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What is TENNIS ELBOW and how can it be treated?

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Oct 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Tennis Elbow Defined

Tennis elbow, more formally known as lateral epicondylitis, is not an injury reserved exclusively for tennis players.  In fact, tennis elbow commonly affects people in a number of occupations that involve repetitive gripping activities such as hammering, painting, or using a wrench or screwdriver.  With repetitive gripping, the wrist will move into a position of relative extension and activate the muscles on the back of the forearm.  Many of these muscles combine to form a single tendon which then attaches to the bony protrusion on the side of the elbow (the lateral epicondyle).  Therefore, this tendon experiences a great deal of tension over a small area creating the perfect scenario for an overuse injury.

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Topics: physical therapy, tennis elbow

Low Back Pain? Could it be Sciatica?

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Oct 18, 2016 11:42:10 AM

Do you have pain that runs down your leg? Find out what might be causing it, and do this quick test to determine if you actually have sciatica.

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Topics: sciatica, low back pain

Back Pain Risk Factors in Children

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Oct 5, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Laboring Under Heavy Loads

As the new school year is underway and the workload is increasing, the American Physical Therapy Association reminds parents that their children’s backpacks can pose a health threat when they are overloaded with books and supplies, especially when the backpack fits poorly.

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Topics: Back Pain, Adolescents

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Sep 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

One of the most common causes of foot pain is inflammation of the plantar fascia – a band of tissue that runs on the sole of the foot from heel to the base of the toes -- resulting in a painful condition known as plantar fasciitis

Risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis include:

  • Obesity
  • Calf tightness
  • Abnormally high arch or flat foot
  • Hip and trunk weakness
  • Leg length discrepancy
  • Decreased motion of the big toe.  
The chief complaint with plantar fasciitis is medial (inner) heel pain. A classic symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain when stepping out of bed in the morning because the fascia tightens overnight.
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Topics: Foot Pain, Plantar Faciitis


Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Sep 7, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in adolescents, affecting boys three times more than girls.

With this condition, patients localize their pain to the front of the knee, where the tendon that runs from the base of the kneecap, known as the patellar tendon, attaches to the upper part of the lower leg. Excessive stress over this attachment produced by repeated activation of the large quadriceps muscle on the front of the thigh results in pain, swelling, and tenderness, and can be accompanied by the development of a prominent bump on the upper part of the shin bone just below the kneecap, one of the hallmarks of this disease.

Children who are active in sports, particularly those involving forceful, repetitive quadriceps activation, such as with jumping and sprinting, may be at increased risk for developing Osgood-Schlatter disease.  With sports season in full force now this fall season, it's important to look for signs of Osgood-Schlatter.

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Topics: Knee Pain

Free Neck Pain and Headache Workshop

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Aug 24, 2016 12:07:52 PM

The cervical spine or the neck is a strong, flexible yet very delicate part of the body the consists of several nerves, blood vessels and the spinal cord, but it’s susceptible to many problems due daily wear and tear, injury or even lifestyle choices.

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Topics: neck pain, headache

3 step Warm up routine to avoid injuries

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Aug 10, 2016 1:47:20 PM

Whether you're a Weekend Warrior, you love to run, play recreational sports, do yard work or just workout indoors or outdoors, here are some basic rules to remember to avoid injuries.

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Topics: Sports Injuries

Recurrent Ankle Sprains and Treatment for Ankle Sprains

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Jul 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Recurrent Ankle Sprains

When a person tends to strike the ground with the outside edge the foot, they may be more likely to sprain their ankle, especially when running or walking on uneven surfaces.

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Topics: Sports Injuries, Sprains

Back Pain Treatment in Morgantown

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Jul 14, 2016 2:37:07 PM

Certain types of lower back injuries can produce pain that radiates into the leg. This pain commonly results from a bulge in the disc, the fibrous structure that lies between each bony segment that makes up the spine. When the disc bulges, it can pinch the nerves where they exit the spinal column.

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Topics: Back Pain, Low Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop, Leg Pain

What Is Sciatica?

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Apr 27, 2016 9:14:41 AM

Many people suffer from low back pain and sciatica. Most of us know exactly what low back pain is, but aren't so sure about sciatica.

Let's define it.

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Topics: sciatica, low back pain