Physical Therapy East Windsor

Physical Therapy AllCure Spine & Sports Medicine philosophy was born from our experience in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine and working closely with other Sports Medicine Orthopedist’s since relocating to East Windsor. Our background in Division 1 collegiate sports continues to push us to provide the most current rehabilitation techniques and using the most advanced technology that allows our patients/clients to return to pain-free performance (recreational sports/activities or daily life) and avoid re-injury.

Low Back Pain

The lower back bears most of the body’s weight and can be easily injured when you lift, reach, or twist. Pain in the lower back may come from the spine, back muscles, nerves, or other structures in the surrounding region. It may also radiate from problems in different regions, like the mid and upper back, a hernia in the groin, or issues in the ovaries/testicles. It may not be one action that causes pain in the back. Doing many things improperly over time, like sitting, standing, and lifting, may lead your back to be injured when you do something simple like bending down to pick up a dropped pencil.

Symptoms:

– Tingling or burning sensation
– Dull aching or sharp pain
– Weakness in legs or feet
– Pain may come on gradually or abruptly

Osteoarthritis

OA is the most common joint disorder. The cartilage (or cushioning) between bone joints wears away in this condition, leading to pain and stiffness. As the condition progresses, the cartilage dissipates and bone grinds on bone. Bony spurs usually form around the joint. OA most commonly affects the hands, feet, spine, and the weight-bearing joints like the hips and knees. The two types of OA are primary and secondary. Primary occurs with no incidence of injury or obvious cause. Secondary is due to another condition. Secondary OA is most commonly caused by metabolic conditions (i.e., acromegaly), problems in anatomy (i.e., being “bow-legged”), injury, and inflammatory disorders (i.e., septic arthritis).

Symptoms:

– Grating of the joint with motion
– Joint pain in rainy weather
– Joint swelling
– Limited movement
– Morning stiffness

Knee

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear (ACL Tear)

An anterior cruciate ligament injury is extreme stretching or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee. A tear may be partial or complete. Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that attach one bone to another. The ACL connects the thighbone to the shin bone, crossing the knee. For an unknown reason, women are more susceptible to ACL injuries. ACL tears may be caused by contact or non-contact injuries. A blow to the side of the knee, like during a football tackle, may result in an ACL tear. However, coming to a quick stop, combined with a direction change while running, pivoting, landing from a jump, or overextending the knee joint, can cause injury to the ACL. Sports like basketball, football, soccer, and skiing have regular occurrences of ACL tears.

Symptoms:

– Feeling or hearing a pop in the knee at the time of injury
– Pain on the outside and back of the knee
– The knee swelling within the first few hours of the injury
– Limited knee movement
– Knee wobbling, buckling, or giving out

Total Knee Replacement

TKR can help relieve pain and restore function in the knee joint. The surgeon cuts away damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone, shinbone, and kneecap and replaces it with an artificial joint (prosthesis). More than 95 percent of people who receive a TKR experience significant pain relief, improved mobility, and a better overall quality of life.
Symptoms that may lead one to consider a knee replacement:

– Knee pain that doesn’t respond to therapy (medication, or therapy for 6 months or more)
– Pain that limits or prevents activities
– Inability to sleep through the night because of knee pain
– Arthritis of the knee
– Decreased knee function caused by arthritis
– Some tumors involving the knee

Shoulder Pain

What is it? Shoulder tendinitis is a common overuse injury in sports (such as swimming, baseball and tennis) where the arm is used in an overhead motion. The pain – usually felt at the tip of the shoulder and referred or radiated down the arm – occurs when the arm is lifted overhead or twisted. In extreme cases, pain will be present all of the time and it may even wake you from a deep sleep.

Statistics: As per statistics, 6 out of 10 causes of shoulder pain are linked with supraspinatus tendonitis.

According to the survey, statistics show that while women only incurred only 33% of the total number of injuries at work, they incurred 65% of the tendonitis injuries and 61% of the repetitive motion injuries.

Important Facts: People at risk include carpenters, painters, welders, swimmers, tennis players and baseball players. The average patient is a male laborer older than 40, and the shoulder pain is on the same side as his dominant hand (for example, right shoulder pain in a right-handed person).

Head & Neck

Whiplash-Associated Disorder (WAD)

The term “whiplash-associated disorder” is used to describe the clinical manifestations of a whiplash injury – which occurs when an “acceleration-deceleration” force is applied on the neck. The neck is injured by a sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head – straining the muscles and ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion. While many associate the occurrence of WAD with car accidents, it can occur in any mishap when an acceleration-deceleration force is applied on the neck for example, in a diving accident, on roller coasters, sports injuries, or being punched or shaken.

Symptoms:

– Pain in the neck, head, shoulder, and arms
– Pain and stiffness in the neck – muscles may feel knotted and stiff
– Pain when moving head from side-to-side, front-to-back, and rotation
– Tenderness
– Headaches

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