Do you have low back pain after just a few minutes of walking or standing? Do you get relief from your back pain as soon as you sit? Do you have less pain if you lean forward when you walk? Are you able to walk a longer distance with less pain if you hold on to a shopping cart or walker? If you answered "yes" to these questions you may be suffering from spinal stenosis. Spinal stenosis typically affects older adults because as we age there is a narrowing where the nerve exits the spinal column, which causes pain.
Did you know the gluteus maximus muscle, or butt muscle, is the strongest muscle in your body? This muscle has the potential to be very strong and help stabilize our lower back, which makes it a very important muscle to be exercised properly.
Most of us are familiar with a squat and maybe even a lunge exercise. Both of these exercises are common for targeting that glute muscle we are always trying to tone up! But which exercise is most beneficial and really strengthens better?
There is a lot of research about glute strengthening exercises, and as a physical therapist it was very interesting learning about all the different ways to target this area and why different exercises are better than others depending on what an individual is trying to achieve.
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 sugar levels. Read More
October is National Physical Therapy Month! During the month of October we want to make people aware of what physical therapy is and how physical therapists help improve an individual’s mobility, function, and decrease pain.
We all know that wearing sandals are comfortable, especially in summer time, but how good are they for our feet? Most sandals are very flat and have no support. This can be bad for our feet for several different reasons.
People that suffer from plantar fasciitis should not be wearing sandals unless they have some type of arch support. Even with an arch support, sandals should not be worn for long distance walking. Unsupportive or flat sandals can even cause plantar fasciitis, which is a very painful condition on the bottom of the foot. Research has proven that our toes try to grab and grip the sandal every time we take a step to hold the sandal on our foot, causing a strain on the toes and ball of the foot. We also do not strike our heel when walking in sandals which impairs our stride which can cause knee pain.