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Benefits of Physical Therapy on Spine (July 2 2018)

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The spinal column supports the body and provides the structural framework for muscles and bones in the trunk region. It is a bony framework that protects the spinal cord, which serves as a channel of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. It serves as an anchor for a network of muscles that surround the trunk and help in movement and stability of the trunk region.

Every time we pull, push, twist, bend and stretch the spine or lift a heavy object, we challenge the muscles surrounding the spinal column. Controlled exercise, under the supervision of a physical therapist, challenges these muscles and helps improve posture and 'core strength'.

The strength and stability of these muscles is critical to the functioning of vital organs in the trunk region, including the stomach (digestion), lungs (breathing) and liver (detoxification).

Workplace Wellness and Physical Fitness: Is There a Link?  (June 18 2018)

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The average person spends eight (8) hours or more in the workplace. Occupational hazards and risks are prevalent in a work environment, especially one with prolonged periods of sitting.

A healthy and productive work environment is a benefit for the employee and the employer. From an early emphasis on safety and injury prevention, the focus for employers is gradually shifting towards fitness and longevity.

Risks to the health and well-being of the workforce include:

  • Accidents
  • Injuries
  • Musculoskeletal pain and discomfort related to poor ergonomics at the workstation
  • Weight gain and obesity (a result of sedentary jobs)
  • Heart and lung related diseases

A healthy and happy staff member is a valuable asset to any company. Improved well-being leads to higher job satisfaction and improved retention rates. There is a direct correlation between high productivity and a healthy and fit workforce.

Physical Therapy: A Vital Tool in Recovery of Knee and Ankle Injuries.  (June 4 2018)

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Knee and ankle injuries are common for people of all ages. They tend to occur during day-to-day activities such as walking, climbing stairs and running. In most cases, people tend to ignore the pain and just ‘carry on’, leading to more injury and pain. Rest and medication help reduce pain. However, the residual effects of knee and ankle injuries (loss of strength and mobility) are best treated with physical therapy.

The knee joint is a complex, weight-bearing structure and the ankle, in particular, is protected by ligaments on the inside, outside and the front. Sudden twisting movements can lead to tendon and ligament tears, and in some cases, fractures. Also, a myriad of injuries including strains, sprains, plantar fasciitis, fractures, meniscal tears and ligament tears can lead to impaired mobility and severe pain. These conditions can make it difficult, if not impossible for the individual to walk until the injury heals.

Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery may be required. With or without surgery, physical therapy plays a vital role in recovery from knee and ankle injuries.

Problem With Pain in the Hip Region? (May 21 2018)

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Have you ever had a nagging pain in the region of the pelvis or hip? Pain or discomfort in the pelvic region and the hip may be related. Since the hip is a weight bearing joint, pain and discomfort in the hip can cause problems with sitting, standing and walking.

The bones of the hip and pelvic region act as protection for internal organs such as the bladder. Depending on the severity of the injury, a hip fracture can result in internal bleeding, difficulty urinating and abdominal pain.

Fractures in the pelvis and hip typically result from high-impact trauma. Participation in athletic programs, bicycling injuries and vehicle accidents can also cause fractures.

Low-impact injuries in the elderly are usually precipitated by osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Falls are a major area of concern for the elderly. Causes include deterioration in balance, impaired vision and unintended obstacles like slippery floors, rugs and even pets. Fractures as a direct result of falls in the elderly can lead to complications such as cardiovascular disorders, pulmonary problems and infections.

Can Physical Therapy Help with Balance Issues?  (May 7 2018)

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Falling is a common problem amongst the elderly, and it can result in serious injury. It is estimated that one in every three adults aged 65 and older suffer from a fall every year. Fall related injuries range from hip fractures to head trauma. After a fall, patients experience a significant loss of confidence and a fear of falling when walking unaided. Recovery from a fall involves physical as well as psychological elements. It is important for the patient to seek physical therapy for treatment and fall prevention.

Why do elderly patients fall?

