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Causes of Shoulder Pain

by Stephanie Meadows
Your shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. The ball portion of the joint consists of the rounded head of the upper arm bone (humerus), and the socket portion is made up of a depression (glenoid) in the shoulder blade. The humeral head (ball) fits into the glenoid (socket) creating the joint that allows you to move your shoulder. The joint is surrounded and lined by cartilage, muscles, and tendons that provide support and stability and make it easy for you to move. It's your shoulder joint that lets you rotate your arm in all directions. Your range of motion depends on the proper articulation of the humeral head upon the glenoid.

Hip Pain, Shoulder Pain and Fibromyalgia

Hip Pain, Shoulder Pain and Fibromyalgia

by Stephanie Meadows
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes aches and pain all over the body. People with fibromyalgia also have "tender points" throughout their bodies. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs that hurt when pressure is put on them.

Could Your Hand Pain Signify a Spine Disorder?

Could Your Hand Pain Signify a Spine Disorder?

by Stephanie Meadows
Everyone has probably experienced pain in his or her hand, whether it’s just from a bump or perhaps overuse. However, if hand pain persists or is accompanied by tingling, numbness, or weakness that interferes with important daily tasks, such as gripping items or typing on a keyboard, then an underlying medical condition might exist.

Using Physical Therapy to Enhance Performance

Using Physical Therapy to Enhance Performance

by Shearly (SU)
It’s important for athletes to realize that everyone has an athletic "ceiling." That is, a maximum potential you can push your athletic performance to before increasing the risk of injury. Physical therapy regimens can be greatly beneficial to runners, athletes, and those who are generally physically active. Building a strong foundation and developing routine patterns are essential to top performance in all means of physical activity. It is ideal to incorporate strengthening and stabilizing exercises in your conditioning program to help with endurance, flexibility, and to also improve speed and power skills.

Knee Pain Doesn't Mean Surgery: What Are the Alternatives?

Knee Pain Doesn't Mean Surgery: What Are the Alternatives?

by Shearly (SU)
Knee replacement surgery can be a tough decision to make, but it isn’t always necessary right away. Prior to taking the leap towards scheduling a surgical procedure, many orthopedic surgeons will suggest trying all reasonable alternatives to knee surgery. Knee replacement surgery is a very commonly performed procedure that involves the resurfacing of the bones of the knee with metal and plastic pieces or components.

Sports Medicine: Keeping You in the Game

Sports Medicine: Keeping You in the Game

by Chelimar Miranda (SU)
People with active lifestyles are often at risk for sports-related injuries. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists, can properly diagnose all athletic injuries and provide treatments that restore a more pain-free condition. The Sports Medicine "team" is made up of individuals from a variety of fields such as orthopedic surgery, primary care medicine, athletic training, physical therapy and nutrition.

What is a Knee Doctor Called?

What is a Knee Doctor Called?

by Shearly (SU)
The title of “doctor” can be a confusing one. In an emergency, the first question people often ask is: “Is there a doctor in the house?” When you have a medical problem, the advice is always, “Ask your doctor.” Most people automatically assume that “doctor” in this context refers to a physician with a medical degree.

Best Mattresses for an Orthopedic Practice

Best Mattresses for an Orthopedic Practice

by Stephanie Meadows
Sleeping on the wrong mattress can lead to or worsen back pain. An ergonomic mattress encourages good sleeping posture, relaxes muscles and generally provides healthy, wholesome sleep. Of course, there is no such thing as a “perfect” mattress for everyone. It’s important to choose a mattress that fits your natural sleeping posture. Changing your mattress can make a substantial difference.

Common Causes for Knee Pain

Common Causes for Knee Pain

by Bevon Findley (SU)
Many people think knee pain only affects older people, but it can affect people of all ages. Whether it's due to arthritis or an injury, it is important to know what has caused the knee pain. Severe knee pain can lead to inflammation and mobility problems. Anyone suffering from knee pain should uncover the exact cause so that it can be treated properly. To understand the common causes of severe knee pain, it helps to know a little about how the knee works.

The Latest Technological Developments Within the World of Physical Therapy

The Latest Technological Developments Within the World of Physical Therapy

by Shearly (SU)
As experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists are healthcare professionals who offer effective treatment to improve or restore mobility and relieve pain, reduce the need for surgery and prescription drugs, allowing patients to participate in a recovery plan designed for their specific needs. A customized physical therapy program can help individuals return to their prior level of functioning, and encourage activities and lifestyle changes that can help prevent further injury and improve overall health and well-being.