What is Neck Osteoarthritis (OA)? Arthritis is defined as the presence of swelling, effusion (The escape of fluid into another part), or the presence of 2 or more of the following signs: limited range of motion(ROM), tenderness, pain on motion, or joint warmth. In this article we will specifically discuss neck osteoarthritis. Degenerative changes are common in neck or cervical spine. In some degree they are found almost universally in persons over 50yrs of age. Once you hit 70 years
Are you someone who has tried everything and still can’t find relief from lower back pain? Have you been wondering why your back pain isn’t getting better? Here are are few reasons your back pain may not be improving… Not getting a good night’s sleep Research indicates that quality of sleep plays a crucial role in improving outcomes in chronic pain patients. According to a few significant studies, a staggering number of chronic pain physical therapy patients (40-50%) feel better with just one single
Sitting is slowly Killing all of us Things just aren’t what they used to be in many ways. As a culture, we used to fill our days with standing, working on crops in our fields, gathering or hunting for our food then later came standing working in factories or mills. With modern advances such as computers, television and desk jobs, many of us sit for the majority of the day and recently we have discovered some staggering statistics. The average American now sits for 9.3 hours
What is Sciatica? Sciatica is a type of low back pain that can cause pain in the low back and radiate into the buttock and lower extremity. Sciatic pain is characterized by radiating leg pain down the back of the leg caused by an irritation of the sciatic nerve which travels along that same pathway. You may feel a sharp shooting pain, tightness in the muscles along the buttock and hamstrings, and/or a general ache at the low back and hip.
In the last blog post, we described what Dry Needling is and who it could be for. This week we are going to discuss how Dry Needling works. Dry Needling can stimulate the healing process by improving blood flow, nerve conduction, and/or structure of the tissue around the injured area resulting in decreased pain and/or numbness. Tight muscles are typically deprived of oxygen resulting in increased muscle spasm. By inserting the needle into these areas oxygen and blood flow is delivered