Visual problems, muscle weakness and low blood pressure can cause a loss of balance, which leads to a fall. Other reasons include conditions such as Parkinson's disease and other conditions that affect the nerves.

Occasionally, middle ear problems (vestibular problems) can occur and balance can be affected. The good news is, falls can be largely prevented with the right precautions.

Advances on Physical Therapy:  Devices (April 16 2018)

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For most individuals, the probability that an assistive device may be needed seems very unlikely. Walking, and basic movements like getting out of bed, in and out of a car and climbing up the stairs are some of things we take for granted. As one gets older, muscles and joints tend to degenerate, resulting in aches and pains.

The fact is, you may need to use a cane / walker or other assistive devices at some point in your life. Age-related pathologies like osteoarthritis or sudden traumatic injuries can lead to difficulty with daily tasks.

Physical therapy is an important part of the rehabilitation process. Physical therapists advocate the use of assistive devices as part of their treatment especially when patients experience decrease in mobility and restricted function.

Assisted walking devices help patients perform daily activities in a pain free manner, and also improve mobility. Assisted walking devices include, but are not limited to, canes, walkers, and crutches. Physical therapists often prescribe such devices following a detailed assessment of the patient's deficits and requirements.

Can Physical Therapy Help with Shin Splints? (April 2 2018)

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The shinbone or the tibia is the front surface of the lower leg. This part of the body is under constant stress and strain when we walk, jump and run.

An overuse injury happens when a certain threshold of tolerance is crossed. This is a condition called shin splints. Intense pain occurs on the front, inside, outside and at times, the back of the lower leg. If left untreated, this pain can lead to stress fractures of the tibia. Shin splints occur due to damage and inflammation of the muscle tendons attached to the tibia. The pain can be rather unbearable, forcing individuals to take prolonged periods of rest to allow for the inflammation to heal. Physical therapy plays an important role in the treatment of shin splints.

Visit your physical therapist if:

  1. There is a lingering pain after exercising or physical activity. The pain does not subside after 3-4 days of resting and icing the joint or limb.
  2. There is a dull pain, which recurs with activity.
  3. Pain does not resolve with over the counter pain relief medication.
  4. The lower leg is swollen or shows signs of bruising after activity

Ease Biceps Tendinitis with Physical Therapy (March 19 2018)

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The biceps tendon connects the biceps muscle in the upper arm to the elbow. The tendon acts like a tough connective tissue. The inflammation of this tendon is bicep tendinitis. Physical therapy can help reduce pain and regain mobility.

Causes

Some of the causes of biceps tendinitis include:

  • a fall that injures the shoulder
  • excessive weight lifting
  • overuse from recreational and sports-related activities
  • a sudden twisting motion of the shoulder

Symptoms

  1. Pain at the front of the shoulder joint that extends down the arm i.e. the biceps muscle.
  2. Weakness in the shoulder
  3. Decreased range of motion of the shoulder joint
  4. A visible change in the shape and appearance of the front of the arm

Everything You Need to Know about Degenerative Disc Disease (March 5 2018)

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Degenerative disc disease, despite the name, is not a disease but a deterioration of the discs of the spine. It occurs over a period of time, resulting in neck or back pain and other musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms. It is common in adults.

Types of degenerative disc disease

  1. Cervical: affects the neck and is referred to as cervical degenerative disc disease
  2. Lumbar: affects the lower back and is called lumbar degenerative disc disease

The cervical and lumbar regions of the spine are susceptible to damage due to increased movement capabilities. Constant motion over time results in the wear and tear of the discs.

Signs and Symptoms of DDD

Most patients report one or more of the following symptoms.

  • Pain is triggered by an activity
  • Pain flares up periodically and then settles to a low-grade pain/discomfort
  • Sitting or standing for long periods of time worsen the pain
  • Activities such as walking may alleviate the pain
  • Relief upon changing body position
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tingling sensations in the extremities

Any activity that triggers pain in the neck or lower back should be ceased immediately. If there is no relief with rest, consult with a physical therapist. Early intervention could save you from further damage to the disc, muscles and ligaments.

