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There is always something new to learn, whether you’re an experienced runner or brand-new to the road. Training safely and engaging in physical activities like running are top priorities for physical therapists. In this blog we will cover a few running suggestions from the physical therapists here at Allied Health Solutions, whether you want to speed up your race time or simply avoid an injury.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that occurs when the brain is violently shaken. Typically the injury occurs during rapid movement changes such as whiplash or a direct hit to the head(2). This shaking or hitting of the head causes unpredictable injury to various areas of the brain. The damage sustained from a concussion may not just be physical but can also cause alteration in the chemical balance in the brain. This alteration can cause behavioral issues. The complications from concussions range from short-term to long-term. The CDC estimates that 1.6 million to 3.8 million people experience concussions during sports and recreational activities annually in the United States alone(2)
Gardening can help us get in touch with nature, get active in good weather, but if done incorrectly can lead to joint pain and fatigue. By adopting some different body mechanics, these strategies can be safe and enjoyable with less risk of injury.
Physical therapist’s approach to neck pain It is estimated that neck pain affects approximately 30% of the US population each year(2). Neck pain can be caused by many different things such as sudden trauma like a fall, sports injury, or car accident, or by long-term problems in the spine. Neck pain most frequently affects adults
Strokes disrupt the lives of many Americans annually and the disease causes difficulties for patients long after they are initially treated. Symptoms can persist, debilitating patients for months, sometimes years after.
What is hand therapy?
Hand therapy focuses on the upper extremities of the body, including the hands, the arms, and the shoulders (American Society of Hand Therapists [ASHT], n.d.). Therapists specialize in hand therapy and can even become certified. Hand therapists have an extensive knowledge of the anatomy and the physiology of the upper limbs, and can treat almost all injuries or disabilities that pertain to those body parts (ASHT, n.d.).
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or CTS, is a prevalent condition that affects many Americans annually. CTS symptoms are usually seen in older adults after the age of 45 and more women suffer from the syndrome than men; CTS symptoms happen more when sleeping due to the hand positions of patients (Sevy & Varacallo, 2021). Sevy and Varacallo (2021) state that extended use of the hand can exacerbate the condition. In addition to overuse of the hand, comorbidities, which is when a patient has one or more condition(s) in addition to an existing one like CTS, can cause symptoms to arise— Sevy & Varacallo (2021) mention obesity, arthritis, and genetic diseases as some examples of these comorbidities.