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Do you hurt more in cold weather? Perhaps. Nov 16th, 2021

  Do you hurt more when it’s cold? Perhaps.   When I was younger, one of my close relatives often complained of aches and pains in his back and joints as he got older. One thing I noticed is that his complaints picked up when the seasons changed from summer...

Relief for Pain and Burning from Diabetic Neuropathy Sep 7th, 2021

Neuropathy means damage to a nerve or a disease affecting multiple nerves. This may present as altered sensation, numbness, weakness, or pain in the arms or legs. Neuropathy can affect a single nerve, multiple nerves, or have a more widespread effect on nerves (peripheral neuropathy.)   Diseases causing peripheral neuropathy...

Is it Your Neck or Your Shoulder Causing Your Pain? Jul 12th, 2021

It can be confusing to patients and doctors to diagnose if pain is coming from the neck or the shoulder. This can lead to lost work time, more out-of-pocket expenses, more x-rays and specialist visits. Pain is more likely coming from the shoulder when it is mainly over the shoulder...

What To Know About Outer Thigh Pain Apr 9th, 2021

Source - Medical News Today There are many possible causes of outer thigh pain, which can range in severity from a mild, dull ache to intense pain. The treatment options will depend on the cause, but they might include pain medications and physical therapy. Read More

Symptoms And Causes Of Weak Hip Flexors And How To Treat Them Apr 9th, 2021

Source - Medical News Today Weak hip flexors can cause the surrounding muscles to overcompensate, which can cause pain and difficulty walking. Treatment for weak hip flexors includes physical therapy and exercises. Read More

The Conditions Of 70% Of People With Chronic Pain Have Worsened During The Pandemic Apr 9th, 2021

Source - MedicalXpress A study performed by the eHealth Lab, a research group affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya's eHealth Center, has shown that 70% of the people with chronic pain have seen their condition worsen in terms of severity, frequency of episodes and interference...

3D Systems Expands Efforts In Bioprinting For Regenerative Medicine Apr 9th, 2021

Source - MDDI Online Driven by progress in its collaboration with United Therapeutics in developing 3D printing systems for solid-organ scaffolds, 3D Systems intends to further develop and commercialize solutions in the regenerative medicine field. Read More

The Exercise Pill: How Exercise Keeps Your Brain Healthy Apr 9th, 2021

Source - Medical Xpress As with many other physicians, recommending physical activity to patients was just a doctor chore for me—until a few years ago. That was because I myself was not very active. Read More

What Is Dynamic Stretching And How To Do It Feb 21st, 2021

Source - Medical News Today Dynamic stretches are movements performed at a slower pace than most workouts. People tend to do dynamic stretches to warm up their muscles and prepare for exercise. Read More

Exercise-based Cardiac Rehab Added To Stroke Recovery Improved Strength, Cardiac Endurance Feb 21st, 2021

Source - Medical Xpress Stroke survivors who completed a cardiac rehabilitation program focused on aerobic exercise, currently not prescribed to stroke survivors, significantly improved their ability to transition from sitting to standing, and how far they could walk during a six-minute walking test, according to new research published today in the Journal...

Pain-relief Regimen Treats Trauma Patients With Fewer Opioid Drugs Feb 21st, 2021

Source - Medical Xpress A multimodal pain regimen (MMPR) designed to minimize opioid exposure and relieve acute pain associated with traumatic injury kept patient self-reported pain scores low while also reducing the daily and total amount of opioid drugs given to trauma patients. Read More

Tapping The Brain To Boost Stroke Rehabilitation Feb 21st, 2021

Source - Medical Xpress Stroke survivors who had ceased to benefit from conventional rehabilitation gained clinically significant arm movement and control by using an external robotic device powered by the patients' own brains. Read More

Which Exercise Regimen Works Best To Ease Lower Back Pain? Feb 21st, 2021

Source - Medical Xpress Chronic lower back pain can make the most routine tasks difficult. But a new study suggests patients can learn new, practical and less painful ways to move through individualized "motor skills training," or MST. Read More

