Have you noticed stiffness or discomfort gradually worsening in your shoulder? If so, you may have adhesive capsulitis or “frozen shoulder.” Fortunately, those who manage these joint and muscle pains can find relief through physical therapy.
Avoid waiting to find solutions for sharp pains and soreness in your upper arms. Medical experts at David L. Curtis PT offer great solutions to resolve your frozen shoulder.
MRI imaging is relatively common in the physical therapy world. Countless physical therapists use MRI imaging to help diagnose specific ailments and examine damaged or irritated joints, tissues, bones, and more. However, physical therapists only use MRI imaging in specific situations, leaving many patients wondering when the process is necessary during evaluation.
Fortunately, David L. Curtis, P.T. put together a guide to teach you about MRI imagining and when it’s required to treat medical conditions during the evaluation process.
Physical therapy helps people recover from traumatic injuries and conditions, allowing them to live a healthy and more active lifestyle. However, some people experience slight pain after their therapy session, making them hesitant to attend future treatments. That’s why David L. Curtis, P.T. constructed a guide to help you better understand physical therapy and why it’s normal to experience slight discomfort after completing a therapy session.
When we feel the beginning of that creak in our necks all we want is to crack it and go about our day. But what happens if you’re already suffering from neck pain? Is it safe to crack your neck without causing further pain or complications? Let’s take a few moments and dive deeper into why we crack our necks and what effect it can have on our necks.
Have you ever had unusual pain or health concerns and turned to Google or YouTube for answers? You’re not alone. Most adult Americans search online for medical info on their symptoms and possible treatments like physical therapy and psychotherapy.
Healthy eating is just as important as exercise and physical therapy to maintain your overall health and prevent injury. Good nutrition means knowing what to avoid as well as knowing what to eat. For nearly a half-century, the food pyramid has been an effective tool in nutrition education, helping people of all ages see past the data to achieve a balanced diet.
Gardening is a rewarding hobby and a passion, but it has its costs. Don’t let pain prevent you from continuing to enjoy your hobbies. Physical therapy, a consistent exercise routine, and a plan for moderate gardening can help you to garden safely and avoid long-term complications like arthritis.
A pinched nerve can cause discomfort and debilitating pain. Depending on where the pinched nerve occurs in your body, this condition can affect your ability to work and carry out everyday tasks. However, with the help of a pinched nerve specialist, you may find relief from a pinched nerve without undergoing surgery.
This article provides an in-depth explanation of pinched nerves and the common causes of this condition. You’ll also learn more about the effective treatments for nerve compression.
Do you notice pain and swelling around your ankles after a long day? Your shoes might be responsible for your ankle pain. When you exercise or work, your shoes should provide a stable and supportive platform that aligns your ankles with your body, minimizing strain on your ankle joints, tendons, and muscles.
Let’s take a look at how your shoes might be causing pain in your ankles and the steps you can take to prevent the issue from recurring.
With more and more people working from home, taking care of your health is as important as ever. On average, 1 in 4 adults struggle with knee pain, and with remote work becoming more popular that number is trending up.
So how is working from home causing more knee pain? A huge contributing factor is inactivity. Did you know that inactivity is actually hard on your knees? It can lead to weakened knees, increased risk of arthritis, and increased the risk for osteoporosis.
Luckily there are some simple, easy things you can implement to stay active, even while working from home (or from your work desk!) No matter where you spend your 8-5, you can start on these quick tips to make sure you prevent knee pain in the future.
It’s about that time of year when more and more people are beginning to travel again, which means longer lines and crowded airports. In the midst of all travel stress, are you making sure you’re taking care of yourself and staying away from old back pain flare ups? Traveling wears down on your mind and body and we’re here to give you some easy tips you can follow to avoid added-on stress and pain during your travels. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, here are some tips you can follow:
It’s that time of the year when the temperature begins to drop. If you’re an active person you know that this is also the time nagging aches and pains resurface. You’ll feel these unpleasant and sometimes unbearable sensations around your joints.
If you’re familiar with cold weather joint pain, you’re not alone!
According to the (CDC), about 23% of Americans have arthritis. This means around 58 million people stock up on knee wraps and Tylenol for the winter.
We can always blame the weather, but what is it about the cold that causes joint pain to flare up?
According to WebMD, cold weather creates the dreaded pain and stiffness around your joints by:
Sitting too long can cause pain in your legs and other parts of your body. It's not just because you're sitting up straight or have tight muscles, either. Sitting causes blood flow restriction, which leads to swelling around nerve endings, so they get irritated faster than usual, and this is what gives people "sitting disease." You don’t need to suffer through any more aches-and pains at work by taking some quick action today.
With the COVID-19 virus infecting millions of people worldwide, finding an effective treatment is more important than ever. Thankfully, most people recover from COVID-19 after a few weeks.
For some patients, recovering from the virus does not always mean getting rid of the symptoms. Long haul COVID symptoms affect about 10% of COVID patients. With long COVID or post-COVID syndrome, patients can experience lingering symptoms for weeks or months following their recovery.
Living with long COVID often means having to deal with a variety of symptoms. While some patients seek relief from their symptoms through medication, others turn to natural options, such as craniosacral therapy.
Craniosacral therapy includes a hands-on treatment to help patients alleviate pain, headaches, and other physical ailments. Now, many healthcare providers recommend that patients living with long COVID try the healing and pain-relief effects of craniosacral therapy.
As the holiday season comes to a close, more and more people begin to think about their New Year's resolutions. Whether starting a healthier diet, trying new hobbies, or traveling more, it is common for people to struggle with sticking with their resolution.
