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OH, MY ACHING HEAD–CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP MY HEADACHE?

headachesThere are numerous types of headaches, with just as many different causes.  According to the International Headache Society, there are several different categories of headache:

  • Tension 
  • Migraine and Cluster
  • Secondary headaches (due to an underlying condition), often caused by sinus infections, fever, infectious disease, and in rare cases, tumors
  • Cranial neuralgias, facial pain, and other headaches
     Although severe headaches that frequently recur can impact the quality of your life and restrict your ability to conduct daily tasks, most headaches are harmless.  There are effective treatments for almost every type of headache.  Physical Therapists can help determine your type of headache, it’s cause, and develop an appropriate treatment plan that will help reduce both frequency and intensity.

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WHAT EXACTLY ARE HEADACHES?
Pain of any type that occurs in any part of the head is called a headache.  Headaches, like back pain, are one of the most common of all physical complaints and can be extremely frustrating to manage.  Tension headaches, generally caused by muscle spasms, are the most common type of headaches in adults.  They may be the result of poor posture, fatigue, stress, or from a neck or jaw problem.  Problems in the head, neck, or jaw, such as an injury or arthritis, can lead to increased tension in the muscles at the back of the head and neck which can lead to increased pressure on the nerves of the head and face.  Poor posture can cause these muscles to become overworked, which can then trigger a headache. read more

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CAN MY SHOULDER PAIN BE AC JOINT?

shoulder jointAcromioclavicular (AC) Joint injury is an injury occurring to the top (point) of the shoulder (where the front of the shoulder blade, called the acromion, meets the collarbone, or clavicle).  It can be caused by repetitive overuse, especially with overhead motions, or by a traumatic event, such as a fall directly on the outside of the shoulder.  AC Joint injuries most commonly occur in individuals younger than 35 years of age, with males 5 times more likely to sustain a more traumatic AC Joint injury than females.  This age population is more prevalent due to the participation in high risk and collision activities, such as football, biking, snow sports, rugby, and ice hockey.  The great news is that AC Joint injuries can be identified and effectively treated by a Physical Therapist, often avoiding the need for surgery. read more

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THE 3 MOST COMMON CAUSES OF BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA (Part 1–HERNIATED DISC)

wilmington herniated discIf you are looking to heal naturally, i.e., without medications, painful spinal injections, or surgery, and you’re looking to get back to normal again–that is, get your life back and feel younger, stronger, and more energetic, and not have to think about the activities that you do before you do them, such as “I have to think about how I’m going to get out of the car,” or “I have to think about how I’m going to get dressed in the morning”–if that is you, the first thing you would want to do on your journey to natural healing is to find out the cause.  In this 3-part series, I will go over the 3 most common causes of Lower Back Pain and Sciatica that I see in my clinic. read more

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