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Achilles Tendon Pain: How to Diagnose, Treat & Manage the Pain

Achilles tendon pain may arise from Achilles tendonitis, weakness of the calf, hip and other lower extremity muscles or abnormal mechanics of the body during walking and especially during running or sports. This blog will focus on 5 easy steps you can take to manage Achilles tendon pain. If you have not been evaluated by a physical therapist for your Achilles tendon pain, please do so. Refer to my earlier blog on How to Find a Good PT to access services in your area. Full Achilles tendon tears require immediate medical attention and will not be discussed in this blog. If …Read More

Experiencing Front of Hip Pain? Here’s What’s Causing It.

This week’s blog is focused on a commonly treated problem at Life’s Work Physical Therapy: hip pain. When clients describe front of hip pain, pain radiating down the front of the leg, pain in front of the hip joint and pain along the underwear line on the front of the hip joint, physical therapists consider this a primary hip problem. In the cases where pain radiates down the front of the leg, we do a thorough exam to rule out pain generated from the back. Pain in the front of the hip joint is very painful with walking, flexing the …Read More

What is a Torn Meniscus in the Knee & How Do I Treat It?

Knee pain is one of the most common orthopedic complaints in the U.S. Some studies indicate 19% of the population has knee pain. While there are many causes of knee pain, this week’s blog will focus on the meniscus. You will learn what torn meniscus symptoms feel like, how to treat a torn meniscus, and the recovery time for meniscus tears treated with physical therapy and with surgery. So what is a meniscus? There are two in each knee, one on the inside (medial) and one on the outside (lateral). A meniscus is cartilage pad that provides cushion and stability …Read More

Chronic Inflammation: How to Recover and Eliminate the Pain

When we describe inflammation, we use words like swelling, irritation, tenderness, redness, soreness and even in some cases, infection. While inflammation is very normal immediately following an injury, accident, surgery or other traumatic event, it should subside with time. When inflammation lingers long past the acute inflammation stage, we call it chronic inflammation. Inflammation that persists for several weeks, months or even years and is primarily characterized by its persistence and lack of clear resolution is considered chronic inflammation. In physical therapy, we meet patients regularly who have chronic inflammation. During physical therapy we determine, when we can, the root …Read More

Knee Injuries Treatment: How to Manage the Pain and Heal

According to a 2011 Annals of Internal Medicine article, 25% of American adults suffer with frequent knee pain that limits work, life and mobility. In those adults over age 50, osteoarthritis of the knee is the most frequent cause of knee pain. Among adolescent athletes, the knee is the most commonly injured joint. For these young athletes, injuries to the MCL (medial collateral ligament), patellar tendon, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament), meniscus and LCL (lateral collateral ligament) are most common. Most sports injuries involve a planting and twisting motion of the leg, or a tackle when the foot is fixed. In this …Read More

Rotator Cuff Injuries Treatment: How to Manage the Pain & Heal

Many people suffer with shoulder pain, especially as we age into our 40s, 50s and beyond. Pain felt in the shoulders may originate from the neck, the heart, the lungs and many other organs. If you suffer with persistent shoulder pain, it’s important to get evaluated by a health care provider to determine the cause. To learn how to find a good physical therapist, refer to my BLOG on finding a good PT. If the shoulder pain is musculoskeletal in origin, it’s often due to problems with the rotator cuff. In fact, about two-thirds of all shoulder pain comes from an …Read More

How to Relieve Neck Pain: 5 Things You Need to Do

Neck or cervical pain is among the top five causes of disability and pain worldwide. If you have persistent neck pain, you are not alone. The World Health Organization estimates that 332 million people worldwide suffer with neck pain. As most of the world’s population is living longer, spinal pain (including neck) and headaches have moved up the ranks as one of the most prevalent and costly health conditions. The good news is there’s a lot you can do to relieve your neck pain. In fact, there’s a lot you can do to get rid of neck pain altogether. In …Read More

Proper Computer Posture to Cure Your Annoying Desk Pain

Do you spend a lot of time in front of a computer at work or at home? A recent study published by Microsoft revealed that U.S. workers spend an average of 7 hours per day on a computer, more hours than they sleep at night! In addition, 85% of workers report discomfort at their computer. The most common complaints are neck, upper back, shoulder, wrist and hand pain. It should be no surprise that HOW you sit at your computer has a tremendous bearing on your comfort. Proper computer posture can make all the difference in whether you have a …Read More

Ask a Physical Therapist: How Do I Find a Good PT I’ll Actually Like?

In prior blogs, I talked about the importance of having a good physical therapist (PT) on your health care team. I can’t tell you the number of times I meet a new patient who completed physical therapy elsewhere and found it to be ineffective or frustrating. Just last week, I met a new patient who had a 7-year old ankle injury and two rounds of physical therapy with very poor results. She could not safely walk, descend stairs or go hiking for the last 7 years!!! That is not good physical therapy. After one session at our clinic, she already …Read More

The Value of Physical Therapy vs. Other Treatments for Musculoskeletal Pain

In prior blogs, I’ve talked about the value of having a good physical therapist on your health care team. I’d now like to be specific about the actual costs and benefits of having musculoskeletal physical therapy compared to other common treatments. Musculoskeletal Pain or Disorder Musculoskeletal (MS) pain or disorder is an injury to the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, spinal discs, fascia or other soft tissue. Musculoskeletal disorders are extremely common and very costly. According to the Centers for Disease Control: Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common reason people over the age of 50 become disabled (reduced quality of life). …Read More