Pain can come from a variety of sources- Physical Therapy can help!
Tissues, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs, that are damaged or disrupted by sprains, strains, tears, or herniations, and are in need of repair. The role of your physical therapist is to prevent further injury and promote healing. Physical therapists determine when and how it is appropriate to get you moving again.
Pathology (Disease Process)
This can be a serious disease that requires further medical investigation or treatment. Physical therapists are specially trained to spot “red flags” – signs of pathology that require medical referral. More common pathologies are chronic, degenerative conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, or other disorders such as diabetes and obesity, that require a safe and effective exercise approach. Physical therapists combine specialized knowledge of these conditions with advanced understanding and application of exercise principles to help you manage or reverse such problems.
Pain that occurs in the absence of injury or pathology or that persists beyond the period of time expected for healing. Persistent pain can be a result of increased sensitivity of the nervous system. Two further categories can be determined based on the nature of your sensitivity:
- Mechanical Pain
Sensitivity to movement, position, or activity – pain frequently results from a vicious cycle of guarding, protection, and difficulty moving. As you move, nerves need to be able to glide, slide, and lengthen – tolerating varying degrees of both tension and compression. Tightness leads to decreased tolerance for various physical challenges, including sustained positions, repetitive movements, and forceful movements. Physical therapy breaks that cycle and restores normal movement. Safely increasing strength will also help to improve your functional tolerance.
- Chemical Pain
Nerves are sensitive to inflammatory chemicals so pain can result when there is increased inflammation. Physical therapy can help by improving mobility to lubricate your joints and exercising muscles with low impact to provide more support and unloading of your joints.
What Is Arthritis?
Arthritis is an incredibly debilitating disease causing pain, inflammation, stiffness, and limitation of movement. As the most common cause of chronic disability, it can often keep you from performing daily activities and fully enjoying your life
Lower Back Pain
What Lower Back Pain Is
Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide with one half of all working Americans admitting to having back pain symptoms each year. It is the most common reason most people miss work is due to low back pain. Though it sounds serious, most cases of back pain are not caused by serious conditions such as arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. Most likely it is from poor posture or from using poor body mechanics when working or lifting. Don’t become a statistic!
Causes Of Elbow Pain
The elbow is very susceptible to injury. Whether your elbow is sore from sitting at a desk all day, from a specific repetitive motion performed at work or at home, or because you had an especially competitive game of tennis or, physical therapy can help.
Dizziness & Vertigo
Dizziness & Vertigo Explained
Dizziness is a common condition, especially among older people, but it can affect other ages as well. It increases the risk of falling and fear of falling, which then can result in more limitation of activity, risk of injury, and increased healthcare costs.
Back Pain Explained
The back region comprises a huge portion on the body and causes of pain in this area can be hard to determine. Luckily, most cases of back pain are not caused by serious conditions such as arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer. Most likely they are from poor posture or from using poor body mechanics when working or lifting.
Do You Suffer From Chronic Pain?
According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, chronic pain affects 100 million American adults. This is more than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined. It can plague young and old alike and strikes everyone differently. Many chronic pain sufferers have resigned themselves to a life of pain and narcotics, but fortunately physical therapy can help.
What Exactly Is Joint Pain?
You have been active your whole life. Maybe that is part of the problem. Your joints are wearing out causing you discomfort and pain. This tendency is better known as arthritis, the nation’s number one condition causing disability.
Breaking Down Foot Pain
Our feet are constantly under stress. It’s no wonder that 80 percent of us will have some sort of problem with our feet at some time or another. Many things affect the condition of our feet: activity level, occupation, other health conditions, and perhaps most importantly, shoes.
How Knee Pain Is Diagnosed
The knee is a sensitive area of the body and one that can be injured performing almost any activity. It is a vulnerable joint and a simple twist can lead to a serious injury as well as ongoing problems and a long recovery time. Therefore, whether your sport is rugby or racquetball, bowling or badminton, you cannot take chances with this body part.
Ankle injuries can be a real pain, literally and figuratively. Not only can they lay you up or make you hobble around, they may cause you to banish your favorite pair of stilettos to the closet or cancel that game of touch football that you had planned for the weekend. Ankle pain can significantly limit a person’s ability to participate in everyday activities along with recreational and workplace activities.
Neck pain is a common complaint. The cause of neck pain can vary from muscle strain, degenerative disc disease, whiplash injuries and osteoarthritis just to mention a few. Sixty percent of all adults will experience neck pain in their lifetime. Non-injury related neck pain usually develops over time due to the stress and strain of daily activities.
Just How Complex Is The Wrist?
Wrist injuries are very common because we use our hands and arms for so many of our daily activities, and if we fall, it’s most natural for us to put our hands out to catch ourselves or break the fall. Overuse injuries in the workplace occur frequently in jobs that are repetitive, as in working on a computer or on a line in a factory. Sports injuries to the wrist occur often, they can happen in almost any sport, and are likely to keep you off the field or court while you are healing.
The Hip Explained
A hip injury is nothing to joke about as it can be one of the most serious injuries and can lead to long-term health problems if not addressed correctly or inevitably prevented. Athletes who play active sports like football, soccer, and rugby are more prone to suffering through a hip injury than athletes in other sports, however, hip injuries can also occur by accident, whether through a bad fall or quick and awkward movement. Therefore, you must know how to take care of yourself so you do not fall victim to this debilitating injury.
Typical Shoulder Problems
Shoulder pain and discomfort can adversely affects a person’s quality of life. It is the most common complaint seen by General Practitioners (GP) and Primary Care Providers. Shoulder pain can be the result of an accident, an athletic injury or simply lifting something heavy, sleeping the wrong way or household chores, especially repetitive ones.