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Hello, my name is Kyle Wagner and I am a physical therapist at In Motion Physical Therapy in Downingtown, PA. I would like to talk about Plantar Fasciitis, a painful condition in the affecting the tissue covering the heel and foot. Plantar fasciitis is a diagnosed used commonly to explain pain to the heel and bottom of foot, more often on the middle side. Patients commonly complain of this pain worst when first walking after sitting or sleeping, or when pulling toes upwards. This pain is often noticed after recent increases in activity such as standing, walking, or running. This pain may also cause a limp which may or may not improve as walking continues. Plantar fasciitis is most commonly treated without surgery. Physical therapists have been shown to help treating this pain and improve daily activities with a combination of strengthening, stretching, manual therapy, as well as use of different types of splinting, bracing, taping, and adjusting shoe ware. Please, if you are having pain in your foot or heel, please give us a call today at 610-518-9100.
Hello, my name is Kyle Wagner and I am a physical therapist at In Motion Physical Therapy in Downingtown, PA. I would like to talk about Achilles Tendinopathy, a painful condition in the affecting the Achilles’ tendon and heel, characterized by overuse followed by breakdown of the tendon. Achilles Tendinopathy is very common amongst athletes, runners, as well as more sedentary individuals. Patients with this diagnosis experience pain along the Achilles or heel, pain when first walking, particularly after not moving for longer periods of time. The stiffness and pain may decrease with movement, then slowly increases again after activity continues. The longer these symptoms last, the more painful, the more impactful, and the more difficult to treat they become. Physical therapists have multiple tools to treat this disease process, including exercise, manual therapy, as well as consultation for splinting and proper shoes. Please, if you are having pain in your Achilles or heel, please give us a call today at 610-518-9100.
Hello, my name is Kyle Wagner and I am a Clinical Manager and physical therapist here at In Motion Physical therapy. I’d like to discuss the presence of a specific subset of headaches known as “cervicogenic headaches”. Cervicogenic pain is caused by tightness or impairments to the variety of structures in the neck, including many different muscles, ligaments, joints. Cervicogenic headaches are somewhat common, affecting perhaps 4% of people, and are different from tension type headaches or migraines in that: Cervicogenic headaches tend to be on one side, rather than on both sides Duration can vary from 1 hour to many weeks Seems to get worse with neck movements OR after holding prolonged postures such as sitting Headache pain may be accompanied by neck pain Fortunately, cervicogenic symptoms appear to respond well to physical therapy interventions such as exercise for the neck, upper back, and shoulders as well as a variety of different manual therapy techniques performed by a licensed physical therapist. These techniques and exercises are a part of our everyday caseload here at In Motion and we would be happy to help treat your individual symptoms. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today at 610-518-9100.
Balance and fear of falling is a common concern for many Americans. About 30% of older Americans fall every year and 95% of hip fractures are due to falling. These are scary statistics but there are measures you can take to improve your balance and decrease your risk of falling. First, it’s helpful to understand what balance is. Balance is described as the ability to maintain your mass or weight over your feet (or bottom if you cannot stand). It is comprised of three sensory systems: Visual Somatosensory: the sense of touch, especially where your body is in space. It’s the ability to feel your feet on the ground without looking directly at the floor. Vestibular: the sense of where your head is in space. It’s that dizzy feeling we get after a merry go round or on an elevator. Your body is staying put, but you can sense movement. All three of these components are a part of our balance and all three can be affected by injury, disuse, or the aging process. Fortunately physical therapy can help. A physical therapist will perform an evaluation to determine any muscle weakness, muscle tightness, sensory issues, and balance deficits, and can then provide recommendations to reduce your fall risk. Things like clearing clutter throughout the home, putting night lights in hallways, and using a cane or walker may lower your risk of falling. Additionally, through leg strengthening, flexibility and balance exercises performed with your physical therapist you can improve your balance and increase your confidence. Whether you have just had a fall and you are in pain, or you have “almost” fallen and are worried about what may happen if you do fall, the staff at In Motion can help you through the recovery process and improve your balance for years to come. Please give us a call today at 610-518-9100.
Hi, my name is Allison Pfrommer. I am a physical therapist here at In Motion Physical Therapy. Today, I want to go over some important factors to consider with shoulder pain and dysfunction. Shoulder pain and dysfunction are common complaints of overhead athletes and desk-bound employees. The shoulder girdle complex is made up of 4 different joints or articulations that have to work together to perform optimal movement and posture. Shoulder activation requires chronological and selective muscle recruitment during upper extremity movement. Additionally, shoulder dysfunction can lead to neck pain, and vice versa, due to the origins and insertions of muscles that span from the neck to the shoulder. Due to the complex nature of the shoulder girdle and its close relationship to the neck, it is important to have a physical therapist analyze your movements patterns. Common diagnoses that we treat, involving the shoulder, include rotator cuff tears, tendonitis, bursitis, impingement, and labral tears. Here at In Motion we can help address muscle imbalances that are negatively impacting your quality of movement. With this information, we will produce a comprehensive and individualized plan of care to meet your specific needs. Please give us a call today at 610-518-9100 if you would like to schedule an appointment.
Hello, my name is Amanda Horvat and I am one of the physical therapists here at In Motion physical therapy. Today I would like to talk about “ergonomics”, or the study centered on the efficiency of the worker in his or her workspace, including adapting work tasks, work stations, tools, and equipment to fit the worker. Depending on your posture and ergonomic set up, you may be putting undue stress on your neck, upper or lower back, arms and even shoulders. The most common stresses that lead to injuries at work include: awkward postures, repetitive motions, forceful exertions, pressure points, and vibration. Under these conditions muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves can be damaged. The good news is you don’t have to wait for a problem before you address it. Physical therapists have extensive training in assessing work stations for the possible stresses your work may be placing on your body and give recommendations for change, whether that be posture while sitting at a desk, stress with awkward postures, or the stress of lifting heavy items. Thank you for watching and if you are having pain or think you would benefit from an ergonomic evaluation with one of our physical therapist please call.
The popularity of running and participation in sports across all ages has increased over the past few decades. While there are many health benefits to running and sports, injuries do occur. These injuries occur in active individuals of all ages and participation levels. There is a lot of information available, however only with expert assessment, is it possible to find the correct information for you. Out of this desire to prevent and treat injuries has evolved the Run & Sports Injury Prevention Clinic. The Run & Sports Injury Prevention Clinic is designed to give both the novice and professional runner and athlete valuable information about lower extremity biomechanical issues that can minimize injury while maximizing performance. Description of the evaluation stations used at this year’s clinic. We have made available some of the information that has been shared with participants of the Run & Sports Injury Prevention Clinic. Please select the information you would like to view and feel free to download. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a physical therapy evaluation please contact us at 610-518-9100. Running: Training, Fitness, and Staying Motivated Peter Crooke Training Packet Stresses of altered lower extremity bio-mechanics Run clinic core strengthening: Core strength in vital to any physical activity even running. This handout includes common core strengthening exercises that are good for the novice and advanced runner. Running Clinic Core Strengthening Flexibility is vital to preventing injuries and maximizing performance. This handout included common stretches for preventing injury in the runner and active individual. Running Clinic Stretches Hip strength is an often overlooked component to preventing injury in runners and active individuals. This handout includes common strengthening exercises for the runner and active individual. Running Clinic Hip Strengthening Some additional scanned hand-outs you may find useful Arches and Shoe Types PEP Program Training apps WIPP-Poster (thanks to sportsmetrics.org) Strengthening Your Hip Muscles Advice on whether to talk to your doctor before you start an exercise program.