Presentation of symptoms
The patient often described gradual onset of pain. The pain is aggravated with activity and eases with rest. Patients generally do not complain of catching, walking, or feelings of instability. Even lower level weight-bearing activity can increase pain and it may progress to the point where sport board and otherwise active lifestyle has to stop or be greatly reduced. Symptoms are common in teenagers as well as a population with varying degrees of arthritis.
Hip and core weakness
Poor movement patterns of the legs during activity
Diminished body control during activity
Anatomic variations such as flat feet and knock knees can predispose a person to knee pain
Limited flexibility of hips, hamstrings, and calf
Physical Therapy Treatment
Strengthening of the hips and core
Proper stretching based on the evaluation
Instruction in proper movement patterns during dynamic activity
Possibly dry needling of certain him muscles that can influence patella position
Modalities to help decrease pain
Recommend arch supports if flat feet are present
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Hand therapy is a type of rehabilitation for individuals who suffer from a broad spectrum of conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Arthritis and Fractures.
Our hand therapists specialize in multiple techniques to relieve painful symptoms for improved flexibility and range of motion. After treatment, patients often report a decrease in stiffness, improved mobility and an increase in strength.
Call one of our Oklahoma locations nearest you to learn how you can benefit from hand therapy.
Q: I’ve hurt my back, how long does it take to recover?
A: Seven out of ten people experience low back pain. It can last from a few days to a few weeks, but 80% of people with low back pain recover within 6 weeks. If pain worsens or extends longer than this time frame, you should see a doctor. They may recommend that you see a physical therapist. There are specialized exercises and manual therapy techniques that a therapist can provide to help you recover from your injury.
“For several years I have felt tightness and soreness in my right hamstring. I don’t remember hurting myself, so what could be the problem?”
Based on your description, it seems we can rule out an actual hamstring injury. There are several other possible sources of your pain and they all involve referral of pain.
A lumbar facet joint with restricted mobility can result in tightness in the hamstring.
Decreased neutral mobility of certain lumbar nerve roots, or the sciatic nerve, may result in hamstring pain.
Trigger points in certain hop muscles may refer pain to various areas of the leg.
Spine arthritic changes can result in inflammation, which then may refer pain into the leg.
This list is only a few possibilities. Consultation with a physical therapist to determine the cause of your pain would be beneficial. Techniques I often use for these problems include neural mobilization, dry needling, joint mobilization, and various stretching and strengthening exercised.
Tim Minnick, PT
Chronic headaches can be caused by a large variety of conditions. Often, they are due to issues we’re having with our muscles and joints.
If you are experiencing headaches accompanied by tension in the muscles of your shoulders and neck, you may be a candidate for physical therapy.
There are a variety of treatment options available, and our therapists are highly skilled in the use of dry needling and manual therapy to relieve the pain and suffering associated with chronic headaches. And the best part? These techniques work quickly. Results are often immediate, or can be seen within a matter of weeks.
Headaches can be a pain in the neck. But they don’t have to! Call Excel Therapy today to see if physical therapy might be the cure you’ve been searching for!