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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

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

Physical Therapy Facts: Top 10 Things to Know About Pain

Why do we feel pain? What is our body telling us? Learn the top 10 things you should know about pain and how physical therapy can help treat it: 1. Pain is a protective device. Things shouldn’t hurt for no reason. In a healthy body, pain is a sign that something is wrong. It’s a signal from your brain that there is something that needs attention. You wouldn’t ignore a check engine light on your car, so treat pain the same way. 2. Pain doesn’t give us specifics. It doesn’t tell us what is going on in the tissues of …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

How Physical Therapy for Headaches Can Improve Your Life

Did you know that headache pain is the third most common pain complaint world wide? Not only are headaches common, they can also be very disabling, leading to a decreased quality of life. Many people do not realize that physical therapy for headaches is one of the best, most effective treatments available today. According to the International Headache Society, there are 14 primary and secondary headache disorders. For example, some headache pain is caused by migraine disorder, neck trauma, head injury, jaw disorders, neck dysfunction and tension type pain. Physical therapy for headaches is effective for several of these types. …Read More