Silver Creek PT: Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain

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RELIEVING YOUR SHOULDER, ELBOW & WRIST PAIN REACH YOUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL!

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. (continued inside)

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• Exercise Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

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THE NEWSLETTER ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND CARING FOR YOUR BODY NEWSLET TER

RELIEVING YOUR SHOULDER, ELBOW & WRIST PAIN REACH YOUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL!

INSIDE : • Treating Your Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain • Back To School Tips 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.

• Exercise Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

Common issues that can lead to shoulder, 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 and strains • Dislocation or hyperextension of the joints One of the biggest concerns regarding pain in the wrist, elbow and shoulder 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 wrists, elbows and shoulders 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. If you suffer from shoulder, elbow and wrist pain, you still have options. Call TODAY to schedule with Silver Creek Physical Therapy!

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Treating Your Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain

POSTERIOR SHOULDER STRETCH Sit or stand with good posture. Reach across your chest. Use your other arm to pull a little bit further. Repeat 7 times on both sides. Stretches Shoulder EXERCISE OF THE MONTH Try this movement if you are experiencing shoulder 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 shoulders, 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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Patient Success Spotlight

Back To School Tips: Backpack Safety Aching backs and shoulders? Tingling arms? Weakened muscles? Stooped posture? Does your child have these symptoms after wearing a heavy school backpack? Carrying too much weight in a backpack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain. Parents can take steps to help children load and wear backpacks the correct way WRONG CORRECT Load too heavy Load nomore than 10%-15% of bodyweight • A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10% of his or her body weight. This means a student weighing 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a loaded school backpack heavier than about 10 pounds. • Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back (the back of the backpack). Wearing the backpack: • Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. Wearing a backpack slung over one shoulder can cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort. • Select a backpack with well-padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have many blood vessels and nerves that can cause pain and tingling in the neck, arms, and hands when too much pressure is applied. • Adjust the shoulder straps so that the backpack fits snugly on the child’s back. A backpack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backwards and strain muscles.

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to avoid health problems. Loading the backpack: Wearboth straps Use of one strap causesone side of the body tobear theweightof thebackpack.By wearing 2 shoulder straps, theweight of thebackpack is better distributed. Wear thebackpackover the strongestmid-backmuscles Pay close attention to theway the backpack ispositionedon th back. It should rest evenly in themiddle of the back.Shoulder straps should be adjusted toallow the child to put onand take off the backpackwithout difficultyand allow freemovement of the arms. Straps should not be too loose, and thebackpack should not extendbelow the lowback. Lighten the load Keep the load at10%-15% or lessof the child’s bodyweight.Carryonly those items that are required for theday.Organize the cont ntsof thebackpack bypla ing theheaviest items closest to theback.Some students have2 sets of books, soas not to have to carry theheavybooks toand from school. How aPhysicalTherapistCanHelp A physical therapist canhelp you choose a proper backpack and fit it specifically to your child.Children come in all shapes and sizes, and some have physical limitations that require special adaptations.Additionally, a physical therapist canhelp improve posture problems, correctmuscle imbalances, and treatpain that can result from improper backpack use. Physical therapists canalso design individualized fitness programs to help childrenget strongand stay strong—and carry theirown loads!

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“They personalize exercises to fit ones needs, abilities, and lifestyle.” “I have been working with Silver Creek for rehabilitation of two total knee replacements. They are extremely talented and intuitive professionals. Their knowledge of the body and ability to work with it are remarkable. They personalize exercises to fit ones needs, abilities, and lifestyle. I wholeheartedly recommend Silver Creek Physical Therapy!” - P.B.

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