Posts made in August, 2014

Getting The Most out of your Joint replacement

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Getting The Most out of your Joint replacement

Orthopedic surgeons will sometimes choose to replace part, or all of a joint that has been damaged. Hips, shoulders, and knees are the most common sources of pain and loss of mobility that doctors will attempt to fix. But, having this surgery is not enough. Joint replacement procedures become more and more common every year, but the difficulty of adjusting to a new joint remains a long, involved process. Working with a dedicated physical therapist is the best way to learn how to successfully get the most mobility out of your new joint. What Physical Therapy Offers Physical therapy programs include resistance exercises and stretching to help your adjustment after a difficult procedure. In addition, weight training and treadmill exercises will help get your strength back allowing you to get the most out of your replacement. A Specific Program for You The pain after a joint replacement can keep you from doing the things you love or keep you awake at night. A physical therapy program tailored to you and your specific circumstances, whether it was a knee, hip, or shoulder replacement, will help get you back on track and ease the pain. Licensed physical therapists are ready to develop the right program for you, helping you to get back to living your life and stop worrying about the difficulties of joint...

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Understanding a Herniated Disc

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Understanding a Herniated Disc

Your spine is made up of vertebrae that stack on top of each other. In between these vertebrae are disks that serve as the buffer, keeping one bone from rubbing up against another. Sometimes, these disks can “slip” and stick out through the vertebrae, irritating surrounding nerves. Age, obesity, low levels of physical activity, and continuous strain such as at a job often cause this. Recognizing the Symptoms A herniated disk most often leads to pain and sometimes, even numbness in the leg. A herniated disk may sound like a very serious problem, but for most people surgery is unnecessary and physical therapy proves the best solution. If you have experienced this pain or numbness in the leg, a physical therapist can evaluate you to determine if you have a herniated disk. Special tests along with measurements of your posture and range of motion will usually show that a herniated disk is at fault. But, if you are experiencing extreme pain, muscle weakness, or loss of sensation, something more serious could be at fault and an MRI may be necessary. How Physical Therapy Can Help Licensed physical therapists will guide you through a specific exercise regimen that will relieve the pressure placed on the nerves surrounding the disk, give as long-lasting good habits such as posture improvement, and specialized pain relief treatments to help you through the current pain. Targeted strength and aerobic exercises will build muscle in specific areas, such as the arms and legs, to take pressure off the spine when working. In combination with stretches that will also aide to improve flexibility and motion throughout the...

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Stroke Signs You Should Get Familiar With

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Tips | 0 comments

Stroke Signs You Should Get Familiar With

Strokes are the result of what happens when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients stops flowing to a certain part of the brain due to a clot (an ischemic stroke) or rupturing (a hemorrhagic stroke). They are sometimes referred to as “brain attacks.” When blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain does not get enough blood and oxygen, which allows brain cells to die, causing permanent damage. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. If stroke symptoms are seen or noticed, it is imperative that you call 911 as soon as possible, as these symptoms need to be acted on immediately. According to the American Stroke Association, the acronym, F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke. F: Face Drooping– Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven? A: Arm Weakness– Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S: Speech Difficulty-Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly? T: Time to call 911: If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared. Other stroke symptoms include: Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg, arm or face Sudden confusion or trouble understanding Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden severe headache with no known cause Though some risk stroke risk factors cannot be changed or can only be controlled (age, high blood pressure, etc.), you can lower the risk of having a stroke by improving your lifestyle. You can do this by quitting smoking, treating diabetes, having a balanced diet, being...

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