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What You Need to Know About Joint Pain

Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of pain.

Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains, and other injuries. Joint pain is extremely common. In one national survey, about one-third of adults reported having joint pain within the past 30 days. Knee pain was the most common complaint, followed by shoulder and hip pain, but joint pain can affect any part of your body, from your ankles and feet to your shoulders and hands. As you get older, painful joints become increasingly more common.

How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Recovery

A physical therapist is a specialist trained to work with you to restore your activity, strength, and motion following an injury or surgery. Physical therapists can teach specific exercises, stretches, and techniques and use specialized equipment to address problems that cannot be managed without this specialized physical therapy training.

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation
Physical therapists are trained to identify deficiencies in the biomechanics of the body. Working with a physical therapist can target specific areas of weakness in the way our bodies work. They can relieve stress and help the body function without pain.

Common Types of Foot and Ankle Problems

Before we look at how physical therapy can help various foot and ankle problems, let’s go over some of the most common types of injuries and issues associated with these two body parts:

Turf Toe: This occurs when an individual sustains a sprain to the ligaments of the big toe joint. It is quite common among professional athletes.

Plantar Fasciitis: When there is a strain of the flat band of the tissue connecting a person’s heel bones to their toes, it is known as plantar fascitis. People dealing with this affliction complain of heel pain due to the band (known as the plantar fascia) becoming weak, swollen, or otherwise irritated.

Physical Therapy for a Rib Fracture

Initial Phase – immediately after diagnosis or injury

It is important to rest the ribs and modify your activity level so you do not place undue stress on the ribs. This may cause re-fracture, or worse, nonunion of the bones. If the rib fracture is high, you may need to hold your arm in a sling to avoid strain and pulling on the ribcage.

How Does Physical Therapy Help Osteoporosis?

Treating Osteoporosis and Preventing Further Fractures

You may want to visit a physical therapist to help you recover from an osteoporosis-related fracture. Physical therapy won’t heal the broken bone—but it will give you better odds of a successful recovery.

You don’t need to have fractured a bone to start a physical therapy program. If you have been told you're high risk for osteoporosis, going to physical therapy is a proactive way to help prevent this bone disease.

What You Need to Know About Balance & DIzziness

Overview
Balance problems can make you feel dizzy, as if the room is spinning, unsteady, or lightheaded. You might feel that you're going to fall down. These feelings can happen whether you're lying down, sitting or standing.

Many body systems including your muscles, bones, joints, vision, the balance organ in the inner ear, nerves, heart and blood vessels must work normally for you to have normal balance. When these systems aren't functioning well, you can experience balance problems.


Many medical conditions can cause balance problems. However, most balance problems result from issues in your balance end-organ in the inner ear (vestibular system).

Top 7 Indicators You May Have a Vertigo Problem

As common as vertigo is, many people still don’t know how to describe it or the symptoms that may accompany it. We’re going to look at a list of signs you may be dealing with vertigo. This will help you to better understand both what it is as well as the other vestibular symptoms that may exist side by side with vertigo. Then we will consider a form of care that is bringing hope to many, even those who deal with persistent vertigo issues.

#1 A Spinning Sensation
Vertigo is a false sensation of movement. Many people experience it as the feeling that the room is spinning. Remember when you were a kid and would play pin the tail on the donkey? Someone would spin you to make it tougher go in the right direction while blindfolded. You were standing still and couldn’t see, but it still felt like everything was moving in a circle. That is how vertigo feels. You may even continue to feel like you are spinning even if you lay down and close your eyes.

Possible Causes of Severe Knee Pain

Severe knee pain sometimes occurs in absence of a trauma, such as an accident or fall. The pain may develop suddenly or gradually, and it may be accompanied by redness and swelling.

This article discusses several possible causes of severe knee pain. In general, people with severe knee pain are advised to seek medical care, particularly if the pain is accompanied by a fever or other flu-like symptoms.

Gout
Gout can cause extreme pain, joint swelling, warmth, and redness. These symptoms can appear suddenly and without warning, often in the middle of the night. About half of all gout cases affect the big toe joint (metatarsophalangeal joint), but other cases affect the knee or another joint.

7 Symptoms of Arthritis in the Knee

There are three different types of arthritis that can occur in your knees. The most common type is osteoarthritis (OA), a progressive condition that slowly wears away joint cartilage. OA is most likely to occur after middle age.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory condition that can strike at any age.
Post-traumatic arthritis develops following an injury to the knee. It can occur years after a torn meniscus, ligament injury, or knee fracture.

It’s possible to have more than one type of arthritis at a time. See your doctor for a diagnosis and to discuss a successful treatment plan for the specific type or types of arthritis you have.

Football Injuries

Football is one of the most popular sports played by young athletes, and it leads all other sports in the number of injuries sustained.

WHAT TYPES OF INJURIES ARE MOST COMMON IN FOOTBALL?
Injuries occur during football games and practice due to the combination of high speeds and full contact. While overuse injuries can occur, traumatic injuries such as concussions are most common. The force applied to either bringing an opponent to the ground or resisting being brought to the ground makes football players prone to injury anywhere on their bodies, regardless of protective equipment.

Crepitus May Be Early Warning Sign of Knee Arthritis

It happens to nearly all of us: You get out of bed in the morning or stand after sitting for a while and your knee pops.

When joints create a grinding or popping sound or sensation, this is known as crepitus. Occasional joint crepitus is considered normal and is no cause for alarm.

 

However, a large new study suggests that frequent knee crepitus may be an early warning sign of knee osteoarthritis.

Characteristic Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia symptoms typically intensify, or flare, periodically. These flares can be unpredictable; what was an invigorating walk one day could be excruciatingly painful the next.

Symptoms may also ease considerably or even disappear for days, months, or longer, only to re-appear again at a later date.

Fibromyalgia Range of Symptoms
The number and type of fibromyalgia symptoms vary with the individual, but chronic pain and stiffness, fatigue, sleep problems, and cognitive impairment are common.

Musculoskeletal pain
The body pain can range from a dull ache to a burning or shooting pain, and parts of the body may feel sore. Some individuals compare the body pain to that of the flu. The pain may be worsened by a variety of factors, such as physical activity, cold or damp weather, stress, or the time of day.

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Tips from the Experts

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The next several weeks are expected to be some of the most beautiful here in the north country as we transition into the Adirondack autumn season. Accompanying cool nights are crisp mornings giving way to clear days just perfect for a hike on some of the areas finest local trails. Whether you prefer the shorter and quicker day hike, or a weekend long trek there are a few hurdles you must contend with other than rocky trails, extensive root systems or even steep climbs.

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