We’ve all heard the “snap, crackle, pop” from the Rice Krispies commercial, but it can often be alarming to hear that sound from your body. Your ankles may pop when you get out of bed in the morning, or you may develop a habit of cracking your knuckles. But what effect does that have on your joints? Are the horror stories true - will you incur permanent damage over time?
Inflammation is perfectly normal and essential to the healing process. You could be fighting off an illness or infection, or you could be healing a wound. But if you continue to have increased inflammation after the initial healing, that could indicate a more complicated issue. So what do you do? How can you decrease inflammation?
Our shoulders are an essential part of our daily movement. They connect our arms to our torso and help them stay in place, whether we do push-ups or reach for a cup on a high shelf. So when one of our shoulders begins to feel stiff and is not functioning correctly, it can be frustrating when we have to limit our movement. How can you ensure your shoulder functions properly again?
You probably have many questions when you’re diagnosed with a herniated disc. Do you need surgery? How will this affect your daily life? Your pain level can vary, but any pain can be a barrier to doing your favorite activities.
If you have started physical therapy, you are probably learning a lot of new terms. It can be challenging to keep up with sometimes, especially with phrases like “functional movement.” What does that mean? And what does it have to do with you?
When you try anything new, whether a hair product or an exercise regimen, you may question whether it will work. Will this new thing you brought into your life have the desired effect? Usually, it takes a certain amount of time to answer that question, and the timeframe can vary. With physical therapy, it can sometimes take a while to see progress, and you may begin to question whether starting it in the first place was really worth it. Are you actually getting better, or are you wasting your time and money?
When you take your car into a repair shop, the mechanic will ask you a few questions. They will probably ask what happened and what exactly needs to be fixed. But the one question a mechanic will never ask you is why you need your car to be fixed. The answer, of course, is implied: cars are essential to our lives, and we need them to be fully operational at all times.
Trying anything for the first time can be daunting, especially a new medical treatment. If you have a chronic condition, it can be a trial-and-error process to find the treatment that really works for you and your symptoms, which can feel frustrating and endless.
After work, like many other Americans, you head to the gym. As you’re doing your usual weight-lifting routine, you feel a muscle spasm in your shoulder, not in a good way.