One of the most common resolutions people establish is starting a healthier lifestyle for weight loss or to improve their overall health. From the convenience of fast food to the cost of organic produce, it's no wonder why keeping this resolution seems so difficult. However, despite the ongoing challenges of sticking to your New Year's resolution, it is possible to achieve your goals of healthier eating and living.
Start by making one small promise to yourself every day and keeping it. Once you build that trust in yourself, you can make bigger promises and bigger commitments for your health. Let's review some helpful tips and tricks to help you stick to your 2022 resolution and establish healthy habits for the new year.
As we start experiencing the chilly weather of winter or the hot weather of summer, you'll need to change your exercise routine to match—especially if you're fond of outdoor workouts. Monitoring the seasonal changes is essential to building healthy habits and maintaining your fitness level.
For more information about how to stay healthy throughout the year, call our team of physical therapists and personal trainers at David L. Curtis, PT, located in Westport, CT at (203) 247 2143.
The holidays are often a hectic time. Planning activities, decorating, and buying gifts can take up so much energy that staying active often seems like a far-off dream. It doesn't have to be that way, though. With a few wellness tips in mind, you can incorporate exercise into your holiday events without needing a certified personal trainer.
For more information about how to stay healthy during the holiday season, call us here at David L. Curtis, PT, located in Westport, CT at (203) 247 2143.
Every runner wants to increase their overall mileage. Unfortunately, many beginner runners let their enthusiasm override their body's needs. As a result, they may develop running injuries that cut their miles per week down to zero.
Building mileage takes time, consistency, and workouts to improve your stamina. You don't have to wait months to see results, though. With a few weeks of regular training, you can build mileage and become a stronger, faster runner.
Our team of physical therapists at David L. Curtis P.T. created the ultimate guide to adding mileage while minimizing your risk of injuries. Read on for everything you need to know about optimal training load, raising your baseline mileage, and using training cycles to enhance your workouts.
If you're currently expecting, you probably feel tired and achy from carrying the extra weight of your baby. As a result, you're probably not thinking about exercise during pregnancy.
In reality, staying active can benefit your pregnancy in numerous ways. Our experienced staff of physical therapists at David L. Curtis P.T. created this guide to help you feel strong and confident when exercising during your pregnancy.
For more information or to schedule a pregnancy exercise program consultation with our team, please get in touch with us today at 203 247 2143.
Sciatica symptoms can vary from having severe pain that radiates through the legs and feed to a burning sensation or the inability to put your full weight on one leg.
According to Harvard Health, approximately 40% of people experience sciatica at some point in their life, with about 10% of the population suffering at any given time.
Though it’s common to experience sciatica, it’s not normal.
In this article, you’ll learn tips on dealing with sciatic pain and what to do next to keep it from getting worse.
If you’re seeking physical therapy, you’re usually motivated by a desire to get rid of aches, pains or getting back to living your life and doing the things you love. . Maybe you’re even looking for an alternate route than surgery.
Your problem could be due to an accident, illness, injury, or recovery from surgery. Regardless of the cause, your number one goal is to get back to “normal.” You want to feel like you did “before.”
But what happens if your experience at a physical therapy clinic doesn’t meet your expectations? As you probably guessed, it can adversely affect your healing process. This situation often happens in a “big box” practice where physical therapy involves offering patients a one-size-fits-all treatment plan instead of individual and personal care.
A migraine headache is a common condition that can be incredibly draining. Conventional treatments, including medications, are often ineffective in alleviating headache pain.
Physical therapy can be vital to migraine headache management, depending on the cause and physical symptoms of the condition in migraine patients.
If you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, physical therapists can provide you with long-term pain relief. Learn below about physical therapy as a migraine treatment.
If you experience pain in your hand and arm along with numbness or a tingling feeling, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). People who have a family history of CTS may not be able to avoid this condition and will likely experience it at some point between the ages of 18 and 64.
The good news is that, thanks to physical therapy science, CTS is highly treatable with PT, often without the need for surgery. If surgery is necessary to relieve symptoms of CTS, therapy following surgery can restore your wrist’s strength and prevent future problems.
Most of us like to think we know ourselves fairly well – we know we’re happy when the sun is shining, when we drink a good cup of coffee, or when we spend time with our loved ones. On the other hand, we also know when we’re sad: we may have lost our favorite sneakers, hit a pothole, or experienced emotional trauma. All of that seems, in many ways, quite clear to us. But when it comes to physical injuries things can get a bit confusing. How do we know of we have neck pain, shoulder, or back pain? How do we know if our knees, hips, or lower backs are giving us problems? How can we differentiate between different types of pain? It often seems as if it’s harder to self-diagnose physical pain than it is to pinpoint heartache or joy. And yet, knowing why you’re in pain is actually the most invaluable knowledge there is for treating the root cause of the problem and, therefore, eradicating the pain itself. In this post, then, we’re talking about how injuries can be confusing, how we can tell if we’re really injured – and where we’re injured – and how we can clear it all up once and for all! Let’s jump straight in.
Winter has come and the snow is falling all around! That’s great for snowball fights, but it’s less exciting for the health of your back. Yes, you guessed it… all that fluffy white cotton wool means it’s time to get shoveling. What a pain in the neck, right? Early mornings, freezing temperatures, and a workout you’d rather not face. Yes, we know it’s a slog getting the snow off of your driveway, but we also want to tell you that it doesn’t have to mean your summer is plagued by back pain, neck issues, or frozen shoulders. There is a way around the negative effects of shoveling, we promise! In fact, there doesn’t need to be any if you take our advice. Start your engines because it’s time to dig into to some must-have shoveling tips, advice, and general information. On with the gloves!
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