Category Archive: Musculoskeletal Health

Nov
07

Ankle Sprains: Part 1 of 2

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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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Apr
24

Lumbar spinal stenosis: Part 1 of 2

LUMBAR SPINAL STENOSIS PART 1: We all have known or seen someone with spinal stenosis, perhaps without even realizing it. Those with spinal stenosis often suffer from lower back pain with the additional complaints of pain, numbness and weakness in both legs when standing or walking but feel much better sitting. They are is frustrated …

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Apr
04

Preventing Hip Fractures

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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Feb
29

Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Joints This Winter!

Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, is often considered to be a normal part of aging. Usually by the age of forty our joints, especially those which are weight bearing (lower spine, hips, knees, ankles, feet) begin to show signs of wear and tear. The cartilage begins to thin, joint surfaces are not as …

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Oct
26

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy

  October is National Physical Therapy Month! The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like to raise public awareness of the thousands of dedicated physical therapists as health care providers. Moreover, physical therapists would like to thank the public for allowing us to participate in your health and wellness. This column will address a question …

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Feb
24

Hip Fracture Prevention –More Than an Orthopedic Problem

My grandmother, Rosina Scalese, lived to the wise old age of ninety- seven. I have inherited her coveted “pock a book” in which she always kept one dollar bills to give to any child kind enough to visit her. Now, I find myself hoping to inherit another prized possession from my grandmother… her longevity genes! …

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Oct
14

Scoliosis: Part 2 of 2

Scoliosis Part 2 of 2. Idiopathic And Adult Scoliosis. Scoliosis is a term used to describe a curvature of the spine. This two part series on scoliosis will discuss scoliosis, diagnosis, and treatment at the request of several readers. Scoliosis screening is very important for early intervention and prevention of long term and irreversible problems. Idiopathic …

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Oct
07

Scoliosis: Part 1 of 2

Scoliosis: Part 1 of 2. Functional Scoliosis.  Scoliosis is a term used to describe a curvature of the spine. This two part series on scoliosis will discuss scoliosis, diagnosis, and treatment at the request of several readers. Scoliosis screening is very important for early intervention and prevention of long term and irreversible problems. The spine has …

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Jun
18

Arthritis of Ankle: Part 1 of 2

1st 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 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 …

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Jan
30

Osteoporosis is a Disease of the Young

Does anyone in your immediate family resemble the the hunchback of Notre Dame? If so, you too, could be in jeopardy of developing osteoporosis when you get older! While genetics can play an important role, recent studies strongly suggest that healthy habits as a young person are extremely important for the prevention of osteoporosis as …

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Oct
18

Osteoporosis Prevention With Exercise at Home: Part 2 of 2

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While there is no cure for osteoporosis, being proactive can prevent, slow or stop the progression of this disease. As discussed in last week’s column, a healthy lifestyle, avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol use, a well – balanced diet – rich in calcium and vitamin D, and weight –bearing exercises – such as walking and weight training are essential in the prevention and treatment of this disease. 


Oct
17

Osteoporosis Prevention: Part 1 of 2

One topic that is constantly resurfacing for physical therapists is osteoporosis. This week’s column will review the definition, cause and prevention. Next week, I will present the 10 best exercises to prevent osteoporosis. 


Jun
13

Do I Need an MRI for Low Back Pain?

How many times have you heard the phrase “My back is killing me!” Almost every American has had an episode of back pain themselves, or knows someone who has had significant back pain. Acute low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common health maladies in the United States and is the leading cause of disability in people younger than 45 years old. It is responsible billions of dollars in health care costs, and is a leading cause of missed work.

May
10

Prevent Hand Injuries While Gardening

Summer is finally here and gardeners in northeast PA are anxious work in their gardens and enjoy the fruits of their labor. I have noticed that my associate, Nancy Wesolowski, certified hand therapist, has recently had an influx of patients with hand injuries associated with gardening.

Apr
26

Cycling Tips: Part 2 of 2

This week, I would like to discuss the benefits of cardiovascular exercise and common problems that develop from biking on an improperly fitted bike.

Aug
03

Total Ankle Replacement: Part II of II on the Ankle

Total ankle replacement (TAR) is recommended for severe ankle pain which has not responded to conservative treatment: weight loss, activity modification, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication and cortisone injections.

Jul
27

Arthritis of Ankle: Part I of II on the 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 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 can I do about it?

May
07

Common Eating Disorders In Athletes: Part 2

Eating disorders are becoming epidemic in athletes. This is the second of three columns addressing this topic.

May
07

Why Athletes are Susceptible to Eating Disorders: Part 1

Over the past several years I have worked with many young female athletes that have suffered from injuries often associated with low body fat and poor bone density such as repeated stress fractures. In certain sports such as running and gymnastics this can be devastating. One thought that comes to mind is whether or not the young female athlete may also have an eating disorder.

Mar
28

How to live with a cast or splint

Casts or splints are used to support and protect bones and soft tissues after injury or surgery. A broken bone or severe ankle sprains are two good examples. The immobilization provided by a cast or splint protects the injury, allows healing with proper alignment, and reduces pain, swelling and muscle spasm.

Mar
03

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: 1st of 2 columns on MS

Judging by my email inquiries on this topic, it is fairly safe to say that most readers of this column either directly or indirectly know of someone who has Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS has been a part of my life as a physical therapist, friend, and relative of some very incredible people and their families, …

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Mar
03

HEALTH & EXERCISE TIPS FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: 2nd of 2 columns on MS

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease. While it may lay dormant and stable for a period of time, living a healthy lifestyle will make a positive contribution toward how you and your family live with MS. Studies show that a life of family love and support are essential to maintain a positive attitude with a …

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