J David. Abraham, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
Location and Office HoursOrtho NY
Albany, NY 12205
- Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Capital District Physicians' Health Plan (CDPHP)
- Empire BlueCross BlueShield
- First Choice Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- MVP Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Albany Memorial Hospital
- St Mary's Hospital Troy
- St Peter's Hospital
When should a young athlete see a sports medicine physician?
Daniel J. Gurley, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of Overland Park Regional Medical CenterIt’s not uncommon for young athletes to experience stiffness and soreness. However, when a young player starts opting out of playing, avoids putting weight on the injury or stops sleeping because of pain, a doctor’s visit is in order.
How do I know if the pain is from nerve, muscle, or skeletal problems?
Trevor Wicken , NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
As stated in the post from the Cleveland Clinic, there is no single test that can differentiate between neve, muscle, or skeletal pain. However, during exercise and activity, many people experience similar sensations that can help to clue an individual in as to what may be the cause of the chronic pain. Here are general guidelines:
Nerve: Typically a burning or stinging sensation that may be isolated or may spread to other parts of the body during activity. This may be accompanied with loss of strength, coordination, or sensation.
Muscle (Tear, Strain, Pull): Typically a sharp, tearing or pulling sensation that occurs throughout a range of motion or during the transition from sustained inactivity to activity. Pain may or may not exist depending on the severity of the damage. Muscular trauma typically results in weakness, impaired function, instability, or loss of coordination.
Skeletal (Joint or bone): Joint pain typically occurs during weight bearing activities, sudden movements, or sustained inactivity. Pain can be sharp, dull, pressure, or throbbing. This pain is usually caused by inflammation in or around the joint caused by muscle imbalances around that joint. Bone pain is usually sharp if it is a fracture and typically dull and achy if it is a bone bruise.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
How often should I do stretches for shoulder and elbow pain?
Rick Olderman, Physical Therapy, answeredStretching exercises for shoulder and elbow pain are generally held for 30 to 60 seconds. Performing two to five repetitions is usually all that's needed to experience a positive effect. During the first week, I typically ask my clients to commit to performing their stretches as often as possible (two to five times each day) to aggressively reduce their symptoms. It should always feel good to perform the stretching exercises, so this really shouldn't be a hard sell. After the first week, when your symptoms have abated, you can ease off and find the ideal number of times needed to keep your pain at bay. I recommend doing the exercises first thing in the morning and last thing before bed as most people's pain becomes aggravated during sleep.
Find out more about this book:Fixing You: Shoulder & Elbow Pain: Self-treatment for rotator cuff strain, shoulder impingement, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, and other diagnoses.
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