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SHOULDER PROBLEM?

Friday, 07 March 2014

shoulderLast year, I was lucky to get tickets for Wimbledon Centre Court. The elite players have a top notch physiotherapist in place to prevent and treat injuries. Strangely enough the most common injury in tennis is a lower limb injury! But Darcis, who beat Nadal, had to pull out of his next match because of a shoulder injury.

You don't have to be a top athlete to injure your shoulders. Any prolonged or repetitive overhead activity can cause shoulder problems. The most common shoulder injury is a Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome.

Shoulder impingement is common in people who perform repetitive overhead work. For example, as many as 70% of construction workers report shoulder pain, compared to 25% of the general population.

In a recent study by physiotherapy researchers of shoulder pain in 240 construction workers, half of the workers participated in a home exercise program designed to prevent shoulder injuries, while the other half served as controls.

At the end of the 2 year study, the workers participating in the exercise program had fewer injuries than the non-exercising control group. In fact, the workers not performing the exercise program were 1½ times more likely to have a shoulder injury.

If you are either an employer or an overhead worker, a physiotherapy exercise program may be beneficial in reducing shoulder injuries.

For more information on shoulder injuries, have a look at our web-site 'Useful Resources' section and go to the links provided.

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This news item was the main article in my September 2013 Newsletter. If you would like to receive a copy of the newsletter, please send me an email or use the Contact Form on the 'Contact Us' page.

 

GARDENING TIPS

Monday, 20 May 2013

At last the weather is warming up a bit. The birds are busy building their nests and the weeds are growing rapidly!

Being a keen gardener myself I know only too well the strains and the aches that one can feel after a day of gardening.

 

As an Upper Limb specialist physiotherapist, I have come across many injuries related to gardening. Especially rotator cuff injuries after excessive pulling up weeds or trimming hedges above shoulder height.

Be Warned! People over the age of 60 are at high risk of damaging their rotator cuff muscles as these muscles have become weak and thin.

Bending and lifting is one of the most common activities how people can 'do their back in'.

My advice is:

  •  Do little and often
  •  Change the job you are doing every 15-20 minutes
  •  You can sit down when weeding
  •  Try to do a few back stretching exercises whilst in the garden
  •  Good tools are essential to make the work easier
  •  Use a hose rather than a heavy watering can 

Don't forget to enjoy your garden. Have a rest and a nice drink!

I came across the 'Carry On Gardening' website recently which has loads of handy tips for gardeners!
You can find them on our Useful Resources page - under letter 'G' for gardening.

 

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