Active Health: Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain

GET A HANDLE ONWRIST, ELBOW& SHOULDER PAIN

Oneof thebiggestconcerns regardingpain in thewrist,elbowandshoulder 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 typicallybecomechronic.Since it isdifficult toallow thesebodyparts time to properly rest, theycontinuebeingoverusedand thepaincanactuallyworsen. Treating Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain Addressing thepainearlyon is thebestway topreventan issuefrombecoming 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 movementsmaybecausingfurtherdiscomfort,andcanhelpyoutostrengthen thesurroundingmuscleswhile improving rangeofmotion,which togetherwill likely alleviate some of the pain associated with your injury. Don’t assume that pain in your elbows, wrists or shoulders 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, wrists and elbows, contact a physical therapist.

Enjoy A Healthy Recipe!

Cherry-Berry Oatmeal Smoothie

Ingredients • ⅓ cup quick-cooking rolled oats

• ½ cup fresh dark sweet cherries • 1-2 tbsp almond butter • 1 tbsp honey • ½ cup small ice cubes

• ½ cup light almond milk • ¾ cup fresh strawberries

Directions In a medium bowl combine water and oats. Microwave 1 minute. Stir in ¼ cup of the almond milk. Microwave 30 to 50 seconds more or until oats are very tender. Cool 5 minutes. In a blender combine oat mixture, the remaining ¼ cup milk, and the next four ingredients (through honey). Cover and blend until smooth, scraping container as needed. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until smooth. If desired, top each serving with additional fruit.

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/259841/cherry-berry-oatmeal-smoothies/

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