How to Beat Fatigue in Your Breast Cancer Fight

During breast cancer treatment, it’s common to wrestle with fatigue. You know you should exercise, but how do you start when you are tired all the time? Get some fatigue-busting advice from a physical therapist who works with breast cancer patients each day.

Is Surgery Your Best Option for Back Pain?

Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spine, will affect an estimated 2.4 million Americans by 2021. It’s a common cause of back pain in people over 50 and is often treated with surgery.  However, a new study shows that physical therapy may be just as effective at relieving symptoms and returning mobile function. Treatments for … Read More

Keeping Your Limbs Limber Helps Keep MS Symptoms at Bay

When a doctor suggests exercising to maintain strength and flexibility, some patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) may think, “Why should I bother?” But a regular exercise program, tailored to the individual’s physical condition and symptoms, can make a huge difference for those with MS, says neurologist Mary Rensel, MD. Physical or occupational therapists can put together specific programs … Read More

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Ankle and Wrist Injuries: Facts and Best Fixes

We often throw ourselves into our favorite outdoor activities without a thought. We all want to make the most of comfortable temperatures and milder weather. But skating through the park, running a wooded trail or conditioning for football season all carry a risk of ankle and wrist fractures. Even a misstep off a curb or a … Read More

Radiating Pain in Your Leg? Best to See Your Doctor

If you experience a sharp, regular or recurring pain shooting or radiating down your leg (known as radiculopathy), you may suffer from a damaged nerve or herniated disc in your spine. When you feel that type of back or leg pain, contact your primary care physician. He or she can estimate the level of damage … Read More

Need a Nerve Block? 4 Things You Should Know

For many people who suffer with severe pain, nerve blocks have become part of their treatment. These injections of local anesthetic and steroid directly to the area of the affected nerve can help with pain control and improve function and quality of life. Often, the goal is to help people avoid surgery and to take … Read More

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10 Tips for Choosing a Rehab Facility

Finding the right rehabilitation facility can be challenging because there are many factors to consider, says Yana Shumyatcher, MD, a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation specialist at Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital at Euclid Hospital. “Asking the right questions can help,” she says. Below, find ten questions to ask when choosing a rehab facility: 1. Does it … Read More

Chat With a Doctor: Back Pain and Osteoporosis

Register for Online Chat Do you have a question about back pain and osteoporosis? John O’Connell, MD, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Cleveland Clinic Florida, will answer your questions about this topic during a live webchat Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, at noon (ET). Get answers to your health questions and concerns. It’s easy to … Read More