Discussing Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain

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“After Experiencing Shoulder Pain, I Decided To do Something About It! ” Discussing Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain

Why it hurts The body is truly amazing and all the parts work together as a whole. However, when an area of your body becomesweak 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 armso you can reach, grasp and do ordinary daily tasks we take for granted.

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 habit to focus on the body part that hurts. It is thought that because it hurts there, that is where the problem is coming from. However, this is often not the case as the cause of the problem stems from another area. The body part that is painful is usually the one that is excessively doing all the work, because other areas are not doing their job.


“Discover Ways To Gain Pain Relief In Your Joints!” Understanding Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain

Proper movement relies on your posture to be in good order. When you slouch or 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 the 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 from slouching. An expert physical therapist has 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 Kerrville Physical Therapy Center, 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 howwe can relieve your pain and get you back to enjoying your activities.


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• Pain while bending or reaching? • Stiffness or swelling? • Difficulty standing for > 20 mins?

• Pain when trying to sleep? • Pain when driving > 30 mins? • Radiating pain to the shoulder?

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Take Care of Your Aches & Pains Before It’s Too Late!


Slide the ice over the inflamed area in a slow but steady pattern. It’s important to keep moving. Continue ice massaging for 1–3minutes, or until it is numb, whichever comes first — no more. “When you’re numb, you’re done,” is the rule of thumb for safety. Areas with thick tissue, like your shoulder, will take longer to get numb. Thin areas, like the side of the elbow, will usually go numb quickly. What does numb feel like? Just close your eyes and lightly touch the skin. If you can’t feel it at all, or if you can feel only pressure, that’s numb enough. Stop icing and let the tissue warm up.


Exercise Essentials Try this exercise to keep you moving...

Helps shoulder pain

WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Lying on your back and holding a wand, palm face down on both sides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead. Repeat 3 sets of 8 reps.

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The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.

Staff Spotlight

KURT NEMKY Business Manager

Kurt is a graduate of Tivy High School class of 1999. He went on to obtain his Bachelor’s in Business Management fromTexas Tech University, graduating with the class of 2004. Kurt is in charge of overseeing the everyday operations of the facility, managing staff, external relationships, technology, andmarketing programs. He is very family oriented and loves spending quality time with his wife, Alta, their son, Hudson, their daughter Kadence, and their two dogs. Kurt has a passion for photography, running, camping, and living an overall healthy lifestyle.


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