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Tech Neck: What Is It – And How Can It Be Treated? | Life’s Work PT

Technology has changed significantly in the past 10 years. We live in an increasingly connected world, and it shows in the way our technology has changed. Smartphones, tablets, smart-watches and laptops have become a part of our everyday life. While this in many ways is a good thing, there are some unwanted side effects that have come with our increasing tech-dependent world. Take out your smartphone and look down at it – what is your neck doing? When you look down, you are putting your neck into flexion. When this happens, the necks normal curve reverses; you should feel a …Read More

The Opioid Epidemic: Physical Therapy for Alternative Pain Management

Over the last 5 years, we’ve been bombarded with news stories, headlines and public service announcements about the rampant health crisis around opioids. Prescribed pain medications or opioids kill more people than cocaine and heroin overdoses combined. In towns across the United States, our first responders receive multiple calls per day due to opioid complications and overdose. 10 years ago, first responders dealt with 2-3 overdoses each month and now 25-30 overdoses are common. When prescriptions run out, people turn to street drugs to get the same high and the black market is full of prescriptions like oxycontin, oxycodone and …Read More

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

TMJ and TMD Relief: TMD Treatment Without Surgery | Life’s Work PT

If you’ve ever had pain in your jaw, you may have heard the term TMJ. The temporomandibular joints are the joints that connect the jawbone to the skull. These joints work during jaw movement such as opening and closing the mouth, talking and chewing; and, like any area of the body, injury and overuse can cause problems. Problems with the joints, muscles and other tissue in this area is called Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). Essentially, something is wrong with the joints that connect the mandible (the jaw bone) to the skull, and this usually involves the muscles that work to …Read More

Common Dance Injuries and How to Treat Them: Sprained Ankles

When you are physically active there is always a potential for injury, no matter how careful you are to avoid them. Sprained ankles are a very common dance injury. This blog will explain some of the basic physical therapy activities you can do to treat sprained ankles. Sprained Ankles Sprained ankles occur most frequently when you roll over the outer aspect of the ankle. This is called an inversion sprain. Inversion sprains are graded 1, 2 or 3. The grade indicates how torn the ligaments that hold the bone together are following the injury. Grade 1 indicates no tearing; grade …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

Halt Bladder Leakage with Bladder Retraining Exercises and PT

I’m sure you’ve seen the advertisements that say, “Stay on top of your game with (insert name of incontinence product),” or “I can finally enjoy the moment,” and “Feel more natural!” I particularly like the last one; what could feel more natural than wearing a pad or diaper? How about not needing to wear anything other than normal underwear! The truth is, more than a quarter of women and 16% of men experience occasional bladder leakage. The good news is they may not need to. Have you ever felt like restroom signs should look like this? Again, the urgent need …Read More

Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy for Pregnant and Post Partum Women

Pregnancy changes the body in many ways. Most of these changes are positive, meant to keep both mother and the baby healthy. But there is one common, unwelcome change: according to the American Physical Therapy Association, between 50-70% of women will experience low back pain and 45% or more experience pelvic girdle pain during or after pregnancy. Many different factors contribute to pain: hormonal changes decrease stability in joints and ligaments, and due to the changes that happen in the body, posture and center of gravity change. Additionally, women are increasingly more active when they have their first child; a …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