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  • Physical Therapy After a Spinal Fusion

    Physical Therapy After a Spinal Fusion

    Spinal fusion mimics the bone healing process and immobilizes that area of the spine by connecting two or more bones. This surgery is not just limited to the spine, as it is done on other areas of the body, such as the feet or ankles – with that said, fusion is quite common in regards to the spine.

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  • What is Arthroscopic Surgery?

    What is Arthroscopic Surgery?

    The type of anesthesia used will depend on the duration of the procedure. There is local anesthesia (blocks a limited area, like a knee) regional anesthesia (numbs the lower half of your body) and general anesthesia (places the patient unconscious).

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  • Living with Chronic Back Pain

    Living with Chronic Back Pain

    Chronic back pain is real, and most people will experience it at some point in their lives. In fact, a 2012 American Physical Therapy Association survey found nearly two-thirds of Americans experience low-back pain but 37 percent do not seek professional help for pain relief. Whether it’s mild or severe, short or long-termed, low-back pain makes nearly every daily activity difficult and painful.

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  • Musculoskeletal Disorders in Farmers

    Musculoskeletal Disorders in Farmers

    Farming is physically and mentally taxing. While your team is working long hours to finish up as fast as possible, fatigue and soreness will eventually set in. However, that nagging pain might not be soreness, but a musculoskeletal injury instead. Left unchecked, this could lead to lasting pain and discomfort, significantly impeding your future work.

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  • Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

    Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

    The condition is common among people who live active lifestyles or are on their feet a lot. Over time, the plantar fascia ligaments wear down because they are essentially shock absorbers for your feet. When too much pressure is put on the ligaments, they can tear and become damaged, resulting in inflammation, heel stiffness and pain.

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  • How to Prepare for Surgery

    How to Prepare for Surgery

    Before committing to a procedure, discuss your options with your healthcare provider and take some time to think everything over. Surgeries aren’t procedures that you should rush into (with the exception of emergency surgery). Make sure you consider all alternatives and weigh the pros and cons before committing.

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  • Thumb Sprains

    Thumb Sprains

    A stable, or healthy and uninjured thumb is extremely important for both pinching and grasping. “Jamming” or spraining your thumb causes an injury to the main ligament in the thumb, aka, the ulnar collateral ligament. A ligament is a soft tissue that connects two bones and helps create a stable joint. Tearing this ligament can not only cause pain and lack of mobility, but can also cause your ability to pinch and gasp to become weak and/or non-existent.

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  • Common Overuse Injuries in Children

    Common Overuse Injuries in Children

    Sever’s disease is one of most common causes of heel pain in children. It often occurs during growth spurts and is an inflammatory condition of the growth plate in the heel bone. Running, jumping, and being active lead to repetitive stress on the growth plate as the foot strikes the ground. This results in inflammation in the growth plate, which causes heel pain.

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  • Overuse Injuries In Children, Adolescents, and Teens

    Overuse Injuries In Children, Adolescents, and Teens

    Overuse injuries are those that occur gradually over time. When an athletic activity is repeated over and over again, affected areas of the body simply don’t have enough time to heal between all the repetitions endured between play and practice. Because young athletes are still growing, they are at a greater risk for injury than adults. The consequences of overdoing a sport can include injuries that impair growth, and may lead to long-term health problems. A great example is overhand pitching in baseball, which can be associated with injuries to the elbow.

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  • Preventing Elbow Injuries this Winter

    Preventing Elbow Injuries this Winter

    Injuries to the elbow can occur due to a variety of situations, but the most common cause in winter sports is direct impact to the elbow joint. Direct impact can cause dislocation, fracture the bones in the elbow, or damage tendons and ligaments.

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