The intentional goal from the use of a inversion table in relation to low back pain is to decompress the spine through the use of gravity. An inversion table positions your body upside down or […]
Muscles have an origin (starting point) and an insertion (ending point).
A knee replacement (also called knee arthroplasty) involves a replacement of only the surface of the bones. The four steps to a knee replacement include:
Folklore remedies for pain and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis include the application of magnets and copper to the skin. Despite the popular use of devices containing magnets or copper for this purpose, little research has been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of such treatments.
Myofascial decompression can be performed through the use of cupping. Traditional cupping involves using glass cups with a quick flash of a flame to create negative pressure inside the cup and the cups are placed in one spot for a short length of time. Often, circular marks remain on the skin from the negative pressure of the cups.
The Maitland-Australian Approach is considered a cornerstone of Orthopedic Manual Therapy for treatment of both spinal and peripheral conditions. The Maitland-Australian Approach uses primarily the assessment and treatment of the patient’s signs and symptoms to develop an effective treatment plan.
Below are the normal active range of motion (AROM) values for the joints of the body. The value listed are published by the AAOS (American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons) and the AMA (American Medical Association).
Spine stabilization exercise strategies are under debate in the physical therapy field. Some researchers suggest a local approach in which you isolate a single muscular effort. Other researchers suggest a global approach in which you contract many muscles at the same time.
Low back pain can often be the result of spinal joints that are not moving well or produce pain. The spinal bones are called vertebrae and the joints between the spinal bones can be likened to a triangle.
Core exercises can stabilize the lumbar spine. Low back pain can often occur with people that have weak core muscles. The “core” is commonly thought of as the abdominal muscles. A more comprehensive definition involves thinking of the core as a cylinder like a soda can.
Prevent back injuries by maintaining the inward curve of your low back. Your spine has a series of natural curves to it. It bends inwards at your neck (lordosis), outwards at your mid-back (kyphosis) and inwards at your low back (lordosis). These curves help to distribute forces from movement and gravity.
Evidence-based recommendations have been issued by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The APTA partnered with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation’s Choosing Wisely® campaign to provide specific, evidence-based recommendations
Blood pressure is often checked by physical therapists upon meeting a patient for the first time. It is one of the vital signs we use to screen patients for potentially unknown health issues. Increased pressure, called hypertension, can be caused by