Frozen shoulder, which is also known as adhesive capsulitis, leads to a pain and stiffness in the shoulder. A capsule surrounding the shoulder joint thickens and tightens, which contributes to difficult and painful arm movements. Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy to help regain shoulder range of motion and decrease pain throughout any of the stages of frozen shoulder. Physical therapists at Two Trees Physical Therapy can help guide you throughout the stages of frozen shoulder through exercise prescription tailored to improve your range of motion and strength.
Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD) may cause low back and/or buttock pain. SIJD can be ruled in/out by a cluster of tests assessed by your physical therapist. Physical therapists at Two Trees Physical Therapy can help treat sacroiliac joint dysfunction symptoms by targeting the source of the dysfunction and provide appropriate strengthening and stretching exercises to help you return to your routine activities of daily life and/or sport. Your physical therapist may also utilize muscle energy techniques that employ the activation of your muscles to restore sacroiliac alignment.
Achilles tendonopathy is a common overuse injury that results from things like walking, running and jumping. Achilles tendonopathy often results in pain, scar tissue formation and degeneration of Achilles tendon. The Achilles tendon connects the plantaris, gastrocnemius and soleus muscles to the calcaneous. Risk factors for tendinopathy include overuse, abnormal calcaneal alignment, history of injury and obesity.
Low back injuries are the most common orthopedic injury secondary to the lifestyle of the typical American and the anatomy of the low back. Americans are prone to low back injuries because they typically do not exercise enough, are largely sedentary, have poor postural habits and use poor body mechanics when lifting. The anatomy of the low back is also part of the reason it is so vulnerable to injury. The lumbar spine has significantly less structural stability than the thoracic spine and sacrum while at the same time having support far more weight than the cervical spine.
Sciatica is a common injury that is caused by impingement of the sciatic nerve or nerve roots in the spine (L4-S3). People with sciatica often experience intense pain down the back of the affected lower extremity as well as numbness and weakness. Risk factors for sciatic injury are obesity, disc herniation, pregnancy, prolonged sitting or a recent increase in activity.