Physical therapy can be an invaluable resource in treating a wide variety of conditions – from headaches and chronic joint pain to severe injuries and post-surgery recovery.
If you’re contemplating adding an integrative physical therapy program to your treatment plan, consider some of these benefits:
They are one of the most commonly experienced pain conditions in the world, and their causes are as varied as the people who experience them – from genetics and specific medical conditions, to illness, food allergies, hormones, stress and more.
According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of the adult population – 47% – has had at least one headache in the past year alone. The WHO also reports that headaches are “underestimated, under-recognized, and under-treated throughout the world.”
Scoliosis is defined as a 10-degree or more curvature of the spine, causing it to have a “C” or “S” shape instead of appearing straight. It tends to begin before puberty but can also begin in adulthood, and can cause sufferers to lean more to one side and limp due to subsequent leg/hip misalignment. As scoliosis progresses, it can also cause painful pinched nerves, muscle spasms, herniated discs, even difficulty breathing.
After the plates are cleared and before the Thursday night football game comes on TV, another Thanksgiving tradition often takes place in backyards all across the country – the annual family football game.
It’s a chance for the weekend athlete in all of us to come out and show off our skills. Unfortunately though, thanks to one too many festive libations and too few minutes of proper stretching, many of us end up sidelined with injuries by the time the day’s over.
Aside from making sure to check your child’s bag of candy before letting them eat it, you might not consider Halloween to have many dangers. Unfortunately though, bulky costumes and pumpkin carving catastrophes make it a little more hazardous than you might think.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in 2013, finger and hand injuries accounted for over 17 percent of Halloween wounds – most of which, 30.3 percent, were suffered by kids aged 10-14. Breaks and fractures sustained from falls and ill-fitting Halloween costumes are another big culprit of Halloween disasters.
This time of year is a favorite for many – and not just because of all the pumpkin-flavored coffees making their seasonal debuts. Fall is football season, and along with tailgates and trash talk comes the increased potential for painful, debilitating sports injuries.
Football players (the professional, backyard, and school-aged variety) are at risk for suffering a wide-range of slips, falls and collisions each season, leading to conditions such as shoulder tendinitis, shoulder dislocation, rotator cuff injury, sprains and repetitive strain injuries, just to name a few.
Physical activity is critical for kids. It helps them sleep better at night, improves their concentration, cuts back on behavioral issues and gives their immune system a boost. But it also ups their risk for injury.
Keep your kids safe and injury-free this school year with these tips:
- Skip out on sandals or flip-flops on the playground, and go for tennis shoes instead. This helps cut back on the likelihood of scary trips and falls. For after-school sports, make sure all gear is functioning properly and fits correctly.
You don’t have to play tennis to fall victim to the overuse injury known as tennis elbow. It’s caused by an inflammation of the tendons in the elbow, and everything from swinging a tennis racquet to cutting up veggies in the kitchen can cause it, triggering pain that radiates from your elbow down to your hands and wrists.
One of the best ways to manage the pain and symptoms of tennis elbow is to utilize an individualized rehabilitation program like the ones provided at Sovereign Rehabilitation. Our use of manual and aquatic therapy, joint mobilization and manipulation, muscle energy techniques, neuromuscular reeducation (a technique that retrains injured muscles to work properly), and more will help to reduce pain, inflammation, and joint weakness, and speed up your recovery.
Anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, injuries are painful and debilitating, and can be an unfortunate outcome of playing some of your favorite summer sports. They occur when the ACL ligament in the knee is over-stretched and tears, causing swelling and an inability to walk or continue your normal activities.
Surgery is often required for severe ACL tears, and whether you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, this can be scary to consider. How long will it take me to recover? Will I be able to return to the field, track, or court again?