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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 | 2017-05-21T03:04:16+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|

ACL Injuries: How Physical Therapy Can Help

Although it’s the smallest of the four main knee ligaments, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has an important job.  It connects the thighbone to the shinbone at the center of the knee and keeps the leg stable while the rest of the body moves.  An ACL sprain or tear occurs when these two bones manage to rotate too far in opposing directions or the knee bends the wrong way.  Both a sensation that the leg is buckling with each step and outright pain are common. Activities [...]

By | 2017-07-10T01:41:42+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Recovery|

Can Physical Therapy Relieve my Sciatica?

For people who suffer from sciatica pain, getting relief is usually high on their list of things to do. Sciatica pain is a grueling pain caused by irritation of the roots or lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine. Some common symptoms include burning or tingling that goes down your leg, a shooting pain that may make it difficult to stand up or a constant pain on one side of your back that extends down your leg. When it comes to sciatica pain, many people benefit from physical [...]

By | 2017-07-10T02:12:16+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Back Pain|

Three Reasons to Talk To Your Physical Therapist about a Customized Sports Specific Physical Therapy Program

Are you an athlete who wants to be at the top of your game? If you are a professional sportsman you need a competitive edge to enhance every part of your fitness program. A physical therapist can customize a sports-specific physical therapy program that will not only boost your performance in your chosen sport, but it can also help prevent injuries from happening or developing. In the past few years, there has been much hype and drama about people using steroids and other outlawed medicines to [...]

By | 2017-07-10T02:41:20+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Health|

What to Expect When You Visit a Physical Therapist

Patients are sometimes hesitant when it comes to physical therapy. Not knowing what to expect or feeling nervous about being pushed too far can be intimidating. It is important to know that you are in control. Your physical therapist is there to evaluate your symptoms and perform appropriate treatment techniques. At the beginning of your first appointment, your physical therapist will ask you a number of questions. They will then do a detailed examination and evaluate your strength, balance, posture, heart rate and anything else that [...]

By | 2017-07-10T02:32:56+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Physical Therapy|