Most conservative treatments for joint pain seem to be based on good old common sense, but they aren't always based on science. The treatments might work just fine, yet there may not be any solid research to back them up. This is the case in treating patellofemoral pain. Patellofemoral pain is often felt behind the kneecap (the patella ). Patellofemoral pain mainly occurs during activities such as climbing stairs, squatting, running, and kneeling. Patellofemoral pain is very common, especially in athletes. No one really understands what causes the pain. There may be several different causes. But no matter what the cause, the standard treatment is physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the tissues around the kneecap. But does physical therapy really work better than the simple effects of time? So far there has been no strong research to prove it. These researchers in Australia looked at 67 people who had patellofemoral pain. All the patients were younger than 40, and they all had...
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common problem among military soldiers in training. In fact, it's the main reason soldiers are given a medical discharge. PFPS is also common among runners. PFPS causes pain behind the kneecap during running, squatting, and stair climbing. Even though PFPS is common, we still don't know exactly what causes it. Researchers suggest factors such as muscle weakness, loss of muscle control, and changes in the foot and ankle. How do we treat something when we don't know what causes it? What works for one person may not work for everyone. In this study, physical therapists in the military looked at the use of a shoe insert for PFPS. The insert is called a foot orthotic . They used an off-the-shelf and ready-to-use orthotic. It's a premolded full-length insole that fits inside the shoe. It has a firm arch support and heel cushion. The shoe insert was combined with a modified training program. Forty-five men and women with PFPS were examined before wearing ...
I get a sharp pain at the base of my skull lately. It hurts so bad I could scream. As fast as it comes it is gone. I am overdue for new eye glasses. I am 74 years old with high blood pressure and diabetic. leilani.
Nobody can safely diagnose without examining you in person, so you need to see your doctor. One possibility is that these could be ice pick headaches. You can find some information about them in Ice Pick Headaches - The Basics .
Again, please see your doctor. Unexplained head pain should always be investigated.
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