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Numerous procedures performed every year to relieve plantar fasciitis are invasive and painful as it is one of the most common complaints seen in podiatry and physical therapy practices in the US and around the world.1 The author has appeared to have identified the root cause of plantar fasciitis as being tightness in the gastrocnemius/soleus muscle group and a hypomobility of the po
This period in our history has been difficult in so many ways, testing our resolve as a nation and our resilience as a community. However, difficult times inspire innovative solutions and on the physical therapy and rehabilitation front, we are switching gears.
The benefits of mechanical stimulation in managing chronic conditions: from a history of whole body stimulation to today's focal techniques.
Growing evidence supports the use of whole body vibration, in combination with exercise, for rehabilitation of chronic pain conditions ranging from osteoarthritis to certain neuropathies.
Finding pain trajectories in children can better forecast how effective rehab treatment will be.
Pain symptoms in obese patients went down after a low-calorie and exercise intervention.
Getting ahead of chronic pain and falls among the elderly may prevent further injury.
Evolving surgical approaches on the postoperative treatment of joint restoration, scarring, pain, and swelling affect physical therapy and rehabilitation strategies.
PCPs may play a crucial role in the correction and rehabilitation of sports-related abnormalities before acute pain becomes a chronic condition.
The value of physical therapy to deliver restorative care and rehabilitation for chronic pain of musculoskeletal conditions is expected to grow as our population ages.
To prevent or reduce pain in older adults, physicians should recommend regular physical activity—adapted to the patient's fitness level—rather than remaining sedentary.
The best way to help your patients preserve function and mental status is to encourage them to exercise—even light exercise can help chronic pain patients
Kern Olson, PhD, a pain psychologist, interviews Brad G. Simpson, DPT, his physical therapist who helped him recover from degenerative lumbar disc disease.
Learn how to get patients to pick up fun sports and hobbies that also strengthen their core, lighten their mood, and reduce their pain.
In part two of our series on kinesiology learn more about the role of balance on pain and how to improve balance issues.
Technology, like smartphones and Fitbit, are changing the way healthcare is being practiced. Learn how you can incorporate technology into your practice and how to engage and motivate patients into their own care.
Kinesiology melds movement and physical activity to enhance the quality of life of chronic pain patients. Learn more about how kinesiology and how it can be applied in your practice
Learn how physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), or physiatry, helps restore and enhance functional ability and quality of life for patients with physical disabilities or impairment.
Learn more about an interdisciplinary rehabilitation in pain management—from epidurals to nerve blocks to osteopathic manipulation.
Physical medicine and rehabilitation is an exciting and very dynamic field for those of us directly involved in patient care. Part of what makes this branch of medicine particularly attractive for prospective students/practitioners is the emerging technology, which infuses this subspecialty with some interesting treatment options.
When athletes suffer concussions, the common practice has been to prescribe lots of rest, both physically and cognitively.
Shoulder pain from rotator cuff disease is a common problem affecting many adults. It is estimated that over 80% of shoulder pain presenting to a primary care physician’s office is related to the rotator cuff. Individuals who perform repetitive overhead reaching, pushing, or lifting with outstretched arms are at risk for rotator cuff tendinitis.
Posture plays a significant role in the development of pain and is critical to pain management. Tips on teaching your patients good posture, including the use of postural devices
An update on the use of core muscle strengthening and lumbar spinal stabilization for patients with low back pain or other indications of spinal musculo-skeletal dysfunction.
Re-activation of the deep local stabilizing muscles of the spine has been demonstrated to be an essential part of rehabilitation for the musculoskeletal system and, in particular, mechanical spine pain.
Y-Pep, a Canadian community-based program for chronic pain patients, provides hope, improves physical function, pain tolerance, and coping skills. Read review of this program to consider if you could use something like it in your pain practice.
It is well understood that muscle imbalances or dysfunctions have high corollaries to pain, joint erosion, and pathologies.1 I will introduce a newer and duplicatable pain treatment method called Brain-Body Calibration (BBC) and provide three examples at the end of this paper for clinicians to begin implementing this technique for patient pain relief.
Physical therapy has evolved as a supportive specialty of medicine and contributes expertise in multi-modal treatment techniques and therapies that specifically target painful conditions.
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