The Pain of a Pinching Hip

A very complex joint in the body, the hip is formed by a ball on the end of the thighbone (femur) that sits in a socket formed by a cavity (acetabulum) in the pelvic bone. The ball is held in place by a very powerful ligament, and both the ball and socket are covered by…

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Make Your Winter Workouts Work

Exercise is essential—there are no two ways about it. But for many people, the ability to exercise is severely affected by their environment, especially people who live in areas with cold winters. Fortunately, a drop in temperature does not have to mean a drop in your exercise routine. Your exercises can be modified depending on…

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Instrument Assisted Massage?

Question: What is instrument assisted massage?Answer: Instrument assisted massage is where a specific massage instrument (Graston, ASTYM, etc.) is used to aide in the healing of tissues including loosening up of scar tissue or to breakdown muscle adhesions. It can be used following aninjury in the early stages or to help address longstandingpain issues. Contact your local STARS clinic 367-3315…

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Daughter’s Knee Pain

Question: My 10 year old daughter complains of knee pain after playing sports. Is this normal? Answer: Some soreness after participating in an activitythat is new or of longer duration is common, but if pain is consistentafter regular activities and last longer that a couple of weeks you should have it evaluated, as this type of pain should…

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Multiple Sclerosis

Question: I have Multiple Sclerosis and my symptoms are always different. Is there anything I can do to help manage my symptoms? Answer: Unfortunately daily fluctuations in symptoms are part of multiple sclerosis for many people. The two common methods of managing symptoms are medications and life style. Your physician can prescribe medications for symptom management. There are many opportunities to…

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Hysterectomy

Question: I recently had a hysterectomy and I am noticing that I am going to the bathroom more frequently and can’t hold it as long as I used to. My doctor suggested physical therapy. What would physical therapy do? Answer: Sometimes after abdominal or pelvic surgery the functionof the bowel and/or bladder is affected. A physical therapistcan teach you exercises…

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