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How to Handle Different Physical Activities After a Hip Replacement

How to Handle Different Physical Activities After a Hip Replacement

Physical Therapy
There are all sorts of different types of physical activities that a person can take part in after hip replacement surgery. It will help to know that some special precautions should be used for these activities. These should be used as a means of making sure that one's hip does not slip out of place. Golfing is a common activity that can be handled after hip replacement surgery. A smooth shoe that does not contain any spikes should be worn when golfing. This is something that can be used as a means of reducing the stress that can come out of rotating the leg and hip. Bicycling can also be enjoyed. However it will help to be sure that the bicycling that is involved is going to be something that does not require any heavy pedaling. Heavy pedaling can cause the hip to exert too much pressu...

Knee Replacement Surgery – New Range of Motion

Physical Therapy
There are so many concerns that you will be thinking about before going into an evasive surgery such as knee replacement. You will need to become as educated as you can about the subject beforehand. That is probably why you are here. Writing down all of your concerns so that you have a reference will keep a tight checklist of things you should ask your doctor about. Watch as many videos as you can and keep up with articles and news about your procedure so that you'll have peace of mind.The surgery itself is just one part of the things you'll need to consider before talking to your doctor. You will have to get information on your recovery time, pain management and the equipment you'll need to have in your home for your rehabilitation. These are things that your surgeon will be able to easil...

A Short Explanation of Sciatica and a Few Different Treatments Available

Physical Therapy
Sciatica is a common problem that people can sometimes experience. It is the term used by the medical community for pain, numbness, or weakness that is in the leg. However, despite what many believe, it is not a medical condition, but rather the result of a medical condition that you may already be experiencing. The cause is from pressure being applied to the sciatic nerve or nerve damage in the area.Some people describe the experience as a tingling feeling that is present in their legs. Others say that it is more like a burning sensation. In individuals who have very severe cases, they may not even be able to move properly. There have been cases of it happening in both legs, however it usually only happens in one. Pain can be felt in the hip or back of the leg. Individuals may also report...

Rehabilitation After Rotator Cuff Repair

Physical Therapy
Rotator cuff repair is a moderately common orthopedic operation in older people and needs careful physiotherapy management to ensure a successful and functional outcome. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles which originate from the scapula and pass outwards towards the shoulder to insert around the head of the upper arm bone or humerus. The cuff functions to maintain the position of the very large humeral head on the rather smaller shoulder socket or glenoid. As we get older the cuff starts to suffer from degenerative changes in that small tears can develop in the tendinous parts of the cuff near the head of the humerus which can give symptoms of pain and limited movement.Rotator cuff repairs vary in severity depending on whether the size of the tear is minor or massive and rehabilitatio...

Iliotibial Band Pain

Physical Therapy
Athletes commonly complain of pain on the outside of the knee, known as lateral knee pain, and pain from the iliotibial band is one of the most common causes of this problem in athletic performers. Inflammation of the lubricating sac around the structure known as the iliotibial band is the cause of this condition. Repetitive movement of the structures on the outside of the thigh is a strong cause of this condition so the most common activities which provoke this syndrome are running and cycling. The iliotibial band is a narrowing of the wide collagen band known as the fascia lata which originates from the gluteal muscles and passes down the outside of the thigh to insert into the top of the shin bone.Overall this ligamentous type structure stabilises the outside of the knee and assists wit...

Is Sciatica Preventable and Curable?

Physical Therapy
Sciatica is a term used to refer to the pain that starts in the lower back just above the buttocks. It's from the lower back that it spreads right down the limbs to the feet. As peculiar as this might seem this pain is real and it can be the source of great discomfort if you've never experienced it before. The name sciatica is derived from the sciatic nerve, the longest and thickest nerve in the human body. And like the rote followed by the pain it stretches from the back to the lower limbs, perhaps even to the feet. Like any other nerve it carries and transmits sensations of either pleasure or pain, but in this case pain and discomfort.There are a few known causes of sciatic pain. But the basic understanding of the causes is derived from the fact that when pressure is applied against the ...

Can Your Leg Change in Length After Hip Replacement Surgery?

Physical Therapy
In some cases the length of your leg could change as a result of hip replacement surgery. This comes from how the hip that you are going to be working with can be in a different shape than that of the hip that was removed from your body. This is an unusual problem but it can be corrected over time.The first thing to see is that the change in the length of one's leg can occur primarily from the muscles in the hip area. These muscles are ones that can be weak due to the poor mobility of one's hip at the time of the surgery. When they become weak the build of the leg can be easily impacted.You should watch out for what could happen in the event that the length of your leg changes after hip replacement surgery. If this occurs your hip may be placed in a situation that you are not very familiar...

Occupational Therapy – A Career Helping People Recover

Physical Therapy
General OverviewThe main role of the occupational therapist is to assist people who have been injured or who have been disabled since birth to recover or learn the skills using adaptations that will help them be more independent in everyday life. Occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy are often confused. OT deals mainly with fine motor skills, such as using hands; physical therapy deals with the big muscle groups and associated skills, such as walking. Occupational therapy was rated the ninth least stressful job in America by "US News and World Report."Patients may make slow progress towards their goals. They may ignore instructions to practice therapy at home. Sometimes they even resent the time spent going to therapy and are angry that they even have to be there. In all of these ...