National Obesity Month

Did you know that worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980? That’s only 35 years! In America alone, one in every three children and more than one third of the adult population is overweight or obese. The medical costs of obese patients totaled an average of $1,429 higher than those of patients of normal weight, according to the CDC. This isn’t totally surprising considering obesity puts people at an increased risk for a myriad of health problems including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and development of type-2 diabetes and certain types of cancers. Continue reading National Obesity Month

How Physical Therapy Can Help Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee, also known as Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), is a common athletic injury. The overuse of the knee cap area causes pain just above and below the knee cap, making it painful to even walk. Some factors that lead to “runner’s knee” are weak inner quadricep muscles, hip abductors, external rotators, and gluteus muscles. These weaknesses cause the limb to internally rotate, with weight bearings, affecting the tracking of the knee cap. Other than weak muscles, poor foot training and mechanics can cause runner’s knee. The pain is most noticeable at night or in the morning due to immobility which leads to inflammation of the knee cartilage. Continue reading How Physical Therapy Can Help Runner’s Knee

Post-Op Rehab for Total Shoulder Replacement

Total shoulder replacement arthroplasty is a common and well-established type of shoulder procedure that attempts to reduce pain as well as improve function of the shoulder. In this surgery, the damaged bones and cartilage in the shoulder are replaced with metal and plastic implants. Even though it is an intimidating, large-scale operation with a long recovery period, it is most of the time very successful and has yielded plenty of positive results for patients. While you will not be able to move your shoulder as far as before, you will experience a lot less pain when doing normal activities and routines.

It is extremely important that you start doing physical therapy immediately after a total shoulder replacement. Following the operation, a physical therapist may begin performing gentle exercises on your shoulder. These exercises are passive, meaning the physical therapist moves your arm for you while you relax. During the first few days after surgery, your physical therapist will continue moving your arm to keep your shoulder loose. He or she will also show you how to use a pulley device so that you can move your arm once you are home. After a couple of days recuperating in the hospital, you will be sent home to recover. During the first six weeks you are home, you will be restricted to limited activities and will not be allowed to move any shoulder muscles.

Once you have reached the six week mark, you may begin to do some light stretching as well as exercises focusing on active use of the shoulder muscles. These exercises may include elbow range of motion, grip strengthening, scapula retraction, supported arm pendulum, and external rotation. After 3 months, your physical therapist will ramp up the intensity of your strength training exercises.

Total shoulder replacement surgery may seem like a difficult surgery to recover from due to arduous rehab that comes after, but at Enhanced Physical Therapy, we aim to make your rehab as smooth and comfortable as possible and getting your shoulder back to feeling healthy and pain-free!

Total Hip Replacement

One hip replacement can be daunting for anyone to recover from but two presents a whole new world of problems. Hip replacements are needed for various reasons, including a patient born with degenerative hips, worn down hips due to age, or an accident requiring one or more hips to be replaced. During a hip replacement, the surgeon takes out the painful hip joint and replaces it with an artificial one. The new joint is made up of a combination of metal and plastic and should provide stability for the future while also providing significant pain relief, but the rehabilitation process can also be a long and painful one.

Recovery from a total hip replacement is a slow process, and each exercise must be treated as a baby step towards normalcy, but a patient must remain confident that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Initial exercises are usually performed in a seated position, often in bed, at the hospital shortly after surgery and aim to increase blood flow and regain strength in the legs. Although they can cause discomfort as well as added pain, these exercises can speed up recovery and decrease pain in the long run. The next set of exercises are often performed with a physical therapist and add in weight and resistance, implementing both lying down and standing exercises using resistance bands, ankle weights, and specific exercise machines.

Hip replacement is often the last resort when all other treatment options have failed due to the difficulty of the surgery and the length of rehabilitation. The professionals at Enhanced Physical Therapy aim to make the rehabilitation process as quick and pain free as possible while providing optimal care for all patients.