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You try to get through the day, but that nagging pain in your shoulder, elbow or wrist just keeps your attention focused on it. It sure is hard to concentrate on work, your family and other activities you need to do! It is a common habit to focus on the body part that hurts. It is thought that because it hurts there, that is where the problem is coming from. However, this is often not the case as the cause of the problemstems fromanother area. The body part that is painful is usually the one that is excessively doing all the work, because other areas are not doing their job.
Why it hurts. The body is truly amazing and all the parts work together as a whole. However, when an area of your body becomes 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 called “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.
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