Concussion

Question: My child participates in a contact sport and I am concerned that he/ she may get a concussion. How can I prevent or prepare for this? Answer: Unfortunately, no matter how careful you or your child is, concussions can occur in both contact and non-contact sports, and can be very dangerous. If your child participates in any sport, I would…

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Inner Ear Problem

Question: Recently I have noticed that when I roll over in bed I get a spinning sensation. My physician told me it might be positionalvertigo and referred me to Physical Therapy. How is Physical Therapy going to help this? Answer: A common inner ear problem is BPPV (Benign ParoxysmalPositional Vertigo) and can be successfully treated by a VestibularTrained…

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Knee Pain from Running

Question:For about two months my knee hurts when I run. I belong to a gym and have been performing weight training exercises to strengthen my legs and decrease my pain. However, this has not helped. Is there anything else I can do? Answer: Yes. During your visit with a Physical Therapist they can assess the flexibility and strength of your…

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Aquatic Therapy

Question: I fell downstairs while carrying a box a month ago. My arm got caught on the railing and was pulled backwards. I had no initial pain but two weeks later my arm started to hurt and now my low back hurts. What type of therapy would work best for me? Answer: Aquatic therapy may work well for…

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GI System Issues

Question: I have been having bouts of diarrhea and severe cramping off and on for weeks. A friend told me to consider Physical Therapy. This all seems to have come out of the blue. Any Ideas? Answer: The GI system can be very sensitive and impacted by otherareas of our life that might seem unrelated. A STARS physicaltherapist specializing in bowel and…

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Trigger Finger

  Question: My fingers seem to lock up frequently, especially when I’m gripping, making a fist or when it is cold outside. When this happens it is very painful. What could this be and what can I do about it? Answer: You could possibly be experiencing what is called trigger finger. Therapy can help with this condition by using modalities and exercise to…

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Broken Elbow

Q: I fell and broke my elbow last week. It’s been in a sling but I’m getting stiff and am scared to start therapy. Should I be? A: Elbow fractures, if stable, can quickly become tight and contracted. The elbow is a hinge joint and only moves in a couple of directions. Both the joint and muscles…

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Dislocated Shoulder

  Question:  I was really active as a kid and remember dislocating my shoulder when I was 12. I never had problems with it after that, but now I’m 40 and lately it’s been bothering me. Is there anything I can do? Answer: There may be a number of conservative measures that can help. With your lifestyle…

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Radiating Hip Pain

  Question: I have pain radiating from my hip to my inner thigh and down to my knee. What could be causing this pain? Answer: This pain pattern is commonly seen when the hip joint has been injured or is arthritic. Treatment often includes stretching and mobilizing the hip joint, strengthening the muscles of the hip…

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Back Pain

Question: What is causing my back pain? Answer: Back pain can come from many sources, including the disk (soft material between each vertebra), joints between the bones (called facet joints), muscles, ligaments or a combination of these. Muscles are often involved in back pain and may require stretching, whereas other structures may require a different approach. If your pain is…

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