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Belmar Physical Therapy

Is Work Giving You a Pain in the Neck? Try Giving Your Muscles a Break.

BAD EVOLUTION - Causing Neck and Back Pain

Prolonged sitting at a desk or computer terminal can cause muscle tension and pain.  Most of the time this pain is your muslces crying out for a break.  Remember your head weighs about 10 pounds (the same weight as a bowling ball).  Imagine holding a bowling ball for 8 hours.  Get the picture?  The best way to prevent this problem is by giving your muscles the frequent break that they deserve.

Taking 1 to 3 minutes every hour to perform some simple stretches can make a big difference.  We have provided some sample stretches that can be placed by your computer as a reminder.  Try performing one or two or all of these stretches every hour depending on time.  If any of the stretches increase your pain eliminate them from the list.

If your pain persists even after trying this regimen you may need a more thorough evaluation and treatment.  Contact Belmar Physical Therapy to find out how we can help you eliminate your neck pain.

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Suffering From Knee Arthritis? Try Physical Therapy First.

More and more studies are showing that physical therapy is a highly effective alternative to arthroscopic surgery and drugs for sufferers of osteoarthritis >>

The most recent of these studies was published in the September 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). This study titled A Randomized Trial of Arthroscopic Surgery for Osteoarthritis of the Knee found that physical therapy was just as effective as Arthroscopic surgery.

Another study which supports the treatment approach that we use here at Belmar Physical Therapy is titled Effectiveness of Manual Physical Therapy and Exercise inOsteoarthritis of the Knee. This study found that patients treated with specific manual therapy techniques and supervised therapy had significant improvement in self-perceptions of pain, stiffness, and functional ability with total distance walked in 6 minutes. A significant reduction in the need for Total Knee Replacement was also noted. Did the results last? YES, these reported benefits were still present at 1 year!! Many of the patients reported a 20% to 40% reduction in symptoms after only 2 to 3 visits and the entire program only required 8 clinical visits.

“Can I do these exercise at home?” Sure, but in the first instance, these exercises should be supervised by a physical therapist and combined with manual therapy by a licensed physical therapist.

Contact Belmar Physical Therapy today to find out how we can help alleviate your knee pain from arthritis or other causes.  Click here to call or email us  >>

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Treatment of a Painful, Clicking Hip!

Hip pain and painful snapping inside the hip, or groin region are frequent disabling injuries amongst athletes, particularly those involved in sports that require repetitive pivoting or squatting. The evolution of physical therapy diagnostic techniques as well as arthroscopic surgical interventions for the hip have allowed for more effective diagnosis and management of the cause of this pain.

Chronic symptoms of pain in the front of the hip, or less often in the buttocks, along with catching or clicking in the hip are often associated with diagnoses such as acetabular labral tears. The labrum in this instance refers to cartilage which lines the rim of the hip socket and helps with hip stability and joint health. Traumatic isolated labral tears are rare (about 5% of cases).

For most patients, the injury has been due to specific repetitive wear in combination with individual anatomical contributions. Some patients may exhibit signs of having loose ligaments, or excessive range of motion in the hips; while others may demonstrate a specific lack of motion which may contribute to an impingement injury. The term impingement in this case describes the improper impact between the femur (ball) and the acetabulum (socket), or Femoral-Acetabular Impingement leading to injury other structures such as the labrum, usually in the front of the hip.

How do you treat a labral tear?

Once the causes of the injury are identified, patients can have immediate benefit from education on lifestyle, postural, and activity modification to reduce inflammation and further injury. Conservative treatment through physical therapy can be an effective option, particularly for those whose symptoms are caused by decreased stability of the hip. This will include exercises to increase core and hip muscle strength as well as an assessment of posture and the timing of muscle activation with movements of daily life. In severe cases, the application of arthroscopic surgical techniques has facilitated relatively consistent resolution function and/or sporting activity in both recreational and elite athletes.

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