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.
Not so long ago, patients needing a total hip or knee replacement would be away from home anywhere from a week to 10 days – or even longer. Not any more.
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
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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Contributor: Scott Euype, PT, DPT, MHS, OCS, Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation & Sports Therapy Do you need physical or occupational therapy? Choosing where to have physical or occupational therapy after surgery or an injury is an important part of your recovery. People typically come for therapy several times a week so be sure to choose a … Read More
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
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
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
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
Today, 15 to 20 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain. The overwhelming majority suffers from back pain — and that number will only increase as baby boomers age. Chronic pain persists for more than three months. In contrast, acute pain resolves soon after an injury or surgery. “Your quality of life can dramatically improve … Read More