King PT. Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain

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Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain

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The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body H E A L T H & F I T N E S S

Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain Give Chronic Pain The Cold Shoulder

It’s time to say goodbye to shoulder, elbow and wrist pain once and for all. Identifying the cause of your pain and taking steps to combat poor 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? Think about the tasks that make up the majority of your day-to- day life. It is often said that life in the 21st century is way easier on the body 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 to your body. 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.The weight gain also puts additional stress on your body, which could result in pain in crucial joints like your shoulders, elbows and yes, even your wrists. In addition to that, there are a lot of potential injuries that your body can face as a result of sedentary behavior, especially in the workplace.

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3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist

1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.

2. Your therapist will tell you the possible causes of your pain as well as precautions you can take at home.

might recommend you come in for an appointment.

Getting a Handle on Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain

Patient Success Spotlight “Before my shoulder surgery, I had great difficulty doing small tasks such as washing my hair. I even contemplated cutting it to make it easier. I’m so glad I didn’t! Thanks to King Physical Therapy, I can wash my hair with ease! After my surgery, I truly had concerns that I would never get back to the normal shoulder movement I remembered before the injury (It didn’t help listening to other horror stories from friends and acquaintances). But again, thanks to KPT, I’m almost back to normal! - Kirsten A. TREATING SHOULDER, ELBOW AND WRIST PAIN 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. IT’S TIME TO SHAPE UP! 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 your discomfort. Physical therapy can help you 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. For more information about how we can help you overcome your shoulder, elbow, or wrist pain. call King Physical Therapy at 304.262.8161!

Shoulder, elbow and wrist injuries are common in the workplace due to injury and overuse. Some issues that can lead to pain in the upper extremities include: • Issues with poor posture • Athletic injuries

• Muscle sprain

• Carpal tunnel syndrome, which can develop from overuse of the wrist and regular, repetitive motions, such as typing

• Muscle strain

• Dislocation or hyperextension of the joints

• Heavy lifting

It is important to contact your physical therapist when you recognize an injury has developed. Your physical therapist can help you recover from your injury. In addition, your physical therapist can help you determine the cause of the injury and ways to prevent the injury in the future. 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 you make require 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.

Exercise Essentials

SHOULDER D2 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 sides.


Have You Met Your Insurance Deductible? IF YOU'VE MET YOUR ANNUAL INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLE, YOU COULD QUALIFY FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY AT NO COST TO YOU! An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your PhysicalTherapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for PhysicalTherapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2020. Have you undergone surgery recently? Call us today at 304.262.8161 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments that will place you one step closer to pain relief.

Healthy Recipe Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies

Ingredients • 1 ripe banana, mashed • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree • 2 large eggs • 1/2 cup peanut butter • 3 tbsp coconut oil, melted

• 1/2 cup oat flour, ground • 1/2 cup almond meal • 1/2 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp baking soda • 1/8 tsp salt • 2 tsp Vietnamese Cinnamon (5% Oil) • 1/4 tsp Frontier allspice • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips • 1/2 cup dried cranberries and cherries

• 2 tsp vanilla extract • 3 tbsp maple syrup • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats

Directions Preheatoven to350°F.Greaseor lineabakingsheetwithparchmentpaperorasiliconebakingmat. Setaside. Inamixingbowlstir togethermashedbanana,pumpkin,eggs,peanutbutter,coconutoil, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Add in oats, oat flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, Vietnamese cinnamon, allspice, chocolate chips and dried fruit; stir to combine. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to harden. Drop cookies by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheet. They won’texpandmuch,so feel free topress themdownslightly,andmake themasuniformaspossible to ensure even baking. Bake for about 12 minutes until lightly browned.

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