Could Physical Activity Help Minimize Drug And Alcohol Use? Jan 8th, 2021

Source - Medical Xpress Figures and surveys have shown that high-risk alcohol consumption increased during lockdown periods, while exercise decreased. Now researchers are exploring whether increased physical activity could help reduce alcohol and drug misuse long after social restrictions have lifted. Read More

Older and Getting Surgery? Get Fit Beforehand Jan 8th, 2021

Source - HealthDay Strength training before a scheduled operation ("prehabilitation") helps counteract muscle wasting during bed rest after a procedure. But it needs to be a long-term, targeted exercise program to be effective, according to the new report. Read More

9 Meniscus Tear Exercises Jan 8th, 2021

Source - Medical News Today Strenuous exercise can tear the meniscus, a layer of cartilage in the knee — and certain gentle exercises may help with recovery. Read More

Researchers Cook Up `recipes` For Stem Cell Programming Jan 8th, 2021

Source - ScienceBoard Transcription factors (proteins that control gene expression) can be used in simple "recipes" to easily convert stem cells into hundreds of different cells and tissues, according to a new study published in Nature Biotechnology on November 30. Read More

Covid-19 Rehabilitation For Physical And Mental Health Jan 8th, 2021

Source - Medical News Today While most people make a full recovery from COVID-19, some can develop complications. COVID-19 rehabilitation focuses on helping people regain their physical and cognitive abilities after the illness. Read More

Neurorehabilitation Experts Highlight Breakthroughs In Neurogenic Pain Management Jan 8th, 2021

Source - MedicalXpress In a collection of articles published in NeuroRehabilitation, experts describe the latest advancements in neurogenic classification and pain management and treatment of these disorders. Read More

Remote Cardiac Rehab Is Effective Alternative To On-site Programs Jan 8th, 2021

Source - Medical Xpress Remote or virtual cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs are effective alternatives to on-site programs, according to two studies presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2020, held virtually from Nov. 13 to 17. Read More

Engineered Developmental Signals Could Illuminate Regenerative Medicine Nov 20th, 2020

Source - One of the ways cells in developing organisms keep track of where they are and what they are supposed to be doing is through a type of chemical signal called a morphogen. Lim's synthetic biology team at UCSF and a pair of research groups at the Francis Crick Institute...

Compression Garments Reduce Strength Loss After Training Nov 20th, 2020

Source - Medical Xpress Regular training enhances your strength, but recovery is equally important. Elastic bandages and compression garments are widely used in sports to facilitate recovery and prevent injuries. Now, a research team from Tohoku University has determined that compression garments also reduce strength loss after strenuous exercise. Read More

Stretches And Exercises For Peroneal Tendonitis Nov 20th, 2020

Source - Medical News Today Peroneal tendonitis is an inflammation of one of the tendons in the back of the foot. It can cause pain that radiates from the ankle to the outside of the foot. By performing gentle exercises and stretches, a person can help strengthen the tendons and surrounding areas...

Try This: McKenzie Exercises for Back Pain Nov 20th, 2020

Source - healthline If you have back pain, it’s best to follow up with your healthcare provider to determine what’s causing it. This can help you find the safest, most effective treatment option. For some, this includes following the McKenzie method, sometimes called mechanical diagnosis and therapy. It includes a set of...

What Is Dry Needling? Aug 20th, 2020

Source - Verywell Health Dry needling is a therapeutic procedure used to relieve pain, improve joint range of motion, and address neuromuscular conditions, such as nerve issues that cause muscular pain and weakness. Read More

Multiple Sclerosis: Treatment With Physical Therapy Aug 20th, 2020

Source - healthline In some people, MS can be aggressive and advance quickly. In other people, it can be mild and progress at a much slower pace, with long periods of inactivity. In any case, physical therapy (PT) can be an important part of treatment for people with MS. Read on to...

