Unresolved Pain

 

You’ve Got Some Nerve…

Post by Brian Yee, PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT People fall. People get hurt. Injuries usually get better… as we would hope. There are many cases, however, when common injuries that we think would get better over time do not. Here’s a case in which I have seen people have traumatic injuries such as slipping and falling on an outstretched arm, causing wrist and forearm pain. Most people, including physicians and physical therapists, would assume it’s a wrist injury such as a ligament sprain or fracture, and in most cases, it probably is. But let’s say the injured arm now presents with tingling, redness, or swelling. Now what do you think that may be coming from? One structure that is commonly…

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The Athletic Hip Series: What is IT Band Syndrome?

Post by Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS IT, otherwise known as the Iliotibial Band, is a common source of lateral knee pain in runners. However, most people do not realize that this is an issue oftentimes stemming from the hip. Pain generated from disorders of the IT band can be present at its origination along the lateral pelvis all the way to the lateral knee. The IT band is usually over-utilized due to poor lower extremity mechanics. Weak hip musculature, primarily the glutes, cause increased reliance on the IT band to stabilize the knee. This scenario can cause the IT band to get caught in a “catch-22”: overuse of the IT band causes increased tightness of the TFL (Tensor Fascia…

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Pain? Injured? Get Moving!

Post by Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS Did you know that our bodies can produce the best medicine to heal injury and relieve chronic pain? All you need to do to take advantage of this medicine is to get moving! Even gentle movement as performed with Tai chi or yoga or simply deep breathing can block pain producing hormones and aid in the body’s natural inflammatory process. Pain expert David Butler, who the Motion Stability team had the pleasure of learning from last month at a class held in Atlanta, describes this effect as tapping into our body’s pharmacy that is open 24 hours a day- even on holidays! SO- if you have had long standing unresolved pain, get moving!…

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Runner’s High for Chronic Pain?

Post by Maggie Gebhardt PT, DPT, OCS October and November have been exciting months, especially for our runners… you know who you are! I want to congratulate all of you on achieving a goal that you might have even embarked on over a year ago. Your hard work, sweat, aches, and pains have paid off and we are enjoying hearing the results pouring in from the finish lines of New York, D.C., Atlanta, and many more! I personally feel so privileged to have been able to help you take those final steps across the finish line, so thank you! No matter what distance your run (or whatever endurance sport you participate in), you know that crossing that finish line is…

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Nerve Injuries in Athletes

Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT If you know me, you know I’m a big Lakers fan! I was absolutely excited when the Lakers traded for Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns two years ago. Steve Nash has been one of the best point guards of our time. However, last year Steve had a freak injury that fractured his fibula and caused nerve damage in his leg as well. It took him out of a large chunk of games last year to recover. I will be the first to say that I am not his Physical Therapist, nor do I even know the extent of his injury. In this article, he does state that the team’s Physical Therapist…

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Can your Muscles be the Source of your Pain?

Post by Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Here’s a link from the Washington Post that talks about the role of myofascial pain in undiagnosed or unresolved pain. There is a tendency for patients to believe their pain is only from a structural problem such as a herniated disc, but in actuality there is a large contribution of pain that originates from the muscles and fascia of your body or what is called the myofascial system. Trigger points in the muscle and restrictions in your fascia around the muscles and joint of your body are just another tissue in your body that can be a pain generator. It is important to find a health practitioner that understands how to differentially…

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SI Joint Dysfunction… Under or Over Diagnosed?

Post by Maggie Gebhardt PT, DPT, OCS A patient of mine recently forwarded me this article. I found it interesting because as a Physical Therapist, we are told more often than not that the SI joint is overly diagnosed by us PTs. So after reading this article I was wondering…which is it? If doctors are not diagnosing it enough and PTs are diagnosing it too much, what’s the problem? Where is the disconnect? I think the happy medium is that with a thorough examination and evaluation both the SI joint and lumbar spine should be screened for possible involvement. Oftentimes I have found with my own patients that it is not nearly as black and white as we clinicians want it…

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The Mystery of Chronic Pain

Post by Beth Collier PT, DPT, OCS At Motion Stability we understand that many people experience pain despite allowing time for body tissues to heal, taking medications or even having surgery. Other times, there may be no direct mechanism of injury, but a person may notice that the weight of clothing or air blowing on their skin may become painful. In these cases, a person’s complaints cannot be treated the same as a typical injury. It is important to seek out healthcare providers who understand the science behind the many pain mechanisms. In this TED Talk, Elliot Krane explains how such pain complaints can occur in the body. Please contact the therapists at Motion Stability if any of these symptoms…

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What Does Unresolved Pain Mean to You?

Post by Maggie Gebhardt PT, DPT, OCS When people hear the words unresolved pain, they often mistakenly think “chronic pain.” While chronic pain has a more negative connotation regarding pain that is unrelenting and persistent in nature, unresolved pain can mean a variety of things… For example, how many of you have had 1-2 episodes of back pain for the last 5-10 years? We hear all the time, “Yeah I throw my back out a couple of times a year.” That is unresolved pain. Those episodes are not separate incidents, but a continuation of an unresolved back injury from years ago. How about, “I roll my ankles all the time. It’s no big deal.” Well, it is a big deal and…

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