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How Knees Age: What’s Normal and What Isn’t for Your Knee Health

Over the past 20 years of practice, knee pain is one of the most common complaints I treat. When your knees hurt, it’s hard to walk, get out of a chair and climb stairs. Knees can swell, ache and be completely uncooperative. In this blog, I’ll review how knees age and the effects of aging on the knee. Fortunately, there are many exercises you can do to strengthen your knees, making them last longer and feel better as you age. Effects of Aging on the Knee Knee pain is an extremely common orthopedic complaint. Frequent knee pain affects about 25 …Read More

Tips and Facts About How to Heal Plantar Fasciitis and Where It Comes From

Of all the conditions I treat as a physical therapist, plantar fasciitis is one of the hardest. It’s hard because plantar fasciitis can be really painful and disabling. Plantar fasciitis can take longer to heal than say a muscle strain. The very good news is that with the right treatment, plantar fasciitis gets better and you will have a much clearer picture of why it occurred in the first place. Plantar fasciitis affects about 10% of Americans, accounting for 11% of running injuries and 15% of foot-related pain at doctor visits. About 1 million patient visits each year are due …Read More

Watch for Osteoporosis Symptoms and Start Early Osteoporosis Treatment

Osteoporosis is a very common disease affecting 54 million Americans. On average, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men age 50 and older will suffer a fracture from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis related costs are $19 billion annually, with 2 million fractures generated every year. That’s a lot of broken bones! While genetics and being post-menopausal play a role, there’s a lot you can do to prevent osteoporosis. Once diagnosed with osteoporosis, treatment is available from your doctor, and be sure to ask for a referral to a physical therapist. First off, what is osteoporosis? Here is what you need to …Read More

Banish Hip Pain – Get Relief from Hip Osteoarthritis Symptoms

Osteoarthritis is the most frequent cause of musculoskeletal pain worldwide. Osteoarthritis is characterized by painful and sometimes swollen joints, stiffness and increased pain with use and with prolonged sedentary periods. The cartilage lining of the joints erodes and there may be underlying bone changes. We don’t know the exact cause of hip osteoarthritis but here are some factors that can predispose you to osteoarthritis: age, gender, genetics, body mass index, activity level, weakness, injury, trauma, overall health, dysplasia and metabolic/hormonal problems. Remember, there are always solutions to get hip pain relief including weight loss, physical therapy, strengthening, stretching and nutritional changes. …Read More

What is Osteoarthritis of the Knee? (Plus Tips to Treat the Pain)

I can’t tell you the number of times a new client comes to Life’s Work Physical Therapy to see me, and they are completely terrified of their new diagnosis: “I have osteoarthritis of my knee. My pain will NEVER go away and I am only 55. How could this happen?” And on it goes. Many times, clients believe that knee pain caused by osteoarthritis is something they have to live with and that there is nothing they can do. What an awful feeling! I am hear to tell you that there is SO much you can do at any age, at …Read More

Physical Therapy for Osteoarthritis: Everything You Need to Know

Over the last 20 years practicing as a physical therapist, I can’t tell you the number of times a new client has come into my office feeling completely doomed by a recent diagnosis of osteoarthritis. A recent client of mine, age 62 with a 7-year history of chronic left knee pain announced, “I assume my knee will hurt forever; the doctor told me I have osteoarthritis. I guess I just have to live with the pain!” These thoughts and feelings are common among my clientele. I am here to tell you what I always tell them: regardless of whether you …Read More

Best Cross Training Activities for Safe Summer Exercise

Summer is here and there is so much to enjoy: hiking, biking, running, swimming, paddle boarding, kayaking and gardening top the lists of my clients’ favorite summer activities. Is your body ready for all these great summer activities? Cross training is a great way to get it ready. Many clients ask me, “What is cross training?” and “How do I do it?” This blog should answer both of these questions. Over the years, I’ve seen many of my clients want to jump right into seasonal exercise, sports or activities without any preparation. Clients are often surprised when their body gets injured …Read More

5 Tips to Prevent Recurrent Sprained Ankles

Growing up as an athlete, I remember many basketball games where I landed funny and then “rolled” my ankle. Lucky for me, my ankles survived and did not turn into recurrent ankle sprains. A sprain is defined as an injury to ligaments. Ligaments are tough yet flexible tissues that connect two adjacent bones. Ligaments are designed to support your moving parts. If the two ends of the ligament are stretched too far apart, it’s called a sprain. If the ligament is repeatedly stressed as in “rolling the ankle” all the time, then the ligaments lose their toughness and become stretched …Read More

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