Understanding Pain

 

Tennis Elbow

Written by Dhara Shah, PT, DPT, OCS Lateral elbow tendinopathy (previously termed tendonitis) or Tennis Elbow is a common overuse injury of the elbow and can affect daily and recreational activities. Typically, we see this type of injury in someone who is performing repetitive gripping and wrist movements. Activities such as typing, using a computer mouse, and grasping can overload the tendons on the outer part of your elbow. Notice that these activities are not just related to tennis! People who have never even picked up a racket can still get “tennis elbow”. Tendon injuries can sometimes be pesky, and we want to make sure that you know the stages that go into the recovery process.    Stop doing activities…

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Knots of Pain

Written by Katie O’Neill, SPT and Dhara Shah, PT, DPT, OCS Trigger points are knots or “nodules” in your muscles that are tender when applying pressure to them. These trigger points are thought to form when you have a sort of energy crisis where that small portion of your muscle is not receiving enough oxygen to support the activity you are asking it to do. This energy crisis could occur, for example, when you are lifting something very heavy, but it could also occur when you are holding something light but for a prolonged period of time. Perhaps you tend to “hold your stress” in your jaw or shoulders–even stress or position is making those muscles work overtime and can…

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Understanding Why Pain Persists

Here is a great whiteboard video that explains why pain can persist. It provides a visual that demonstrates that not all pain is the same and that pain is very much a perception of how we ourselves view pain in our own lives. We invite you to watch this 5 minute video. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or comments on how this might relate to the pain or injuries you might be experiencing.

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TMJ Series: How Specialized Physical Therapy Can Help With the Treatment of Patients With TMJ

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT In dental and oral health care, referring patients to physical therapy services may not often be a common practice.  Physical therapists can be a vital part in the treatment and management of patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. In fact, minimum competence of entry-level trained physical therapists includes knowledge and practice of the TMJ anatomy, function, biomechanics, and pathology, as well as clinical examination and treatment.  Advanced trained physical therapists are well equipped to collaborate with oral health care practitioners to help treat TMJ and other biomechanical related dental pain and dysfunction. Below are some key areas that our advanced trained physical therapists at Motion Stability are able to help with.     Relationship between…

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Managing Pain After a Total Knee Replacement

Written by Dhara Shah PT, DPT, OCS  The decision to get a total knee replacement can be a process.  Initially, you notice knee pain, but it does not change your daily routine. Then, you notice it affecting the things you enjoy doing – playing golf, going for long walks, or  difficulty getting off the floor after playing with your grandkids. You go to the orthopedic surgeon, and he says “you’re eventually going to have to get a total knee placement”.  You consult with your physical therapist, try conservative treatment to improve your quality of life or even “prehab” before surgery, and then you finally decide it’s time.  You undergo surgery, and you “get it fixed” – VOILÁ! It’s almost like…

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TMJ Series: How Working from Home Can Affect Your Jaw Pain

Written by Stephanie Lievense Cohn PT, DPT, OCS Since the global pandemic of COVID-19 took off in March, many people have been working from home to slow the spread of the virus and avoid exposure. From the looks of things, this may be the case for quite awhile, if not permanently for some. I am treating many patients in the clinic who are still working from home and will be until at least the end of the year. I have noticed that many of them have experienced worsening symptoms not only due to absence from physical therapy during the shelter in place order, but because many changes to your body and mind come with working from home. Let’s get more…

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Postpartum Back Pain: The straw that broke the mama’s back

Written by Deanna Camilo PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT When I was pregnant, I wanted to do everything possible to prepare for the arrival of my little one.  I read the popular pregnancy and baby books, combined that information with my background in physical therapy, and thought that I was ready for anything that parenthood could throw at me.  The seasoned parents are likely laughing out loud right now.   No amount of reading can prepare you for the joys, surprises, and stresses of becoming a parent!  That being said, as a physical therapist, I believe the literature could have done a MUCH better job of warning me about the aches and pains related to caring for an infant.  In this first…

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COMMON REASONS WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE MORE PAIN DURING THESE PANDEMIC TIMES

Written by Brian Yee PT, DPT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT   “Why is my back and neck more sore when I am doing less while I stay at home and social distance?”  “I have never worked so hard in my life trying to make my business survive, take care of my kids as they are doing virtual homeschool, and just adjust to the every daily changing things that seem to happen! So why do I feel like my back pain is so much worse than before this pandemic started?” “Life is so much easier now as I am home more. I am in my kitchen a lot now making things like homemade bread or taking care of things I did not…

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Take a minute to breathe

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT The start of this decade has been a challenge for everyone.  The Covid-19 pandemic has been unpredictable and has changed the way all of us approach each day.  With the overall uncertainty of when our lives can get back to normal, these past few months have been some of the most stressful times our world has endured.  Now more than ever, it is important to find strategies to manage stress and anxiety in a productive healthy manner.  Now more than ever, it is important to remember to take a break from your daily stressors and just breathe.   While that sounds simple there is quite a bit of science behind the importance of proper breathing…

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More Isn’t Always Better

Written by Stephanie Lievense, PT, DPT, OCS Today is my third day working from home since the spread of Coronavirus. As a physical therapist, my hands are my business, therefore you can imagine how tough it is to actually get some quality work done at home! As a result, I have been all over FaceBook and Instagram to both get and give ideas. Here’s what I’ve learned so far: EVERYONE is offering online workouts, cooking classes, crafts, virtual social events, and more! There is SO much to do on the internet! I think it’s great that we are all banding together and trying to fulfill that need for human connection. However, I’ve really been thinking about all of the exercise…

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