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  • Rick Olderman answered:
    A physical therapist has studied anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, as well as pathology of a variety of conditions including neurological, cardiac, and orthopedics. Physical therapists are musculoskeletal specialists. We work in a variety of settings and most focus on one specialty, for...Read More
  • Rick Olderman answered:
    With the demands of our busy days, it can be difficult to stay focused on making changes to established habits or patterns. That's why I recommend you set up a way to remind yourself of your new goals and to check in on your habits. Wear a special bracelet, ring, string, or rubber band around your wrist...Read More
  • Rick Olderman answered:
    Treatment for tennis elbow first begins with understanding why it is happening. This begins with assessment of the shoulder blade and arm bone, which, when improperly functioning, set up the forearm to also function poorly. The shoulder blade is the foundation upon which all arm movement rests and...Read More
  • Rick Olderman answered:
    It can be, depending on the type of knee pain. Typically I like to begin cardio or strengthening with an exercise bike first as it allows the knee to be unloaded more than an elliptical machine. It also can help improve range of motion of the knee, depending on how high the seat is set. Elliptical...Read More
  • Rick Olderman answered:
    Yes, in fact many studies suggest that exercise (both strength training and cardio) is a great way to reduce knee pain associated with osteoarthritis. The best program is the one you will actually follow so create an exercise program you can easily adopt and make into a habit. Forming a habit is crucial for long-term benefits...Read More
  • Rick Olderman answered:
    They can be because they usually have more support and cushioning than most shoes. Again, the shoe you choose should be based on the type of foot (pronated or supinated) and other factors such as injury history, the presence of bunions, and other issues. Read More
  • Rick Olderman answered:
    Yes. Physical therapists are trained to help people with painful conditions throughout the body. We do so by not only understanding the anatomy involved but also how movement stresses different tissues. For instance a flat (pronated) foot can cause the lower leg bone (tibia) to rotate inward, thus...Read More
  • Rick Olderman answered:
    Barefoot walking can be helpful depending on the type of foot (pronated or supinated) or whether there are other foot issues involved. Barefoot walking teaches the person to strike the foot differently on the ground, usually in a way that is gentler for the body to accept a load. It also helps ensure...Read More
  • Rick Olderman answered:
    Neck pain is usually due to three problems: 1. problems with the shoulder complex, 2. the shape of the thoracic spine and consequently the cervical spine, and 3. problems in how the head moves. We’ll just cover the shoulder complex as that pertains to most women.
    How your shoulders create neck pain...Read More
  • Rick Olderman answered:
    I’m assuming this is referring to knee pain. A cane allows a distribution of weight bearing to help unload the knee joint. Instead the arm accepts a portion of the weight that would be passing through the knee. Read More
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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    WEDNESDAY, June 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A paralyzed person who will be strapped into a robotic "suit" with artificial skin will take the first kick-off of the World Cup in Brazil when the tournament starts Thursday.

    Eight Brazilians who are paralyzed from...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Physical Medicine/rehabilitation:

    THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Walking the equivalent of an hour a day may help improve knee arthritis and prevent disability, new research suggests.

    Because of knee arthritis, many older adults find walking, climbing stairs or even getting up from a chair difficult. But thes...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Physical Therapy:

    WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Physical therapy for people with arthritis of the hip doesn't help relieve pain or improve function more than receiving a sham treatment, a new study by Australian researchers suggests.

    "Receiving physical therapy did not add any greater benefit...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Physical Medicine/rehabilitation:

    FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The DEKA Arm System, which reacts like a human arm via electrodes when nearby muscles are contracted, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The device, about the same size and weight as a human arm, allows most people who have ...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    FRIDAY, May 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The first artificial arm that can perform complex tasks was approved for sale May 9 in the United States.

    The DEKA Arm System detects electrical signals in the muscles close to where the prosthetic is attached, which are then sent to a computer pr...Full Article