10 months after falling on an outstretched hand (FOOSH) his shoulder pain had become so severe and chronic, it required surgery to repair a piece of cartilage. He later found another, relatively rare problem with the other shoulder. [Read more…] about 16 y/o After Labral Repair
An attack of back pain and sciatica 4 months ago took him out of nearly all of his regular activities, resulting in surgery. At his first therapy appointment, he was weak, exhausted, and extremely painful from the car ride over.
I got a call from his mother telling me that he had some pain in his wrist while lifting weights. He finished the sports season before coming in, though. She asked me to take a look at him, and give any advice I might have on what might be the problem and what he could do about it. He came to the clinic with his dad, with limited wrist movement in all directions, pain along the thumb side (radial side) of the wrist, and no swelling, redness, numbness or tingling. [Read more…] about 18 y/o Athlete – Wrist Pain
Her knee had been bothering her for years – “bone on bone” as the phrase goes – so she finally decided to pursue knee replacement. She underwent a complete medial meniscectomy (removal of the meniscus) when she was 17 years old, and arthroscopic surgery years afterward to “clean up” arthritic damage. “I was told 25 years ago I’d need this surgery.” Just 6 days after her replacement, she arrived in our office to start her rehabilitation. [Read more…] about 63 y/o Business Owner – Knee Replacement
He underwent a hip replacement a couple of weeks earlier, after suffering for 15 years with arthritis-related hip pain. After performing a few light exercises at home, he was referred for outpatient rehabilitation, with his first priority to get back to work, hiking, biking, and riding his motor cycle.
After having a month of severe right-sided low back pain – so bad that he had trouble getting out of bed and dressed in the morning – he was referred for physical therapy. It came on out of the blue when he got out of bed one morning. After a steroid pack he was minimally better. He was unable to sit for longer than about an hour, unable to work out, and unable to ride his bike. Unilateral (one-sided) low back pain with rapid onset (starts suddenly) is a common problem. Rapid-onset low back pain many times can be rapidly eliminated as well. [Read more…] about 31 y/o – Severe Low Back Pain
After teaching all day and 3 hours in a car, he had severe right hip pain that was in the groin. He’d had a similar pain in the past, but it would pass in a few minutes. This time he was limping, and it’d been several days without any letup, so he reached out to me via Facebook. [Read more…] about 44 year old Tech Trainer, Hip/Groin Pain
Her back pain started about 4 years ago with slowly worsening symptoms since then, and started to have numbness and tingling down her left arm about 6 months before starting therapy. She had a previous corticosteroid injection and physical therapy – massage and light general exercise – which was minimally helpful. Her physician asked her to try again at a new clinic. [Read more…] about 83 year-old with Chronic Back Pain
Knee Replacements are a treatment for advanced arthritis of the knee, usually resulting from normal wear and tear or trauma. The cartilage surfaces of the knee are replaced. These new joint surfaces are made of metal alloy and plastic, and (of course) have no nerves, effectively ending the painful cycle. [Read more…] about 66 y/o Retired Salesman, Knee Replacement
He reports that his pain started gradually, about nine months ago, getting worse over time until he had to start limiting his exercise and began having pain with dressing, grooming, and sleeping. He saw an orthopedist and underwent MRI which showed that he had fraying of his labrum and supraspinatus tendonosis. He was treated for frozen shoulder with subacromial and intra-articular injections, with gave him significant pain relief, but did not improve his ability to move. [Read more…] about 39 y/o Active Male with Frozen Shoulder