Understanding What a Physical Therapist Does

A physical therapist, or PT, is a healthcare professional who focuses on the science of movement. PTs work with patients throughout the lifespan who face injuries or illnesses that limit their functional movement. Physical therapy is a dynamic and ever-evolving profession that uses research-based scientific theory to restore, maintain, and promote optimal physical functioning. Phases of Physical Therapy Physical therapy begins with a thorough examination and evaluation. Depending on your unique situation, your physical therapist might ask you to walk, bend, or stretch in specific ways. [...]

By | 2018-02-23T20:04:24+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Physical Therapy|

Physical Therapy After Surgery: What You Need to Know

Physical therapy is a key component of recovering from several types of surgery. It can get you back on your feet faster and help to ensure a full recovery. Your exact physical therapy program will depend on the type of surgery you have, as well as your overall physical condition and individual needs. Regardless, though, physical therapy after any type of surgery follows the same general progression. Post-Surgery Your physical therapy program will likely begin as soon as your surgery is over, before you are released [...]

By | 2018-02-23T20:03:27+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Physical Therapy, physical therapy after surgery|

Physical Therapy for Back Pain

Back pain can make everyday living difficult, from needing to take pain medication that makes you drowsy to facing challenges with completing daily tasks. Fortunately, physical therapy can help reduce back pain and improve your quality of life with relative ease. Here are some of the ways that physical therapy can help clients with back pain. Less Risky than Surgery Physical therapy is less risky (and expensive) than back surgery to correct back pain. In some cases, attending physical therapy on a regular basis is enough [...]

By | 2018-02-23T20:02:01+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Back Pain|

Physical Therapy for Neck Pain

Neck pain can be caused by many different abnormalities in the physical structures of the shoulders, upper back, and/or neck. For those who play sports or sit hunched over a computer all day, muscle spasms are often to blame. Injuries such as whiplash, and chronic issues such as a pinched nerve or a herniated disc, can also cause neck pain. Fortunately, physical therapy can generally relieve neck pain regardless of the cause. Of course, you should always be evaluated by a physician first to rule out [...]

By | 2018-02-23T19:58:50+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Neck Pain|

Can Electrotherapy Help with my Back Pain?

Electrotherapy is more common than people may think, and the use of electricity in healing has its place. The most common form of electrotherapy is Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS). TENS is most commonly used for back pain. Small electrodes carry current into the skin and bring relief to those with back pain. Of all the back pain most people have, sciatica is most common. The sciatic nerve runs down from the lower back into the leg. It has various symptoms from a burn to a [...]

By | 2017-05-21T03:06:22+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Back Pain|

Knee Surgery: A brief Look

The two words you wanted to hear the least from the mouth of the M.D. – knee surgery. Questions abound in your head as to what is needed, what will happen and the like. This is perfectly normal. One thing that many do not consider is the recovery period from knee surgery. Before we get to that, let’s take a quick look at some common surgeries. 1. Bilateral Knee Replacement – This is the most major of all surgeries. The surgeon(s) replace both knees at one [...]

By | 2017-12-07T22:14:15+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Recovery|

Pain: Cold vs. Heat

You may be an athlete or just a person running errands after work, but by chance you have twisted your ankle and are in a bit of pain. There is some minor swelling but no serious pain. It is not broken, but it could stand for a bit of TLC. At home, you have a heating pad and some ice packs. The question is: What do I use: Heat or Cold? Here lies one of the greatest debates of all time when it comes to injury. [...]

By | 2017-05-21T03:03:52+00:00 May 21st, 2017|Recovery|

Beating a Tennis Elbow

You don’t have to swing a racket to get tennis elbow. This injury can come from a variety of activities says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS). “Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse — repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow,” says the article on this problem. In that respect, it’s [...]

By | 2017-07-10T00:50:56+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Recovery|

Touch Screen Thumb: an updated Mommy Thumb

Spending night after night on a tablet or Smartphone has created a new phenomenon from an age old condition. Too often people are using their hands on these pads and phones to the point of wrist pain and discomfort, but this is not new to medicine or physical therapy. What is going on, medically, is DeQuervain’s Tenosynovitis. Most people know it by its more colloquial term, Mommy Thumb, except the thumb has moved to the wrist. Tenosynovitis means “swollen tendon sheath.” Mommy Thumb is when the [...]

By | 2017-07-10T00:51:27+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Injury|

Trigger Finger – You Don’t Have to Shoot a Gun to Get This

Even if you never touched a gun, you can get Trigger Finger. Trigger finger can happen to any finger on either hand. Trigger Finger is when your finger gets stuck in a bent position. When you try to straighten it out, it snaps back into place. It’s also very painful. Each of your fingers has tendons. The tendons are inside a sheath. The tendon gets inflamed. It can’t slide back and forth in the sheath any more. The swelling makes it get stuck. It’s a lot [...]

By | 2017-07-10T01:14:35+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Injury|