Causes of a Wrist Fracture  (Feb 19 2018)

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Typically, wrist fractures occur due to a fall on an outstretched hand. When the fracture occurs at the end of a bone in the forearm called the radius (at the cortico-cancellous junction), it is called a Colles' Fracture. Dorsal displacement and dorsal angulation are common characteristics of such a fracture. Falling on an outstretched hand can be a consequence of either tripping or losing balance, and it is the body's defense mechanism against falling flat on one's face. While this sort of fracture is not prevalent in younger patients, it is commonly seen in older patients, patients with osteoporosis, and those with any other form of bone disease.

The treatment of a wrist fracture requires the application of a cast to facilitate compression and prevent motion in an effort to promote healing. In some cases, surgical correction may be required. Once pain and swelling is reduced, the objective of the healthcare team changes. The new priority is joint range of motion and restoration of muscle strength. This is where physical therapy plays an important role.

How to Keep Kids Happy and Healthy (Feb 5 2018)

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Getting your child involved in sports is an excellent way to encourage exercise and prevent childhood obesity. This is a proud feeling for every parent, and the expectation is that the child will have fun, gain confidence and interact with other children in the process.

To determine what your child will enjoy participating in, help him / her decide by accompanying the child to different games and a variety of sports. The more sports and environments the child is made aware of, the higher the probability that the child will be able to pick a sport and enjoy it.

If your child does not like athletic activities, take the opportunity to spend more time with your child and encourage physical activity with regular walks, swimming, tossing a ball around, or simply kicking a ball back and forth. Be creative and mix it up so your child does not get bored.

Spring into Physical Therapy (Jan 15 2018)

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Your physical therapist will ensure your neck and spine are in good posture, that will aid in reducing the risk of injury and relieve any pressure on the neurological system that can impair performance. A program of exercises will be developed that addresses your strengths and any areas of weakness. You’ll learn how to stretch and warm up properly before putting specific muscle groups into action.

People tend to eat less healthy fare in the winter. At OSTC, our professional staff includes certified fitness nutrition specialists who can help with your nutritional needs and recommend dietary supplements that help meet any deficits to provide you with specific nutrients for your selected activities. If you’ve had an injury in the past that has lingering effects, braces and other supportive aids are available to reduce the potential for another injury.

The therapies available through your physical therapist at OSTC are effective for improving performance and building strength, balance and coordination to reduce the risk of falls. Your therapist can provide suggestions for protective gear and proper footwear that offers the traction and support needed for specific activities. OSTC can also fit you for custom orthotics to address any imbalances for comfort and to relieve pain.

Lifting, bend, twisting and turning can easily strain the muscles and tendons. The quick stops and starts of basketball and the pounding the body takes while jogging can be mitigated with physical therapy. Your physical therapist can show you new ways to move to perform tasks that will be easier on your body and reduce the risk of an injury.

Before spring actually arrives is the time to get your body tuned up and ready for the upcoming season. Spring is a time of invigorating possibilities and your body will be rejuvenated and ready for whatever the season brings after a visit to your physical therapist.

Pre-Surgical Physical Therapy (Dec 18 2017)

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Most people think of physical therapy in regard to rehabilitation following surgery, but it’s also beneficial for preparing the body to undergo a surgical procedure. It’s effective for aiding in quicker recovery times, decreasing the potential for complications, and reducing the care required after surgery - especially in major procedures such as joint replacements.

It’s beneficial prior to any surgical procedure and can be particularly advantageous for sports injuries. A sports-related injury requiring surgery will typically be more severe and require specialized care if the patient is to return to full functionality and “prehab” therapy can help.

Pre-surgical physical therapy maximizes a patient’s range of motion, strength and control prior to the surgery and helps individuals regain mobility and control faster and more effectively post-operatively. Between the time an injury occurs and when surgery is scheduled, a substantial amount of atrophy can occur in muscles. Movement patterns can also change as people try to compensate for a loss of motion or balance. Physical therapy is beneficial for preventing both situations.

