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TMJ Dysfunction

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a commonly dysfunctional joint that is often ignored until its dysfunction is accompanied by pain. Not only is it one of the most frequently used joints in the body, it has been reported that 50-75% of the population has signs of TMJ dysfunction (TMD). This population is mostly middle-aged adults, [...]

2015-05-01T12:55:07+00:00 May 1st, 2015|General|

Lateral Epicondylitis or “Tennis Elbow”

Tennis elbow is a painful condition caused by overuse of the “extensor” muscles in your arm and forearm, specifically your wrist extensors, which causes inflammation to the extensor tendons where they attach at the lateral epicondyle on the outside of the elbow. Prolonged use of the wrist and hand, such as repetitive gripping tasks, computer [...]

2015-04-07T19:52:09+00:00 April 7th, 2015|General|

Why are girls more likely to tear their ACL?

There are many reasons why female athletes are at a higher risk for ACL injury. Some contributing factors cannot be changed, such as: ACL size being smaller A smaller notch for the ACL Hormonal changes causing increased laxity during menstruation. However, there are other risk factors that can be addressed, such as: Shoe wear Quadriceps [...]

2015-04-01T20:13:04+00:00 April 1st, 2015|General|

“I’ve never had Physical Therapy like this!”

One of the most common things patients say after their first treatment session here at JGPT is “I’ve never had Physical Therapy like this before” or “I can’t believe you actually touched me. I thought you were just going to give me a list of stretches and exercises to do.” The majority of our first [...]

2015-02-24T17:23:06+00:00 February 24th, 2015|General|

Do you have TendonITIS or TendonOSIS?

The confusion of whether your have tendonitis or tendonosis is widespread. Pain and burning in a tendon is often called tendonitis when it is a tendinosis. Here are some key differences between the two. TendonITIS TendonOSIS Prevalence Common Rare Causes Acute overload injury Chronic overuse, repetitive strain Pathology Microtears and inflammation in tendon Thickening of [...]

2015-03-10T14:09:21+00:00 February 16th, 2015|General|

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) usually starts gradually, with complaints of burning, tingling, "pins and needles," or numbness in the palm of the hand and fingers. Often the symptoms are more noticeable during the night, and individuals often report being wakened with symptoms. As the condition progresses, the symptoms are noticed during the daytime and are [...]

2015-01-30T15:50:18+00:00 January 29th, 2015|General|

Should Runners Push through the Pain?

"Runners know how to handle pain. But how do you determine what pain is normal and what is cause for alarm? Muscle soreness that eases as you run can be normal. However, pain you should be concerned about may have one or more of the following characteristics: Pain that does not subside within several hours [...]

2015-01-07T15:35:34+00:00 January 7th, 2015|General|

“An MRI never cured anything.”

That’s a quote from one of our patients who is also a physician. Sometimes we get too hung up on the results of an MRI or an X-ray and think that surgery is the only alternative. More often than not, we get patients that come in with the results of their MRI/X-ray in hand stating, [...]

2014-12-02T13:50:52+00:00 December 2nd, 2014|General|

Postural Prehab vs Rehab

Today’s world of desk jobs and prolonged commutes makes maintaining proper posture difficult, however posture is frequently the underlying culprit that leads to neck, shoulder, and back pain. Proper posture is difficult to maintain because you must constantly fight gravity to avoid falling into positions of comfort. These comfort positions usually consist of slouching in [...]

2014-11-03T15:12:43+00:00 November 3rd, 2014|General|

Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction or “SIJD”

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) is a low back/pelvic condition that occurs when there is hypomobility or hypermobility at the SI joint(s) in the pelvis.   This condition can affect both males and females, however it is more prevalent in females due to hormonal changes during menstrual cycles that cause joint laxity. SIJD can also occur from [...]

2014-10-03T12:29:18+00:00 October 3rd, 2014|General|