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Has your doctor ever offered a cortisone injection to stop the pain and the first two questions that come to mind are what is cortisone and how will it help? Cortisone is the most common type of injection used to treat pain and inflammation in the joints and tissues of the body. Although cortisone can help, it is not something that should be injected into the body repeatedly because it is a steroid, which has side effects. Steroid injections can weaken tendons and sometimes create more inflammation in the area. Diabetics should not get cortisone injections because it can elevate blood...
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avoid stiffness and pain on the plane
Many people will travel during the next few months, and whether it is by plane or car there are a few simple tips to remember to avoid body aches and pains, and even life threatening issues. As a physical therapist many patients ask about different ways to avoid low back pain while traveling. A simple answer is a lumbar support, which looks like a small pillow but is curved to support the low back. This can be used by people with or without low back problems and can be small enough to travel with on a plane. There are larger lumbar...
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Spring is on! And, for many people, so is "spring cleaning!" This is the time of year when people feel the need to clean out the humble abode, whether it is sorting through closets or even giving the home a new coat of paint. The hardest part about spring cleaning is getting it all done without tweaking your back or any other body part. Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make it a lot more manageable. For example, set realistic goals, perhaps day by day. Even Martha Stewart says you couldn't possibly get your "spring cleaning" done...
treatments for tennis elbow
Elbow pain keeping you from participating in your everyday routine or even leisure activities? Research has shown that over 3% of the general population suffers from some type of elbow pain. The most common elbow pathology is tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis, which is an inflammation of the extensor tendons of the wrist and fingers. Tennis elbow is considered to be an over use syndrome that causes pain on the lateral (outside) part of the elbow.  More often than not, patients suffering from this syndrome are not tennis players, but are over using their arm with some kind of continuous activity....