Fix My Shoulder: A Guide to Preventing and Healing from Injury and Strain

Rowman & Littlefield
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The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. It enjoys an amazing range of motion; it can rotate 360 degrees and can extend upward, sideways, across the body, outward, inward, every which way. That makes it the most useful joint we have, and, not surprisingly, we use it the most. Lifting, pushing, pulling, throwing, catching, hugging: the shoulder experiences more motion than any other joint. So it is perhaps not surprising that, sooner or later, it becomes overtaxed—fatigued. After all, as with anything, if you keep applying the same pressure over and over, the strength and stability of the structure being pressured will wear down. That’s what happens to the shoulder, and when it does, it’s not only painful; it can also stop you in your tracks, limiting your ability to do even simple things you’re used to doing.

The truth is that if you’ve never felt any kind of shoulder pain whatsoever, the chances are good that as you grow older, you will. Our bodies tend to lose muscle and bone mass as we age, and we become more susceptible to the aches and pains that may result.

But neither the weakness nor the pain is inevitable. The shoulder can be fixed, and the pain can go away. First, there’s a fix that cures the weakness and ends the pain. But there are also things you can do to prevent injury or strain in the first place, so that you never have to lose the strength, stability, and range of motion of the shoulder at all. Fix My Shoulder explores the anatomy and function of the shoulder, methods of preventing pain and injury, and treatments for healing that anyone can implement for better shoulder health and function.
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About the author

George Demirakos is a licensed physical therapist and certified athletic therapist who has worked with the Montreal Canadiens professional hockey team, the Canadian Tennis Championships, and with athletes in the 2004 and 2012 Olympic Games. He is currently the clinic director, senior physiotherapist, and leader of the sports medicine team of the Club Sportif MAA in downtown Montreal, and has served on the Advisory Boards of the McGill Faculty of Physiotherapy, and Sports Physiotherapy Canada - the nation’s professional association for sports physiotherapists. George worked as a physiotherapist on the set of Mummy 3 as well as X-Men: Days of Future Past.
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Publisher
Rowman & Littlefield
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Published on
Oct 16, 2014
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Pages
160
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ISBN
9781442233386
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Language
English
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Genres
Health & Fitness / Healing
Health & Fitness / Pain Management
Medical / Orthopedics
Medical / Sports Medicine
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George Demirakos
In 2015, there were roughly 10.4 million patient visits to doctors' offices because of common knee injuries such as fractures, dislocations, sprains, and ligament tears. It is one of the most common problems affecting the muscles and joints of the body after back and neck pain, and is the most common site of pain and disability in the upper and lower pain and disability in the upper and lower limbs.

The knee is often one of the most problematic areas of the body, whether you're focused on long distance running, sports that require plenty of cutting and sharp lateral movement, heavy lifting, or any activity that's hard on the legs. The wellbeing of your knees and the muscles around them are an essential part of your fitness goals, even if keeping them strong and supple isn’t necessarily part of your program. Even people who are not involved in heavy fitness activities can develop knee pain. The truth is that if you’ve never felt any kind of knee pain whatsoever, the chances are good that as you grow older, you will. Our bodies tend to lose muscle and bone mass as we age, and we become more susceptible to the aches and pains that may result.

When we injure the knee in some way, it naturally stops working as it should. It won’t bend fully or pull quite as forcefully. That makes it hard to pick something up from the floor or pull something down from overhead. Spending hours in front of the computer becomes torture. Lifting groceries out of the car and carrying them into the house becomes an ordeal. New grandparents can’t stand up comfortably to hold the baby.

But neither the weakness nor the pain is inevitable. The knee can be fixed, and the pain can go away. First, there’s a systematic way to cure the weakness and ends the pain. But there’s also a way to prevent problems to begin with, so that you never have to lose the strength, stability, and range of motion of the knee at all. In Fix My Knee, George Demirakos shows readers how to do both. For anyone with knees, this book will show you how to keep them healthy and strong, and what to do when things go wrong.
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