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Is Degenerative Disc Disease the Cause of my Back Pain? Nov 14th, 2020

Anatomy Our spine consists of a stack of bones called vertebra.  Each one is shaped  like a ring;  when stacked, the central holes line up and form a tube or spinal canal.  Your spinal cord sits in that canal.  In between the vertebrae are discs which act as cushions, absorbing...

Arthritis Pain Aug 31st, 2020

Types of Arthritis Simply put, there are two general categories of arthritis:  osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis.  Osteoarthritis is when the cartilage in the joint breaks down from use or trauma and is the most common form.  Inflammatory arthritis is an autoimmune disease.  The human body malfunctions and its immune system starts...

What is an EMG and NCS (Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Study)? Aug 8th, 2020

What is so special about an EMG/NCS? Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) are two types of tests that take advantage of the fact that your brain, nerves, and muscles use electricity to function. Although sometimes the term “EMG” is used to also include a NCS, they are really...

Isn't All Physical Therapy the Same? Jul 10th, 2020

Physical therapists are highly trained health care professionals whose goals are to maintain health, preserve and improve mobility, and decrease pain.  This may involve stretches to improve flexibility, exercises to improve strength and balance, drills to develop coordination, postural education, and treatments to minimize pain.   The ultimate goal is...

What Happens to My Disc Herniation? Jun 1st, 2020

Back Anatomy Between the back bones or vertebrae of the spine, there are discs which act as cushions or pillows.  This is true from the head all the way down to the tailbone.  Not only do they act as shock absorbers, but they also create flexibility in the spine.  They...

Staying Fit While Staying Safe May 8th, 2020

Why do we get tight muscles? With over 30 years of work experience as a Physical Therapist, I am often asked by friends and family how to maintain flexibility in your spine, especially during this COVID-19 “shelter at home” quarantine.  It is a stressful time in unfamiliar circumstances. This can...