The Hot and Cold of Physical Therapy

The Hot and Cold of Physical Therapy Heat applied before exercise or treatment and ice applied afterward are standard physical therapy interventions. Why? Because heat maximizes the benefits while cold minimizes any microdamage from physical therapy. Heat expands the blood vessels in the area to which it is applied. As the blood vessels expand, more…

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Dive Back in After Swimmer’s Shoulder

Dive Back in After Swimmer’s Shoulder Are you an avid swimmer now sidelined by swimmer’s shoulder? You have plenty of company. Swimmer’s shoulder can develop from overuse, a change in your stroke or an increase in the intensity or duration of your swimming activity. Swimmers tend to have above-average flexibility and range of motion in…

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Early Exercise = Speedy Healing Following Disc Surgery

Early Exercise = Speedy Healing Following Disc Surgery If you have had a microdiscectomy—surgery to alleviate sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain caused by a herniated disc—a postoperative regimen that includes exercise can help speed your return to a normal, active life. In the past, patients were advised to limit their movements for up to six…

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Step Up to Therapy After a Meniscus Tear

Step Up to Therapy After a Meniscus Tear The menisci, two semicircular pieces of knee cartilage located where the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) meet, help diffuse the forces on the knee and act as shock absorbers. Meniscal tears are common. Young athletes often tear a meniscus when twisting with the knee flexed…

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Medial Collateral Ligament ~ PT eDigest

Recovering from a Torn Medial Collateral Ligament  No one wants a knee injury, of course, but if you have one, a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) is one of the least serious. This is because MCLs will often heal on their own—meaning no surgery and a full return to activities, even when dealing with the…

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Take Exercising to Heart

Take Exercising to Heart  Coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, heart surgery and heart attack are all scary words—so scary that they frighten people away from exercising for fear of further damaging the heart. But research shows that a balanced, individualized, supervised exercise program can actually speed recovery from heart surgery and heart attack, and…

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The Recipe to Relieve a Baker Cyst

The Recipe to Relieve a Baker Cyst If you suffer from knee pain, the culprit might be a Baker cyst, an accumulation of joint fluid that creates a bulge at the back of the knee. The bulge is noticeable, and a physician can usually diagnose it accurately by taking a history and feeling for the…

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Don’t Get Apoplectic Over Apophysitis

Don’t Get Apoplectic Over Apophysitis Your preteen soccer player comes home from practice complaining of knee pain, and there is a tender swelling at the top of his shin. Your 8-year-old starts limping and talking about a gradually increasing ache in his heel. In both cases, the culprit may be apophysitis, a relatively common condition where…

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Kicking the Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Kicking the Pain of Plantar Fasciitis Your foot pain has been diagnosed as plantar fasciitis, and you have been told that stretching will help relieve it. What kinds of stretches should you do? We have a good knowledge of how to successfully treat plantar fasciitis because it is so common—about 2 million Americans are treated…

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Moving Past Metabolic Syndrome

Moving Past Metabolic Syndrome Being overweight can result from overeating or eating fattening foods, or it can be caused by a condition called metabolic syndrome, a combination of disorders that, when occurring together, increases the risk of coronary heart disease and other diseases related to plaque buildups in artery walls (e.g., stroke and peripheral vascular…

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