Winter Fitness Secrets (Dec 4 2017)

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It is true that many people dread going to the typical gym or fitness center. OSTC offers a welcoming alternative. The wellness center at OSTC is designed to help individuals reach their maximum fitness goals in a fun positive environment. The wellness staff are all Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists who can offer custom training and fitness programs to maintain health and fitness levels, reduce the risk of injury, and perform more efficiently.

Winter weather impacts physical workouts and affects mood, resulting in conditions that include depression, fatigue and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Personal trainers have techniques and methods to beat the winter blues, elevate mood, maintain fitness levels and prevent weight gain throughout the season. The personal trainers at OSTC have the experience and expertise to design a fitness program that maintains current fitness levels, prepares individuals for warmer weather and preserves competitive training schedules. The wellness program at OSTC also offers pool classes as an effective alternative to traditional workout programs.

Customized Physical Therapy (Nov 20 2017)

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One of the most important strategies for relieving your pain is a customized exercise program. Your physical therapist will create a program that factors in your strengths, areas that need improvement, any chronic conditions, and your fitness level.

Physical therapy will help ease pain, allow you to move better, and promotes restorative sleep necessary for the body to repair and rejuvenate itself. It’s beneficial for preventing and mitigating the severity of recurrences and relapses. At your initial evaluation your physical therapist will discuss your areas of concern and your goals. They will also evaluate your gait (the way you walk), range of motion, strength, posture and alighnment. Then your therapist will create a personalized physical therapy program tailored to your needs, abilities and goals.

Your physical therapist may incorporate a number of complementary techniques into your treatment. Exercise can include aerobic movements, range of motion exercises and strengthening exercises. Manual manipulation is available if your movement is limited or you’re unable to participate in a traditional exercise program. The individualized plan will be adjusted to accommodate your progress.

Heat and cryogenic therapies may be utilized, along with ultrasound, electrical stimulation, LASER and dry needling. Water-based therapy is particularly beneficial if you have mobility limitations. You’ll be buoyed by the water, thereby reducing the effects of weight and gravity on your body by approximately one-third. It’s a gentle form of resistance training that can prepare you for more strenuous activities.

Your treatment may include therapeutic massage to ease pain, increase circulation, and maintain movement and flexibility. It stimulates the immune system, aids in detoxifying the body, stimulating the immune system, and relieves stress and inflammation.

Your physical therapy will alleviate pain during the day and promote restful sleep during the night. You don’t have to suffer with pain and sleepless nights when relief through physical therapy is so close at hand.

How to Protect and Strengthen the Lower Extremity (Nov 6 2017)

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Knee and foot injuries are common for people of all ages. They tend to occur during day-to-day activities such as walking, climbing stairs and running. In most cases, people tend to ignore the pain and just ‘carry on’, leading to more injury and pain. Rest and medication help reduce pain, however the residual effects of knee and foot injuries (loss of strength and mobility) are best treated with physical therapy.

The knee joint is a complex, weight-bearing structure and the ankle, in particular, is protected by ligaments on the inside, outside and the front. Sudden twisting movements can lead to tendon and ligament tears, and in some cases, fractures. Also, a myriad of injuries including strains, sprains, plantar fasciitis, fractures, meniscal tears and ligament tears can lead to impaired mobility and severe pain. These conditions can make it difficult, if not impossible, for the individual to walk until the injury heals.

Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery may be required. With or without surgery, physical therapy plays a vital role in recovery from knee and ankle injuries.

Choosing the Best Physical Therapist (Yes, Your Choice!) (Oct 16 2017)

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Choosing a physical therapist is a personal decision and one that shouldn’t be made in haste. One of the best ways to locate a therapist is by asking family, friends, co-workers or your primary care physician for recommendations. An online search can also be conducted or visit the American Physical Therapy Association website.

