The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel to the toes. While this location ideally positions the plantar fascia to fulfill its role as a stabilizing structure, it ultimately predisposes the area to repetitive use and the potential for inflammation and chronic tissue changes.
Jennifer sits in class, not being able to concentrate on anything except the constant burning she feels in her bladder. Susan has to miss out on family outings, because she is embarrassed that she has to go to the bathroom every fifteen minutes. Tom has severe urinary urgency and lower abdominal pain that has taken all the joy out of his everyday life. Sara’s marriage is on the rocks because the excruciating pain she feels with intercourse is destroying her intimacy with her husband, who feels rejected.
You are going to physical therapy for pain in your WHAT?! Let’s be real. Most people don’t think about going to physical therapy for pain in the “unmentionables.” Yet, so many people suffer needlessly from pelvic, vaginal, rectal, scrotal or clitoral pain every day. Twenty percent of women will suffer with pelvic pain at some point in their lives, and up to two million men in the U.S. alone experience pelvic pain.1,2,3 These painful symptoms can be a sign of a problem called pudendal neuralgia (PN).
When watching sporting events on TV, it is not uncommon to see an athlete wearing a brace – typically on the ankle or knee. Oftentimes the athlete is wearing the brace because they were previously injured and returning to active play. This could lead one to wonder why all athletes don’t wear braces to prevent injury. There is a lot of information out there about the use of braces in athletics, so let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons.
Nearly 2 million people in the United States live with a major limb loss as a result of illness or trauma.1
Although medical advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and diabetes has reduced the need for life-altering amputations, the overall number of those who require lower limb amputations is expected to continue to grow as a result of the growing prevalence of metabolic diseases.2 For those who have suffered limb loss, physical therapy is an important aspect in the restoration of mobility, care of amputee wounds, the management of post-operative pain and the prevention of further injury. Oftentimes those who have suffered limb loss are fitted with a prosthesis, which is an artificial body part. Outpatient physical therapy for post-operative care following limb loss consists of pre-prosthetic and post-prosthetic care. Learn more about prosthetic rehabilitation below.
Did you know that one in two Americans is affected by a bone, joint or muscle condition?1
Not only can these conditions be painful and debilitating, but they also cost Americans an estimated $213 billion in annual treatment, care and lost wages.1 Rather than seeking treatment at the first sign of pain or injury, some people decide to tough it out with the hope that it will go away over time. One reason someone may wait to seek treatment is because of the time commitment associated with scheduling an appointment and getting their condition checked out by a healthcare professional. To help with this, Athletico has unveiled a new service called virtual free assessment.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. This condition impacts the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of fibrous connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel to the toes. Based on its location and makeup, the plantar fascia is ideally positioned to maintain and support the arch on the bottom of the foot. However, it is not designed to be the primary stabilizing structure.
Big beautiful white flakes are coating the crab apple tree outside the bay window. It is such a beautiful way to start a Saturday morning while sipping coffee. The beauty of the snow is mesmerizing, but then reality hits. There are groceries to be bought, sporting events to compete in and a birthday party to attend. That means this beautiful, mesmerizing snow is soon going to be the bane of a home dwellers existence.