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Tennis Elbow Aircast Attributes

The tennis elbow aircast is an innovative way of relieving elbow pains. This kind of strap or armband comes in two conventional colors, the black and the beige. The elbow aircast strap/brace/armband is also known as Pneumatic Armband.

An elbow aircast can help relieve tennis elbow pains to refrain from sudden suspension of your physical activities. This painful condition is a common injury resulting from a degenerative process as a result of aging or repetitive use. It is not just an inflammation of tendons and muscles that greatly affect the outer part of the elbow. Its common name, tendon elbow, was adopted from the famous sports’ name “tennis” since most tennis players are the once who tend to get it. Read more…

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How To Set Tennis Elbow Swelling Apart From Other Injuries

Tennis elbow swelling is a thwarting problem that can make your elbow hard to control. There could be various reasons why you are experiencing elbow swelling and inflammation. It could either be a simple accident or a serious injury. If the swelling elbow pain makes you suffer for quite some time now, you need help to figure out exactly what are the causes and the exact condition of your injury. First, you should figure out the precise location of the swelling. Is the swelling or pain dominant on the inside part of your elbow or on the outside part? Please observe if the area is red in color and tender when touched.

Also, try to take note if you’re experiencing pain during mild actions such as twisting a doorknob and the like. If you are experiencing elbow pain swelling on the back of your elbow, you might be suffering from bursitis. If the swelling is on the inside part of your elbow, you might be suffering from golfer’s elbow. The third cause of your elbow swelling may be a tennis elbow. Though it rarely occurs, elbow swelling can be a result of this injury, scientifically known as lateral epicondylitis. Tennis elbow is an inflammation of several structures of the elbow which includes the muscles, the tendons, as well as the epicondyle. Read more…

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Joint Examination and Physiotherapy

Our ability to participate in functional activities is greatly dependent on the state of our body joints, from the knees and hips which bear weight and allow walking to the jaw joints which aid speaking and eating. Our joints are exceptionally well designed to allow us to move about and accomplish tasks and mostly they do their jobs quietly and very well. Illness, injury or disease can damage the joints, causing pain and stiffness and limiting functional activity. Physiotherapy examination of the joints is a core skill, demanding a logical approach, the finding of pathological signs and the formation of a treatment plan.

Joints, the junctions between two bones, can have weight carrying, force transmission or movement properties depending on their design and position in the body. An example of a movement joint is the shoulder with its great range, the acromio-clavicular joint is a force transmission joint allowing arm function and the back and hips are weight bearing joints with some movement function. The most obvious of our joints are all synovial joints, a particular and very important joint type. The bone ends are coated with articular cartilage which reduces friction, the joint fluid is secreted by the synovial joint lining membrane and the joint capsule, formed by the ligaments, holds the joint protected against mechanical forces.

Physiotherapy examination of a joint starts with observating how the person uses the joint as they move into the consultation room and sit down. They may hold the joint protectively in a low-risk position, move carefully and guardedly to avoid stressing the joint or splint the joint in some way. The physio takes a history then looks at the joint, noting any deformity, warmth, swelling or effusion, all signs of inflammation. A cool, non-swollen joint in a good position may still have a problem but it is not acute and will need to be searched for. A hot joint with tight swelling will need immediate treatment with the acute injury protocols.

After the visual examination the physiotherapist will palpate the joint and surrounding structures, which means exploring or stressing an area logically with the fingers or hand, an important physio skill to clarify the diagnosis. The physio will palpate around the joint margins, the joint line itself, the tendon insertions and the ligaments surrounding the joint. Effusion, which means the presence of synovial fluid in a joint, can be felt by the resistance it gives if it is tight, by its thickness and plasticity if it is sticky and by the way it can be moved around the joint if it watery.

Once the joint has been assessed visually, which takes a very short time, the physiotherapist will move on to palpation of the joint structures which will help identify which parts of the joint are affected. Palpation involves systematically feeling and stressing structures in an anatomical area to pin down faulty structures more closely. Palpation of the joint involves testing the joint line, the insertions of the tendons and ligaments, along the ligaments themselves and around the joint margins. Fluid in the joint is called an effusion and can be thick and sticky, very tight and firm if there is a lot, or movable if the fluid is thin

The physiotherapist will assess the active range of the joint movement which is what the patient can manage independently, noting the ranges as a proportion of normal and why the joint could not achieve full range, e.g. pain or muscle weakness. The physio will then move the patients joint passively without the patients effort to see if the joint ranges are different. If the physio can move the joint through its full normal range but the patient cannot do this, then either pain or muscle weakness is the likely cause. If neither the physio nor the patient can get the joint to full range, pain or joint stiffness may be the problem.

