What is the functions of my patella or kneecap?  It just seems to be floating above my knee. What does it do?  The patella is located in the tendon of your quadriceps or thigh muscles and it has two important functions. It lengthens the lever arm of your thigh muscles.  The longer the lever arm […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Nocturnal Paresthesia, or numbness at night involving some of your fingers, is a common sign of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  This numbness can lead to pain. The pain can lead to a poor night of sleep. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs from your forearm into the palm of the hand, becomes  […]

De Quervain’s Tendinitis

REMEMBER  a tendon is a thick bendable tissue that connects muscle to bone. There are two tendons that run from the back of your thumb down the side of your wrist. When you have swelling and irritation of these two tendons it leads to a condition called De Quervain’s tendinitis.  Some activities that can lead […]

Cold Weather Activity

Here are some tips for the colder weather. If you are going to be lifting and moving things, working in the yard, or engaging in other forms of exercise, make sure to warm up and stretch before you begin. Start slowly and maintain the right posture as you increase the intensity of exercise over 10-15 […]

How to Manage Orthostatic Hypotension

Postural or orthostatic hypotension is related to a drop in your blood pressure when changing body positions.  It may be associated with high blood pressure, diabetes, heart failure and hardening of the arteries. Also, certain medications can cause orthostatic hypotension. This condition can be managed by:   Telling your healthcare provider about the symptoms Review your […]

Degenerative Arthritis

One with Degenerative Arthritis of the neck or cervical spine will notice stiffness and neck pain.  Your stiffness appears to be worse after periods of inactivity or immobility of the head. Some of this stiffness can be relieved to some degree with motion .  However, pain may seem to increase with motion and certain sleeping […]

Heart Rate During Exercise

For adults, a healthy resting heart rate is 60 to 80 beats per minute.  The general rule for calculating your maximum heart rate during exercise is: Subtract your age from 220.  The target zone is 60 to 80 percent of your maximum heart rate.  This will let you know what the level of your heart […]

Plantar Fasciitis

You get out of the bed and as soon as you stand up you feel a sharp burning pain in the bottom of your foot.  You may be experiencing Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the fascia or connective tissue that creates an arch under your foot.  You may feel pain in the […]

Multidirectional Instability

The shoulder joint is subject to a great deal of motion, more so than other large joints in the body. This makes the shoulder susceptible to dislocation. Anyone who has experienced a dislocated shoulder knows how painful it can be. In fact, a dislocation can lead to a condition called multidirectional instability of the shoulder […]

Intervertebral Disc

You have heard of slipped disc, herniated disc, pinched nerve and degenerative disc disease as causes of back pain.  If there is one area related to back pain that is involved with a significant discomfort or pain it is the intervertebral disc. The intervertebral disc is a structure found between the vertebral bodies in the […]