Treating a High Ankle Sprain

A high ankle sprain involves a stretching or tearing of the ligaments that bind the two lower leg bones (the tibia and fibula) together at the place where they meet the anklebone (the talus). This complex joint is called the ankle syndesmosis, and these sprains sometimes are called ankle syndesmotic sprains. Unlike most ankle sprains that…

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Get In the Swim for Back Pain

Back pain can carry a double whammy. Painful back muscles may prevent you from exercising comfortably. But a lack of exercise may inhibit your back from healing and may actually make the condition worse. Swimming can be an excellent solution to your problem. Fortunately, swimming provides a great full body workout. • Water counteracts the…

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3 Essential Things You Should Do To Return To Exercise Quickly And Safely After An Injury

A few months ago, one of my patients Mark, fractured his leg for the first time. He was out on a bike ride cycling down a hill, lost control, fell off and then…yep! Mark fractured his leg! Fortunately, the break wasn’t anything too ‘major’, but breaking any bone is going to take some time to…

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Safe Exercise for Patients with Diabetes

Exercise is as important for those with diabetes as it is for anyone else. The goal of most exercise regimens should be to work out at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes at least five days a week. Patients with diabetes, however, need to take several exercise-related precautions: • If you already have problems with your leg or foot nerves, choose exercises that will…

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Three Rs of Managing the Pain of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it struggling with muscle, tendon and ligament pain, as well as fatigue and tenderness throughout the body, where even gentle pressure triggers discomfort. Fortunately, physical therapy exercises can help manage the pain of this debilitating condition. Part of the role of physical therapy is not only to help you cope with fibromyalgia but also to…

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