- Ice, or a cold pack, is commonly used following trauma, such as surgery to help reduce swelling and decrease pain.
- Ice can and should be applied following acute injuries, such as an ankle sprain, in the first 24-48 hours when swelling is persent. Ice is a vasoconstrictor, meaning that it closes off blood vessels and can help to decrease the swelling.
- Ice also has a numbing effect. Therefore, it can also help to reduce pain.
- Limited range of motion
- Popping in the joint or joint noises with movements
- Muscle weakness due to pain and disuse of the arm
- Generalized stiffness
- Physical Therapy
- Anti-inflammatory Drugs
- Steroid injections to help reduce pain
How exactly can Physical Therapy help?
- Increase range of motion and decrease stiffness
- Increase muscle strength as the muscles around the shoulder may be weak from disuse due to pain
- Joint mobilizations to help decrease pain and improve motion
- The primary goal of physical therapy will be to help decrease your pain and regain function
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Surgeons are now able to perform what is called a Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, or Reverse TSA? This procedure is exactly what it sounds like. The anatomy of the shoulder is essentially reversed... Can't picture it? Check out the photo below...
When arthritis attempts to slow you down, exercise will help to keep you moving.
Benefits of exercise for arthritic patients include:
- Helps to decrease swelling
- Exercise promotes weight loss
- Increases in energy and drive
- Reductions in Pain and stiffness
- Increases in strength, flexibility, and stamina
- Improved mental attitude and outlook
- Better sleep
Exercise routines for arthritis should be well balanced including strengthening, flexibility training, and aerobic conditioning.
Weight training is an example of strengthening exercises that will help build muscle to protect your joints. By alleviating the pressure on the joints and increasing bone strength, patients may have less pain and experience less effects of the disease.
Strength training should be done 3-5 days a week, with rest days in between.
HDTV’s, laptops, clothes…the amazing deals of Black Friday are upon us, and with all of this comes some potential pain too! While you are busy shopping and taking advantage of all the great deals, we often forget about ourselves and what we are doing to our bodies. Here are some quick tips to help you come out of Black Friday with only financial pain…
Remember it is a marathon, not a sprint! Black Friday is a daylong event and you need to pace yourself. This means you will want to sit and take rests as needed, especially those of you with arthritis in the back who may have increased pain with walking and standing.