the neck may create your shoulder pain if these nerves are involved. It is important that a physical therapist examine you thoroughly if you are experiencing these symptoms. If you have had a fall or injury and suddenly develop shoulder and neck pain seek help immediately. Any injury may affect the many sensitive structures in your neck and upper back. Shoulder and neck pain, if they occur together, may relate to disc injuries. This is more likely if you are having neck and arm pain, rather than just shoulder pain. Pain that travels down the arm to any extent may indicate more severe problems. Oakland Physical Therapy, P.C. and Club Pilates Novi are developing a partnership to provide you, our OPT patients, a safe and effective post- rehabilitation program opportunity. Club Pilates Novi, managed by Brandi FreemanandAmyWarner,shareourgoalsofprovidingasafe,positiveand educational environment for Post-Rehabilitation exercise. Our physical therapists and the staff of Club Pilates Novi will consult together to develop an effective transition for patients coming to the end of their rehabilitation program at Oakland Physical Therapy. For more information call (248) 410-7700 or email amywarner.clubpilates@gmail.com JOINING FORCES WITH CLUB PILATES NOVI

Shoulder pain can result in restricted movement of your body. Pain involves the nervous system, immune system, digestive system, and respiratory system. To avoid referred shoulder pain or any kind of referred pain, you should have a strong immune system for prevention of diseases. A strong body can fight infection or disease and can enhance the functioning of all the body systems. A balanced diet, regular physical therapy exercises and a stress-free mind are the keys to maintaining an active life. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, consult one of our expert physical therapists for a full evaluation to determine where your problem is originating from, so correct treatments can be applied to help you.

Staff Spotlight

Linda Erickson, PT, MS, OMPT graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1976 with a B.A. in psychology. She then attended Geor- gia State University and completed a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy in 1978. Linda was one of the first physical therapists in Michigan to be certified in Orthopedic Manual

Physical Therapy through Oakland University in 1992. She then continued with academic coursework and received her M.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Oakland University in 2004. Linda has had experience working in a large suburban hospital with a varied caseload, including inpatient rehabilitation. She also spent several years working with patients suffering from repetitive motion injuries in onsite clinics in the automotive industry. Linda is a member of the orthopedic section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She serves as Assis- tant Director and Clinical Education Coordinator. Her hobbies include singing in a choir, fitness workouts, golf, and attending theater productions.

If you, or a loved one, has pain, join us in a complimentary informative workshop on common causes, treatments, and prevention of your pain. COMPLIMENTARY WORKSHOPS

Patient Success Spotlight

“I amgradually resuming the activities I used to do.”

“Last Summer I started getting significant pain and stiffness in my neck and shoulders, accompanied by frequent headaches. Many days I could barely turn my neck and had difficulty with activities requiring even the slightest shoulder movement. Using over-the-counter medicine and heating pads was not helping, so I went to my primary care physician. Several visits later, I was referred to Oakland Physical Therapy for neck and headache treatment.

At my initial evaluation and meeting, I was very impressed by the concern and professionalism of the therapists and was hopeful my pain could be reduced. They listened to my story, answered my questions and shared their plan for my treatment. My Physical Therapist, Chelsea, was wonderful! Throughout the months of my therapy, her positive attitude, care, and skills encouraged and helped me meet my goals. She created clinic and home exercise routines which have greatly reduced my neck and shoulder pain, and I am gradually resuming the activities I used to do. I was very happy with the friendliness and professionalism of the entire Oakland Physical Therapy staff, and am appreciative for their help. I would and have recommended them to others.” - A.W.

Rotator Cuff Injury Workshop Tuesday, May 15th at 6:00 PM Tuesday, June 26th at 6:00 PM Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop Saturday, June 9th • 10am (47484 Grand River Ave, Novi, MI 48374) Call (248) 380-3550 or email us at: mail@oaklandphysicaltherapy.com

Exercise Essential

Try this movement if you are experiencing shoulder pain.

WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Lying on your back and holding a wand, palms face down on both sides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead. Repeat 5 times.

26850 Providence Parkway Suite 365 Novi, MI 48374 Frank Kava DPT and Kristie Kava DScPT



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