Knee Osteoarthritis: Be Cautious During These 5 Exercises Aug 20th, 2020

Source - healthline If you have osteoarthritis of the knees, exercise should and can still be a part of your lifestyle. The key is to know the right exercises and the right way to do them. Read More

Covid-19: The Long Road To Recovery Aug 20th, 2020

Source - Medical Xpress Researchers have identified a pattern of longer-term symptoms likely to be experienced by people who were hospitalized with the COVID-19 infection. Read More

Stem Cell Osteoarthritis Studies Advance Aug 20th, 2020

Source - Pain News Network A Canadian doctor is recruiting patients for a "first of its kind" stem cell research project for osteoarthritis. The Phase II study could further advance the use of regenerative medicine in treating osteoarthritis, a joint disease for which treatment options are currently limited to pain medication, steroid...

New Pet/MRI Approach Pinpoints Chronic Pain Location, Alters Management Aug 20th, 2020

Source - Medical Xpress A new molecular imaging approach utilizing 18F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can precisely identify the location of pain generators in chronic pain sufferers, often precipitating a new management plan for patients. Read More

An Overview of Physical Therapy Exercises Jul 10th, 2020

Source - Verywell Health If you have been referred to physical therapy after an injury or an illness, then you may have questions about what will happen. Most people visit a physical therapist because they are experiencing pain or difficulty with normal functional mobility. Your physical therapist may prescribe treatments and exercises...

Early, Intense Rehabilitation for Stroke Recovery Jul 10th, 2020

Source - Johns Hopkins Through early intervention and mobilizing patients sooner, we can help prevent the secondary complications of bed rest and immobility — and also help plan holistically which functional improvements to look for and what level of care would be best suited for them Read More

8 Ways to Get Your Memory Back After Stroke Jul 10th, 2020

Source - Everyday Health Memory loss is a common symptom of stroke, but there are things you can do to help get your memory back. Just like exercising your muscles can help improve mobility after a stroke, giving your brain a workout is a significant part of recovery. Read More

For Patients Who Recover From Covid-19, Surviving Is Just The First Step Jul 10th, 2020

Source - Medical Xpress In a recent paper for the journal Physiotherapy, Landry and his co-authors share their conviction that "survival from an infectious disease is only the first step," and that countering the potential for long-term impairment requires multidisciplinary rehabilitation in the days and years ahead. Read More

Physical Therapy for Femoroacetabular Impingement Jul 10th, 2020

Source - Verywell Health Physical therapy for femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) involves improving hip range of motion (ROM) and strength, decreasing pain, and improving overall functional mobility. If you have FAI, your physical therapist can guide you in the correct rehab program to help you return to your normal activities. Read More

Physical Therapy Exercises After Knee Microfracture Surgery Jul 10th, 2020

Source - Verywell Health If you have had microfracture surgery on your knee, you may benefit from physical therapy to help you fully recover. The foundation of your rehab after knee microfracture surgery should be exercise. Active and passive exercise can ensure the muscles that support your knee (and entire lower extremity)...

Increasingly More Patients Taking Opioids For Rheumatic Pain Jul 10th, 2020

Source - Medical Xpress New European figures show that even in Europe increasingly more people are taking opioids for pain connected with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Read More

5 Exercises To Improve Hand Mobility Jun 1st, 2020

Source - Harvard Health Publishing If you find daily tasks difficult to do because you suffer from stiffness, swelling, or pain in your hands, the right exercises can help get you back in motion. Read More

Can Pelvic Floor Therapy Relieve Postpartum Pain? Jun 1st, 2020

Source - New York Times The purpose of pelvic floor physical therapy is to manipulate the pelvic muscles and help them return to normal function. According to the International Society for Sexual Medicine, this can include exercises and manual therapy as well as biofeedback and electrical stimulation. Read More

Few Medicare beneficiaries eligible for cardiac rehabilitation participate Jun 1st, 2020

