Chronic pain affects more than just your body. Dealing with constant discomfort can reduce your quality of life and impact your emotional and mental health, making it important that you take steps to get relief if your current pain management plan isn’t doing enough to address your symptoms.
The National Institutes of Health reports that 1 our of every 4 Americans will suffer from pain that lasts for longer than 24 hours at some point in their lives, and if you’re one of the more than 75 million people faced with chronic pain, you know how the discomfort can interfere with your daily life. Fortunately, it is often possible to manage chronic pain with the right treatment plan.
Shoulder Pain (Part II)
Have you heard of impingement?
Think of the word, sounds like pinching, right? Imagine the arm bone doesn’t have enough room to raise, and bumps up against the front part of shoulder blade bone. If this keeps happening, it can lead to rotator cuff tears.
…in all the right places! (Part II)
In part 1 of this blog series, we discussed the importance of the sagittal or “side view” curves of the entire human spine. In part 2 of this blog series, I would like to go into greater detail as to why proper spinal curves are critical, when dealing with proper biomechanics, spinal health and back pain.
Knee pain is a common complaint which can limit many activities of daily living such as standing up from a chair, going up and down stairs, or simply walking. There are multiple different types of knee pain which can be treated by a physical therapist. The one I would like to discuss today is called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS or Runner’s Knee).
While spine surgery is not for everyone, for those who must undergo surgery, I am often asked my opinion as to whether physical therapy is needed after surgery. Some patients and even doctors have been nervous about early physical therapy, preferring to wait 4-6 weeks prior to starting PT.
However, one disadvantage of waiting is that during the first few weeks after surgery, patients have relatively little feedback from a health care professional on how to move, and bend and take care of their back. Whereas, if involved in physical therapy, the patient is able to learn and be more closely monitored as he/she heals.