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Front of Elbow Pain When Carrying or Shoveling

Patients complain of this pain in the front of their elbow when picking up and carrying things. Heavier objects may produce sharper pain. Even moderately heavy objects can create an achy pain in the bicep with a sharper pain in the pocket of the elbow. This elbow pain tends to be less bothersome when picking …

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Chronic Band of Wrist Pain and Irritation

These patients come in with one of two scenarios. First, some people come in with unresolvable “carpal tunnel.” These patients have a band of pain over their wrist that they can’t shake. Some have taken on a wrist brace or have seen a doctor who recommended one. Often they are careful with how they sleep …

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Shoulder Pain and Neck Tension in Golf Swing

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. Shoulder Pain During Swing Patients complain about pain in the shoulder occurring at the end of their golf swing. When I ask them to demonstrate, they slowly go through the golf swing, pausing a little extra at the end to …

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Pain in the Torso and Arm: Signs, Pain Patterns, Self-care, Therapy Notes…

This is a collection of posts about trigger points that refer into the torso and arm. Remember that people often feel a portion of the trigger point referral patter, not all of it. Sometimes, it is not just the dark red areas. You can read more about that in this post. Also, some people don’t …

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Therapy Notes – Serratus Anterior

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Pain in the upper back, index finger and thumb

People complain about pain just inside of the shoulder blade, and in the thumb, and index finger. It doesn’t always create pain in the hand; sometimes it is tingling like it is “falling asleep” or “going numb.” Sometimes, they have pain or tingling when reaching out with the hands near shoulder level, like when you’re driving …

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Nagging Pain Inside The Bottom of the Shoulder Blade

Want to skip ahead?Here’s a link to my post about getting relief on your own. People complain of nagging pain in the upper or mid-back, just inside the bottom of the shoulder blade. They have trouble determining what causes it or what to do for relief. They may also complain of sore ribs on that …

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Superficial strip of shoulder pain when reaching up

People complain of a strip of pain in the front of the shoulder when reaching up. They often say this is “biceps tendon pain” because it feels more superficial. When I ask if there is a motion that creates the pain, they lift their arm in front of them. It bothers them more as the elbow …

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