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If I have right knee osteoarthritis, do I have to work out my left side as well?
I was recently asked by a patient why he had to work out both sides of his body in physical therapy if only his right knee hurt. I can understand some of the confusion. After all, if your right shoulder were painful and inflamed and required an injection, the medication would only be put at the site of inflammation -- in your right shoulder. You would not be a candidate for a right and a left shoulder injection! However, physical therapy, for the most part, is much different. I'll explain.
There are two basic components to physical therapy -- passive and active. In the passive component, the therapist may apply ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and other modalities to the painful area. For the most part, these modalities are only placed at the site of injury (there are a few exceptions that are beyond the scope of this blog). So, in this sense, physical therapy is functioning si...
RLS sufferer Cari Lendrum recommends: Try Cari’s “RLS Squats!” – To do this exercise, start off in a standing position and then bend your knees slightly so that you are in a squat. Rest your forearms on your thighs close to your knees, grasping your opposite wrist for stability if necessary. Maintaining that position, raise and lower your buttocks over and over until you get tired. Repeat the exercise as long as you can without feeling muscle strain or discomfort in the back or knees. Hopefully, this will alleviate your symptoms even if just for a short time. Do you have a strategy for coping with RLS? Share your story and/or advice by contacting Colleen Cancio at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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