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SHOULDER, ELBOW, & WRIST PAIN WHERE IS IT COMING FROM?

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INSIDE: Getting A Handle On Shoulder, Elbow, And Wrist Pain • We’re Staying Clean! We’re Taking Precautionary Steps • Exercise Essentials

WHERE IS IT COMING FROM? SHOULDER, ELBOW, & WRIST PAIN

at a computer for a predetermined number of hoursweek afterweek. 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. Shoulder, elbow, andwrist 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 recognizewhen 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,

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 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, shoulders, elbows, andwristswith targeted techniques from your experienced physical therapists. What is Causing the Pain? Think about the tasks that make up themajority 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

elbow, and wrist 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 SHOULDER,

ELBOW, AND WRIST PAIN

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. 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. 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.

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For more support in finding relief from your pain, call us today. Your physical therapist at Cornerstone Physical Therapy can help pinpoint the source of your symptoms and offer exercises that will help to relax your muscles as well as help you become more tolerant of activity.

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WE’RE STAYING CLEAN! Cornerstone Physical Therapy is committed to the health and wellbeing of you and your family. In the wake of the recent spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, we are taking every precaution. Before and after every session, we are asking our clients and staff to wash or sanitize their hands. Additionally, we have increased the number of times per day that we sanitize our equipment and facility. This allows us to continue to see patients with increased pain or limited function without physician referrals

Ingredients Immunity Boost Vegan Bean Soup

and to help people stay out of the ER, doctors offices, and urgent care. To do your part to prevent the spread of this contagious disease, we ask parents that if you or your family are demonstrating symptoms of coronavirus— coughing, sneezing or fever—please stay home. Additionally, if you or your family has been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of the virus, please notify us immediately, so we can take the necessary steps.

• 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1 red onion, diced

• 4 garlic cloves, minced • 2 medium carrots, diced • 2 tbs ginger, finely grated • 4 cups lima beans (cooked or canned) • 1 tsp turmeric powder • 1.5 L (6 cups) vegetable broth • 1 small bunch of Tuscan kale, roughly chopped • Salt & pepper to taste Directions In a large saucepan, heat the oil and onion on medium heat until onion has slightly browned. Add in garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, followed by carrots, ginger, beans, and turmeric cooking for a further 5-7 minutes. Once the ingredients are well combined, pour in the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in kale and season to taste. Once the kale softens a little, the soup is ready.

Your cooperation in this tough time is what makes us able to continue to provide valuable services to you and your family. We appreciate your ongoing support. WE’RE TAKING PRECAUTIONARY STEPS

OUR EMPLOYEES ARE WASHING HANDS REGULARLY

AVOID TOUCHING YOUR FACE WITH YOUR HANDS

SNEEZE & COUGH INTO TISSUES & DISPOSE QUICKLY

DISPOSE OF USED TISSUES QUICKLY

USE GLOVES WHEN NECESSARY

AVOID HUGS OR SHAKING HANDS

DO NOT TOUCH MUCOUS WITH FINGERS

KEEP DISTANCE FROM THOSE INFECTED

HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK?

EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO REL I EVE WRIST PAIN

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Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain. Call Cornerstone Physical Therapy for a complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love.

WRIST FLEXOR STRETCH (SUPINATION)

Hold your arm out straight, with your wrist extended. Use the other hand to pull wrist further, feeling for a stretch. Hold for 5-10 seconds, keeping your elbow straight.

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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