Achilles Tendinitis

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Achilles tendinitis occurs when the Achilles tendon (of which connects the calf muscles to the heel) becomes inflamed and/or irritated upon overuse.  Symptoms can range from a mild ache to severe pain.  Symptoms occur in the back of the lower leg, most commonly above the heel.  This problem most commonly occurs in runners, especially those who have increased either the speed or duration of their runs.  It can also occur in people who are involved in sports, such as basketball and tennis.  The … [Read more...]

Managing Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is characterized as pain located in the front of the knee. This problem occurs where the back of the kneecap (patella) contacts the front of the thigh bone (femur).  Potential causes include overuse/repetitive stress, poorly functioning knee (and sometimes hip) muscles, and knee injury.  Common aggravating factors include stair climbing, squatting, kneeling, jumping and sitting with the knees bent (flexed). The following strategies might prove helpful with this … [Read more...]

What is Prehabilitation?

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Prehabilitation is a proactive approach to exercise that helps prevent injuries and functional outcomes following surgical interventions. Most commonly, surgeons will recommend their patients begin physical therapy and prehabilitation exercises to reduce the recovery time and improve the rehabilitation post surgery.  With the aging population and the increase in patient’s having to undergo total hip or knee replacements (THR or TKR), this term will become more familiar with the public. Arthritis … [Read more...]

Back Safety Tips: Lifting Objects In and Out of Cars

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Back Safety Loading and unloading your car: Whether you drive for work or for pleasure, chances are at some point you will be loading your car trunk with groceries, suitcases, boxes, and all sorts of items which you will also have to remove from the trunk. We all know someone who has hurt or strained their back while lifting something out of the trunk of their car. Proper lifting techniques can go a long way to decrease the chance of injuring your back and help prevent these pains and … [Read more...]

Is your Back Pain a Neurological Problem?

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Back pain can be extremely scary when it is coupled with a radiating pain down your leg. “Sciatica” type pain is often a term used to describe back pain with radiation down the leg. It is a symptom used to describe this type of pain but does not specify the root cause of the injury. However, one of the most common causes of sciatica can be from a disc herniation, causing an inflammatory process, which puts pressure on the nerve root running alongside the vertebrae. It is extremely important that … [Read more...]

Why Do My Feet Feel Numb?

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Foot pain and numbness can be caused by a muscle strain or tight fascia within the foot. The numbness and pain can also often be a result of pressure from a disc bulge or spinal narrowing/stenosis in the low back.  Tightness or nerve entrapment of the “common fibular nerve”, which travels down the leg, also can lead to foot pain. Determining If There Is A Nerve Problem: Often, the first sign of a nerve problem is numbness along the top of your foot, which can radiate into the big toe or along … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Cycling Injuries

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Complaints of neck and back pain are common for cyclists. Cycling (even Spin Class) is an excellent form of exercise with great health benefits but that means your body may also be experiencing some aches and pains, so why not address them so you can improve your cycling experience. Common cycling injuries and complaints from cyclists do occur and typically can be from one’s neck and back, hands or lower extremities such as hips, knees, calf’s and occasionally feet. Symptoms of Cycling … [Read more...]

What is Vertigo?

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Vertigo is the sensation of the environment moving around you is when there really is no movement. Vertigo is basically a type of dizziness, which is often accompanied by nausea and/or loss of balance and can be a serious and debilitating condition. Types of Vertigo: There are basically two types of vertigo: central vertigo and peripheral vertigo. Central Vertigo Central vertigo is caused by a disturbance in the balance centers of the central nervous system and is often associated with some type … [Read more...]

How to Treat a Pinched Nerve

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What is a Pinched Nerve? A pinched nerve can occur when there is too much pressure applied from the surrounding tissues. This pressure irritates the nerve’s function, which causes symptoms such as tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain in the area. A pinch nerve in the neck can result from repetitive strain, a disc bulge, trauma, moving the wrong way, or even sleeping in an awkward position. For people who sit at a desk for long periods of time, it may also be a consequence of holding the body in … [Read more...]

What Happens During a Bone Density Test?

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The most common bone density test used today is called a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). This test involves lying on a table for several minutes while a small x-ray detector scans your spine, one hip, or both. You may be asked to lift your legs onto a support to straighten your back for the test.  The test is safe and painless and does not require any injections or cause any discomfort. You will receive a very small amount of radiation from a DXA test, which is approximately the same … [Read more...]

XFORCE Bestselling Posture Corrective Brace Shoulder Back Corrective Support Belt Back Pain Relief

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PLEASE DO NOT BUY UNTIL YOU DO AN ARMPIT TO ARMPIT MEASUREMENT. OTHERWISE, IT MIGHT NOT FIT YOU (read below). PLEASE UNDERSTAND YOU NEED A HELPER TO PUT THIS ON. Correcting bad posture is IMPORTANT! but you need external help, it is not as simple as just standing up straighter. Our Xforce correction brace is orthopedist-designed vest that gently aligned your shoulders into proper position to help prevent chronic neck and back pain and improve your posture. It adds more support and it also … [Read more...]