The Joint Ventures' Blog

Hip Anatomy

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The hip is composed of various muscles, joints, bones, ligaments and tendons, nerves, blood vessels, and bursae. Like most parts of the human body, it is a complex of interrelated pieces, perfectly fit together, to help you move. 

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Hip Stability

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

People often exchange the terms strength and stability as if they are one and the same. That really is not true. It’s important to understand the differences between the two, as well as know how to improve both areas to create a better overall platform for performance. 

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Hip Pathologies

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Treatment for hip pathologies is as variable as the conditions themselves. Though every person, every condition, and every day is different, there are many similarities among the treatment options for hip dysfunctions. A good deal of hip injuries are a direct result of soft tissue imbalances, neuromuscular inhibition, and bony arthrokinematics. 

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Funny Bone - Fact or Fiction?

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Ever hit your “funny bone," and experienced that electrical shock down your arm? These symptoms are actually caused by a compression of your ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve runs right through the back side of your elbow - right in that spot that you always seem to hit!  Research reports that an ulnar nerve compression, medically known as an ulnar nerve neuropathy or cubital tunnel syndrome, is the second most common nerve injury (the first is carpal tunnel syndrome which involves the median nerve). 

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Positional Fault

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Could your "Tennis Elbow,” or other elbow pain, be caused by a Positional Fault? Many orthopaedic conditions affecting the elbow, such as “tennis elbow” or “little league elbow” can, at least in part, be attributed to imbalances between certain muscles’ flexibility and strength.  Muscles operate best when they are at the correct length, and muscles that are either too short/tight or too long/weak can create problems 

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Knee Osteoarthritis

Friday, February 26, 2016

Osteoarthritis is a very common form of arthritis in the knee and primarily the one we see in our patients. It is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage of the knee joint wears away, decreasing the protective space between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone).  When this space decreases, the bones can end up rubbing together, creating bone spurs that cause pain. This type of pain gradually increases over time and can limit your mobility not only with exercise but also with simple daily activities such as getting out of a chair or climbing stairs. 

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Graston Technique

Friday, February 26, 2016

Have you been suffering from knee pain? The Graston Technique may be an option for you to treat a nagging knee injury. This technique is used by licensed practitioners in which a Graston instrument is used to address scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The result is improved mobility and decreased tissue restriction which enable to you to get back to normal faster!   

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Dynamic Exercises

Friday, February 26, 2016

Here in New England, many runners tend to either decrease their mileage during the winter months or brave the freezing temperatures and continue their typical run. No matter what type of runner you are, a proper warm up is essential to prevent injuries to the knees and muscles of the lower extremities. Research has shown that elite athletes who integrate 60-120 min of warm up exercises before their sporting event tend to have increased performance during competition and less tendencies for injury during competition. 

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Friday, February 26, 2016

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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Understanding Your Health Insurance for a New Year

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

With a new year comes an opportunity to start fresh with a clean slate. For our patients, this can be both good and bad. As we welcome a new year in wellness, I am here to break down the most pressing concerns for our patients continuing their treatment into 2016. My name is Kim Dragon, and as the Director of Billing here at Joint Ventures, I want to make this transition as easy and as transparent as possible for you. Below, I have outlined the two factors affecting our patients: cost to you and approval of visits. 

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