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...
I have been having what a doctor calls basilar migraine's, my symptom's are this, I get weak when I get hot, my muscles go limp, I really don't pass out, cause I can hear and feel everything. I do this for about 10 minutes, and I do have tremoring on my right side, and then the back of my neck and head really hurt, and the top and front of my head hurt too, it takes me a couple of days to get over the headache. But I never know when this is going to happen, the only thing I can tell is when I get to hot. My speech is slurred and I have notice a new symptom, that the right side of my jaw and mouth draws, like a stroke, I have no energy do to anything. After all this I feel really drained. Shelia.
The symptoms you describe are not typical of Basilar-Type Migraine (BTM). See B asilar-Type Migraine - The Basics for more information about BTM.
What you say about your muscles going limp, but being able to hear and feel e...
The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
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