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If you were watching the Olympics this year wondering what were the big, red circular marks on the athletes you weren't the only one. As a physical therapist, I had to do some reading to figure out what type of treatment these athletes were going through and for what purpose. Cupping was made very popular this year in Rio, as almost all athletes were seen trying it at least once after competing. Michael Phelps, the swimmer, had new cupping marks on both shoulder and across the back every time I saw him swim.   Cupping is a type of treatment that...
Has your doctor ever offered a cortisone injection to stop the pain and the first two questions that come to mind are what is cortisone and how will it help? Cortisone is the most common type of injection used to treat pain and inflammation in the joints and tissues of the body. Although cortisone can help, it is not something that should be injected into the body repeatedly because it is a steroid, which has side effects. Steroid injections can weaken tendons and sometimes create more inflammation in the area. Diabetics should not get cortisone injections because it can elevate blood...

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