Ligaments are very important for normal function of a joint and the physiotherapist will routinely test their integrity, stressing them strongly by manual testing. The ligaments of major joints are very strong and testing a normal ligament should show no effect but it can uncover an absent, painful or stretched ligament by its effect on joint stability. Physios use the Oxford 0-5 scale to grade muscle strength, allowing for anxiety or pain which might interfere with a patients effort. Proprioception and joint sensibility may also be tested to ascertain if good feedback from the joint to the brain is present, this being important in normal movement planning.

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Parkinson’s Disease And Yoga

Parkinson’s disease was first described as a shaking palsy and unfortunately the medical field has not been able to find a cure for this disease which affects many senior Americans over the age of 50. There are also thousands and thousands of people who have symptoms that go unreported each year. One of the keys to treatment is early diagnosis.

Parkinson’s disease is usually diagnosed by a patient’s performance on neurological tests and other symptoms. Sometimes it is misdiagnosed because the patient may show symptoms which are caused by certain drugs that are used for people who have schizophrenia or other psychiatric problems. Many people throughout the world use a combination of exercise and treatment measures which will help reduce the effects of Parkinson’s and can lead to many patients having full, active and enjoyable lives despite living with Parkinson’s. Read more…

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Posture Braces – Then and Now

Not all people are blessed with perfect postures. For some it requires concentration and a proper dedicated regime to have perfect spinal balance. This is where posture braces come in. They have been in use for a couple of centuries from early Victorian days when young ladies used to wear them underneath their gowns to keep a good posture. During those days proper etiquette and upbringing was reflected on how a lady carried herself. Today, braces are not only used to have a proper body physique but also to keep the body healthy.

Posture braces these days have come a long way – from those early Victorian sturdy harnesses and corsets that females used to wear beneath their garments, to modern easy to wear and breathable contraptions that both males and females use equally. For dancers it is imperative to have a good body posture and flow which makes it mandatory for them to use braces to keep their spine and shoulders fit. Similarly, braces are also used in many military schools where the soldiers have to have a straight and stiff stance, which is a part of their overall training and has to be followed throughout their careers. Read more…

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It’s Your First Physiotherapy Visit – What Should You Expect?

Have you ever had treatment from a physiotherapist? If you have, then you know what to expect. But, if you haven’t, keep reading, this article will help clear up the process of using the services of a physiotherapist.

The idea of when and how to use a physiotherapist can be confusing. Many people (and you may be one of them) are often unsure (and even hesitant) about what to expect on their first physiotherapy visit.

The type of physiotherapy you receive really depends upon your injury diagnosis, age of your injury, intensity of the pain, and your (and therapist’s) preferred treatment procedure.

Do You Need To Seek Advice From A Doctor To Visit A Physiotherapist?

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Physiotherapy And Cardiac Surgery

One may feel fatigued and sore after cardiac surgery; it is only natural.  On the other hand, it seems altogether strange to think of embarking on a course of physiotherapy afterwards instead of just resting.  Yet, that is just what is recommended.

Types of cardiac surgery include bypass surgeries, angioplasty, stents, heart valve replacements, and even heart transplants.  Patients having all of these surgeries can benefit from physiotherapy.  Patients who have other cardiac problems can use the help too; they include victims of heart attacks, heart failure, peripheral artery disease, chest pain, and cardiomyopathy.

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ACL Surgery Recovery

Your knees and ACL can take a lot of stress through their life. Once of the most common problems with knees that people need to get fixed is anterior cruciate ligament ACL surgery. Some of the other most common knee problems include cartilage/meniscus damage, arthritis and other ligament strains.

When someone needs ACL surgery the rehab process can often be long and painful. Here is the general surgery recovery timeline for and ACL reconstruction. Read more…

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Unique and New physiotherapy unit – “BIO-MAG”

“BIO-MAG” – physiotherapy equipment for therapy and bioresonance antiparazitarnoy adjustments, unique in its functionality, compactness and convenience.

The device bioresonance therapy “BIO-MAG” is the latest development of Russian scientists, for a wide range of users (from doctors to ordinary housewife), referring to its integrated multi-effects, on the one hand, and a simple and intuitive interface, compactness and usability on the other. Read more…

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What Is A Frozen Shoulder?

Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body, offering a range of motion that other body parts cannot come close to matching. Unfortunately, this greater mobility comes at the price of increased susceptibility. The shoulder has so many interdependent moving parts that it does not have much stability.

One injury that can result from this weakness in the joint is adhesive capsulitis, more commonly referred to as frozen shoulder because it causes the motion of the shoulder to become very limited. The loss in range of motion is often preceded by a gradual increase in pain. The condition can cause many daily tasks, such as reaching for a plate off a shelf, to become painful and strenuous. Read more…

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