While all physical therapists are highly trained and educated professionals, some choose to specialize in specific areas of expertise. Some physical therapists specialize in all aspects of pregnancy related needs, while others choose to concentrate on sports injuries, rehabilitation for stroke or accident victims, pediatrics, orthopedics, neurology or geriatrics. It’s important that patients select a physical therapist that has experience in their particular condition.

At OSTC, all of our Physical Therapists are either Board Certified Specialists in Sports or Orthopedics or are in the process of becoming a Board Certified Specialist. This means our Physical Therapists have proven themselves through testing to have a higher level of knowledge, skill, and experience in Sports and Orthopedics than a non-board Certified Physical Therapist.

As a company, we have made a commitment to consistently sending our professionals to seminars and training by the top orthopedic and sports medical professionals in the country. This benefits you in that you can rest assured that your Physical Therapist is up to date on the latest evidence based practice techniques and technology, which will result in better outcomes for you.

In addition to being highly trained, our professionals love what they do. You will be treated in an upbeat and energized environment with happy people that will consistently encourage you along the journey toward reaching your goals.

Patients should feel comfortable with their physical therapist, be able to ask questions and talk with them freely about their condition and treatment. Having a rapport with the physical therapist is critical for effective treatment.

OSTC physical therapists encourage you to come by to meet our staff. We offer free consultations to help best guide you on your road to recovery. We would love you to choose OSTC to be your orthopedic and sports physical therapy provider for life.

OSTC, more than Physical Therapy. Welcome to Wellness (Oct 02 2017)

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Ankle Sprains and Physical Therapy (Sept 18 2017)

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Physical Therapy and Hamstring Health (Aug 21 2017)

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Physical Therapy and Hamstring Health

The body has three muscles (collectively known as the hamstring) in the back of the thigh that can be injured, with the most common cause being participation in sports and athletic endeavors. The hamstring muscle allows people to extend the hip and bend the knee. Once a hamstring muscle has been injured, it can be up to six times more likely to be injured again.

Hamstring muscles are typically injured when an individual:

• Rapidly accelerates or stops suddenly while running

• Changes direction quickly

• When jumping

• Sprinting, hurdling or kicking

• During heavy lifting

Individuals are at increased risk if they don’t warm up and stretch sufficiently before engaging in new, unfamiliar or strenuous activities. Muscle fatigue, a prior injury and weakness in the hamstring or glutes are all factors that contribute to an injury. The damage can range from mild and feel like a cramp. Some people don’t realize they’ve even sustained an injury until they rest or during the following day.

In a severe hamstring injury, the individual may feel a “popping” sensation or a sharp pain in the back of the thigh that extends into the buttock. The area may be swollen, bruised and tender to the touch and there may be difficulty sitting, lifting the leg or stretching it out fully. If the muscle is torn, surgery may be needed to repair the damage.

If you or someone you know suffers from hamstring pain or injury, contacts at OSTC for your FREE consultation and find out what solutions we have to offer you. 940-692-4688

Heel Pain and Injury: The Physical Therapy Solution (July 17 2017)

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Heel Pain and Injury: The Physical Therapy Solution

The feet bear the weight of the body upon them, but the heel of the foot receives little thought unless it begins to hurt. Pain can originate under the heel (plantar fasciitis) or the back of the heel in the Achilles tendon. Inflammation, swelling and pain are common complaints associated with the heel.

An injury to any part of the heel can be extremely painful, producing inflammation and swelling. Individuals may have difficulty flexing their foot up or down, standing on their toes, or even walking. A heel injury may also result in a tingling sensation indicating the need for immediate medical care that will often require rehabilitation with a physical therapist.

Everyone has an occasional pain in the heel after extensive walking, jogging or sports activities and it typically disappears within a day or so with rest. Heel pain that interferes in standing, walking, or lasts a week or more can be helped with physical therapy.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain resulting from running and jogging, obesity, and excessive standing. Pain may be present when people take their first few steps in the morning or after sitting down for an extended period of sitting.

