Coming Back from ACL Reconstruction

Basketball-Player-psd61793Of all sports injuries, the ACL is the most dreaded to athletes. At nearly 200,000 occurrences annually, ACL-related injuries are some of the most common knee injuries in sports and have ended careers.

About 70% of ACL injuries are non-contact. That means it could stem from how you move, particularly while playing sports that involve quick cutting, pivoting, and jumping.

Other experts believe it could just be that we’re more prone to these types of injuries due to lifestyle and environmental factors. One thing that all experts agree on is that a loud pop or snap coming from your knee means you’re in for a long road of rehabilitation. Continue reading

How Effective are Video Games with PT?

As a physical therapist, it’s so ironic to me that video games, which are often regarded as a leading cause of sedentary lifestyles among kids, can be used as a beneficial tool in physical and occupational rehabilitation. But whether you want to call it ‘Wii-habilitation’ or ‘exergaming,’ more studies are coming out that prove just that. 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