All You Need to Know About Sciatica

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All You Need to Know About Sciatica By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA Sciatica pain is caused by irritation, inflammation, pinching, or compression of a nerve in the lower back. The most common cause is a herniated or slipped disk that causes pressure on the nerve root. Most people with sciatica get better with physical therapy and self-care treatments. True sciatica is an injury or irritation to the sciatic nerve, which starts in your buttock/gluteal area. What is sciatica? Sciatica

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Infant Torticollis

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Infant Torticollis By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA What Is Infant Torticollis? A bad night’s sleep can mean waking up with a stiff neck, which makes it hard or painful to turn your head. This is called torticollis (Latin for “twisted neck”). In newborns, torticollis can happen due to the baby’s position in the womb or after a difficult childbirth. This is called infant torticollis or congenital muscular torticollis. It can be upsetting to see that your baby has a tilted head

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Physical Therapy Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Physical Therapy Guide to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the wrist and hand. CTS can affect the use of the entire arm. It is caused by pressure on the nerve at the base of the palm (median nerve). Because of the constant demands people place on their hands and wrists, surgery may be needed when symptoms are severe. For many people with

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Vertigo Treatment

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Vertigo Treatment By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA The canalith repositioning procedure can help relieve benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is a condition in which you have brief, but intense, episodes of dizziness and vertigo that occur when you move your head. Vertigo usually comes from a problem with the part of the inner ear responsible for balance. BPPV occurs when tiny canalith particles (otoconia) in one part of your inner ear break loose and fall into the semicircular canals of your inner

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Back, Leg Pain May Be Due to Spinal Stenosis

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Back, Leg Pain May Be Due to Spinal Stenosis By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA Spinal stenosis is a very common, but potentially debilitating, condition. Stenosis is a generic medical term for narrowing. Stenosis in your heart’s blood vessels can lead to a heart attack. Stenosis in your esophagus can lead to choking, in addition to other instances in the human body. Spinal stenosis occurs when your spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the nerves which travel through the

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What Is Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

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What Is Spastic Cerebral Palsy? By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition characterized by impaired motor control due to congenital (from birth) brain defects, often with other associated symptoms. There are four different types of cerebral palsy, and spastic cerebral palsy, also called hypertonic cerebral palsy, is the type that’s diagnosed in 80% of people who have cerebral palsy. What is Spastic Cerebral Palsy? Spastic cerebral palsy is characterized by diminished motor control and spasticity of

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What Is Lower Back Pain in Pregnancy?

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What Is Lower Back Pain in Pregnancy? By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA   Lower back pain during pregnancy is quite common. Pregnant people might experience localized pain of the low back that radiates into the buttocks and legs. It may mimic sciatica—pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve that stretches from the low back through the hips and buttocks down the leg. Sciatic nerve pain usually affects only one side of the body. Lower back pain during pregnancy can be constant or it can worsen

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Causes of Dizziness and Vertigo

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Causes of Dizziness and Vertigo By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA The body maintains balance with sensory information from three systems: Tennis elbow is an overuse injury caused by a repetitive activity. Although common in racquet sports, it can also be seen in workplace injuries, particularly among painters, carpenters, and plumbers. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, typical signs and symptoms of tennis elbow include pain and burning on the outside of the elbow and weak grip strength. Symptoms

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Physical Therapy Led to Lower Mortality Among Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19

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Physical Therapy Led to Lower Mortality Among Hospitalized Patients with COVID-19 By: Association of Academic Physiatrists (AAP) Newswise — Patients recovering from COVID-19 who had a course of physical therapy in the hospital had lower incidence of mortality compared to those who did not, according to a new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. Although evidence shows that physical therapy (PT) improves mobility and probably mortality, many patients hospitalized for COVID-19 are not prescribed

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Pro-Inflammatory Diet Associated with Low Back Pain Prevalence in U.S. Adults

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Pro-Inflammatory Diet Associated with Low Back Pain Prevalence in U.S. Adults By: Dr. Abe Kopolovich, DPT, MBA Newswise — Eating a more pro-inflammatory diet was associated with higher incidence of low back pain, according to a new study presented this week at the Association of Academic Physiatrists Annual Meeting. Low back pain is a common and often chronic condition worldwide, and the leading cause of disability. The mechanisms for developing low back pain are still unclear. Could systemic inflammation be

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