De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (Part 2) – Splinting

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis is a painful tendonitis on the thumb side of your wrist. This inflammation causes the lining (sheath) around the tendon to thicken and become rough, making it difficult for the tendons to glide through the sheath as they move your thumb. Some of the associated symptoms may include: May have swelling near…

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Ulnar Wrist Pain

Pain or discomfort located on the small-finger side of the wrist is commonly categorized as ulnar wrist pain. It is named after a bone in the forearm, the ulna, which runs from the elbow down to the wrist bones. There are many mechanisms or causes of ulnar wrist pain. Injuries may occur suddenly, as with a sprain…

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What is Reiki?

Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “Universal Life Energy.” It is an alternative therapy commonly referred to as healing energy. Reiki is a healing technique that emerged in the late 1800’s which activates the body’s natural healing process. It allows positive energy to revive and repair, promoting a natural balance between mind, body, and spirit….

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Trigger point therapy using a lacrosse ball

Do you have tight muscles? If the answer is yes, you likely have trigger points. Trigger points = “knots” = a contracted area of muscle. These trigger points cause pain, weakness and restriction in your motion. With use of a lacrosse ball you can do self-trigger point releases on many muscles. To release a trigger…

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6 Steps to getting back into activity after injury

You’ve probably been there before; I know I have. An audible pop, crack, or pulling sensation followed by sharp pain, loss of motion, and fear of what just happened. You don’t want to believe it, so you attempt to make another movement and the pain increases. Your body is telling you to stop and protect,…

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Tennis Elbow (Part 2) – Splinting

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis (epi-con-dy-li-tis), is a painful condition which occurs when the tendons on the outside of your elbow are overloaded with mechanical stresses. This is usually caused by repetitive motions of the elbow and wrist. Symptoms usually develop gradually, beginning as mild and slowly worsening over weeks or months. At…

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What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a permanent dysfunction of the lymphatic system that results in chronic swelling, or a build-up of fluid in an affected area. This swelling can affect the arms, legs, trunk, neck, and/or head. Lymphedema does not necessarily result from an injury or surgery, like traditional swelling. Lymphedema has different qualities than regular injury swelling…

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The Role of a Physical Therapist Assistant

Kylie Crawford, PTA – Gresham SportsCare PT A Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) works under the supervision and within the plan of care established by the Physical Therapist (PT). They assist in treatment of those with health-related issues to improve functional and daily activities. Physical Therapist Assistants can work in a variety of settings from hospitals…

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Shock Wave Therapy: A Powerful Tool Against Common Musculoskeletal Ailments

 Background / About: In the world of Physical Therapy there are many simple tools and fancy machines, but few bring the evidence Shock Wave Therapy has produced in recent years. Millions of Americans suffer from chronic tendon irritation in the form of plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, patellar tendonitis (jumper’s knee), hip bursitis and calcific tendonitis,…

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Arthritis: You Do Not Have to Live with Pain

At SportsCare Physical Therapy in Northeast Portland, we often hear patients tell us “well the doctor says I have arthritis, so I guess I’ll have to live with the pain.” We have treated many of those patients, and the majority have been pleasantly surprised with the results of decreased pain and increased function. One of…

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