ACUPUNCTURE: WHAT IS IT?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This procedure is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
As the temperatures turn colder, skiing enthusiasts of all skill levels will wait with anticipation for that time when snow—real or “manufactured”—will fall on the slopes of resorts all across the nation. But whether you ski the “bunny slopes” or expertly maneuver around moguls, being properly prepared can help prevent injury and ensure a season of excitement.
If you grew up in the 1970s, you may remember the Six Million Dollar Man TV show with Steve Austin. The show began with a futuristic-type regeneration of an injured Steve Austin, and they would say, “we have the technology, we can rebuild him.” It was a great one-liner, but seem so far-fetched. Fast forward 30 years, or just one generation. The future is now. We have the technology!
Physical Therapy (PT) is an ever-changing and advancing field these days with constant advancements in the field of sports medicine and rehabilitation. When it comes to athletes, PT is on the cutting edge of the newest, non-invasive treatments that get you back in the game quicker than ever before. One of the newer tools being utilized by a lot of health care providers in the sports medicine field is Active Release Technique (ART).
Text Neck Syndrome is the term used for neck pain caused by repeated stress and pain due to use of a mobile device, such as a smartphone or tablet. This has become a worldwide health concern and global epidemic. There are over 4 billion mobile devices in use around the world and the number continues to rise.
In the blink of an eye, the NFL lost one of its most promising young players for the 2017 season. More importantly for Eagles supporters, in an instant, a franchise cornerstone, in the midst of a MVP-worthy campaign, had his year cut short from serious injury. Jarring news that seemed to dash all hopes for the team earning its elusive first Super Bowl victory, at the very least, for the foreseeable future.
You are so excited to be celebrating your 65th birthday with your two best friends. You are at your favorite restaurant, enjoying the food and company. Now you look across the table and have to decide which one of you will fall in the next year. Unfortunately, 1 out of 3 mature adults, over the age of 65, falls each year.
A fall onto an outstretched hand is a common event in any age group—so common it has its own acronym, FOOSH. The cause of the fall can run the gamut: a sports injury, slip on ice, trip on an uneven surface, or simple loss of balance. Common among athletes—runners, skiers, skateboarders, pole vaulters—the injury can also occur in car accidents and whenever you try to break a fall by reaching out with your hand.
Just think about being able to peek directly into your injured joint through a little telescope and not only seeing what is wrong, but also being able to fix it! This is no futuristic dream: It’s what is being done today with arthroscopic surgery, one of the most common surgical procedures being performed in our nation. The arthroscope has revolutionized the field of orthopedic surgery, especially the care of sports and recreational injuries. Many of these injuries include the joints, or moving articulations, of the body such as the knee and shoulder. The arthroscope is a small surgical tool that allows direct visualization of the interior of the joint, and in many cases, the repair of damaged or injured areas through tiny incisions.
Neck pain is almost as common as lower back pain. Over 80% of individuals will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. At any given time, up to 20% of people can be dealing with symptoms related to neck problems. The most common causes of neck pain are due to posture, injury or the natural progression of arthritis and disc degeneration. Symptoms can be confined to the neck region, however arm pain, numbness and weakness are often present. Less obvious symptoms, such as hand numbness, loss of coordination and balance can also be present.