People that perform repetitive overhead movements place unique demands on their bodies, especially at the shoulder. Appropriate mechanics play a crucial role in preventing injury and performance (endurance, too).
OVERHEAD INJURIES ARE NOT ONLY FOUND IN ATHLETES
It is common for athletes who play overhead sports (swimming, tennis, volleyball, baseball, softball, track and field events, etc.) to suffer overhead injuries, but it’s also common for those with careers heavy with overhead use (painters, carpenters, drywallers, mechanics, etc.). Both populations commonly develop pain or suffer an injury to their shoulder or elbow. But that doesn’t mean the problem starts or ends there. For many, the underlying cause of arm injuries is a lack of coordination and strength of the structures closer to the body, including the shoulder blade, spine, pelvis and hips. At HealthQuest, we have trained specialists who look at all of these pieces as a whole in order to effectively and safely help you.
WORK-RELATED OVERHEAD INJURIES
Shoulder-related injuries on the job are common among labor-intensive professions, including construction, factory work, delivery work and other jobs requiring heavy lifting. Without proper medical attention, the injury can affect your ability to work, both now and in the future.
OVERHEAD INJURIES IN ATHLETES
Overhead athletic actions require a delicate balance between shoulder mobility and functional stability. When balance is compromised, it commonly leads to shoulder and elbow injuries, as well as injuries at different parts of the body. Pitching (baseballs & softballs), spiking volleyballs, serving tennis balls, swinging golf clubs, passing footballs, and launching javelins are all common activities we see injuries occurring. During each of these activities, the arm must reach a unique position and then accelerate rapidly through a precise path. Not only must the arm coordinate its movement, but the forces from the feet through the core and pelvis must be transmitted through the hand in a seamless sequence. This intricate but explosive movement puts overhead athletes at risk of injury.
THE OVERHEAD ATHLETIC INSTITUTE
The Overhead Athletic Institue (OAI) was created by one of our owners, Ed Martel. As a former professional pitcher, Ed suffered an injury and was forced to retire. Upon retirement, he went to physical therapy school and then an HQPT owner. As a PT he was able to combine both worlds. He created the OAI and trained many HealthQuest Physical Therapists with his protocol and program to help pitchers not only prevent injury but also perform better.
OAI OR HEALTHQUEST: WHERE DO YOU GO?
STEPS YOU’LL TAKE WITH HQPT & OAI
COMMON OVERHEAD INJURIES WE TREAT:
Our Physical Therapists will develop a customized treatment plan to relieve your pain and keep you doing what you love. While overhead injuries are common they shouldn’t become your new normal. One of our qualified physical therapist who specializes in overhead injuries can help you safely get back to your sport, life and work.