CornerStone PT & Wellness Center - December 2018

COMBATTING SHOULDER PAIN

What to Do When Aches Hang Around

HOW DO I IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM?

With rain, sleet, and snow, it’s hard enough to stay moving this time of year without shoulder pain getting in the way. Sure, small aches and pains in your upper body aren’t unheard of in the cold weather, but it’s important to treat persistent discomfort seriously. If you’re experiencing pain or stiffness in your shoulders that makes it hard to do basic things like brushing your hair, it may be time to seek a professional opinion. WHAT’S CAUSING THE PAIN? This question can be tough to answer. Shoulders are the most flexible joints in the human body, which also makes them susceptible to a variety of problems as we age. There are many conditions that can cause pain in these joints and the muscles around them, ranging from temporary nuisances like sprains to more debilitating conditions like bursitis or tendonitis. Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell the difference between these two extremes early on.

If aches or stiffness last longer than a few days, and especially if they are giving you trouble while you are trying to sleep, you should seek the help of a medical professional. An experienced physical therapist, like our professionals here at Cornerstone, can help you identify and treat the source of your shoulder pain. From conditions like frozen shoulder to rotator cuff injuries, PT is often the first and best option for treatment. HOW DO I PREVENT SHOULDER PAIN? Many shoulder conditions are caused by either a lack of activity or repetitive shoulder movements done over a long period of time. During the winter, it’s especially easy to become sedentary and increase the risk of an injury. However, a regular and varied exercise routine, including warmup stretches, will significantly reduce your risk.

The weather is uncomfortable enough as it is; don’t force yourself to live with back pain this winter. If you are experiencing chronic aches or stiffness, please come in to see us. We can treat the source of your discomfort and have you moving and feeling better as we enter the new year!

HOLIDAY ROAST PRIME RIB

Looking for an easy holiday roast that still feels elegant enough for the occasion? Look no further than this delicious prime rib flavored with garlic, thyme, and red wine.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds) • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 2 cups red wine

• 4 cups beef stock • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus.

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