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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, 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 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 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: • 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

Request an appointment by calling us at 337-264-9856 or by visiting Physical therapy can help you take hold of relief.


GETTING A HANDLE ON SHOULDER, ELBOW, & 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. We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very healthy and prosperous 2020 and to thank everyone for making 2019 a great year for us at Boulet!! Some of our highlights of the year were adding Arthritis workshops to our mix of educational workshops, Taylor getting certified in Dry Needling, Shelby got married, Pat got engaged and we supported our Louisiana teams as they excelled in football. Most of you are now declaring to eat right and to exercise more, so we want to wish you the best with those efforts. Equally important is to learn to listen to your bodies, and when you have pain somewhere, then take action. Call us, come to a shoulder or arthritis workshop, or better yet, schedule a screening with one of our physical therapists. HAPPY NEW YEAR! FROM EVERYONE AT BOULET PT AND WELLNESS

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, call us today at 337-264-9856.

Knowing what is wrong will help you to make informed decisions. If you arehavingadilemmawithcommittingtoanexerciseschedule,letuspush you along the way in our wellness program. All the best as this new year and new decade takes off. The last 10 years sure went by quick!! – Pat


NEXT ARTHRITIS WORKSHOP: FEB 18, 6PM Upcoming Workshops: • Shoulder & Rotator Cuff: MAR 10, 6PM

OUR SERVICES • Cupping • Dry Needling • Electrical Stimulation • Ergonomic Training • IASTM • Joint Mobilization

• Muscle Energy Techniques • Myofascial Release • Postural Re-Education/ Training • Therapeutic Exercise

Haveyouhad itwitharthritispain?Iswalkingexcruciating? Arestairs intimidating?Doyoustrugglewithstandingfor any lengthoftime?Haveyoubeenavoidingactivitieswith your friends and family because of the pain? Come learnwhatsuccessfulnaturaltreatmentmethods look likewithout theuseofdrugs, injections,orsurgery. Theworkshop isFREEtoallthatattend.Seating islimited, so call to reserve your chair at (337) 264-9856. Only 20 spots available for this workshop.

• Ultrasound • Vestibular Therapy

• Kinesio Taping • Laser Therapy • Manual Therapy

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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. HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK?

After physical therapy, I feel my strength and balance have been restored.

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A big thank you to Pat and her staff for relieving me of vertigo. I had suffered

for years with the wobbliness that vertigo brings. I was compromised in activities of daily living and had tomisswork frequently.Afterphysical therapy, I feel my strength and balance have been restored. Icanonceagainbendoverwithoutdizziness,scoop bird seed from the bird seed tub, leash my dogs, and takewalks,allwithnowobbliness.Mygratitude to Boulet PT for your kind, respectful care. - K. E.

Call Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute for a

complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love.

Wand Shoulder Flexion Lying on your back and holding a wand, palms face down on both sides, gently raise the wand overhead in a gentle motion. Hold for 3 seconds and slowly lower wand to starting position. Repeat 5 times. EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S USE THIS EXERCISE TO INCREA SE RANGE OF MOTION Exercisescopyrightof


1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young and middle-aged adults who sleep 7 hours a night have lesscalcium intheirarteries(anearlysign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who slept 9 hours or more. 2. Keep the pressure off. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18- 39. Ifyou’re40orolder,or ifyouhavehighblood pressure, check it every year. 3. Move more. To keep it simple, you can aim for30minutesaday,5daysaweekofmoderate exercise. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day,beingsedentary fortheother231/2hours is really bad for your heart.

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

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