Peripheral neuropathy, as defined by Mayo Clinic, is a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causing weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet, but can also affect other areas of your body. Peripheral neuropathy can result from several factors including traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins,
According to the Washington Post, Text Neck postural dysfunction is becoming an epidemic, and it can “wreck your spine.” So, how do we combat it?
- Raise the phone.
“The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down,
Postural dysfunction occurs when muscles in the neck and upper back tighten or weaken due to prolonged inadequate posture and/or a sedentary lifestyle. This dysfunction is known as shoulder or proximal crossed syndrome. Postural weakness and tightness occur in a diagonal pattern.
- Upper trapezius
- Levator scapulae
- Pectoralis major
- Deep neck flexors
- Serratus anterior
- Middle and lower trapezius
Poor posture can lead to dysfunction of the shoulder joint as well.
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At all three of our locations, Elite Physical Therapy uses ReBuilder to assist our patients in managing pain and numbness due to neuropathy. This technology helps to calm overactive nerves and wake up under-active nerves.
Neck pain, also known as cervicalgia, is a common ailment. Approximately 25%-33% of the American population and 330 million people globally experience neck pain over their lifetimes. Thankfully, for the majority of those suffering from neck pain, conservative treatment by a Physical Therapist can restore movement and provide pain relief.
What are some common causes of neck pain?
Plantar fasciitis is a disorder resulting in pain in the heel and bottom surface of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and has been found to occur in approximately 10% of people at some point during their life.
The plantar fascia is a broad band of connective tissue that runs across the bottom surface of the foot and connects the Calcaneous (heel bone) to the heads of the metacarpal bones (bones between toes and bones of the mid-foot).
On April 22nd, Anita Jean Brown was about to get into bed for the night when she turned over her ankle. She was unable to straighten it and had to sit on the floor until she could get help. She called her daughter, and they made their way to the hospital. Anita Jean had to have emergency surgery.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a disease caused by weak, thinning bones. It is a silent disease often showing no signs until a fracture. Bones easily broken in normal situations are called fragility fractures, and these types of fractures are a red-flag for osteoporosis. Another common type of fracture for this disease are compression fractures of the spine.
Jennifer Waechter loves to play tennis but had a knee injury. In May of 2018, Jennifer tore her ACL and her Patella Tendon. She had her left foot planted, then she shifted her leg and body to the right for the shot. That is when she heard the loud “pop.” The pain was immediate and intense.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the most commonly injured ligaments of the knee. There is an estimated 80,000 to 250,000 ACL injuries occurring in the United States each year with 100,000 ACL reconstructions performed each year at a financial cost of $1.7 billion1. ACL injury is higher in younger people and people who participate in high-risk sports,