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The Five Best (and Worst) Exercises for Your Rotator Cuff

The human body is a complex machine with many moving parts that work in unison to get us through our daily lives. One of the most integral components of this system is our rotator cuffs. The rotator cuff consists of a large group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, which allows our arms to perform various actions. Injuries to the rotator cuff can result in loss of motor function and require months of ongoing rehabilitation. There are exercises that you can do to help strengthen your rotator cuff muscles and lessen the chance of injury and some exercises that, if done incorrectly, can lead to an injury.  Read more “The Five Best (and Worst) Exercises for Your Rotator Cuff”

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Can Children Get Arthritis?

Kids care about having fun, learning, and making friends. However, pediatric arthritis causes pain and discomfort, making it challenging to even get up in the morning, let alone stay active. Unfortunately, nearly 300,000 American children have joint disease, and one-sixth of them suffer from juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), according to the Arthritis National Research Foundation. Your child can receive treatment and relief for arthritis at Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder, which serves clients at 17 offices throughout Philadelphia and South Jersey.

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What Does It Mean When Your Hand or Arm Falls Asleep While You’re Sleeping?

The tingling sensation in your hands and arms that happens after you first wake up from a long nap can prove disorienting. The inability to perform even the simplest of tasks until you get full feeling back in your extremities is a minor inconvenience, but what causes the sensation? Does the fact that your arm falls asleep more frequently than others mean that there is a larger issue at play? What is the actual cause of your arm falling asleep at night, and is there any way for you to stop it from happening?

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What Is Carpal Boss Syndrome and How Is It Treated?

When it comes to your hand’s bone and muscular structure, several conditions can develop over time. Each can cause varying issues and potential discomfort that may require a professional consultation. One such syndrome that can cause distress for patients that does not get as much attention is carpal boss syndrome. It may prove challenging to diagnose carpal boss syndrome, but few key indicators and treatment options are available to correct the issue.

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Important Message Regarding Coronavirus

**PHSC Policies on Coronavirus (COVID-19)**

Updated January 3, 2022

The safety of our patients and staff is our number one priority. With that in mind, all patients visiting any of our offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, regardless of vaccination status, MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES.

Patients Only: To allow for social distancing, guests and family members are NOT PERMITTED to attend appointments with patients. The only exceptions are:

  • If the patient is a minor, in which case one parent may accompany the patient.
  • If an adult patient needs assistance with mobility, hearing, etc.

We ask that all non-urgent patient appointments be rescheduled if you:

  • Have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Are currently experiencing upper respiratory/flu-like symptoms including cough, fever, tightness in the chest, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headaches, sore throat, loss of taste or smell.
  • Have not been fully vaccinated and have recently been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

As a reminder, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has issued the following recommendations for controlling and minimizing the spread of the Coronavirus:

  • Wear masks.
  • Social distance.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • For more information about COVID-19, visit www.CDC.gov
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