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After surgery, there are four phases of the rehabilitation process. Last time we examined Phase 2: Preprosthetic Training.  Today, we will examine Phases 3 & 4: Basic and Advanced Prosthetic Training. Phases 3: Basic Prosthetic Training During the basic prosthetic training phase, the patient will receive an initial prosthesis, and physical therapy will focus on: Gait training Progressive strengthening Balance Prosthetic management. During this phase, it is impor...
Posted on 2018-12-05
“Golfer's Elbow" or medial epicondylitis is an inflammation of the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to theinside of the bone at the elbow. Like tennis elbow, the cause of this condition is usually because of a specificstrain, overuse, or a direct injury. The forearm muscles and tendons inside of the epicondylitis - the elbow joint –become inflamed and injured from overuse. Golfer's elbow occurs most often in the patient’s dominant arm, butcan occur in the non-dominant ar...
Posted on 2018-11-07
In our last submission, we discussed the role of the physical therapist in recovering from a bone fracture. This week, we will explore specific rehabilitation methods used by physical therapists to restore strength, range of motion, and mobility after the cast comes off. Rehabilitation Techniques in Physical Therapy Six weeks of limb immobilization typically causes a loss of strength, range of motion and functional mobility. The overall goal of physical therapy after a fracture is to overcom...
Posted on 2018-10-09
Jumper’s knee or patellar tendonitis is an overuse injury that is caused by from too much running or jumping activities that results in pain at the front of the knee. This pain is generally localized towards the bottom of the kneecap. The actual injury is inflammation or degeneration of the patella tendon, which connects the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone. The patellar tendon is located at the front of the thigh and working with the muscles, allows the knee to extend for kicking, runnin...
Posted on 2018-06-18
Hip flexor tendonitis, a.k.a: hip tendinopathy, or even more accurately, iliopsoas tendonitis is inflammation of any one of several tendons in the hip, generally associated with degeneration of the tendon. Because tendons tend to have poor circulation, these injuries are often slow to heal.   Last week, we began a study of Hip flexor tendonitis. In Part 2, we will discuss treatment options that can be performed by a qualified therapist and preventive measures the patient can take to avoid...
Posted on 2018-06-11
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