If you live in the Inland Empire and you play softball, baseball, volleyball, waterpolo, or tennis,there is a good chance that you may have experienced shoulder pain or elbow pain or injury. The traditional method for managing these issues is the P.R.I.C.E. principle, which stands for Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation, or using an over-the-counter pain reliever, or anti-inflammatory.
From my experience, athletes in Southern California tend not to heed that advice well. Rest is out of the question in the age of competitive club and travel ball, so the alternative is to tough it out or ice. Neither of those options are very good either. Inflammation is always thought of as a negative thing, but it is a natural process, and your body uses inflammatory chemicals as a marker for your cells to remodel the injured tissue. So ice slows cellular processes and can reduce acute swelling, but continued icing can delay or inhibit the tissue from healing completely, and turn a short-term problem into a chronic condition. Ignoring the pain and playing through it isn’t very wise as well. Pain is a sign that something is wrong, and ignoring the problem can make it worse. Your body will adapt, or compensate for the pain leading to abnormal stresses in other parts of the body.
So… What’s the best treatment for throwers and other overhead athletes? The clear answer in our practice is Cold LASER. Rather than slowing the cellular processes involved with healing, cold LASERs penetrate deep into the tissues, using photons to stimulate and energize the cells to be more efficient in healing the tissue. They normalize the nerve an make them less sensitive to sending off pain signals. Reduced pain and more rapid healing is the result, and over 80% of our clients FEEL a difference in under 5 minutes.
We have had success in our Rancho Cucamonga location working with throwers with Tommy John (UCL) tears and strains, rotator cuff strains and tears, glenoid labrum (cartilage) , injuries and many more.
Even if you’re not an athlete, and have pain in your shoulder or elbow you should come in for a screening and see what LASER can do for you. The treatment is inexpensive, and there are no side effects. For those looking to avoid surgery, injections or medication for their shoulder or elbow problems, LASER is a great alternative.
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