Tendonitis: How Resting Will Make It Worse

Tendonitis

Let’s get started on this weeks topic…. Tendonitis. I’ve had a few cases of tendonitis this past month and they’ve got three things in common… There’s a weakness in the muscle or one of the surrounding muscles, lots of tension and overuse. All of these affect each other and one will cause the other to…

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What You Can Do Right Now About Your Elbow Pain

Tight Elbows

Whether you’re dealing with tendonitis, golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow or any other names for this general condition, having elbow and high forearm pain can interfere a lot in everyday life. After all, elbows are involved everytime you lift something and when it triggers a pain response everytime, it can be really disheartening. Try as you…

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Isn’t Tennis Elbow Just For Tennis Players?

Tennis Elbow Keyboard

Although the term tennis elbow clearly originated from people hitting tennis balls around, the condition should be termed “computer elbow” at this point. These days, it’s more commonly caused by computer usage. Tennis elbow would best be described as a repetitive strain injury, which is ultimately induced by repetitive motions, leading to chronic exhaustion of…

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Why Your Neck Pain Isn’t Caused by “Stress”

Neck Pain Sleeping

Recently I had received an email from from someone concerned about his neck. He told me that his neck has always been a bit “sore” but he shrugged it off and never thought much of it. But for the past few days he finds that when he wakes up in the morning, it’s becoming painful…

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I Get Back Pain During Sit Ups, Am I Doing Something Wrong?

Sit Up

A lady messaged me the other day after watching our technique videos and asked: “I get low back pain during sit-ups. Am I doing something wrong?, or should I avoid them?” Great question! I’m glad she asked because this time of year, as people begin to get more active in preparation for the summer, we…

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The Top Four Causes of Low Back Pain

Back Pain

There you are, going through life pain free and doing all of the things bring you joy in life. Playing a round of golf with your friends, running around with the grandkids, going for a bike ride with the family or even tending to your garden. Then unexpectedly, something feels off with your lower back.…

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Nagging Hip Pain? Here’s What To Do For Your Bursitis:

Bursitis

Now that Spring has officially begun and it’s getting warmer and warmer here in Arizona, more people are going outside to do their favorite activities. Whether it’s gardening, jogging, tennis or golf, I’m seeing more people out and about enjoying the wonderful weather that Arizona has to offer. But, as I’m seeing more and more…

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Piriformis Syndrome: A pain in the butt! (And hip and leg)

Piriformis Muscle

Take a second to think about your favorite activity. You’ve done it for years, either recreationally or professionally. Lately the unrelenting pain in your hip has made it difficult to go on, so you end up switching things up-singles tennis to doubles, or from full court basketball to half court. Pretty soon, the pain grows…

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Experiencing Hip Pain? Here’s what’s causing it:

Hip Pain

This week, I’m focusing in on a common problem that we treat here at Preferred Physical Therapy: Hip Pain! When a patient describes their hip pain as either: pain radiating down the front of the leg, pain in front of the hip joint or pain along the underwear line, this is considered a primary hip…

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How to Avoid Plantar Fasciitis and Shin Splints

Ankle Pain

Lately on my way to and from work, I’ve been seeing lots of people running outside while the weather in Arizona is still enjoyable. How great is that! It’s never too early to start prepping for that 5k, half marathon or marathon or even just running because you love to do so. But what I’m…

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