Arthritis is an extremely painful condition that causes joint stiffness and reduces range of motion. Ironically, though, the pain of arthritis can lead to a vicious cycle—you reduce your movement because it hurts, which causes your joints to become even stiffer, which causes more pain.
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Suffering a stroke is a major medical event for anyone, regardless of age or gender. It is critical to seek emergency medical care right away. Full recovery, though, takes a long time and typically involves physical therapy as well as other treatments. Here is what to expect from physical therapy following a stroke.
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You already know that physical therapy can be a life saver when you’ve recently undergone surgery or after an injury. However, these aren’t the only times when you can benefit from seeing a physical therapist. Physical therapists can provide relief for women who suffer from common women’s health disorders. Here are some of the common conditions women face with which physical therapy can help, as well as what new clients can expect.
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Back surgery is considered major surgery, and it is most successful when undertaken as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Rehabilitation in the form of physical therapy is critical to getting you back on your feet as soon as possible, as well as in ensuring that you recover as completely as you can.
Physical therapy after back surgery takes several forms as you progress through the healing process. Here is what to expect.
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Knee replacement surgery can help restore functionality and reduce pain in knee joints. If you’re going to have knee replacement surgery, you may wonder what the recovery process is going to be like. Here’s what you can expect during your knee replacement recovery.
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A total knee replacement, or TKR, requires an active rehabilitation process to return you to a healthy and active lifestyle. Although it can sometimes seem overwhelming, a 12-week protocol with a licensed physical therapist (PT) can help you heal and vastly improve the long-term prognosis for your new knee. Here is what to expect.
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Tennis elbow is actually the common name for elbow tendonitis or tendinosis resulting from overuse due to repetitive motion events. It gets its name from the fact that nearly half of all tennis players eventually suffer from it, but this group makes up less than five percent of all cases. Lateral elbow tendinosis occurs in the outside of the elbow, while medial elbow tendinosis (sometimes called golfer’s elbow) occurs in the inside of the elbow.
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Hip replacement surgery can offer you better joint function and less pain. However, before you can benefit from either, you’ll undergo a recovery period during which your body will heal from the surgery, and you’ll work to strengthen the area around the joint. Fortunately, there are predictable phases that happen after surgery.
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Neck pain is generally caused by a temporary or permanent abnormality in the structures of the neck, upper back, and/or shoulders. Muscle spasms are incredibly common, especially among those who sit at a computer all day or play certain sports. Strains, injuries such as whiplash, herniated discs, and pinched nerves are also common possibilities. Regardless of the cause of pain, though, physical therapy can usually help.
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Sciatica is pain that originates in the lower back and then travels down the sciatic nerve into the leg. It can also cause numbness, tingling, and weakness. Sciatica generally causes one-sided pain that is worsened by sitting but can also make standing and walking difficult. It is important to note that sciatica is not a medical condition on its own. Instead, it is indicative of another condition, from degenerative disc disease to spinal stenosis.
The first step in treating sciatica is to identify and treat the underlying condition. However, physical therapy is almost always considered a vital part of treating the pain. Research shows that gentle exercise can help patients recover more quickly from active sciatica, and can reduce future incidences of acute pain. Here’s how it can help.
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