Knee pain is a common complaint which can limit many activities of daily living such as standing up from a chair, going up and down stairs, or simply walking. There are multiple different types of knee pain which can be treated by a physical therapist. The one I would like to discuss today is called Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS or Runner’s Knee).
While spine surgery is not for everyone, for those who must undergo surgery, I am often asked my opinion as to whether physical therapy is needed after surgery. Some patients and even doctors have been nervous about early physical therapy, preferring to wait 4-6 weeks prior to starting PT.
However, one disadvantage of waiting is that during the first few weeks after surgery, patients have relatively little feedback from a health care professional on how to move, and bend and take care of their back. Whereas, if involved in physical therapy, the patient is able to learn and be more closely monitored as he/she heals.
While low back pain in adolescents is less common than in the elderly, there are some instances in which a young person should seek medical advice. One such condition is pars fracture.
This cause of low back pain can be seen in young athletes in sports as cheerleading, soccer, football, wrestling, weight lifting, volleyball, rowing, dancing and gymnastics.
…in all the right places! (Part I)
“Doc, I know why I have lower back pain,” says the new patient in the exam room. “My general practitioner said I have curvature of the spine.”
Do I look at the patient in disbelief? Or do I assume that they are describing a scoliosis deformity or a congenital spinal problem? Only after a detailed history, examination and x-rays could we really understand what “problem” the patient was actually trying to describe.
When we assess our patients’ spine we make it a priority to look and see which HEALTHY CURVES are in place. That’s right folks, not all curves are bad, especially if they are in the right places.
Shin pain in runners (Part III)
To continue our series on shin pain in runners, an important diagnosis is shin pain caused by a stress fracture. Clues to this condition are symptoms of sharp pain at a localized area overlying the shin bone, near the junction of the middle and distal thirds. Typically pain is constant, and worse with the foot landing on the ground.
Shin pain in runners (Part II)
This post is a follow up to my previous blog on shin pain in runners. Another cause of shin pain after or during running is due to a condition known as Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome (CECS).
This syndrome is due to increased pressure within a closed space where the muscles attempt to expand but are unable to do so. As a result of this, a runner experiences pain only when running. There should be no pain at rest and pain when running should resolve within several minutes of rest.
Shin pain in runners (Part I)
Not every pain in the shin is the same. Many runners who have shin pain may be suffering from something other than “shin splints.” In today’s post, we will investigate this particular diagnosis, however, stay tuned for future posts on other common and not so common causes of shin pain in runners.
Exercise has many proven health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, improving mental health and mood, increasing metabolism and muscle and bone strength, as well as enhancing balance and reaction times.
Even knowing about all of the great benefits, a common reason people delay beginning an exercise regimen is that they are unfamiliar with exercise basics such as how often or long to exercise or more importantly, what to do!
Today’s topic will focus on how to begin a realistic exercise program, which is one of the most important aspects to successfully incorporating exercise into your life.
My name is Sandy Foukarakis and I’m a Physician Assistant (PA) with NorthEast Spine and Sports Medicine and an adjunct Professor of Anatomy & Physiology at Georgian Court University. Prior to becoming a PA, I studied exercise physiology and worked as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Aside from my career in medicine, I enjoy helping people learn how to exercise correctly and efficiently to target their goals. Over a few articles, I will be sharing some tips to help introduce you to effective strategies for starting an exercise regimen.