STAR PT: Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain

April, 2018 NEWSLETTER


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April, 2018

SHOULDER, ELBOW ANDWRIST PAIN “Reach For The Stars Without Fear Of Pain!”

INSIDE: • What Is Causing Your Shoulder Pain? • Measuring Strength • Relieve Shoulder Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

CALL IN! Call for your FREE JOINT PAIN ANALYSIS Call our clinic nearest you to schedule your first step out of pain today!

Tendinitis in the Arm with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT

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 may 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 Star 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.

Dear Valued Client,

The body is truly amazing and all the parts work together as one whole. However, when an area of your body becomes

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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 “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. Problems can occur if you were to slouch or do repetitive activties over a prolonged period of time. This can cause some muscles to become tight and other muscles to become weak. All of this places abnormal load on certain muscles and tendons. This muscle imbalance leads to that area not working as

WHAT IS CAUSING YOUR 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 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 from the cervical spine (neck), 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 when 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.

Shoulder pain can result in restricted movement of your body. Pain can involve 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.

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Patient Success Spotlight

All workshops occur at 10AM on Saturdays! UPCOMING BACK PAIN & SCIATICA WORKSHOPS

April 28th & May 19th LAKEFRONT / GENTILLY April 21st & May 26th SLIDELL April 14th & May 12th COVINGTON

“I will be a returning customer.” Success Story: David F.

“I am very pleased with the knowledgeable and professional care I received from Ravi and Khiana. I was diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear. I did not want tohavesurgery.With theirhelp Ihave increasedmy rangeofmotion,strength and reduced pain with activity. I have had physical therapy elsewhere in the past for my back and left knee. Star is more individualized and better.. If i have issues in the future, I will be a returning customer.

April 21st LACOMBE

Measuring Strength

Relieve Shoulder Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing shoulder pain.

Stretches Shoulder Muscles

WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Lying on your backand holding a wand, palms facedown on both sides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead. Repeat 5 times.

How can we know the severity of your injury and when you are completely better? One way is that we measure your strength in both arms in a number of different motions. And we measure this with specialized equipment, precisely, in pounds of force. I don’t know of any other clinic that measures strength so precisely. But this is the only way to know when you have your strength back. And that is how we know when you are 100% better. Ask for your bilateral strength analysis when you come in!

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