Category Archive: Posts on Specific Joints and Muscles:

Nov
12

Ankle Sprains: Part 2 of 2

Photo 3. Single leg stance on stability disc with sports cord

Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 is a third year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019) and intern at Mackarey Physical Therapy. She grew up locally in Factoryville, PA. She graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Alexa plans to continue her clinical experience at Grand Junction …

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Nov
07

Ankle Sprains: Part 1 of 2

Alexa Rzucidlo SPT3

Guest Coauthors: Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 and Zach Brandt Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 is a third year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019) and intern at Mackarey Physical Therapy. She grew up locally in Factoryville, PA. She graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Alexa plans …

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Jun
04

Health and safety tips for gardeners: Part 1 of 2

Photo 2 - Overhead Arm Stretch

Health and Safety Tips for Gardeners: Part 1 of 2. Prevention of Hand Injuries Associated with Gardening Memorial Day, the “kick off” day for gardening in NEPA without the fear of frost, was only one week ago, so it is not too late to get started. While gardeners are anxious to work in their gardens …

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Dec
04

Achilles Tendon Rupture – Part 2 of 2

Photo 3 - Agility Drills for Achilles

ACHILLIES TENDON RUPTURE: Part 2 of 2    (read Part 1 here) As the days continue to get shorter and temperatures begin a slow steady decline, athletes and exercise enthusiasts will work harder to warm-up and exercise during the winter months. A little caution and preparation are in order to avoid muscle/tendon strain, or worse yet, …

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Nov
27

Achilles Tendon Rupture – Part 1 of 2

As the days continue to get shorter and temperatures begin a slow steady decline, athletes and exercise enthusiasts will work harder to “fit in” a warm-up before running or other activities during the winter months. But, no matter how limited time is, skipping the warm-up is risky. This time of year, one can expect to …

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Jun
05

Prevent shoulder injuries in tennis by stretching: Part 2 of 2

Photo 4 - Latissimus Dorsi Stretch

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries In Tennis by Stretching: Part 2 of 2 Last week we discussed the importance of strengthening to prevent shoulder injuries in tennis. This week we will focus on stretching the shoulder for injury prevention. As with the exercises for strength, it may be better to do nothing at all than to …

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May
29

Prevent shoulder injuries in tennis by strengthening: Part 1 of 2

Photo: 5 Bicep Curl

Prevention of Shoulder Injuries in Tennis: Strengthening. Part 1 of 2 HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! You can tell that summer is in the air, not only by the arrival of the sunshine, warm air and longer days, but also by the beautiful sound of a tennis ball hitting a racquet hitting at Scranton Tennis Club and …

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Feb
13

Ankle Arthritis: Joint Replacement (Part 2 of 2)

TOTAL ANKLE REPLACEMENT: 2nd in Series of 2 Columns on Ankle Pain (Read Part 1) NEED A TOTAL ANKLE REPLACEMENT? Total ankle replacement (TAR) is recommended for severe ankle pain which has not responded to conservative treatment: weight loss, activity modification, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections. Severe ankle pain can result from the following: …

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Feb
06

Ankle Arthritis: Symptoms and Treatment (Part 1 of 2)

I have been advising my patients to exercise, keep active, and walk as long as they can in order to stay mobile and healthy. However, seniors often tell me activities that require prolonged walking is limited by ankle pain from arthritis. They often ask, “What is arthritis of the ankle?” How does it happen? What …

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Nov
07

Jump Training Program

Basketball season is coming soon and preseason conditioning has begun. Every kid who has ever donned a pair of basketball shoes has dreamed about the thrill of jumping high into the sky toward the hoop to dunk a basketball. Yes, even those of us at 5 feet 8 inches and below can dream. While it …

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Oct
03

The Ankle, Part 2 of 2: Exercises for Arthritis

Photo A - Seated Calf Raise

THE ANKLE: EXERCISES FOR ARTHRITIS OF ANKLE 2nd of 2 Columns I have been advising my patients to exercise, keep active, and walk as long as they can in order to stay mobile and healthy. However, seniors and others suffering from repeated trauma such as fractures and sprains, often tell me activities that require prolonged walking …

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Sep
26

The Ankle, Part 1 of 2: Arthritis of Ankle

ARTHRITIS OF ANKLE I have been advising my patients to exercise, keep active, and walk as long as they can in order to stay mobile and healthy. However, seniors and others suffering from repeated trauma such as fractures and sprains, often tell me activities that require prolonged walking is limited by ankle pain from arthritis. …

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Sep
12

ACL injury prevention for female athletes: Part 2 of 2

Photo 15 - Jump Squats

ACL INJURY PREVENTION FOR FEMALE ATHLETES: Part 2 of 2 Guest Contributor: Danielle Maurice, SPT Various studies have shown that female athletes are on average four times more likely than males to tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. Susceptibility for female athletes to an ACL injury is a multifaceted problem; anatomical, mechanical, …

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Sep
05

ACL injury prevention for female athletes: Part 1 of 2

ACL INJURY PREVENTION FOR FEMALE ATHLETES: Part 1 of 2 Guest Contributor: Danielle Maurice, SPT  Various studies have shown that female athletes are on average four times more likely than males to tear their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. Susceptibility for female athletes to an ACL injury is a multifaceted problem; anatomical, mechanical, physiological …

