Children in today's world are doing more. Education benchmarking has increased with more testing and competitive sports are being introduced to children as early as eighteen months with a specialization in one sport as early as age 5. With the introduction of tennis, gymnastics, football and swimming children are being seen for breaks, sprains, bruises and other injuries. These accidents can occur in and outside of organized sports however, injury from overuse is a much different story with comp ...more
Imagine you have suffered a stroke where you are unable to move your right side. After months of dragging your right leg behind you, your physical therapist suggest changing the rehab focus from neurological to ankle—are you convinced this will help you learn to walk? After all, what does an ankle joint have to do with a stroke and walking? According to the Biomechanics team at MIT, much!
The ankle joint is not universally flexible and is very complicated in its movement. People who have no ...more
A 2008 CDC study found that the risk for Americans of developing symptomatic knee osteoarthritis may be 46%. That risk is particularly high for obese adults. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most commonly occurring form of arthritic condition worldwide. OA develops as the cartilage that protects the end of bones wears away. This is common in joints that see the most strain and use; hands, neck, lower back, knees, and the hips. Osteoarthritis has no cure, but treatment can relieve pain, slow the develo ...more
STROKE. It's a word that strikes fear into many hearts and affects several million people worldwide. A stroke happens when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, depriving the brain of oxygen. Brain cells die and the body is affected in dramatic ways including paralysis, pain, and muscle weakness.
Strokes can be mild to severe depending on the severity of the stroke and the area of the brain affected. But even though parts of the brain may be damaged or even ...more
Findings by a University of Calgary research group are tapping-in robots into the multi-disciplinary stroke rehabilitation team. Due to brain damage, most rehabilitation in post-stroke survivors focuses on helping them relearn forgotten skills. These skills are usually the most basic to our day-to-day function such as limb movements that enable us to walk or pick up things. Other forms of rehabilitation focus on teaching survivors the proper ways to conduct quotidian tasks – especially if they ...more