Source - Healio Only one-fourth of Medicare beneficiaries eligible for cardiac rehabilitation after a qualifying CV event underwent it, according to research published in Circulation. This percentage falls short of the participation goal of at least 70% by 2022 set by the Million Hearts Cardiac Rehabilitation Collaborative. Read More

Bone Therapeutics Receives Clinical Trial Application (Cta) Approval Jun 1st, 2020

Bone Therapeutics receives Clinical Trial Application (CTA) approval for next clinical studies of its two lead candidates Source - Street Insider BONE THERAPEUTICS (Euronext Brussels and Paris: BOTHE), the bone cell therapy company addressing high unmet medical needs in orthopaedics and bone diseases, today announces it has received regulatory approvals for its...

Neuropsychological And Psychological Methods Are Essential For Neurorehabilitation Jun 1st, 2020

Source - Medical Xpress Clinical neuropsychology and psychology have evolved as diagnostic and treatment-oriented disciplines necessary for individuals with neurological, psychiatric, and medical conditions. In this collection of articles in the journal NeuroRehabilitation experts highlight medical advances in neuropsychological and psychological applications in neurorehabilitation. Read More

Virtual Games Help People Stand And Walk In Rehab Jun 1st, 2020

Source - Medical Xpress Virtual reality video games, activity monitors, and handheld computer devices can help people stand as well as walk, the largest trial worldwide into the effects of digital devices in rehabilitation has found Read More

Q&A: Treating Gout Involves Combination Of Lifestyle Changes, Medication Jun 1st, 2020

Source - Medical Xpress Successfully treating gout involves a combination of lifestyle changes and medication. Maintaining those changes over time can help keep gout at bay Read More

Strong Change Of Course For Muscle Research Feb 7th, 2020

Source - Science Daily Scientists have discovered a new subtype of muscle stem cells. These cells have the ability to build and regenerate new muscles, making them interesting targets for the development of gene therapies. Read More

Assistance With Mobility in Physical Therapy Feb 7th, 2020

Source - Verywell Health Functional mobility describes a person's ability to move around in his or her environment. Examples include walking, scooting along a bed, and rising from a chair. If you are injured or ill, you may have a difficult time maintaining normal functional mobility. That's where your physical therapist comes...

3 Easy Deskside Stretches To Keep Muscle Pain At Bay Feb 7th, 2020

Source - MedicalXpress If you're not taking regular breaks to move around during your workday, your muscles may rebel after being scrunched in your desk chair hour after hour. Read More

Why Stem Cells Could Be The Medical Innovation Of The Century Feb 7th, 2020

Source - Weforum The current market for stem cell therapies is growing at 36% per year and will rapidly expand when a breakthrough treatment for non-communicable disease or a lifestyle factor occurs. Read More

Physical Therapy Access May Reduce Opioid Prescriptions Oct 31st, 2019

Source - A new study has shown that patients who first saw a physical therapist or chiropractor for lower back pain were much less likely to be prescribed opioids. Read More

Physical Therapy for Biceps Tendonitis Oct 31st, 2019

Source - Verywell Health If you have pain in your upper arm or shoulder, you may have irritated your biceps tendon, a condition known as biceps tendonitis. The pain may limit your shoulder motion and make performing normal work and recreational tasks difficult or impossible. Read More

Chair Yoga More Effective Than Music Therapy In Older Adults With Advanced Dementia Oct 31st, 2019

Source - Science Daily Researchers assessed the ability of older adults with advanced dementia to participate in non-pharmacological interventions and compared chair yoga with chair-based exercise and music therapy. Results showed that participants with moderate-to-severe dementia could safely adhere to non-pharmacological interventions; more than 97 percent fully engaged in each session. The...

Physical Therapy for a Pectoralis Major Tear Oct 31st, 2019

Source - Verywell Health If you have ruptured or torn your pectoralis major muscle in your chest, you may benefit from physical therapy (PT) to help you recover. You may experience pain, limited shoulder motion, and difficulty using your arm normally. Your physical therapist can assess your condition and offer the right...

