Summer has drawn to a close and autumn is here. For many people, this time of year means getting back into some type of routine to settle in for winter. If you suffer from the pain of arthritis, fibromyalgia or you are recovering from injuries or a surgery, you may want to consider adding aquatic therapy to your routine. Performed in the water, this type of low-impact therapy provides soothing exercise using the resistance and buoyancy of water. (more…)
It is interesting how certain injuries can change, yet stay the same over time. Today we have repetitive strain injuries (RSI) that are the consequences of manual labor, office work and/or the technology we use. Some of the more recent injuries include iPod finger, PlayStation thumb, Rubik’s wrist (or cuber’s thumb) stylus finger and Emacs pinky. Though these types of injuries are 21st century maladies, repetitive strain injuries are not new.
RSI was first described by an Italian physician in 1700. Bernardino Ramazzini documented over 20 categories of RSI. He made these observations among Italian industrial workers of his day. Hundreds of years later, RSI is still a concern among workers and those participating in sports and certain leisure activities. (more…)
You may have heard an older person complain about their bursitis acting up and wondered what that meant. Humans have over 150 little fluid filled sacs throughout their body that cushion and lubricate the moving parts of the body. They can be found between the bones, tendons and muscles near the joints. Major bursae are found near the large joints in the shoulders, elbows, hips and knees.
Dizziness, that strange feeling of your body being unstable in space, woozy, unsteady or faint, can happen anywhere and anytime. Usually, it is a minor issue like a momentary drop in blood pressure or an ear infection that can be easily treated. However, frequent dizziness can be a sign of something more serious. So how do you know if your dizziness means it’s time for some treatment? (more…)
What would you do without your hands? Thankfully, most of us don’t have to worry about that scenario. But it is not unusual to get an injury to your hand that leaves it unusable. When that happens, understanding hand therapy is a step toward regaining your full range of motion again.
Because our hands are nearly always involved it whatever we are doing, they are frequently prone to injury. Most of us spend time working in the kitchen using sharp knives, hot surfaces and electric appliances to create our food. Any of these activities can lead to an injury needing therapy in addition to healing. Severe burns leave scar tissue behind. Deep cuts can injure tendons and muscles, and an electric slicer can shear off a finger.
Pregnancy is usually one of the most exciting and joyful times in a woman’s life. Looking forward to a new life fills the heart with happy expectations. Each month passes, bringing that monumental day closer. For some women, however, pregnancy brings pain and can overshadow happiness during these months. Sovereign Rehabilitation is here to help. (more…)
We all know how important good nutrition is for a variety of reasons, but did you know you can also boost your body’s capacity to heal with a diet full of nutritious foods? Certain foods have been shown to help lower pain levels. Of course, a healthy diet is not the silver bullet for all ailments; but eating those foods that reduce inflammation and avoiding the ones that increase it can have a positive impact. (more…)
Athletes who use a lot of repetitive wrist motion are at a higher risk for certain injuries affecting this joint. One such injury affects the tendons that run along the thumb side of the wrist. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis develops when the hand is overused, and the tendons become irritated.
As an older athlete, you have a lot to be proud of and you are still in the game. Your speed and agility may not be what they were a few decades ago, but you are active and vibrant and that says a lot about you. With that being said, it is important for you to realize that your body is going through changes as you age, regardless of all the precautions you take to slow the process.
Awareness of Physical Changes
You may be one of those individuals who pushes yourself to the max. This is how you have always handled things in your life. That’s often a plus; but as you age, it is important to know when to back off a little. Some changes in your aging body can put you at risk for certain injuries. You can be better prepared to avoid injuries when you know about the changes that may affect your performance. (more…)
Getting back to work after an injury is a process. The first step is healing and rehabilitation. You do not want to go back too soon, as this can exacerbate an injury that is on the mend. However, recovering is only a part of your journey. There are other considerations like workplace accommodations to consider. (more…)