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  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Patella

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 […]

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 […]

Physical Activity Plays a Greater Role in Obesity Than Caloric Intake

An article published on August 2014 in the American Journal of Medicine, “Obesity, Abdominal Obesity, Physical Activity and Caloric Intake in US Adults: 1988 to 2010, reported interesting findings related to weight gain.  These findings state” researchers found that while rates of obesity climbed, caloric intake “did not change significantly over time for women or […]

Motion Sickness

The body includes several systems of balance.  They are the somatosensory, vision and vestibular.  Vision plays an important part in balance.  The brain uses information from system to help with body awareness in space and the surrounding environment. Motion sickness is a condition related to the visual system.  It is caused by a mismatch of […]