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7 Symptoms of Arthritis in the Knee

There are three different types of arthritis that can occur in your knees. The most common type is osteoarthritis (OA), a progressive condition that slowly wears away joint cartilage. OA is most likely to occur after middle age.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an inflammatory condition that can strike at any age.
Post-traumatic arthritis develops following an injury to the knee. It can occur years after a torn meniscus, ligament injury, or knee fracture.

It’s possible to have more than one type of arthritis at a time. See your doctor for a diagnosis and to discuss a successful treatment plan for the specific type or types of arthritis you have.

Football Injuries

Football is one of the most popular sports played by young athletes, and it leads all other sports in the number of injuries sustained.

WHAT TYPES OF INJURIES ARE MOST COMMON IN FOOTBALL?
Injuries occur during football games and practice due to the combination of high speeds and full contact. While overuse injuries can occur, traumatic injuries such as concussions are most common. The force applied to either bringing an opponent to the ground or resisting being brought to the ground makes football players prone to injury anywhere on their bodies, regardless of protective equipment.

Crepitus May Be Early Warning Sign of Knee Arthritis

It happens to nearly all of us: You get out of bed in the morning or stand after sitting for a while and your knee pops.

When joints create a grinding or popping sound or sensation, this is known as crepitus. Occasional joint crepitus is considered normal and is no cause for alarm.

 

However, a large new study suggests that frequent knee crepitus may be an early warning sign of knee osteoarthritis.

Characteristic Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia symptoms typically intensify, or flare, periodically. These flares can be unpredictable; what was an invigorating walk one day could be excruciatingly painful the next.

Symptoms may also ease considerably or even disappear for days, months, or longer, only to re-appear again at a later date.

Fibromyalgia Range of Symptoms
The number and type of fibromyalgia symptoms vary with the individual, but chronic pain and stiffness, fatigue, sleep problems, and cognitive impairment are common.

Musculoskeletal pain
The body pain can range from a dull ache to a burning or shooting pain, and parts of the body may feel sore. Some individuals compare the body pain to that of the flu. The pain may be worsened by a variety of factors, such as physical activity, cold or damp weather, stress, or the time of day.

Importance of Proper Stretching

Why it's important. Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight. ... Healthy muscles also help a person with balance problems to avoid falls.

Decreased stress
Chronic stress can produce a number of undesirable responses in the body, including increased feelings of anxiety, fatigue and tension. Regularly stretching has been shown to reduce mental tension and, when combined with mindful breathing techniques, may also help to decrease anxiety and depression..


Reduced pain and stiffness
Excessive muscular tension can increase discomfort throughout the body. However, studies have shown that regularly performing static stretching can help to decrease stiffness, reduce pain levels (especially in individuals with chronic neck or low-back pain), and may even reduce the frequency and severity of muscle cramps.

Postural Syndrome

What is postural syndrome?
Postural syndrome is an umbrella term for condition where pain can be felt in several common locations all the way from the lower back to the neck and shoulders. Even hands and upper limbs and the feet and lower limbs can have pain that is directly or indirectly related to postural syndrome. For example direct pain would be trigger points and ischaemic pain in the buttocks or posterior thigh from prolonged sitting, whereas indirect Lower limb pain may include adaptive shortening/tightness in the hip flexors giving anterior hip pain or even referring pain down the ITB region and lateral knee.

In a typical (and early) Postural Syndrome there is no significant damage or trauma to tissue. Patients with postural syndrome only experience an ache or pain during activities placing sustained stress on normal tissue.

The mechanism of pain onset in postural syndrome can be demonstrated by gently bending your index finger backwards until you feel a stretch. At this point there is no tissue damage or pain, however, if you maintain this position for long enough, your finger will gradually become painful or ache. Postural syndrome in the spine occurs in a similar fashion and typically occurs due to sitting or standing in poor positions for prolonged periods of time.  

Did you know Physical Therapy can treat these conditions?

Far too many people are unaware of the major benefits of physical therapy. While people are uneducated as to what all physical therapy can help treat, they opt to other remedies or treatments that are not nearly as helpful.


