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hip replacement treatment
Need a New Hip?What are the different types of hip replacements and how should you choose the right one for you? As the baby-boomer generation ages, the amount of total hip replacement surgeries will sky rocket. Degeneration of the hip joint starts to occur as we age and as arthritis sets in, so does PAIN. Groin pain is usually the first sign of an arthritic hip. If a person starts to have groin pain they may not relate it to the hip at first, not until a doctor mentions hip arthritis and it is visualized through an x-ray or MRI. This...
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October is National Physical Therapy month and as a prospective DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) student and an advocate of celebrating health and vitality, I’ll lay a few things on the line about the practice and its benefits and where I see myself in the future of the field.  First things first, physical therapy aims to help people help themselves.  In my opinion, the claim to fame here is its involvement in the health-care industry as opposed to the so-common sick-care industry!  We don’t have to hang on to or “Band-Aid” our pain and discomfort! The goal of  physical therapy is...
physical therapy after knee replacement
Total knee replacements are one of the most common orthopedic procedures performed on older adults. From 1979 to 2002, the number of total knee replacements (TKR) among people age 65 and older increased approximately eightfold; performed more frequently on women than men. Because this procedure is so common, research has proven that Physical Therapy is mandatory for proper, FULL recovery. As a Physical Therapist Assistant, I have found that most people who decide to have this joint replacement are very unaware of what recovery and therapy will be like post-surgery. The first few days of recovery should include gentle range of motion...

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Why are headaches so common, and how can they be so debilitating? Most headaches are grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache,” meaning that the primary source of the headache is Why we get bad headaches coming from the cervical spine. Whip lash injuries, disc diseases, and progressive arthritis can cause long lasting headaches. The cervical spine would need to be treated to reduce the head pain associated with these causes.

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Loss of balance can be a very disabling problem, especially for the elderly. Current research shows that one out of older people balancingthree older adults, age 65 and older, fall each year. Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions each year.

As we age the risk factors associated with falls become more apparent.  Muscle weakness, vision problems, side affects to certain medications, low blood pressure, diabetes, and environmental hazards, like throw rugs and even pets, can increase an individual’s risk for falls. 

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