Are you in pain, or are you just sore? Do you know how to tell the difference?

pain or sorenessMuscle soreness is a common, healthy result of exercise. In a way, it can be welcomed, because it’s a reminder that your workout was productive. However, if what you’re feeling is pain, it could be an indicator of injury.

Any time you put stress on your body, you will experience some type of physical discomfort. It’s important to know if that discomfort is soreness or pain to prevent long-term injury. Continue reading

Getting enough sleep is good, so why can’t I sleep longer instead of getting out of bed to workout?

We don't recommend both at the same time.
We don’t recommend both at the same time.

Ahhh, a very common question. Especially this time of year when the air gets colder and the days get shorter. Sometimes it can be really tough to resist the temptation to hit the snooze.

Here’s the thing. It’s not really a question of which is better than the other. It’s all about striking that perfect balance for health between both. If you’re getting at least seven hours of good sleep at night, that’s going to give you the energy for an effective, prolonged workout session. And the better the workout session, the better you’ll sleep.  Continue reading

Shoulder Pain: How risky is your office workstation?

Many patients attending our clinic often have no idea of the origin of their pain/immobility. When it comes to shoulder pain, one might expect a work injury, auto accident, arthritis etc., to explain their misery.

However, quite frequently their discomfort (soon to be agony) often stems from inactivity. Continue reading

Sharp pain and loss of motion are symptoms of a frozen shoulder

141030But don’t let that scare you. A frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) will come and go, and physical therapy can help you maintain your range of motion with as little pain as possible. Without PT, a frozen shoulder sufferer can expect a long road.

This is one of the most common ailments among laborers, especially in the East Liverpool area, where a large number of industrial workers live. I’ve found this to be a very frequent reason for workers’ compensation claims. Continue reading

When pain has you firmly planted on the couch, any type of movement sounds like torture – but physical therapy and exercise are better pain management options than medication.

backpainWe’ve all been there. You finish working in the yard, cleaning the house, or playing with some very active kiddos, and the idea of any kind of movement is the absolute last thing on your mind. When your knees creak like door hinges, or your back feels like you’ve been carrying sacks of flour all day, the common and immediate response is, “Just let me lay down for a bit.”

And while a heating pad with a dose of pain medication may sound like a sensible alternative to exercise, it does nothing to address the cause of the pain. Continue reading

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In this issue, we take a look at some of the potential benefits of turmeric. Check back often for future issues!

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pre-surgical physical therapy improves outcomesMake no mistake – joint replacement is a major operation. However, since it’s not usually an emergency situation, you can plan for it and work it into your schedule.

This is an important fact to remember because it gives you an opportunity to work up to the surgery with some pre-surgical physical therapy.

Depending on the patient and the required surgery, pre-surgical physical therapy can help shorten your post-op hospital stay, as well as greatly reduce your odds of needing post-surgical discharge to an in-patient rehab facility by as much as 73%. Continue reading

Is it Time to Schedule a Physical Therapy appointment?

Not all physical therapy patients are getting over joint-replacement surgery. Physical therapy can be very beneficial for common injuries, and can help alleviate pain, restore function and movement, and prevent more serious issues later on down the road. But when is the best time to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist? Continue reading