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Tips for Surviving Knee Pain

Tips for Surviving Knee Pain

by Stephanie Meadows
When it comes to dealing with any type of injury, the knee is often one of the biggest and most common problem areas in the whole body. The first thing to understand about knee health is that the knee is a stable joint that functions and exists directly between two very mobile joints - the hip and the foot. If the hip or foot is injured, mobility of the knee can become limited.

What can Your Podiatrist Do for You?

What can Your Podiatrist Do for You?

by Stephanie Meadows
One-quarter of the bones in the human body are in our feet. In other words, the foot is a complex structure of 26 bones and 33 joints, with more than 120 muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Our feet have many benefits, as they support our weight, act as a shock absorber, serve as a lever to allow our legs to move forward, and help us maintain our balance.

What Does a Hurt Shoulder mean?

What Does a Hurt Shoulder mean?

by Stephanie Meadows
The shoulder is an elegant piece of machinery. It happens to have the greatest range of motion of any joint in the body. However, this large range of motion can cause the shoulder to become unstable, leading to joint problems and the site of multiple injuries. Your shoulder joint is composed of four joints, over 30 muscles and 6 major ligaments, and three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). An edge of the scapula, called the acromion, forms the top of the shoulder.

The Difference Between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

The Difference Between Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy

by Stephanie Meadows
Words that sound the same may be very confusing, especially if the words are medical in nature. Medical terminology can be a very overwhelming language to learn, even to some medical professionals! This is especially true once you see how closely spelled, and in some cases, pronounced, some terms are. It is imperative that close attention is paid when using medical terminology in order to be sure that the desired information is communicated. Let's spend a little time making sure we understand the differences between some commonly confused medical word roots. With few exceptions, we will use various suffixes, as we explore these root words to help distinguish the meanings easier.

Physical Therapy Can Eliminate the Need for Medication

Physical Therapy Can Eliminate the Need for Medication

by Stephanie Meadows
Have you ever suffered from such bad and long lasting pain that you just reach for your medicine cabinet and take whatever will relieve your pain the fastest? Truth is, that pain medications such as Tylenol and Aleve usually only offer temporary pain relief, meaning, it is not going to stop the pain or cure what's causing it. Fortunately, there are many alternative approaches available through pain management specialists who can provide you with better pain management strategies. When it comes to pain management, medication isn’t the only solution.

Physical Therapy Myths Debunked

Physical Therapy Myths Debunked

by Stephanie Meadows
The main goal of physical therapy is to restore your function and mobility, and eliminate or minimize your pain so you can get back to your active lifestyle. People everywhere are experiencing the transformative effect physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce their pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life.

 Podiatrist vs. Foot and Ankle Doctor

Podiatrist vs. Foot and Ankle Doctor

by Stephanie Meadows
The human foot & ankle is a strong and complex mechanical structure that contain 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons & ligaments. The foot and ankle is one of the more complex areas of the human skeletal system, and obtaining expertise in this region of the body requires years of training, education, and practice. It is important to know the difference between a podiatrist and an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in foot and ankle, if you are seeking care for a foot and ankle problem.

The Benefits of Physical Therapy After an Accident

The Benefits of Physical Therapy After an Accident

by Stephanie Meadows
Excellence, our physical therapy experts will create a customized plan of care to improve your range of motion, flexibility, and strength. Treatment may include modalities such as heat, cold, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound, as well as therapeutic exercise and a home exercise program.

Occupational Therapy Reduces Hospital Readmissions

Occupational Therapy Reduces Hospital Readmissions

by Stephanie Meadows
By definition, Occupational therapists must often determine whether the patient can complete daily functions on their own, or whether a caregiver is ultimately needed. They focus on the patient’s well being, both in and outside of therapy, with the ultimate goal of determining and maintaining a person’s capability to function in regular society. In some circumstances, an occupational therapist is tasked with evaluating whether someone will continue to be at risk of hospitalization if left in their current living or working situation.

Standard Shoulder Replacement Vs Reverse Shoulder Replacement

Standard Shoulder Replacement Vs Reverse Shoulder Replacement

by Stephanie Meadows
Your shoulder joint is composed of four joints and three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humorous (upper arm bone). An edge of the scapula, called the acromion, forms the top of the shoulder. Your shoulder happens to encompass the most movable joints in your body, but can become unstable and the site of many injuries, such as sprains, strains, dislocations, separations, torn rotator cuffs, bursitis, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, fractures and arthritis.

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