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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.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Vs. Arthritis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Vs. Arthritis

by Stephanie Meadows
Like everybody else, you rely on the use of your hands for almost everything you do on a daily basis. Unfortunately, when you start to experience constant pain and discomfort in your hands and wrists, these simple tasks often become uncomfortable and more difficult. Two big culprits of this type of pain are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and both conditions are infamous for the pain and discomfort they bring to the hands and wrists. Since both of these conditions lead to a similar type of pain, they can be easily confused. You should know that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and arthritis are different conditions, and ultimately may have different treatments and outcomes.

Preparing to Run a Marathon

Preparing to Run a Marathon

by Stephanie Meadows
Gearing up to run a marathon takes a lot of guts, preparation, and hard work. If you are running in your first marathon, give yourself a major pat on the back. Running is an enjoyable sport for many people, and a race or marathon is like taking it to the next level. Marathons take patience and endurance, but with the right training plan and a positive attitude, you will achieve your goal – whatever your reasons are for doing one.

Cracking Knuckles: Is it bad for you?

Cracking Knuckles: Is it bad for you?

by Stephanie Meadows
Around 25 - 54 percent of people possess the habit of cracking their knuckles. Although a lot of people love cracking their knuckles, the habit is poorly understood. Likewise, many people believe that cracking your knuckles may cause a number of health problems.

What is a Hip Arthroscopy and Why Do You Need One?

What is a Hip Arthroscopy and Why Do You Need One?

by Shearly (SU)
A hip arthroscopy is a type of surgery that helps your doctor get a clear view of the inside of a joint. An arthroscopy may help doctors diagnose and treat joint problems. During an arthroscopy, a small camera, or and arthroscope is inserted into the hip joint. The camera allows the surgeon to visually see any damage to the joint.

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