Piriformis Syndrome At-Home Therapy

 

During your time at Elite Physical Therapy not only will you be performing exercises in clinic but you will also be asked to perform a set of specific exercises at home as part of your home exercise program. Your home exercise program or HEP will be similar to the exercises performed in clinic and involve stretching of the piriformis and other muscles in the hip along with strengthening exercises designed to promote balance and stability in the hip region.

Piriformis Syndrome In-Clinic Therapy

If Piriformis Syndrome is suspected, upon your initial visit to Elite physical therapy your PT will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are experiencing complications of the piriformis muscle. This initial evaluation will involve special testing to determine muscle strength and muscle tightness and your therapist will also want to gather specific information about the symptoms you have been experiencing.

Piriformis Syndrome of the Hip

The piriformis muscle is a small muscle that resides deep in each hip. Regardless of its size, it is a powerful stabilizer of the hip joint and also functions to rotate the thigh away from the body. Proper function of the piriformis muscle is plays an important role in walking, balance, and when shifting your weight from one foot to another.

Chronic Inflamation

So, we’ve previously established that chronic inflammation is a big contributing factor to many diseases including: Diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, bowel diseases, depression…you get the picture.

For today’s topic we are going to discuss one particular cause of chronic inflammation, obesity. Obesity and its constant companion, type 2 diabetes,

Meniscus Tear At Home

During the early stages of physical therapy intervention for your meniscus tear you will be assigned a home exercise program (HEP). An HEP is a printed copy of some or all of the exercises that you will be performing during your PT sessions. As your meniscus begins to heal following surgical repair your therapist will begin to add more advanced exercises to your therapy sessions and to your HEP.

Mensicus Tear

Chronic knee pain can be the result of several different factors. Some common causes of knee pain are torn muscles/tendons, osteoarthritis, and a torn meniscus. Our topic today will be the latter of the three. So how does one go about tearing a meniscus you might ask? Several common causes of meniscus tears are as follows:

      • Sudden pivot or turn
      • Deep squatting
      • Direct hit on outside of knee while playing sports such as football and can also involve injuries to other tissues that make up the joint capsule surrounding the knee

Deep inside the knee joint sits the meniscus.

Total Hip Replacement At-Home Therapy

 

The typical time in the hospital following a total hip arthroplasty/replacement can range from about one to three days. There are several important things to consider when planning to go home.

One of the most important things to understand about returning home after a total hip replacement are your movement precautions.

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