While so many people turn to physical therapy for the obvious ailments such as sport’s injuries etc., a decent amount of people are unaware of the benefits of physical therapy for other diseases and conditions. Keep reading to learn about the conditions that physical therapy and rehabilitation in Arlington can help treat that you perhaps didn’t know about.

Understanding Meniere's Disease

Meniere's disease is an inner ear disease that typically affects one ear. This disease can cause pressure or pain in the ear, severe cases of dizziness or vertigo, hearing loss and a ringing or roaring noise, also known as tinnitus. Although Meniere's disease can affect people of any age, people in their 40s and 50s are much more likely to experience it. This condition is considered to be chronic and there is no cure, but there are various treatment strategies that will minimize the effect on your life and relieve symptoms.

People with Meniere's will have sudden dizzy spells after experiencing tinnitus or muffled hearing. Symptoms vary from person to person, and some will experience many attacks over a period of several days, and others will have an isolated attack every once in awhile.

Potential Causes or Triggers
Although there is no exact cause of Meniere's, scientists believe that it has something to do with high pressure of the fluid in part of the inner ear. Passages and cavities connect throughout the inner ear, also called a labyrinth. The outside of the inner ear is a bone structure, while the interior is a soft membrane. This part of the ear contains tiny sensors that resemble hairs and respond to the movement of fluid, or endolymph, through the area. Potential causes or triggers of Meniere's disease include:

Radiculopathy

What You Need to Know
•    Radiculopathy describes a range of symptoms produced by the pinching of a nerve root in the spinal column.
•    The pinched nerve can occur at different areas along the spine (cervical, thoracic or lumbar).
•    Symptoms of radiculopathy vary by location but frequently include pain, weakness, numbness and tingling.
•    A common cause of radiculopathy is narrowing of the space where nerve roots exit the spine, which can be a result of stenosis, bone spurs, disc herniation or other conditions.
•    Radiculopathy symptoms can often be managed with nonsurgical treatments, but minimally invasive surgery can also help some patients.


What is radiculopathy?
Your spine is made of many bones called vertebrae, and your spinal cord runs through a canal in the center of these bones. Nerve roots split from the cord and travel between the vertebrae into various areas of your body. When these nerve roots become pinched or damaged, the resulting symptoms are called radiculopathy.

Foot Pain

Definition
Your foot is an intricate network of bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Strong enough to bear your body weight, your foot can be prone to injury and pain.

Foot pain can affect any part of your foot, from your toes to your Achilles tendon at the back of your heel.
Although mild foot pain often responds well to home treatments, it can take time to resolve. Your doctor should evaluate severe foot pain, especially if it follows an injury.


Causes
Injury, overuse or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis is a common cause of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).

How Different Kinds of Arthritis Hurt Your Feet

If you live with arthritis, chances are you feel the painful effects in your feet. “Feet are tremendously affected by arthritis,” says Vinicius Domingues, MD, a rheumatologist in Daytona Beach, Florida, and medical advisor for CreakyJoints.

Indeed, osteoarthritis (OA), the most common type of arthritis, affects the feet of one in six people over the age of 50. With rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common type of inflammatory autoimmune arthritis, more than 90 percent of patients develop symptoms in the foot and ankle over the course of the disease. In about 20 percent of RA cases, foot and ankle symptoms are even among the first signs of the disease.

It’s not surprising that you can feel arthritis in your feet: The disease predominantly affects your joints, and your foot contains more than 30 joints.

Low Back Pain: What You Need To Know!

Low Back Pain Facts

•    Low Back Pain also called Lumbago

•    More than 3 Million U.S. cases per year

•    Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.

•    Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work.  In fact, back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections.

•    Americans spend at least $50 billion each year on back pain.

Tips from the Experts

Tips from the Experts

Tennis and Golfers Elbow


Although you may have never handled a tennis racquet or a golf club, you may very well have suffered from a dull achiness or a sharp pain on either side of your elbow which limits your ability in using your arm. Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis and medial epicondylitis, are only two of extremely common overuse injuries of the elbow.

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