Colorectal Surgery Patients Use Fewer Opioids, Report Less Pain With Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Oct 31st, 2019

Source - Medical Xpress Colorectal surgery patients who were a part of an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program had less pain, while using nearly half as many opioids, according to research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2019 annual meeting. Read More

Exercise Guidelines For Cancer Survivors Oct 31st, 2019

Source - Science Daily For the rising number of cancer survivors worldwide, there's growing evidence that exercise is an important part of recovery. But how much, and what type of exercise, is needed?. Read More

Animal-assisted Therapy Aids In Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Oct 31st, 2019

Source - Medical Xpress Every year, approximately 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injury are reported in the United States. Recovering from an SCI can take a huge mental, emotional and physical toll on patients, but animal-assisted therapy may play an integral role in easing some of the challenges patients face. Read...

Upton Getting Prp Treatment For Knee Injury Oct 31st, 2019

Source - MLB News Angels outfielder Justin Upton traveled back to Anaheim on Thursday to receive a platelet-rich plasma injection, according to manager Brad Ausmus. Read More

Hot Water Soak May Help Ease Poor Leg Circulation Jun 28th, 2019

Source - Consumer Health Day Could soaking in hot water followed by light exercise work as well on peripheral artery disease (PAD) as a longer bout of exercise does Read More

Can A Massage Technique Help Treat Acid Reflux? Jun 28th, 2019

Source - MedicalNewsToday According to a preliminary trial, massaging the connective tissue surrounding the diaphragm could significantly reduce acid reflux for people with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Read More

Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy May Help Counter Balding Jun 28th, 2019

Source - Harvard Health Publishing If your hair has been thinning, an infusion of your body's own plasma may help grow it back, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Read More

Home Exercise Program Reduces Rate Of Falling In At-risk Seniors Jun 28th, 2019

Source - Sciencedaily An in-home exercise program reduced subsequent falls in high-risk seniors by 36%, according the results of a 12-month clinical trial. Read More

Stretches For Tight Hips: Tips And How To Do Them Jun 28th, 2019

Source - Medical News Today Targeted exercises and stretches can alleviate tight hips, a problem that occurs when tension builds up in the hip flexors and other muscles around the hips. Read More

What Are Pain Management and Regenerative Medical Treatments? Apr 11th, 2019

Source - t2conline If you live with chronic pain and don’t want to get addicted to painkillers, you may be wondering what pain management and regenerative medicine treatments are.Chronic pain can significantly hamper your lifestyle making it almost impossible to remain independent Read More

Virtual Reality Could Improve Your Balance, Study Finds Apr 11th, 2019

Source - Virtual Reality technology could become an efficient tool for older people with balance problems or for rehabilitation following injuries or illness that affect balance and movement. In a new study, researchers have studied how the human balance system is affected by watching Virtual Reality videos. Read More

What To Know About Mcl Tears Apr 11th, 2019

Source - Medical News Today MCL injuries often happen during contact sports. Direct contact to the outside of the knee during a collision can push the knee sideways. This puts a lot of pressure on the MCL, which can tear. Contracting the muscle while running and turning can also put enough stress...

Stem Cell Therapy, A New Alternative For Arthritis And Osteoarthritis Patients Apr 11th, 2019

Source - Thrive Global Osteoarthritis is a disease that can cause serious discomfort in the joints, which affects 15% of the World population and costs more than 4,900 million each year. Read More

Direct Access To Physical Therapy May Provide Advantages In Health Care Apr 11th, 2019

Source - In August 2018, Gov. Bruce Rauner, R-Ill., signed into law a bill that would allow patients in Illinois to seek out the services of a physical therapist without a referral from a physician or orthopedic surgeon. This expands previous policies on direct access to physical therapy for patients. Read...

