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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

5 Easy Tips to Avoid Back Pain While Gardening

The start of summer means the start of gardening season in Portland. While gardening is a great way to get outside and stay active, it can also lead to unwanted back pain. Thankfully, here are five easy things you can do to stay safe and avoid back pain and injury while gardening. 1. Use Good Posture When Lifting The most important thing you should remember when gardening is to use good lifting mechanics in order to prevent low back injuries. Avoid bending forward as this will put excess strain on the lower back. Focus on bending through the knees and …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

Dance Rehab & Conditioning: How Physical Therapy Can Help

Dance-specific rehabilitation and conditioning is an essential component of any dancer’s self-care and physical maintenance routine. As a dancer, you ask a lot of your body on a daily basis, and it’s crucial to make sure you give it the specific care it needs to continue to perform at a high level. Finding a quality physical therapist with the proper experience and training to either help you recover from an injury or take your performance capabilities to the next level can be difficult. At Life’s Work Physical Therapy, you’ll receive excellent care from a manual therapy-certified physical therapist who also has …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