Arm/Hand

When Is The Best Time To Stretch–Before Or After A Workout?

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Ok–for some individuals, stretching in addition to a workout is the icing on the cake…a nice touch, but not really necessary.  Or, maybe you’re the type of person who thinks that touching your toes for a few seconds after getting off the treadmill is plenty.  As it turns out when, and how, you stretch your muscles can make or break your fitness goals.

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Stretching before a workout is critical for preventing injury as well as improving performance. This is especially true if you exercise right after waking up or if you’re fairly sedentary during the day–your muscles are most likely going to be tight.  One study showed that stretching for 15 minutes before a workout can help you to avoid injury. read more

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Fibromyalgia–How Do You Know If You Have The Condition, And Why Physical Therapy Should Be Your Treatment Of Choice

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 Fibromyalgia...you may have heard about the condition from a friend or family member, or maybe even from your own doctor or health care professional–but do you really know what it is and how to tell if that’s what you’re truly suffering from?  Fibromyalgia affects almost 5 million people in the US, 80% to 90% of whom are women.  It is a chronic condition that often is extremely difficult to diagnose or agree upon.  Usually diagnosed between 30 and 50 years of age, the symptoms–mainly fatigue and widespread chronic pain–can present much earlier.  Although there is no conclusive cure at this time, there is help in the way of treatments.  Physical Therapy can help in three important ways: read more

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Can The Pain In My Arm Actually Be Caused By Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)?

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Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) can be an extremely painful and debilitating condition of the thoracic-outlet-syndrome-2-638upper extremity.  It is caused by the compression of structures in the thoracic outlet, a space just behind the clavicle (collar bone) and just above the 1st rib.  Because of a multitude of signs and symptoms that can lead to a diagnosis of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, the incidence rates of this condition are currently unknown.  Physical Therapy is very instrumental in easing the symptoms of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and restoring upper extremity function in those individuals. read more

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOLFER’S ELBOW (MEDIAL EPICONDYLITIS), AND WHY YOU SHOULD SEEK OUT A PHYSICAL THERAPIST FIRST

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If you’ve ever experienced pain on the inside of your elbow you may be surprised to learn that Golfer’s elbow (also known as Thrower’s elbow) is a condition that develops when the tendons (connecting the muscles to the bone) on the inside of the forearm near the elbow become iStock_000017736260XSmall-300x199inflamed, irritated, and painful due to repetitive motions at the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand.  Medically called medial epicondylitis it is commonly diagnosed in individuals who perform repetitive motions or activities that involve gripping, twisting, or throwing, such as swinging a golf club or tennis racket.  Even normal everyday activities such as doing yard work or using a computer can cause the condition.  Men over the age of 35 are most commonly affected.  Physical Therapy can help to decrease pain, increase range of motion and strength, and return you to your prior level of function. read more

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TENNIS ELBOW (LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS) AND WHY PHYSICAL THERAPY IS YOUR FIRST CHOICE TO END THE PROBLEM ONCE AND FOR ALL

tennis-elbow-725x350 Tennis elbow is an extremely painful and often debilitating condition caused by overuse of the extensor muscles in your arm and forearm.  It is often most painful where those extensor muscle tendons attach to the bone (lateral epicondyle) on the outside (lateral) aspect of the elbow.  Interestingly, the majority of individuals who suffer from tennis elbow did not get it from playing tennis!  It is estimated that less than 5% of all cases of tennis elbow occur in people who play tennis.  Tennis elbow can happen to anyone who uses repetitive motions of their elbow, wrist, and hand for their sport, job, or activity. read more

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GOT THUMB PAIN? SEE WHY PHYSICAL THERAPY IS YOUR TREATMENT OF CHOICE.

thumb-painHave you been experiencing pain and tenderness at the base of your thumb, on the thumb side of your wrist, or along the thumb side of your forearm?  If the answer is “yes,” you may be experiencing a type of tendinitis called DeQuervain’s tendinitis.  Pain is made worse by grasping or extending the thumb (as if hitchhiking), and can affect individuals of all ages.  top-dequervainsSymptoms generally occur when the tendons are strained due to prolonged or repetitive use of the hand, rapid or forceful use of the hand, or use of the arm or hand in an awkward position.  Fortunately, Physical Therapy can help relieve discomfort and irritation of the tendons, which can include manual therapy, range of motion and strengthening exercises, and in some cases splinting may be necessary.  Common treatments often include cortisone shots by doctors, which is what we try to avoid with Physical Therapy treatment. read more

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PAIN IN WRIST/HAND? NUMBNESS/TINGLING IN FINGERS? MIGHT JUST BE CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME!

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a fairly common condition affecting 1 out of 20 Americans, due to the demands that individuals place on their hands and wrists.  It is caused by pressure on the nerve at the base of the palm (median nerve).  Fortunately, Physical Therapy can often relieve pain and numbness/tingling and restore normal use of the hand, wrist, and arm without the need for surgery.

WHAT EXACTLY IS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME (CTS)? 

image.phpThe carpal tunnel is a narrow passage on the palm side of your wrist, and is about the width of your thumb.  This tunnel serves as protection for the tendons that bend your fingers as well as the median nerve.  Any increased pressure on this median nerve can lead to pain and weakness in your wrist and hand as well as numbness/tingling in some of your fingers.  Extreme wrist positions coupled with lots of finger use (especially w/lots of force or vibration such as gripping the steering while while operating heavy machinery) can all contribute to CTS. read more

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