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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Prostate Cancer

  Question: I just found out I have prostate cancer and I am going to have surgery. My doctor wants me to see a physical therapist first. How is that going to help me?Answer: physical therapist trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation can instruct you in pelvic floor muscle exercises. Doing these exercises before you have surgery can decrease the…

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Stroke

Q:My husband had a severe stroke. How can I help him be more independent at home? A: First, identify a meaningful activity for him and then determine which parts of the activity he can participate in with the most success and independence. Encouraging him to do as much as possible for himself, while being safe,…

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Scoliosis

Q: I was diagnosed with scoliosis when I was a teenager. What can I do to help maintain a healthy spine and reduce the risk of increasing the curvature in my spine? A: In physical therapy, we educate the patient on how the back functions and what positions can either increase or decrease thestress on…

Posted by Kate Mason in Healthy Advice