Sciatica is a type of pain that's linked to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve makes its way through the lower back, hips, buttocks and down each leg. Though issues related to the sciatic nerve generally occur on one side, this pain can run the entire length of the nerve on that side of the body.
Sciatica occurs frequently when a skeletal issue (herniated disc, bone spur) pins the nerve and compresses it. This is the source of the pain and numbness sciatica patient's experience. The majorit ...more
Constraint therapy can be a life-changer for children. For children and adolescents who have difficulty using an arm or hand due to neurologic conditions, constraint therapy can be the answer to unlocking bimanual movement fluency. Whether the one-side weakness has arisen from traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy or stroke, building strength and dexterity in the affected arm is critical to achieving greater movement fluency.
Depending on the patient and desired approach, the constraint plac ...more
There are many reasons a doctor might prescribe rehabilitation therapy. Perhaps because of disease, a patient might need assistance with dealing with limited movement. Surgery might leave tendons and muscles stiff. A genetic disorder might leave a person unable to perform certain movements.
In essence, rehabilitation therapy assists a patient in getting back to a reasonable quality of life after illness, injury, or surgery. Rehabilitation therapy can be done in the hospital, in an inpatient r ...more
The temporomandibular joints can be a point of extreme pain in many individuals. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) in a patient can impair eating, talking, and in cases with severe pain, sleeping. These joins are located on each side of the skull, near the ear, and are responsible for much of the movement for the upper and lower jaw. Together with the muscles surrounding the jaw, a substantial area of the face can become involved with TMD.
Diagnosis differs along diagnostic standards, ...more
When you are faced with a painful medical condition or injury, your first inclination may be to seek out a good surgeon. But studies show that physical therapy may be just as effective as surgery. There have been drastic advancements in the field of physical therapy in the past several years, which make it a useful treatment for many conditions, especially those relating to arthritis and knee injuries.
One study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine reports that p ...more