As we talked about last week (read here), shoulder pain is all too common, especially with repetitive overhead activity and reaching behind the back. It’s typically seen in overhead sports like swimming, volleyball, tennis, and baseball pitchers along with professions such as carpenters, painters, and electricians. These repetitive movements often lead to a condition known as shoulder impingement syndrome where there’s reduced space between the acromion (top of the shoulder blade) and humerus (upper arm) which creates “pinching” on the surrounding tissues.
Shoulder pain is something we see often in the office and a common reason for someone to seek out care. There are a variety of reasons that can lead to shoulder pain so it’s important to get the care you need sooner rather than later. Otherwise, a nasty cycle can start to develop – a person with minor shoulder pain avoids using the shoulder, tissues around the area go into “protective” mode and tighten up, now when trying to use it more severe pain is felt so the shoulder is used less, and so on.
When someone is suffering from carpal tunnel, what are the typical complaints? When they present to our office, how do we diagnose it? Carpal tunnel syndrome is irritation of the median nerve at the transverse carpal ligament, also known as the carpal tunnel. When this irritation happens it will cause irritation primarily in the first three fingers.
The average human head weighs about 8 pounds. Each day we all walk around with a bowling ball (our head) balancing on a toothpick (our neck). We are designed this way to allow for the full range of motion we all know and love. Even under the best circumstances, this places a lot of stress on our spine. But leaning forward even just 15 degrees pushes that weight up to 30 pounds, and with a 30 degree tilt its closer to 40 pounds!
Pain in your hand, wrist, or arm can be frustrating. You don’t realize how much you use your arms and hands each second of the day until pain, numbness, or tingling gets in the way. But, getting rid of the pain may be easier than you think.
Staying connected to friends and family is easier than ever with social media. The tradeoff is that your daily screen time may be 1, 2, 3 hours or more. And let’s face it, a lot of those hours online are spent in an awkward forward head posture that experts have begun to call “tech neck.” It can result in neck pain, headaches, spinal disc issues, and even pinched nerves.