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+00:00July 10th, 2017|Recovery|

How Physical Therapy Can Boost Mobility in Seniors

What is Physical Therapy? Before we get into the reason why physical therapy is great for increasing mobility in seniors, it is important to understand what physical therapy actually is. Physical therapy is a form of rehabilitation which uses specially designed equipment and exercises to help a patient recover faster and regain their physical strength when they have been injured. Physical therapy, also known as PT, is great for many types of patients including newborns with musculoskeletal birth defects, adults who have undergone surgery and even [...]

By |2017-07-10T01:18:03+00:00July 10th, 2017|Health|

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 |2019-06-21T15:15:24+00:00July 10th, 2017|Injury|

Baseball Injuries and What To Do About Them

Baseball is gearing up and with the Great American Pastime come a series of injuries that are pretty common on the diamond. Here are the top injuries and how sluggers can avoid them. Rotator Cuff The rotator cuff is a series of four muscles in the shoulder. They control several arm motions. Injuries happen when the tendons suffer repetitive stress injuries or a sudden trauma like running into a wall or another player. Get your shoulder stronger. Work out in ways that don’t involve the same [...]

By |2019-05-13T16:16:07+00:00July 10th, 2017|Injury|

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+00:00July 10th, 2017|Injury|

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+00:00July 10th, 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+00:00May 21st, 2017|Recovery|

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+00:00May 21st, 2017|Recovery|

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+00:00May 21st, 2017|Back Pain|