Lumbar radiculopathy, commonly referred to as sciatica, is a common condition that many people experience. It occurs as a result of irritation to the sciatic nerve, which is the largest nerve of the body. It stretches from the lumbar spine through the buttocks, and pain from irritation is typically felt in the lower back. However,
Anyone living with arthritis knows how debilitating it can be. Several people dealing with arthritic aches and pains end up resorting to steroid injections, antirheumatic drugs, or even joint replacement surgery, in order to manage their pain. However, physical therapy itself has proven successful for many arthritis sufferers. Before turning to potentially harmful drugs or
No matter how old we are, we can always improve our balance. Balance is important for people of all ages and physical fitness levels. As we age, balance changes and can lead to increased risk of injury and falls. If all 3 systems described below are intact, we can maintain postural balance and avoid falling.
Bodyweight training has gained popularity in recent years due to its accessibility, ease of performance, low cost, and minimal requirement for space and equipment. Yoga, calisthenics, gymnastics, and climbing are considered bodyweight exercises. Bodyweight exercises strengthen multiple muscle groups simultaneously which makes them a good choice when limited on time. Some examples are chin-ups, pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and lunges. Since exercises are limited
You might have heard the phrase “good pain vs. bad pain.” What does that mean? Isn’t all pain “bad?” Not necessarily. Sometimes, pain just indicates pushing yourself in a workout or soreness from trying a new exercise. And sometimes, it’s an indication of something that requires more attention. Symptoms of “Good” Pain “Hurts so good” kind of pain
How does sleep help athletic performance? For most people, the difference between getting 7-8+ hours of sleep per night compared to 6 or fewer hours is profound for multiple systems. Some of the general benefits of sleep (good sleep) are improved mood, immunity, weight control, cognitive function, and creativity. For athletes, getting 9-10 hours of
Guest post by Dr. Eric Pang, MD, Orthopedic Surgery; Hand, elbow & wrist Orthopedic Physician Associates Dr. Pang is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, wrist, and elbow disorders. He has advanced training in upper extremity fracture care, arthroscopy, joint replacement, and microsurgery. His special interests include upper extremity nerve compression syndromes, instability/arthritis (finger,
Why climbers experience shoulder pain or “tweaky” shoulders Climbers with tweaky shoulder pain is not uncommon. If you regularly go all out while climbing, it’s likely you’ve had a “tweaky” shoulder following a session. So, what is this highly scientific “tweaky” shoulder? For starters, let’s look at what is NOT. It’s not like the shoulder pain from that