Difficulty Speaking due to Stroke

Question: My grandmother had a stroke and is having trouble speaking. She also seems to have difficulty understanding what Isay. What could cause this? Answer: Following a stroke, some patients experience difficulty with language. This is often caused by a condition known as Aphasia. Aphasia is a disorder that impacts a person’s ability to understand and express language. Individuals may…

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Core Strength for Back Pain Relief

Question: I always hear about core strength. How does having core strength help relieve or control back pain? Answer: The core musculature includes pelvic floor, abdominal, back, thigh musculature (including gluteal, hip adductors, hip rotators, quadricep and hamstring). The purpose of strengthening these muscles is to recruit them to help support the trunk with all activities. Also, we need to recruit them…

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Physical Therapy: Wet or Dry?

Physical Therapy: Wet or Dry? When you are in pain, floating around weightless in a pool of warm water—the rationale behind aquatic therapy—sounds appealing. Therapeutic water programs allow us to restore function and strength without having to fight gravity, while bringing the benefits of the natural pain-relieving aspects of water. For those who have weight-bearing…

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Subchondroplasty: Filling the Void in Your Knee

Subchondroplasty: Filling the Void in Your Knee Made up of bone, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles and fluid, the knee works like a complex machine. If one part of the machine is not working properly, intense discomfort can ensue. One of these system malfunctions is a bone marrow lesion, a microfracture or swelling in the soft…

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News Flash: Physical Therapy Relieves Menopausal Symptoms

News Flash: Physical Therapy Relieves Menopausal Symptoms If you are starting to experience symptoms of menopause, you may wonder whether physical therapy can help in some way. The answer is yes! We can customize treatments to address the areas the most important to your current and future health. Physical therapy can help with these common…

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Use Your Head with Concussions

Use Your Head with Concussions In recent years, concern has risen about the long-term impact of concussions, traumatic brain injury usually brought about by direct impact to the head or by severe, violent shaking of the upper body. In most cases, a concussion has little to no lasting effect, but repeated or severe blows can…

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