causes of low back pain

Low Back Pain – Do I Need Physical Therapy?

Want to hear something CRAZY?!?! It’s recorded that 8 out of 10 Americans suffer from low back and/or neck pain at some point in their lives (APTA). That’s a little discouraging, right? Well, the good news is 100% of Physical Therapists know how to prevent and treat it. Don’t worry, we have your back (pun…

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the ulnar nerve as it passes through the inside of the elbow, an area often referred to as the “funny bone.” At this site, the ulnar nerve lies next to the bone, with little padding over it, and is susceptible to pressure. CAUSES Overuse: Repetitive bending of…

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shoulder girdle

Corrective Shoulder Girdle Exercises for Competitive Swimmers

Many sports lead to distinctive changes in an athlete’s postural alignment as a result of over-development in select muscle groups and flexibility changes at the involved joint structures. This is frequently observed in swimmers. Swimming requires strong adductor and internal rotator muscles of the shoulder, which can protract the shoulder girdle and may lead to…

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how to get started in the physical therapy profession

The Physical Therapy Profession, How To Start

At SportsCare Physical Therapy, we treat many young student-athletes during a time in their life when they are curious about future career choices. Often, during their course of care, the student will ask how I came into the Physical Therapy profession? I love this question and will tell you why… Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy…

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tennis elbow

Tennis Elbow Symptoms and Causes

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis (epi-con-dy-li-tis), is a painful condition which occurs when the tendons on the outside of your elbow are overloaded with mechanical stresses. This is usually caused by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Symptoms of tennis elbow? Symptoms develop gradually, beginning as mild and slowly worsening over weeks…

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carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve as it travels through a narrow passageway in the wrist, which is formed by wrist bones on the bottom and a band of connective tissue on the top. Typical Causes:    Repetitive gripping over a sustained period. Swelling after…

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painful tendonitis

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

De Quervain’s Syndrome is a painful tendonitis on the thumb side of your wrist. This inflammation causes the lining (sheath) around the tendon to thicken and become rough, making it difficult for the tendons to glide through the sheath as they move your thumb. CAUSES Repetitive thumb or wrist use. Can happen with chronic overuse…

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mallet finger

Mallet Finger AKA Baseball Finger

A mallet finger is an injury that happens after forceful bending of the joint nearest the fingernail, such as when an object strikes the end of the finger.  This results in tearing or overstretching of the tendon that straightens the finger. Occasionally, a small piece of bone breaks off as well; this is called an…

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Midweek Dinner Done Right!

Between school, sports, work and trying to fit in some very important down time, preparing a healthy weeknight dinner can be a challenge. Not anymore! Include this delicious Baked Salmon with Avocado-Dill Yogurt in the weekly rotation and everyone will be happy. Low in fat, high in protein and rich in omega-3 fatty acids adds…

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Options for Pain Management

Pain is a symptom of a larger medical issue. The sensation of pain is generated by the brain when it perceives a threat to a person’s well-being. Pain is an individual experience, one we all respond to differently, both physically and emotionally. Because of these varied responses, the pain we experience may not always accurately…

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