Physical Therapy On Postoperative Day Zero Following Total Knee Arthroplasty Apr 11th, 2019

Physical Therapy On Postoperative Day Zero Following Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized, Controlled Trial Of 394 Patients Source - A sum of 394 candidates were analyzed to assess the impact of starting formal physical therapy (PT) the afternoon of postoperative day (POD) 0 following total knee arthroplasty, instead of starting PT...

Common Opioids Less Effective For Patients On Ssri Antidepressants, Study Finds Feb 22nd, 2019

Source - MedicalXpress Patients taking the most common form of antidepressant who are given the most widely prescribed opioid experience less pain relie Read More

Even In Best-case Scenario, Opioid Overdose Deaths Will Keep Rising Until 2022 Feb 22nd, 2019

Source - MedicalXpress If the supply of prescription painkillers stops declining and there are other setbacks, researchers predict that yearly opioid overdose deaths Read More

Novel Medical Device Harnesses Magnetic Field To Speed Up Muscle Recovery Feb 22nd, 2019

Source - Medical Xpress The journey of muscle rehabilitation can be long and arduous, and requires strong perseverance from the patient. Now, researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) are making the recovery process much easier for patients with an ingenious medical device capable of regenerating muscles in a non-invasive...

Patients With Facial Pain Report Most Benefit From Self-care Techniques Feb 22nd, 2019

Source - Medical Xpress While oral appliances such as splints and bite guards are the most common treatment for facial pain from temporomandibular disorders (TMD), patients rate them as less helpful than self-care treatments, such as jaw exercises or warm compresses, finds a new study by researchers at NYU College of...

More Is Better When Coordinating With Others Feb 22nd, 2019

Source - Science Daily Researchers have demonstrated that physical coordination is more beneficial in larger groups. Read More

At-home Rehab Comparable To Clinic-based Therapy To Improve Mobility Feb 22nd, 2019

Source - Medical Xpress Home-based telerehabilitation is just as effective as clinic-based therapy at restoring arm function among stroke survivors, according to late-breaking science presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2019. Read More

Athletes Should Build Neck Strength To Reduce Concussion Risk, Researchers Recommend Feb 22nd, 2019

Source - Science Daily Researchers have proposed a way to mitigate risk for football and soccer players and others at risk of concussion: Protect your head with neck-strengthening exercises in the pre-season. New research examines previous studies on the role that the neck's strength, size and posture play in reducing concussion...

Tiny Rake To Repair Crumbly Old Knees By Collecting Stem Cells From The Joint Feb 22nd, 2019

Source - Health Medicinet A rake-like device that sweeps up cells could give new life to arthritic knees. It collects stem cells — which can form new tissue — from the joint lining, then brushes them into blood clots to help the knee heal itself. Read More

What is Regenerative Medicine? Feb 20th, 2019

Regenerative medicine is a fairly new area of medicine that focuses on repairing diseased or damaged tissue by creating new, healthier living tissue through the stimulation of your body’s own natural healing power. Orthopaedic experts, like those at Wellington Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine, have been on the forefront of regenerative...

Prospect Of Mesenchymal Stem Cells In Therapy Of Osteoporosis: A Review Jan 13th, 2019

Osteoporosis is a systemic skeletal disease associated with reduced bone strong point that results in raised fracture risk, with decreased bone strength, leading to reduced bone mineral density and poor bone quality. It is the most common in older females but some men are also at high risk. Although considered...

What are the best stretches for tight hamstrings? Nov 15th, 2018

The hamstrings are very susceptible to injury, and people who participate in sports that involve running or sprinting are prone to developing tightness or injury in these muscles. The hamstrings refer to three different muscles in the back of the thigh that run from the hip to the knee. This...

Physical therapy better than opioids for low back pain Oct 26th, 2018

October is National Physical Therapy Month which is an opportunity for physical therapists to promote awareness of the benefits of physical therapy in our local communities and nationwide. This year the initiative led by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is #Choose PT campaign which helps raise awareness of physical...