Shoulder instability occurs when the ligaments and soft tissue in the shoulder joint and capsule are loose and allow for too much motion. This problem most commonly affects athletes who participate in sports exerting their shoulders and upper arms over their heads.
“Instability can happen due to... Read more
If you suffer from arthritis, Arthritis Aquatics classes at Saint Francis Healthcare System’s Fitness Plus may be the perfect way for you to find relief from your pain.
“The water’s buoyancy takes pressure off your joints,” says Sandy Duncan, MSA, ACSM, EP-C, manager for Health and Wellness... Read more
It is common knowledge that obesity can cause or worsen arthritis. But many people are not aware that it also can make other common joint diseases worse, such as lupus and gout.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage many parts of the body, including... Read more
Persons with arthritis know how stiff they can feel in the morning. Adopting a regular exercise routine can help relieve stiffness and pain and strengthen your muscles.
“One of the best treatments for arthritis is water aerobics and aquatic exercises,” says Amjad Roumany, MD, rheumatologist, Saint Francis... Read more
Biceps tendonitis occurs when you experience inflammation in the tendon that connects the top part of your bicep to your shoulder. It is most common in athletes who use overhead motions such as throwing, swimming and swinging a racquet or in people whose job requires them... Read more
After undergoing total knee replacement surgery, Jacob Eaker required additional assistance to help him recover. Saint Francis Home Health was just what he needed, providing a nurse and physical therapist to help him care for his wound and gain strength in his knee and leg.
Eaker, 71,... Read more
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of your joints. The most common early symptoms include:
Fatigue – Before you experience the typical pain and stiffness, you may feel tired and generally ill.
Morning stiffness – “When people with RA wake up in the... Read more
A herniated disk occurs when one of the cushions between the bones in your spine slips out of place, sometimes causing pain in your arm or leg. In most cases, you will be able to relieve the pain using medications and physical therapy.
“Depending on your level... Read more
Bursitis is when the fluid-filled sacs – called bursa – between your bones, muscles and tendons become inflamed. It most commonly occurs in the shoulders, elbows and hips and can cause a great amount of pain. However, with proper treatment, it usually goes away within a... Read more
While nearly everyone suffers from occasional lower back pain, some people have problems that continue to resurface.
While you may not be able to eliminate the pain altogether, you can decrease it by following these guidelines:
Practice safe lifting techniques. Before you lift something, test it to make... Read more