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Understanding Dislocated Elbow Injury And Physical Therapy Treatment

  A dislocated elbow is a common injury in adults and children and often happens in tandem with bone fractures and nerve and tissue damage. Can physical therapy help to support recovery and ensure range of motion? Dislocated Elbow Injury Elbow dislocations are generally caused by trauma when the elbow bones no longer connect. Individuals falling onto an outstretched hand is the most common cause of the injury. ( James Layson, Ben J. Best 2023 ) Healthcare providers will try to relocate the elbow using a closed reduction. Individuals may require surgery if they cannot relocate the elbow using closed reduction. Resetting The Elbow The elbow is made up of a hinge and ball-and-socket joint, enabling unique motions: ( American Society for Surgery of the Hand. 2021 ) Hinge joint The hinge function allows the bending and straightening of the arm. Ball-and-socket joint The ball-and-socket function allows you to rotate the palm of your hand to face up or face down. A dislocated elbow injury can

Total Ankle Replacement: An Overview of Recovery and Physical Therapy

  Progress can be challenging for individuals in post total ankle replacement surgery. How can physical therapy help in recovery and restoring leg function? Total Ankle Replacement Post Surgery Physical Therapy Total ankle replacement surgery is a major procedure that takes time to recover. A total ankle replacement surgery or arthroplasty can benefit individuals with chronic ankle pain or disability. This procedure can significantly improve an individual's overall pain and function with time. Physical therapy is essential to regaining movement in the ankle and restoring full mobility. A physical therapist will work with the individual to control pain and swelling, restore the ankle's range of motion, train on walking gait and balance, and rebuild strength in the leg. This will help maximize the chances of a successful outcome after surgery. Total Ankle Replacement The ankle joint is the section of the lower leg where the shinbone/tibia meets the talus bone on the top of the fo

Everything You Need to Know About Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome

  Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is a medical condition that causes lightheadedness and palpitations after standing. Can lifestyle adjustments and multidisciplinary strategies help reduce and manage symptoms? Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome - POTS Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS, is a condition that varies in severity from relatively mild to incapacitating. With POTS: The heart rate increases dramatically with body position. This condition often affects young individuals. Most individuals with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome are women between the ages of 13 and 50. Some individuals have a family history of POTS; some individuals report POTS began after an illness or stressor, and others report it began gradually. It usually resolves over time. Treatment can be beneficial. Diagnosis is based on assessing blood pressure and pulse/heart rate. Symptoms Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome can affect young individuals who are otherwise

Taking a Break from Working Out: Benefits & Strategies

For athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and individuals getting into regular exercise, can taking a workout break be beneficial if structured properly? Workout Break Giving oneself permission to take a break from exercising is necessary, especially to maintain a current fitness level. To stay fit at every level and injury-free, the body needs rest and recovery, especially to progress in performance levels. Regular exercise is important for: Building endurance Improving strength Losing and maintaining weight Relieving stress What Is It? A voluntary pause/workout break is a dedicated amount of time when the individual chooses not to work out. It is typically a response to individual body cues when the person knows their mind and body need to take a break from exercising. A workout break is different than a rest day as it may last one or two weeks from the regular training routine. Individuals may need to take a break because the workouts are becoming boring and/or the possibility of burning o

Sunflower Seeds: Antioxidants, Vitamins & Minerals for Better Health

  For individuals looking for a quick healthy snack, can adding sunflower seeds to one's diet provide health benefits? Sunflower Seeds Sunflower seeds are the fruit of the sunflower plant. They have been found to contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which can help maintain immune system health, heart health, and more. Regularly grabbing a handful as a snack or adding to salads, oatmeal, baked goods, tuna salad, pasta, and vegetable toppings can help increase energy levels, reduce inflammation, and support general body health. Benefits Sunflower seeds are beneficial for various bodily functions and protect against certain chronic health conditions. They can help with the following: ( Bartholomew Saanu Adeleke, Olubukola Oluranti Babalola. 2020 ) ( Ancuţa Petraru, Florin Ursachi, Sonia Amariei. 2021 ) Inflammation The seed's high vitamin E value, combined with flavonoids and various plant compounds, can help reduce inflammation. Research suggests that eating seeds at lea

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