Where Does Physical Therapy Stand on Foot Drop Treatment

While there is good foot drop treatment, the causes can be serious. Foot drop syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder characterized by weak muscles in the front of the lower leg. This can result in partial or total loss of control over the foot. This affects the ability to lift the foot at the ankle. Damage…

Posted by Kate Mason in Healthy Advice, PT eDigest

What You Need To Know About Stress Fractures

A stress fracture, also known as a fatigue-induced fracture, consists of one or more small cracks in the bone. It is associated with a pattern of overuse, commonly seen in the lower extremity in athletes. Causes Repetitive motion is one the mechanisms that result in a stress fracture. The muscles become fatigued and are unable to absorb…

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Physical Therapy plays a vital role in helping patients suffering from Chronic Pain or Chronic Fatigue

Physical Therapy plays a vital role in helping patients manage and overcome chronic pain. Therapists use a variety of evidence-guided treatments to deal with chronic pain. The idea is to go low and slow, often times, physical therapists are able to gradually increase the intensity of active exercises over time. Another important component is to…

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WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT GROIN PAIN?

A groin strain is an overstretch or tearing injury to the muscles of the inner thigh or front of the hip. Groin strains make walking, lifting the knee, or moving the leg away from or toward the body difficult and painful. Groin strains can occur from overuse of the muscles, or from a sudden contraction…

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Stress Fractures on the Fibia or Tibia

Lower Extremity Stress Fractures and Physical Therapy The constant stress experienced by the feet and the lower extremity from activities such as walking and running can have an impact on its structural integrity. Injuries can be many, and one such well recognized injury is a stress fracture. Typically, stress fractures are a result of constant…

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Everything you didn’t know about headaches

The common response to a headache is “Let me pop a painkiller and hope the pain goes away”. While this isn’t necessarily a bad idea, it’s not a long-term solution for headaches, particularly the ones that that have a musculoskeletal origin. Most patients are unaware that physical therapy can play an important role in the…

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Never Ignore Hip and Thigh Pain

The hip is an important weight bearing joint in the human body. Repetitive stress to the femur (thigh bone) over time can lead to the formation of cracks in the hip joint, which is the junction of the pelvis and the femur. For most individuals, simple cracks can heal over time without the need for…

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Can physical therapy help with shin splints?

The shinbone or the tibia is the front surface of the lower leg. This part of the body is under constant stress and strain when we walk, jump and run. An overuse injury happens when a certain threshold of tolerance is crossed. This is a condition called shin splints. Intense pain occurs on the front,…

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Strengthen the knee with physical therapy

Knee and foot injuries are common for people of all ages. They tend to occur during day-to-day activities such as walking, climbing stairs and running. In most cases, people tend to ignore the pain and just ‘carry on’, leading to more injury and pain. Rest and medication help reduce pain. However, the residual effects of…

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Danger of Trampoline Parks

Trampolines have evolved over two decades. They are used to help practice gymnastics, tumbling, and cheerleading moves, and are often found in backyards across America. They have even found their way into the Olympics, becoming an official event at the 2000 Sydney games. Recently, trampoline parks have opened in many cities. These parks offer a…

Posted by Rebecca Thompson in PT eDigest