Common Ailments and Injuries
There are many different reasons for pain, limitation and loss of function throughout the body. We have briefly discussed a couple of the possible sources of pain at each joint. Our physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation and examination along with your input, which is vital! We address the source of our patients’ symptoms, which is why our patients feel a reduction in pain in the first couple of sessions. Your increase in function and decrease in pain lets us know that we are treating the source of your problem. If you do not feel a dramatic reduction in pain or increase in function within the first couple of sessions, then we reevaluate you to get to the bottom of your symptoms. Regular “mini-evaluations” will ensure the appropriate plan of care has been implemented.
Pain can referred to the head from many different muscles from the T.M.J (Temporomandibular joint) and neck or cervical spine. Muscles in the neck may refer pain anywhere throughout the head. Patients may experience severe tension headaches or pain behind the eye as a result of muscles strains in the neck. TMJ pain may be caused by the muscles involved with movement of the jaw for chewing, speaking etc. These small but powerful muscles may cause severe headaches, which can radiate pain all over the head and behind the eyes as well.
There are numerous causes of pain in the back of the thigh and calf. First, you may be suffering from a strain of the Hamstring muscles, which attach from the base of you hip to the back of your Tibia (shin bone). Of the three Hamstring muscles, one attaches to the central back of the Tibia while the other two attach to the inner and outer aspects of the Tibia and Fibula (outer leg bone). A Hamstring strain will be evident with difficulty straightening out your knee or walking. Inflammation of the Sciatic nerve in the buttock area may cause severe tightening and shooting pain into the back of the thigh and calf. Patients sometimes complaining of pain and swelling in the back of the knee suffer from a Baker’s cyst. This may require a visit to your doctor for further treatment. A calf strain will usually cause pain in the back of the leg but may also refer pain to the inner or outer part of the knee. Hamstring and calf strains are usually diagnosed by feeling muscles knots in the muscles