Archive for November, 2010

Physical Therapy In Boise For Whiplash – Heat And Massage

November 30, 2010

Physical Therapists are specially trained to safely perform massage for neck pain and whiplash.

Patients suffering form whiplash and neck pain will often have very sore and tight muscles in their neck. This causes limitation in movements of the head and neck as well as pain with everyday activities.

Heat, massage and electrical muscles stimulation are used in physical therapy to reduce the stiffness and pain so that the patient is then able to perform the therapeutic stretches and exercises needed to facilitate healing.

For more information about Physical Therapy in Boise for whiplash and neck pain visit our website:http://www.promoptboise.com/

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Physical Therapy In Boise – When Should You See A Doctor About Your Shoulder Pain

November 26, 2010

Shoulder pain is often the result of an irritation of soft tissues in the shouder joint, either the rotator cuff tendons (tendinitis) or the over lying bursa (bursitis). It is a condition that is readily treatable with physical therapy. Physical therapy for shoulder pain consists of massage, stretching and shoulder strengthening. You should seek help for your shoulder pain if:

  • Your pain has persisted for more than one week
  • Your shoulder pain disrupts your sleep
  • Your pain makes doing everyday activities painful
  • You cannot reach above shoulder height without pain

It is not necessary to see a physician before consulting a physical therapist about your pain. However if you have had a physical injury such as a fall or an accident it is advisable to consult your doctor.

For more information about Physical Therapy in Boise for shoulder pain visit our website at:

http://www.promoptboise.com/

When Should You Call A Doctor About Your Back Pain

November 26, 2010

This is an excerpt from a good article written by Pauline Looye-Jones, a clinical specialist on the staff of Methodist Therapy in Tennessee.

Most lower back pain gets better on its own, usually within a few days or possibly a few weeks. If the pain continues for more than four to six weeks, you should consult your doctor.  

A serious spinal problem accounts for less than one percent of all back pain. There are few a warning signs that may indicate a condition that is more severe than strained soft tissue. If any of the following red flags apply to you, see your doctor soon:

  • The pain follows a violent injury, such as a motor vehicle accident.
  • The pain is constant and getting worse.
  • You have bowel or bladder dysfunction that began after you injured your back
  • You have cancer or had it in the past.
  • You are taking steroids.
  • You are generally feeling unwell.
  • You have had recent and significant weight loss.    
  • You continue to have great difficulty bending forward.
  • You have developed a number of problems in your nervous system such as numbness or loss of strength or power.
  • You have developed an obvious structural deformity or change in the appearance of your spine.

For more information about getting back pain help . visit our website at:

http://www.backpainhelptoday.com/

Back Pain Help – Cortizone Injection For Lumbar Herniated Disc

November 25, 2010

“More than 1.5 million spinal injections as a treatment for pain and other back problems are performed each year, and that number is expected to rise as the population ages,” said Naomi Kuznets, PhD senior director and general manager of the AAAHC Institute.  “Nearly two-thirds of these procedures are performed in the outpatient setting.”

In a recent study conducted by the AAAHC Institute

53 percent of patients rated the severity of their symptoms as greater than “5″ on a scale of 0 – 10, with “10″ being the most severe.

·        91 percent of patients received three or fewer injections. 

·        89 percent of injections included local anesthetics and 95 percent included corticosteroids.

·        63 percent of patients received intravenous sedation.

·        98 percent of injections were guided by X-ray imaging.

Cortisone injections can be very effective at alleviating lower back pain and other symptoms. For patients who do not respond to physical therapy within the first 3-4 weeks I often recommend seeing a spine specialist for an injection. Many spine doctors will try oral steroids (pills) first. If the patient does not get enough relief with the pills then an MRI is usually recommended to see if there is anything such as a herniated disc that warrants a cortisone injection.

For more information about getting back pain help with physical therapy. visit our website at:

http://www.backpainhelptoday.com/

Will You Benefit From A Lumbar Spine Cortisone Injection For A Herniated Disc

November 24, 2010

A new study conducted by the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement (AAAHC Institute), a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) showed that:

More than three-fourths (78 percent) of patients reported their pain had improved and 82 percent said they were able to perform their daily activities after undergoing spinal injections for back pain, although only about half (53 percent) said they were able to reduce their pain medications after the procedure.

The most frequent symptoms for which the procedure was performed were pain (96 percent), limited range of motion (47 percent), spinal tenderness (28 percent), weakness (28 percent) and a positive straight-leg test (21 percent) – a test in which the leg is raised upward with the knee unbent (the test is positive if there is pain down the back of the leg) – and numbness (5 percent).  Some patients reported more than one symptom.

·        53 percent of patients rated the severity of their symptoms as greater than “5″ on a scale of 0 – 10, with “10″ being the most severe.

·        91 percent of patients received three or fewer injections. 

·        89 percent of injections included local anesthetics and 95 percent included corticosteroids.

·        63 percent of patients received intravenous sedation.

·        98 percent of injections were guided by X-ray imaging.

Lumbar cortisone injections are generally performed in conjunction with physical therapy. The injection provides added relief from pain and other symptoms so that the patient can return to doing their normal daily activities while they rehab their back in order to avoid future injury.

For more information about getting back pain help with physical therapy. visit our website at:

http://www.backpainhelptoday.com/

New Research Shows That Cortisone Injections Provide Back Pain Relief

November 22, 2010

More than three-fourths (78 percent) of patients reported their pain had improved and 82 percent said they were able to perform their daily activities after undergoing spinal injections for back pain, although only about half (53 percent) said they were able to reduce their pain medications after the procedure.  These are among the results of the first study of ambulatory care centers performing low back injection for pain management, conducted by the AAAHC Institute for Quality Improvement (AAAHC Institute), a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

For more information about getting back pain help visit our website at:

http://www.backpainhelptoday.com/

Physical Therapy In Boise – Shoulder Pain

November 13, 2010

Most shoulder pain is result of problems with the Rotator Cuff tendons. Rotator Cuff Impingement is the most common condition. This is when the tendons of the Rotator Cuff become inflammed and cause an aching in the shoulder joint. This condition can be easily reversed with phyiscal therapy.

For more information about Physical Therapy in Boise visit our website at:

http://www.promoptboise.com/

When Should You Have Back Surgery?

November 11, 2010

Most spine specialists agree that spine surgery is necessary in circumstances such as these:

“Patients who should consider having a disc surgery without prolonged nonoperative treatment are those who have bowel or bladder dysfunction related the their back problem or severe intractable pain down the leg extending below the knee.”

For more information about when to choose to have back surgery and how to relieve low back pain with physical therapy visit our website at:

http://www.backpainhelptoday.com/back-pain-help/should-you-have-surgery-for-a…

Physical Therapy in Boise – Decompression Surgery For Severe Stenosis

November 11, 2010

Decompression surgery involves removing a small portion of the bone over the nerve root and/or disc material from under the nerve root to relieve pinching of the nerve and provide more room for the nerve to heal

This is a simple explanation of a spinal decompression surgery. In some severe cases where pain from nerve compression is unmanageable with conservative treatment such a surgery may be necessary.

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Physical Therapy Products In Boise – Order Through Pro Motion

November 10, 2010

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