The Joint Ventures' Blog

The 122nd Boston Marathon is Approaching

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

In just over a month, many of our friends, family, and co-workers will be running in the 122nd Boston Marathon. Each year as the thousands go by, I get caught up in the courage, conviction, and dedication I see on the faces of all the runners. Each year Joint Ventures becomes more involved with the Boston Marathon, mostly through participation with Coach John Furey's runners.  For some, it will be their first marathon, while for others they're working to improve on a best time. For any runner training to run 26.2 miles, there is an overload of information on how to properly train, but here are a few basic, but important tips! 

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Patellofemoral pain syndrome

Monday, February 06, 2017

With spring hopefully around the corner, you’re getting in shape for running season. Or if you’re a hardy New Englander, you’re out there in any type of weather and are training for the spring races. A common running injury is called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It is caused by an abnormality in the way the patella (kneecap) moves over the end of the femur (thigh bone).  

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Why Do I have Knee Pain?

Monday, February 06, 2017

One caveat before you go any further....this article is being written with the assumption that you have functional knees with no tears, loose bodies, or large cartilage defects directly affecting your knees’ function.  If you have a generally “healthy” knee and are a relatively healthy person who continues to get knee pain that doesn't seem to go away, your answer might lie above and below. 

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Your first visit at Joint Ventures

Monday, February 06, 2017

Thank you for choosing Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness to provide your physical therapy care. We are excited to help you get better.  There are some things that you can do before your first visit to be prepared and to help your appointment go smoothly and efficiently. It will speed up the registration process and allow you to maximize the time spent with your therapist.  Below is a check list of things to help get you ready for your first visit.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Before your first appointment, you will get the following emails from Joint Ventures:

 

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New Year, New You FREE Pilates Event

Monday, January 09, 2017
 

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New Years Resolutions 2017

Monday, January 09, 2017

In the season of resolution making, it is important to spend a bit of time reflecting on what real changes would benefit an individual’s health and wellness. Studies have found that people are successful with resolutions in the first two weeks, derail by February, and are right back where they started come December. Why is this? Americans are known for their lack of moderation when it comes to choices. When making resolutions for 2017, remember that “bigger isn’t always better” and set yourself up for success by resisting the urge to create lofty goals that you “should” do. 

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Planning for Your Physical Therapy Expenses in 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

With deductibles on the rise (255% in the last ten years!), Joint Ventures aims to educate and prepare each of our patients for the financial aspect of their care.  My name is Kim and as your Director of Billing here at Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness, I think it's important to educate and advise you on how to keep your balance low as we transition into a new calendar year.  While some may be quite ready to bid the year 2016 adieu, there are a few things I’d like you to keep in mind! 

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Wrist Injuries

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Many of the shapes that we use with movement require patients to be on hands and knees, in a high plank, or something as simple as cat-cow pose. As a physical therapist, patients have often told me “I can’t do this, I have bad wrists” when attempting to perform exercises requiring them to bear weight on their wrists. The common belief that someone’s wrist is “bad” is in most cases unrelated to damaged bone, tendon or ligaments but rather due to tight tissues and decreased tolerance for loading. 

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Fallen On OutStretched Hand (FOOSH) Injuries

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

FOOSH is a mechanism of injury associated with a traumatic event occurring when an individual falls in an attempt to catch themselves through the palm of their hand. As a result, wrist pain resulting in decreased grip strength, pain with forearm rotations, push/pull movements are common clinical findings.  If severe enough this mechanism of injury can result in fractures of the wrist and hand bones, with risk increasing with individuals over 50 years of age from osteoporosis.  In addition, injury following is increased with a condition known as ulnar variance (ulnar bone is disproportionally longer than the radius bone causing increased force distribution through the ulnarcarpal joint). Increasing in severity, the most common type of forearm fracture is a colles fracture as seen below often via FOOSH injury. A colles fracture is a fracture of the distal radius bone. 

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Smart Phone Thumb

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Does your thumb or wrist hurt when you are texting or surfing the internet on your smart phone?  Do you have thumb or wrist pain with repetitive motions using your thumb?   If this sounds like you, you may be a victim of what is recently been referred to as “smart phone thumb.”  While most of our cell phone use has increased significantly in recent years, this is not a new injury.  It has traditionally been referred to as de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, named after the Swiss surgeon, Fitz de Quervain who identified the condition in 1895.  Statistics show that the number of people who suffer from this painful condition have increased in recent years.  This may be in part due to many of using our smart phones for an increasing number things.  This often requires repetitive thumb use to hold and to tap the keypad but this condition can develop from any activity that requires repetitive thumb or wrist movements.  

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