MENISCUS TEARS INCREASE KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS RISK

Damage to the meniscus in the knee joint may lead to osteoarthritis in middle-age and elderly patients. As reported in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism, Dr. Englund, from Boston University School of Medicine and Lund University Hospital in Sweden, and colleagues investigated the link between meniscal damage and the development of osteoarthritis over 30 months…

PT FOR CHRONIC NECK PAIN

Patients with chronic neck pain who receive physical therapy that includes general neck advice and/or an exercise program have similar reductions in pain when neck stabilization exercises are added to their PT program, says an article published in the February 1 issue (Vol 36, Issue 2) of Journal of Rheumatology. This multicenter research was conducted…

PT UNDERUTILIZED IN PATIENTS WITH BACK PAIN

People with back pain use many types of medical interventions, but often not those with the strongest evidence of effectiveness, such as therapeutic exercise, according to a Newswise article based on a study in the April 1 issue of Spine. In a random telephone survey, researchers from the University of North Carolina, identified 732 adults…

THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE FOR CHRONIC NECK PAIN

Little is known about the effectiveness of therapeutic massage, one of the most popular complementary medical treatments for neck pain. Research was conducted to evaluate whether therapeutic massage is more beneficial than a self-care book for patients with chronic neck pain. METHODS: 64 patients were randomized to receive up to 10 massages over 10 weeks…

CELL PHONE ELBOW

Prolonged use of a cell phone may irritate a nerve in the arm, that can then cause aching, burning, tingling, and/or numbness. It is often caused by keeping the arm in 1 position for too long, as when talking on the cell phone for long periods. Talk to one of the PTs at ECRC Physical…