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Throwing Athletes Shoulder
Does my child have sensory dysfunction?
Trigger Finger/ Locking finger
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Elbow pain.. is it tennis elbow or golfers elbow

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Throwing Athletes Shoulder

Shoulder Pain In thrower athletes i.e pitchers , catchers has been a common problem.If symptoms are misdiagnosed or left unchecked can result in more severe pathology and disability potentially ending the career or loss of occupation. 
Most of these symptoms originate from minor trauma or cumulative stresses especially in younger athletes eventually leading to proximal instability at scapular region. Sometimes more serious injuries like SLAP tear are the underlying causes. 
Through evaluation by a therapist or doctor is required in order to establish proper diagnoses.

Does my child have sensory dysfunction?

Sensory processing: What is it?  How does it work?
Sensory processing refers to the collective process of Reception, Perception, Processing of information and Response to it. Information is being Received from the environment via our sense organs, (vision-eyes, hearing-ears, smell-nose, tongue- taste, nose-smell, skin- touch) as well from our body, through muscles and movement receptors.
This information is consolidated in the mid brain and perceived by the various specialized regions of the brain.

Trigger Finger/ Locking finger

We always get patients in the clinic who c/o finger getting stuck in bent position and when patient pushes hard it snaps into extension as if trigger is released.  In worst cases finger gets stuck in bent position and patient has to use the other hand to extend the finger back. 
Often times it starts without pain and slowly gets very painful. Especially, when patients think that this is due to weakness in hand and they either buy some kind of gadget to improve grip strength which often backfires heavy gripping worsens the symptoms.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndromeis caused by pressure on the median nerve, it is the nerve in the wrist that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand especially thumb, index , middle and partial ring finger. 
It usually characterized by numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle damage (long term) in the hand and fingers.
Common Causes:
1. Associated with repetitive work causing compression on the wrist i.e sewing, assembly line, vibratory tools, certain medical instruments etc.
2. certain metabolic disorders or conditions;

Elbow pain.. is it tennis elbow or golfers elbow

Often times people develop pain in elbow which usually gets worse in certain positions or activites like golfing, heavy gripping, hammering, turning knobs, using manual tools etc.
Elbow pain can be very disabiling; affecting work, leisure activity like golfing, sometimes even making it difficult to hold coffee cup.
These problems could develop from either the acute episode like weekend gardening , lifting , after common house projects requirning drilling etc, or could be the result of sports activities or cumulative trauma at work which causes slow tearing of tendons over the period of time.

Wrist Pain

Wrist pain can be very painfullimiting factor in persons daily life. Wrist pain can affect lifting, carrying, pushing pulling, even weight bearing on affected wrist.
Wrist is very complicated jointwith 15 bones, numerous ligaments and numerous tendons crossing around that region. Due to complexity in the anatomy of wrist it is very easy to overlook certain pathologies. 
There are many causesfor wrist pain which may rage from simple sprain/strain ,tendonitis, arthritis to serious one like ligament tears, persistent cysts etc.

Why is my thumb hurting?

Thumb pain can be very disabling especially in the dominat hand as one can't hold things like pen, pencil, coffee cup etc making life miserable. There could be jus the pain in thumb region or it can also be associated with numbness and tingling sensation which indicates towards nerve involvment.
Causes of thumb pain:
There could be many causes of thumb pain but the most common are as follows
1. Pain at the base of thumb with or without grinding sensation is due to arthritis at the joint which is at the base of thumb.

IS YOUR HEADACHE…A PAIN IN THE NECK?

THE LINK BETWEEN POSTURE AND HEADACHES
¨Many of us have poor posture.
¨This can result in neck pain.                  
¨Pain originating from the neck can, in some cases, cause one of two problems:
-Pain can travel down the nerves of the neck into the arms.
-Pain can travel upwards causing headaches.
 
There are several causes of headaches, but tension in the neck muscles is a common factor.
¨Most computer users round their shoulders and hold their head too far forward.

The (In) Flexible and painful shoulder

The shoulder is one of the most flexible joints in the human body. We can move our shoulders in directions like no other joint. Owing to its flexibility, we can do things like paint a ceiling or pitch a baseball.
This flexibility comes at the price of stability. Since the shoulder is held together by ligaments and muscles, and has a lot of mobility, it is one of the mostunstablejoints in the body.
What’s your risk?
If you have a job or play a sport that requires a lot of shoulder mobility and flexibility, you may be at risk for shoulder injuries.

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