Shrugging Off a Shoulder Dislocation

Shrugging Off a Shoulder Dislocation It is a classic movie scene: The hero’s shoulder gets knocked out of joint. With a nonchalant grunt, he pushes it back into place and goes about his business saving the world. Well, that might work in the movies, but in real life a dislocated shoulder is a very serious…

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Difference between Speech & Language

Question: How are Speech and Language different? Answer: Language is made up of socially shared rules including syntax, (organization of words in sentences) semantics, (meaning created in language by combining words to make phrases and sentences) and pragmatics (language in social contexts). Speech on the other hand is verbal communication which includes articulation, (how sounds are made) voice, (use of…

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Pain in Shoulder Blade

Question: I work at a computer most of the day and recently I have been getting pain in the neck and down into the shoulder blade.What can I do about this? Answer: There could be a few possibilities creating your pain. You may have a dysfunction of a joint or two in your neck or a disk in…

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Chronic Pain in Back and Neck

Question: How do I deal with the severe chronic pain I have in my back and neck? Answer: The first place to start is to visit your physician! They can assess and rule out a host of medical reasons that could be the source of pain. Once that is completed, a physical therapist at STARS can further analyze your musculoskeletal…

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Fatigue from Chemotherapy

Question: I have cancer and recently completed my chemotherapy treatments. I’m so tired that it seems I can’t get anything done. What can I do to get more energy to do the things I enjoy? Answer: Cancer related fatigue is a common occurrence followingtreatment and can significantly affect one’s tolerance to performnormal daily activities. This type of fatigue…

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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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