If you or someone you know suffers from heel pain or injury, contacts at OSTC for your FREE consultation and find out what solutions we have to offer you. 940-692-4688

Physical Therapy for Joint Replacement (July 03 2017)

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6 PT Benefits for Joint Replacement

Physical therapy is an essential part of joint replacement therapy. Depending upon the joint that has been replaced, patients will need to re-learn how to stand, walk, lift or grasp objects. Physical therapy helps:

  • Ease pain
  • Reduce scarring around the joint
  • Regain full range of motion
  • Promote mobility
  • Improve balance, coordination, and functionality
  • Strengthen the muscles and ligaments around the joint

An important part of the rehabilitation process with physical therapy will be the use of assistive aids for mobility and a physical therapist will show patients how to use them effectively. Individuals will learn new ways of performing everyday tasks with ergonomic adaptations that will make life easier during recovery.

People often assume awkward positions and behaviors due to the pain and mobility issues associated with a poorly operating joint. An important aspect of physical therapy is helping patients regain and maintain proper posture and relieve pressure on the neurological system that can impede recovery success.

Recovery typically requires two to four months following a joint replacement, depending on the patient and joint that was replaced. The goal of physical therapy will be for patients to improve their mobility by two weeks following surgery with a return to regular activities by 12 weeks after the procedure.

If you or someone you know has had a joint replacement or is going to have joint replacement surgery, contact us at OSTC for your FREE consultation and find out what solutions we have to offer you. 940-692-4688

Athletes, Injuries and the Solution (June 19 2017)

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Athletes, injuries and the Solution
Strains, sprains, pulled muscles and even fractures are just some of the possible injuries that can befall recreational, amateur and professional athletes. The injuries are often more severe than those sustained at home or work, requiring multiple physical therapy and rehabilitation techniques to restore full functionality to the affected area.

Overuse injuries are common and while they may initially not appear to be severe in nature, they can quickly transition into a chronic condition if left untreated. A sore joint from golfing, tennis, swimming or pitching can result in pain, neurological damage and dysfunction that may remove an athlete from play for an entire season or derail a promising career.

Sports injuries run the gamut, from pulled groin and hamstring muscles, elbow and rotator cuff problems, to fractures and dislocations. Injuries are often exacerbated by the athlete’s decision to “power through the pain.” Physical therapy techniques are effective in treating and preventing injuries and providing rehabilitation following an injury or surgery. The need for therapy is especially crucial for sports related injuries.

Physical therapy provides pain relief and management that doesn’t rely on prescription medications or invasive methods. It is effective for improving sports performance and treating musculoskeletal and neurological damage resulting from injuries ranging from concussions to turf toe.

Athletes are masters of precise movements and control, but even a slight variation or miscalculation can result in an injury. Physical therapists are experts in the biomechanics of the body and the therapies that will best heal and rehabilitate specific injuries. Therapists work with current injuries and prior conditions that may have lingering symptoms.

If you or your athlete suffers from an athletic injury, come see us for a FREE walk-in assessment, or call us at 940-692-4688

Physical Therapy and Technology Related Injuries (June 6 2017)

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Technology Related Injury

Technology has provided new medical treatments, ways to communicate, and entertainment options, but it’s also taking a toll on the bodies of those who use it. Squinting at small screens, selfie-induced tennis elbow, and sitting hunched over computer keyboards, tablets, and video game systems are just some of the ways in which people are causing injury to themselves.

An increasing number of people are seeking physical therapy to relieve pain, tension and injuries involving the neck, shoulder and back, along with stress-related conditions that include migraines.

Problems with the spine, wrists and palms of the hand are common among those who spend an excessive amount of time playing video games, using computers and talking on cell phones. “Trigger thumb” is the result of tightly gripping video game controllers and smartphones.

Carpal tunnel and repetitive motion injuries are occurring in individuals who text (texting thumb), use keyboards, play video games and take a lot of selfies (selfie elbow). It causes injury to muscles, nerves and tendons that produce pain, tingling and numbness.

The therapists at OSTC are here to help you with any injury,come see us for a FREE walk-in assessment, or call us at 940-692-4688

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