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Relieving Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain Where Is Your Pain Really Coming From?

Many people just like you have successfully said goodbye to shoulder, elbow and wrist pain once and for all. Identifying the cause of your pain and taking practical steps to combat ill habits that may be contributing to your discomfort can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Gain more movement and pain relief with special, targeted treatment from your experienced physical therapist. You are interested in gaining long lasting results! 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. Unlike our ancestors who spent the majority of their days standing or busy moving and working outside, the vast majority of us struggle to find time to stay active. The convenience of modern lifestyle puts our body in further compromised positions, which holds us back from natural healing. There are plenty of ways in which the common tasks of 21st-century life put the body under a great deal of stress. A sedentary lifestyle frequently contributes to hours of poor posture, poor circulation, and stress on your shoulder, neck, and back. But even aside from that, there are a lot of potential issues thatyourbodycan faceasa resultofsedentarybehavior

in the workplace — including shoulder, elbow and wrist pain. More importantly, shoulder pain can distract you at work and at home, keeping you from doing what you love to do and even compromising your daily activities and sleep quality. Shoulder, elbow and wrist 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 when 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, wrist and elbow pain include:

• Heavy lifting • Issues with poor posture • Carpal tunnel syndrome • Athletic injuries • Dislocation or

• Rotator cuff • Shoulder impingement • Neck problems • Scapular dysfunction • Postural and weak muscles • Repetitive motions

hyperextension of the joints

• Muscle sprain • Muscle strain

If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, contact your physical therapist at Connecticut Family PT by calling (203) 227-5431 or learn more by visiting our website at ctfamilypt.com.

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. Getting A Handle On Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist 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. If you’re suffering from shoulder pain, contact your physical therapist at ConnecticutFamilyPTbycalling (203)227-5431 or learnmorebyvisiting our website at ctfamilypt.com.

Suffering From Shoulder Pain?

Exercise Essentials

Rotator Cuff & Shoulder Pain Workshop Sunday, August 7 @ 6 pm



Call to register today 203.227.5431!

You could benefit from Targeted Active Therapy! Contact your physical therapist today by calling 203.227.5431!

WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Lying on your back and holding a wand, palms face down on both sides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead. Repeat 3 times.

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Amanda Kaslowitz, DPT, OCS Orthopedic Specialist

Amanda is one of few Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists in Connecticut.She joinedConnecticutFamilyPhysicalTherapy in2015.Amanda has advanced training in manual therapy, returns to sports, performance exercise, Dry Needling and Graston techniques for more immediate relief.

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In college, Amanda played Division 1 field hockey for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She remains active in the sport and continues to coach youth field hockey teams in Fairfield County. Amanda is a triathlete, an avid skier, runner, and a busy mom! Amanda enjoys spending her free time with her husband and their baby, Piper. Whenever possible, she enjoys training, and is often seen competing in CrossFit and half marathons. She loves helping her clients reach their goals. It is the reason she became a physical therapist!

Healthy Recipe Spinach-Stuffed Mushrooms

Has Your Pain Come Back?

Ingredients • 20 medium mushrooms • 1/4 cup chopped shallots, scallions or onion • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

• 1/2 tsp soy sauce • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach • 1/2 cup Plain Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt • Salt and pepper to taste

Feel free to call Connecticut Family PT at 203.227.5431 to consult your physical therapist. Your physical therapist can discuss with you the source of the problem and recommend exercises and stretches to relieve your pain at home.

Wash the mushrooms and carefully remove the stems without breaking the caps. Finely chop the stems. Combine the shallots, garlic and vinegar in a small skillet or saucepan and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the choppedmushroomstemsandsoysauceandcook,stirringoccasionally, for3-5minutes,until themushrooms soften and release their juices. Add the spinach and cook, continuing to stir, until it is wilted and the liquid in the pan is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let cool for a fewminutes, then stir in the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Stuff the spinach filling into the mushroom caps. Place the mushrooms in a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, until tender. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes for the filling to set before serving. Yields 20 mushrooms.

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