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Thinking of a Cortisone Injection to Stop Pain?

Author: Nancy Whelan,PT

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 sugar levels. Read More

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Can your sandals be causing knee or back problems?

Author: Krista Magnoli, PTA

We all know that wearing sandals are comfortable, especially in summer time, but how good are they for our feet? Most sandals are very flat and have no support. This can be bad for our feet for several different reasons.

People that suffer from plantar fasciitis should not be wearing sandals unless they have some type of arch support. Even with an arch support, sandals should not be worn for long distance walking.sandals bad for the feet Unsupportive or flat sandals can even cause plantar fasciitis, which is a very painful condition on the bottom of the foot. Research has proven that our toes try to grab and grip the sandal every time we take a step to hold the sandal on our foot, causing a strain on the toes and ball of the foot. We also do not strike our heel when walking in sandals which impairs our stride which can cause knee pain.

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How to Avoid Stiffness and Pain when Traveling

Author: Nancy Whelan,PT

Many people will travel during the next few months, and whether it is by plane or car there are a few simple tips to remember to avoid body aches and pains, and even life threatening issues.avoid stiffness and pain on the plane

As a physical therapist many patients ask about different ways to avoid low back pain while traveling. A simple answer is a lumbar support, which looks like a small pillow but is curved to support the low back. This can be used by people with or without low back problems and can be small enough to travel with on a plane. There are larger lumbar supports that can be used in the car during long road trips, as well. Although this is a helpful tool, another tip that is important to remember is to try to get up from your seat on a plane or out of your car for a stretch as often as possible.

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Tai Chi Walk for Fun and Improving Balance

Author: Krista Magnoli, PTA

In this video clip I am demonstrating a slow and controlled Tai Chi walk. You will only see the leg movements because we are focusing on the weight bearing aspect of this exercise as well as balance. 

Notice that the exercise is performed slowly, with controlled movements to recruit several different muscle groups. Watch the clip as many times as you need before performing the walk to make sure you are clear on the proper movements. As mentioned in the video, you want to maintain the proper posture and keep the core tight. Read More

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Did you know that tea and coffee dehydrate?

Author: Krista Magnoli, PTA

Ouch!! My legs are cramping so badly in the middle of the night! Why is this happening to me? Many patients I see come complain of muscle cramping in the middle of the night, and sometimes during the 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Most of the time the best advice I can give them is to drink more water, not coffee or tea. It is a common misconception that drinking anything will keep the body hydrated but this is incorrect. Read More

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