My elbow and forearm hurt when I type? How do I stop the pain!  

Physical Therapy is the Answer!

THE PROBLEM:

Tight forearm muscles on the top and bottom of the arm can cause significant pain. People use laptops and desktop computers more than ever before. Typing is repetitive overuse stress of the fingers, wrist and forearms.

Since the pandemic, remote learning and working have caused a dramatic increase in the number of people experiencing forearm and elbow pain.

THE ANSWER:

Seeing your Physical Therapist is the first step to addressing the pain and correcting the problem before it worsens. The second step is RICE, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elimination from typing for a brief time.

Knowledgeable physical therapists at National Physical Therapy in Hanover, Holbrook, Brockton, Stoughton and Fall River, MA, are trained to treat this problem. Providers will assess the pain, decreased AROM, limited flexibility, and weakness that affect the ability to perform your tasks on the computer.

THE ELBOW FIX:

Our PTs are well versed in current workstation functionalities. Modifications and recommendations by National Physical Therapy can eliminate  stress on your fingers, wrist, forearms and elbows when typing.

Just like a good pair of sneakers are vital to running a marathon, the proper ergonomic setup of your workstation is just as important to people who type 8-12 hours at home.

TO LEARN MORE:

The physical therapist at National Physical Therapy in Hanover, MA, will use modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, dry needling, stretching, strengthening, heat and cold therapies, soft tissue techniques to restore your optimal level of function.

Are you experiencing typing pain? Call National Physical Therapy today to get started before it gets worse.

National Physical Therapy is YOUR Local and Trusted PT provider in Hanover, MA, Holbrook, MA, Brockton, MA, Stoughton, MA and Fall River, MA 781 767 5200, call or text us today. Visit us at National Physical Therapy and book an appointment online.

How to prevent injuries in kids playing baseball and softball in Fall River, MA

Youth Baseball, Softball and T-ball: What Parents Need to Know nationalphysicaltherapy.com

Youth sports injuries have been on the rise for years, and baseball players are not immune to this trend. 1 in 5 players between the ages of 9 and 15 will have an injury each year. The good news is that only 5% of these injuries result in surgery, or being unable to continue to play baseball. More good news comes when you learn that the majority of injuries are preventable with proper training and awareness.

Many of the injuries seen in baseball are common to other youth sports and include things like:

  1. Sprains and strains
  2. Fracture
  3. Minor injuries like bruises, scrapes, abrasions, and muscle cramps

Keys to preventing these types of injuries are making sure that players have a proper base of strength and fitness to participate, adequate warm up before practice and games, and making sure that players have enough recovery time built into their schedules throughout the season. National Physical Therapy in Fall River, Ma. has experts in the physical therapy that are familiar with youth shoulder, arm and wrist injuries.

INJURIES UNIQUE TO BASEBALL/SOFTBALL

In addition to the common injuries above, baseball and softball sees a large number of injuries due to overuse. These most commonly occur in the shoulder and arm, typically in a pitcher. Parents of athletes who pitch need to be aware of the risks of pitching and guidelines to minimize them. Studies have shown that pitchers who average more than 80 pitches in a game are 4x more likely to get injured. They have also found that pitching for more than 8 months out of the year, causes your injury risk to increase by 5x.

 

National Physical Therapy Tips to prevent pitching injuries

  1. Pick a team to pitch for -if you play on multiple teams, choose one to pitch for and play a different position on the other to reduce the chances of injury
  2. Don’t play a position that requires a lot of throwing on your non-pitching days, like catcher
  3. Take 2 to 4 months off each year from pitching to rest your arm
  4. Keep your arm healthy and strong. The thrower’s ten was developed specifically for throwing athletes and is a good place to start.
  5. Stop pitching if you feel pain, or fatigue. Throwing through problems will change your mechanics and put you at risk for serious injury
  6. Follow the guidelines for rest days and total pitches below.

If you’re 14 or under:

Pitches Thrown Rest Days
1-20 No rest day required
21-35 1 rest day
36-50 2 rest days
51-65 3 rest days
66+ 4 rest days

15 and under can throw a bit more

Pitches Thrown Rest Days
1-30 No rest day required
31-45 1 rest day
46-60 2 rest days
61-75 3 rest days
76+ 4 rest days

Finally, you should aim to keep under the maximum number of daily pitches set by Little League Baseball and Softball:

Age Max Pitches Per Day
7-8 50
9-10 75
11-12 85
13-16 95

For more information on how physical therapy can help your child recover from an injury and better their game call or text us at 781-767-5200 or visit us at nationalphysicaltherapy.com