Ankle sprains are a common occurrence in both sports and day to day life. They strike at the most inconvenient times and places; mid-season basketball, soccer playoffs, volleyball tournaments, weekend hikes with family, or on the job site or farm.
Ankle sprains can be both debilitating and frustrating, causing lost play time and decreased job performance. It can be especially frustrating when the injury lingers or nags for several weeks to even sometimes several months. This is usually due to improper treatment.
Hands-on treatment for ankle sprains is often necessary to facilitate full recovery. In addition to the actual ligament sprain, the bones in the ankle and foot can become stiff, irritated, and even subtly out of alignment. Muscles that support the ankle can become weak. The nerves surrounding the injury site can become hyper-irritated due to lingering injury and inflammation. Balance can then be off due to the above, predisposing the athlete or individual to re-injury. Skilled, hands-on treatment can address all of the above.
At Spine & Performance, a careful approach to reduce pain and swelling, and improve ankle muscle firing and balance is utilized and is sure to get the athlete back in action much sooner. If not treated properly, these injuries can linger for weeks or months, so a skilled, individualized evaluation is performed to determine appropriate treatment for each patient. The best part is that most individuals don't require a referral for treatment.
Please call (606) 425-4665 or visit livingbetterpt.com to schedule an evaluation.
Headaches are common. Many people have the type of headache that can be helped through specialized treatment aimed at loosening stiff joints and muscles in the upper neck and upper back.
Headaches that can be helped through physical therapy are referred to by medical practitioners as cervicogenic headaches. This simply means, headaches arising from the upper cervical spine (neck). These neck headaches are generally felt on one side, though they can be felt on both sides, in the forehead, ears or eyes. They are often chronic (those with sudden onset, severe headache should seek medical evaluation prior to coming to physical therapy), and often associated with prolonged positioning at work or from sleep postures. These headaches often involve neck pain, shoulder or shoulder blade-area pain, and even jaw pain (TMJ dysfunction).
Recommended treatments are joint mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, and strengthening of neck and upper back muscles, and these are all routinely performed at Somerset Spine & Performance Physiotherapy in the treatment of headaches.
A proper diagnosis will require a thorough physical exam from a provider accustomed to dealing with headaches.
Please give us a call at 606-425-4665 for more information.