Are you debating between buying a back brace and going to Physical Therapy. You're looking at these two options because your back is killing you. You're not able to move around your house. You're not able to walk the distance that you want to do. You're not able to stand up, sit down, basically your back is running your whole life. The back pain can be one of those things that just interrupts everything. Anything from standing in the grocery store line to sitting in your car, commuting to work can become very difficult and very painful surprisingly quickly. If you are staring at the aisle and you're like, Hmm, back braces are looking pretty good right now, but “I don't know if they're going to help me”. Then maybe a friend told you about physical therapy, but you know that that's going to be something that you have to commit to. Becoming another thing on your list. So you're trying to figure out what makes the most sense for you.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Let's talk about whether or not you need to have an MRI before you come into physical therapy. In my opinion, the answer is no. And here's why, so first the difference between physical therapy and a surgeon? So surgeons and, your primary care physician, they use x-rays and MRIs to diagnose structural issues. I mean, I would use it for the same thing, I'm gonna look at the picture and know, okay, this is where some injury has occurred. And, you can make a plan accordingly. Especially, if I was going to go in as a surgeon, then I would need to know exactly what it is that I'm going to be doing surgery on and what it looks like. So I can come up with a game plan. It would be very important for me to at least have a general idea of what I'm going to go in and see. And if things change, once you open somebody up and things change, but at least you had a general idea going in.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Let's talk about Sciatica. So sciatica is kind of a general term. A lot of people get diagnosed with sciatica, in general, what they're talking about is that they have low back pain that runs down their leg. So they may always have back pain. Like there's a little bit of ache in their low back, then with certain motions or in some cases all the time, they have a burning sensation that runs down one of their legs. When somebody gets diagnosed with sciatica, that can mean that that burning sensation is running from their hip to their knee, or could even go all the way down to their foot. Today I wanted to talk about why it is so important, not to wait years to find the reason for that pain.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. So many people have pain in their shoulders when they try to do a pushup and for a lot of people that ends up being the end of all pushups forever. Because ultimately people end up in one of two camps, you're either in the camp that if an exercise hurts, “I just don't do it.” Or you're in the camp of “I'm going to push all the way through the pain because pain is just weakness” and I can make it through that. I’m a little bit more in the gray area.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Let's talk about how you properly stretch your Pecs. Most people are familiar with that stretch where you put both arms through the door and then pull through. But one of the things that I've noticed over the years is that there are a few things that are done wrong consistently. So I thought I would go over those things.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with your Goals Physical Therapy. If you're about to go in for a shoulder surgery, then you've more than likely been told what you need. You're going to be wearing a sling for some amount of time. Some times for 4 weeks some times for six weeks depending on the surgery. Then you're going to need to ice because of the discomfort. You're going to have your pre-op appointments. You’re going to have post-op appointments. And you're probably planning out how people are going to help you take care of yourself and how you’re going to get from place to place.
Well, I have two tips that I always give people that they should have in their post surgery bag. I thought I would share those today. They're a little bit lighthearted, but who doesn't want to be as comfortable as possible after having shoulder surgery.
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Dr. Molly McDonald