physical therapy

What Are Cervicogenic Headaches and How Can PT Help?

What Are Cervicogenic Headaches and How Can PT Help?

What are cervicogenic headaches?

A cervicogenic headache is caused by dysfunction in the neck, whether it be from stiff joints in the upper cervical spine or from tension in the muscles near the base of the skull. Pain from this type of headache is typically felt around the skull, temple regions, and eye sockets…

How Can Physical Therapy Help My Sciatica?

How Can Physical Therapy Help My Sciatica?

What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is one of the most common symptoms associated with lower back pain. It refers to the sensation of burning pain that tends to radiate from the buttock down the leg. The distance the pain travels is typically correlated to the extent of the irritation effecting the nerves. The name “sciatica” comes from the sciatic nerve, which is one of the largest nerves in the body…

What is the Rotator Cuff and What Does It Do?

What is the Rotator Cuff and What Does It Do?

What is the rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff is the name given to the group of 4 muscles that originate from different positions on the shoulder blade and connect to the humerus (upper arm). These muscles all work together to ensure stability of the shoulder joint during movement (dynamic stability). When isolated, each of these muscles acts on the humerus and moves the shoulder joint in different directions…

How Can PT Help My Spinal Stenosis?

How Can PT Help My Spinal Stenosis?

What is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is one of the most commonly diagnosed conditions that affects the lumbar spine (lower back). It is common for people with stenosis to feel tightness and pain that radiates from the low back and buttocks down into both legs.

It is estimated that only about 5% of people with spinal disorders actually require surgery (Eidelson, 2018). So, what are the other 95% of people expected to do? This is where physical therapy comes into play. There are many methods your PT will use in order to help address the issue causing your pain and discomfort.

How Can Physical Therapy Help My Arthritis?

How Can Physical Therapy Help My Arthritis?

What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a major cause of chronic pain and disability in our society today. People with arthritis typically report deep, aching pain in the joints affected as well as stiffness and inability to get up and get right out of bed in the morning. The most common treatments for this painful condition include cortisone injections aimed at decreasing inflammation, over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and knee replacement surgery once the condition significantly worsens…

What Is Direct Access and How Can It Help You?

What Is Direct Access and How Can It Help You?

What is direct access?

Direct access is the legal term that states that patients can go straight to a physical therapist to receive treatment, and do not have to get referrals from physicians, which can cause delays and be costly. The term has different conditions in every state, but direct access is available in all 50 states in the US, which means that patients are put at the focus of the treatment plan, and are allowed to receive faster and cheaper services than when required to go through a physician.