The Joint Ventures' Blog

I'm A Runner...What Can Physical Therapy Do For Me?

Friday, March 31, 2017

One of the things that always strikes me is the number of people who accept pain without trying to find a solution for the problem!  I've had conversations that include something like, “My knees hurt because I am getting older.” Or, “I have trouble on stairs because I'm a runner.” Another favorite is, “Sometimes I have pain, but a PT is just going to tell me not to run, so I haven’t tried that.” Or, “I'm in great shape!  I run 5x a week. I'm just working on setting a new personal best – no way a PT can help me!”‚Äč 

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Stretching Before Running

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Starting at a young age, all athletes, including runners, are encouraged to stretch before they begin playing a sport, participating in a practice, or just going out for a leisurely jog.  These days, the questions I receive from my clients are, “Do I really have to stretch?” and also “When am I supposed to stretch, before or after my run?” Stretching in regards to running and injury prevention is a debatable topic, but hopefully the following recommendations will provide some general guidelines when it comes to stretching and running. 

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The 122nd Boston Marathon is Approaching

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

In just over a month, many of our friends, family, and co-workers will be running in the 122nd Boston Marathon. Each year as the thousands go by, I get caught up in the courage, conviction, and dedication I see on the faces of all the runners. Each year Joint Ventures becomes more involved with the Boston Marathon, mostly through participation with Coach John Furey's runners.  For some, it will be their first marathon, while for others they're working to improve on a best time. For any runner training to run 26.2 miles, there is an overload of information on how to properly train, but here are a few basic, but important tips! 

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Patellofemoral pain syndrome

Monday, February 06, 2017

With spring hopefully around the corner, you’re getting in shape for running season. Or if you’re a hardy New Englander, you’re out there in any type of weather and are training for the spring races. A common running injury is called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It is caused by an abnormality in the way the patella (kneecap) moves over the end of the femur (thigh bone).  

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Why Do I have Knee Pain?

Monday, February 06, 2017

One caveat before you go any further....this article is being written with the assumption that you have functional knees with no tears, loose bodies, or large cartilage defects directly affecting your knees’ function.  If you have a generally “healthy” knee and are a relatively healthy person who continues to get knee pain that doesn't seem to go away, your answer might lie above and below. 

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Your first visit at Joint Ventures

Monday, February 06, 2017

Thank you for choosing Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness to provide your physical therapy care. We are excited to help you get better.  There are some things that you can do before your first visit to be prepared and to help your appointment go smoothly and efficiently. It will speed up the registration process and allow you to maximize the time spent with your therapist.  Below is a check list of things to help get you ready for your first visit.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Before your first appointment, you will get the following emails from Joint Ventures:

 

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Wrist Injuries

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Many of the shapes that we use with movement require patients to be on hands and knees, in a high plank, or something as simple as cat-cow pose. As a physical therapist, patients have often told me “I can’t do this, I have bad wrists” when attempting to perform exercises requiring them to bear weight on their wrists. The common belief that someone’s wrist is “bad” is in most cases unrelated to damaged bone, tendon or ligaments but rather due to tight tissues and decreased tolerance for loading. 

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Fallen On OutStretched Hand (FOOSH) Injuries

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

FOOSH is a mechanism of injury associated with a traumatic event occurring when an individual falls in an attempt to catch themselves through the palm of their hand. As a result, wrist pain resulting in decreased grip strength, pain with forearm rotations, push/pull movements are common clinical findings.  If severe enough this mechanism of injury can result in fractures of the wrist and hand bones, with risk increasing with individuals over 50 years of age from osteoporosis.  In addition, injury following is increased with a condition known as ulnar variance (ulnar bone is disproportionally longer than the radius bone causing increased force distribution through the ulnarcarpal joint). Increasing in severity, the most common type of forearm fracture is a colles fracture as seen below often via FOOSH injury. A colles fracture is a fracture of the distal radius bone. 

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Smart Phone Thumb

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Does your thumb or wrist hurt when you are texting or surfing the internet on your smart phone?  Do you have thumb or wrist pain with repetitive motions using your thumb?   If this sounds like you, you may be a victim of what is recently been referred to as “smart phone thumb.”  While most of our cell phone use has increased significantly in recent years, this is not a new injury.  It has traditionally been referred to as de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, named after the Swiss surgeon, Fitz de Quervain who identified the condition in 1895.  Statistics show that the number of people who suffer from this painful condition have increased in recent years.  This may be in part due to many of using our smart phones for an increasing number things.  This often requires repetitive thumb use to hold and to tap the keypad but this condition can develop from any activity that requires repetitive thumb or wrist movements.  

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Wrist and Hand Ergonomics

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Hand and wrist pain is one of the most disabling and irritating pain to suffer from because we need our hands for everything.  It’s what we use for work, self care, child care, and connecting with our environment. Whenever pain or numbness/ tingling is present in the hands, it can be very difficult to distract ourselves from it. This blog is meant to address some common reasons for general hand pain/ numbness that individuals may feel due to working desk jobs.  Due to the importance of correct diagnosis for hand/ wrist symptoms, please seek help from an experienced health care practioner to make sure your impairments are addressed correctly. 

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