The Joint Ventures' Blog

Lower Back Pain

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Two out of three adults suffer from low back pain in their lifetime and back pain is the #2 reason adults visit the doctor.  It keeps people home from work and interferes with activities of daily life and recreation.  The good news is 9 out of 10 people’s low back pain will get better in 2 to 12 weeks with conservative treatment such as physical therapy. 

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Stress Urinary Incontinence

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Are you experiencing urine leakage during exercise? How about when you cough, sneeze or laugh? If you answered yes to any of these questions you could be suffering from a pelvic floor dysfunction called Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI).  Don't be ashamed or embarrassed to talk about this topic because you are not alone. Millions of individuals of all ages (most commonly middle aged and older women) are dealing with SUI. 

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Stress and your pelvic floor

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Ever get a stomach ache when you are stressed? How stress can manifest in your pelvic floor and what to do about it! 

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Male Pelvic Pain

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

There is an increasing awareness in the medical world about pelvic dysfunctions, and what should be done with those patients that have these dysfunctions.  A movement towards conservative treatments for assisting individuals return to normal urination, bowel movements, completed intercourse, and pain free sitting is good news for everyone. 

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Squatty Potty

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Let's talk about bowel movements. It's not something that is often discussed openly, but we all have them. The fact is that the ability to have regular, relatively easy bowel movements speaks to our gastrointestinal (GI) health, and more importantly, our overall health.  Unfortunately, for some of us, bowel movements don’t come as easily as they could.  According to the National Institute of Health, between 4 and 10 million Americans have chronic constipation which is defined by less than 3 bowel movements per week.  Also at any given time, 63 million Americans are constipated.  

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It's the joint! The shoulder joint.

Monday, June 06, 2016

The shoulder joint is the most flexible joint in the entire human.  The glenohumeral (shoulder) joint is a ball and socket.  The socket portion of the joint is formed by outer aspect of the shoulder blade (the scapula), and the ball arises from the top of the upper arm bone (the humerus).  Just above this ball and socket joint is the acromion, a bony prominence extending off of the scapula (Figure 1).  Due to the inherent instability of the joint, we rely on ligaments and muscle to provide adequate support during daily activities. We also have the labrum, a ring of cartilage, to help extend the size of the socket, offering increased stability while maintaining flexibility. 

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A Patient's Perspective

Monday, June 06, 2016

If you are considering rotator cuff surgery, here are a few things to consider, both from a physical therapist’s perspective and from a patient’s perspective (while in the midst of post-operative rotator cuff repair rehabilitation). 

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Rotator Cuff

Monday, June 06, 2016

The weather is finally getting warm and tennis season is picking up.  Before you head out to the court, take some time to prevent shoulder injury.  Overhead activities, such as tennis, put great demands on the shoulder joint.  Shoulder injuries are common in tennis players because strokes such as the serve, overhead smash, high forehand, and backhand volley place repetitive forces about the unstable shoulder joint. 

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Posture and Shoulder Pain

Monday, June 06, 2016

Can poor posture cause shoulder pain? The answer is yes, and more! A forward head posture and rounded shoulders can contribute to shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tears, neck issues, and headaches. 

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Hip Replacement

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The volume of total hip replacements is quickly growing in the United States, with an almost 125% increase in surgical rates over the past few years (AAOS, 2014). A total hip replacement (THR) is an elective surgery for people living with pain in the hip joint that limits their function, but the surgery can also be indicated with a traumatic injury to the hip. The surgery involves removing arthritic bone in the pelvis and femur and replacing it with plastic and ceramic components to decrease pain with daily activities.  

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