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Disc Bulge/Herniation

May 16, 2017

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have heard of someone or have been told themselves that they have a diagnosis of a disc bulge or herniation. So, what does it mean, and more importantly, what should you do? The answer is, that it depends on your situation. However, I think a great initial step is to seek out a skilled physical therapist (PT)....

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)

March 14, 2017

What is Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) is when part of the femoral head (thigh bone) bumps into the acetabulum (hip bone) typically when the hip is flexed. The impingement can be felt as a pain, a tightness or a jamming in the front of your hip socket as you bring your knee towards your chest. This can occur if you...

The Rotator Cuff Series: Part III

February 9, 2017

In part one and two of this series we discuss the structure, function and common injuries to the rotator cuff. If you missed either, click here: Rotator Cuff Series: Part I; Rotator Cuff Series: Part II.  Part three will discuss how our therapist at Portland Physical Therapy treats these common injuries, as well as some ways to protect the rotator cuff in...

The Rotator Cuff Series: Part II

January 24, 2017

The rotator cuff is one of the most important structures within the shoulder. It helps to ensure normal biomechanics of the shoulder (glenohumeral) joint. In part one of this series we discussed what the rotator cuff is, as well as its structure and function. If you missed it, click here: Rotator Cuff Series: Part I. As previously stated, the rotator cuff...

The Rotator Cuff Series: Part I

January 15, 2017

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles in the shoulder that play a pivotal role in movement, and more importantly in stability of the shoulder joint. Any time your shoulder joint is moving, whether it be reaching, lifting, throwing a ball or even pushing yourself up from a chair, the rotator cuff muscles have to contract.  Because of the constant...

Mobility vs. Stability

August 15, 2016

When patients come to a physical therapist for their various conditions, it is up to us to figure out which structure(s) are causing the symptoms, and more importantly, why. As a physical therapist, our expertise focuses on how the different structures in the body interact to produce movements within our joints.  When there is a fault in the system,...

Breathing Impairments

June 27, 2016

Breathing is one of the most basic requirements of life.  We need to breathe in oxygen to help fuel our energy systems, and we need to exhale the byproduct, carbon dioxide (CO2), to maintain our normal blood pH between 7.35-7.45. The average person will take between 17,000-30,000 breaths per day in order to fulfill its need for gas exchange. It is a...

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

May 4, 2016

Shoulder impingement is a broad term used to describe the sensation of pinching and/or pain when lifting the arm overhead or across the body.  The symptoms are usually felt as the arm reaches shoulder height, and can get better or worse as you continue to lift. You may also hear or feel a clicking or catching in the shoulder as you reach overhead. There...

Text Neck

April 22, 2016

Text neck are the new buzzwords that have been seen in various news reports, and articles over the past few years.  As technology has advanced, we are finding the population is spending more time immersed in their phones, tablets, computers, and televisions.  When you watch someone use their phone or tablet, it is easy to see how they are looking down...

Patellofemoral Syndrome (Knee Pain)

April 22, 2016

As spring starts to arrive and the weather warms up, there is typically an increase in activity.  Many people feel the urge to get out for a walk or jog after feeling cooped up for most of the winter.  With increased activity like walking and jogging after a period of being sedentary, we often see an increase in patients with complaints of knee pain. Knee...