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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

OSGOOD-SCHLATTER DISEASE

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

Receive a Complementary Yearly Checkup

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Mar 30, 2016 12:14:45 PM

Most people know about St. Patrick’s Day March 17. But did you know that March 20 is the first day of Spring?

As the days get longer and the daylight brighter, more people come out of hibernation and step out of their winter caves. Outside fitness opportunities abound as the weather gets warmer. 5k and 10k races, group hikes and fitness events are everywhere in spring.

Whether you’re prepping for your next personal record or just starting your exercise regimen, make sure you’re not dealing with any current aches, strains or pains before you get into training. It’s important to work out any existing kinks before you start something new. Many people have been stationary for the last three months, so as a physical therapist, I see a lot of neck, lower back and shoulder pain coming out of winter.

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Topics: Back Pain, shoulder pain, Knee Pain, neck pain

What is Dry Needling?

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Feb 29, 2016 9:18:04 AM

What Is Dry Needling?

According to American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), our goal as physical therapists “is to promote the patient's ability to move, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.” We have a host of tools at our disposal to accomplish this goal. One tool you may not be aware of is a technique called dry needling. Dry needling is when your physical therapist inserts a small needle through your skin into carefully selected muscles in order to help relieve pain. It’s called dry needling because nothing is injected through the needle.

It sounds counterintuitive, poking people with needles to assuage pain, but it’s actually an effective technique, and it isn’t nearly as scary or painful as it sounds.

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Topics: Dry Needling

Steps to Manage Shoulder and Neck Pain

Posted by Lincoln Kinkade, PT on Feb 26, 2016 12:15:52 PM

Many people don't know that shoulder pain and posture are linked together. By simply adjusting and improving your posture, you can eliminate 80% of the pain you experience on a daily basis.

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Topics: shoulder pain, neck pain