Learn More about some of the common questions about Physical Therapy from the experts at Red Canyon Physical Therapy

Trying to Understand Chronic Pain: An Introduction to Pain Neuroscience Education

Written by Shannon Hall, DPT

Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting more than 3 months. In the United States alone, it is estimated that of the 255 million adults, nearly 126 million of them suffer from chronic pain. That means that almost half of the population suffers from some form of chronic pain. Put into a dollar amount, roughly $560 – $630 BILLION dollars are spent on chronic pain treatment in the United States EVERY YEAR.

So why is chronic pain such a hard problem to solve?

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Tips to Help with Sciatica Pain from Sitting

If you are required to sit for most of your workday, you may have experienced sciatica pain. Sciatica is pain that affects the back, hip, and leg and is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. Compression of the sciatic nerve can be caused by arthritis or spinal stenosis but can also occur as a result of sitting for extended periods of time, especially with poor posture. Taking these simple steps during your workday can help relieve this discomfort.

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Cold Laser Therapy FAQs

The use of lasers in a therapeutic setting has been around for many years, starting with small studies conducted in the 1960s to test the use of lasers for pain relief.  Cold laser therapy has gained popularity recently in the therapy world since its first FDA approved trail began in 2002. This low-level laser has been shown to decrease swelling and inflammation in people with acute and chronic pain.  More recent studies involving Cold Laser therapy in combination with exercise have been shown to reduce pain levels in patients with Carpal tunnel syndrome and myofascial pain syndrome, among other common chronic pain conditions.

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US Department of Health & Human Services Publishes 2018 Updates to Physical Activity Guidelines

Most people know that one of the best ways to stay healthy and prevent injury is to remain active, but did you know that there are specific guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services regarding how much activity people should get in order to get the most benefit from exercise? For the first time since their initial publication in 2008, these guidelines
have been updated based on new research to help Americans use exercise to help prevent disease and injury, and improve overall quality of life. Physical therapy is a great way to begin incorporating exercise into people’s lives, and as PTs and PTAs we strive to
encourage regular physical activity and education about just how many benefits there are to maintaining an active lifestyle.

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The Importance of Hand Washing in Physical Therapy

As the cooler months approach and the seasons change, cold & flu season begins to develop. Luckily, there are a variety of ways one can prevent sickness for one’s self in addition to preventing the spread of sickness to others. Simple suggestions include avoiding contact with individuals who are sick, staying home if sickness develops, avoiding touching the face, nose, and mouth, and covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. One of the simplest ways to prevent sickness includes a task often overlooked: correct hand washing.

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How Does Physical Therapy Help in Concussion Recovery?

Now that it’s July, it’s already time to start gearing up for fall sports like football, soccer, volleyball, and others. Unfortunately, anyone playing these sports, as we all know, is at risk for concussion. Head injuries have received a lot of publicity in recent news — so in this month’s blog, we’d like to answer a few questions about concussions and address how various techniques (particularly vestibular physical therapy) can be helpful in the recovery process. Read more

Benefits of Physical Therapy

What’s the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Red Canyon is proud to offer dry needling therapy to our patients in Frederick and Hagerstown. As a result, a common question we get is, “What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?” Though both techniques involve a practitioner inserting thin needles into parts of the human anatomy, there are a few different goals in mind that spell out the key differences between acupuncture and dry needling.

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Manual Therapy and its Importance in Physical Therapy

What is manual therapy? Why is it an important form of Physical Therapy?

Manual therapy is defined as the skilled passive movement of joints and soft tissues to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability; it most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation. Manual therapy is just one type of physical therapy Red Canyon offers from our two offices in Frederick, Maryland.

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Motivate Yourself to Stay Active During or After Physical Therapy

The motivation to exercise often is a big problem for people who are thinking of starting physical therapy or staying active after treatment is completed. This is one topic of conversation we have with our patients here at Red Canyon Physical Therapy at our Frederick, Maryland office.

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