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Aug
08

Managing Shoulder Pain – Part 3 of 3

Photo A - Shoulder Extension

Part 3 of 3 When the shoulder is compromised by loss of motion or strength, so too is the function of the arm and hand. It becomes difficult to dress, groom, work, play sports, etc. Therefore, it is imperative that we maintain shoulder health through range of motion and strength exercises. However, it is equally …

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Aug
01

Stretch your shoulder muscles — Part 2 of 3

Photo 1 - Pendulums

Part 2 of 3 The shoulder, working as a ball and socket, is most flexible joint in the human body. It is comprised of two separate joints, the union between the glenoid fossa, (the socket at the end of the scapula or shoulder blade, and the ball at the end top of the humerus, or …

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Jul
25

Management of Shoulder Pain – Part 1 of 3

Part 1 OF 3 The shoulder, working as a ball and socket, is most flexible joint in the human body. It is comprised of two separate joints, the union between the glenoid fossa, (the socket at the end of the scapula or shoulder blade, and the ball at the end top of the humerus, or …

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May
02

Avoid Spring Baseball Shoulder Pain

Photo E - External Rotation

It happens every spring.  A young pitching ace that started strong is now beginning to lose some speed on his fast ball.  A third baseman that had no problems last week can’t throw to first base without pain.  Shoulder pain in young baseball players occurs every spring just as the first robin, warmer temperatures, and …

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Apr
04

Preventing Hip Fractures

Photo 1 - Standing Hip Hikes

HIP FRACTURE PREVENTION – PART 2 of 2 Injuries due to falling are a very common problem in the elderly. Hip fractures are the most common injury due to falling in the seniors. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, each year more than 300,000 people are hospitalized for hip fractures in the United …

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Mar
28

Hip Fracture Prevention — More than an Orthopedic Problem!

Part 1 of 2 My father celebrated his 91st birthday this January in a hospital bed due to a recent fall. While, it didn’t stop us from enjoying cake and ice cream, it did limit his mobility. He enjoyed 90 wonderfully active years; however, his independence was lost the same way more than one-third of …

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Aug
24

Six Pack Abs Without Back Pain: Part 2 of 2

Level 2 Trunk Lats (Photo 6b)

SIX PACK ABS – WITHOUT BACK PAIN! The Best Exercises to Strengthen the Abdominal Muscles Without Causing Back Pain Part 2 of 2 It may not be possible to pick up a health and fitness magazine without a plethora of articles on how to gain “six-pack abs!” However, for most people, before you begin your quest …

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Aug
17

Six-Pack Abs Without Back Pain! Part 1 of 2 on Abdominal Exercises

The Best Exercises to Strengthen the Abdominal Muscles Without Causing Back Pain  Part 1 of 2 It may not be possible to pick up a health and fitness magazine without a plethora of articles on how to gain “six-pack abs!” However, for most people, before you begin your quest to find the “abdominal holy grail,” …

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Jul
13

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 2 of 2

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 2 of 2 Last week, guest columnist, Dr. Gary Mattingly, anatomy professor at the University of Scranton, described the problem of “swimmer’s shoulder” … “inflammation of part of the rotator cuff, a group of muscles that stabilize the shoulder passes between the arm bone (humerus) and a bone in the back (scapula). …

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Jul
06

Swimmer’s Shoulder: Part 1 of 2

It’s summer time! 4th of July weekend is a great time to enjoy the water. Whether your swimming laps for exercise or competition, be careful not to overdo it and injure your shoulder. While there are many different types of shoulder problems, one is specific to the sport of swimming called “swimmer’s shoulder”. The Shoulder …

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May
25

Knee OCD: A Pain in the Knee

Osteochondritis dissecans, also called OCD, is the most common cause of a loose body or fragment in the knee and is usually found in young males between the ages of ten and twenty. While this word sounds like a mouth full, breaking down its Latin derivation to its simplest terms makes it understandable: “osteo” means …

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Mar
02

Harness Your Body’s Natural Healing Power with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments – Part 2 of 2

Last week Health & Exercise Forum presented Part 1 of PRP Updates: What is PRP? How is it Administered? How it Works? This week will present PRP effectiveness and appropriate foot and ankle conditions for PRP. The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself. When the body becomes injured, a natural healing process occurs to …

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Feb
23

Harness Your Body’s Natural Healing Power with Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatments – Part 1 of 2

The body has an amazing capacity to heal itself. When the body becomes injured, a natural healing process occurs to repair the damaged tissue. The body signals platelets and other components in our blood to migrate to the site of injury. Platelets are the primary factor for stopping blood loss at the site of injury. …

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Feb
16

“Skier’s Thumb” a Common Injury

Today is the last day of Presidents’ Day Weekend and many of you have visited our ski resorts enjoying one of the most popular ski weekends of the year.  Mother Nature has cooperated with Elk Mountain and Montage Mountain to provide great conditions. While this popular recreational winter sport is fun and a nice diversion …

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Jan
26

Knee Replacement Updates – Part 3 of 3

Knee Replacement Updates – Part 3 of 3 Getting a new knee doesn’t quite mean what it used to. In younger, active patients — from about age 50 to 65 — having knee problems often means only one of the knee’s three compartments is degenerated. In the past, these patients relied on multiple conservative measures …

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Jan
19

Knee Replacement Updates – Part 2 of 3

Knee Replacement Updates – Part 2 of 3 There is good news for those in need of a knee replacement today! Recent advances have led to equally viable options for two very different patient populations; the younger active patient and the older and less medically stable patient. Recent studies conclude that knee replacement has had …

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