Pain is highly subjective to the individual experiencing it and is a major symptom in many medical conditions, significantly interfering with a person’s quality of life and general functioning.
Back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. This large nerve runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. When something injures or puts pressure on the nerve, it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg. Up to 90% of people recover without surgery.
Knee pain is the most common musculoskeletal complaint that brings people to their doctor. With today’s increasingly active society, the number of knee problems is increasing. Knee pain has a wide variety of specific causes and treatments.
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint. Signs and symptoms typically begin gradually, worsen over time and then resolve, usually within one to three years.
A rotator cuff injury is usually a strain or tear of the rotator cuff – the muscles, tendons and joint capsule that stabilises your shoulder. Injury often involves a tear to the rotator cuff tendons (the thick bands of tissue that connect the muscles to the bones)
Elbow pain is often caused by overuse. Many sports, hobbies and jobs require repetitive hand, wrist or arm movements. Elbow pain may occasionally be due to arthritis, but in general, your elbow joint is much less prone to wear-and-tear damage than are many other joints.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness and tingling in the thumb, index finger, middle finger and the thumb side of the ring fingers.
Migraines are a recurring type of headache. They cause moderate to severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. The pain is often on one side of your head. You may also have other symptoms, such as nausea and weakness. You may be sensitive to light and sound.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms generally come on slowly over time. Early in the disease, the most obvious are tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking.
VICKY DARVEAU is a holistic physical therapist graduated from the University of Montreal in Canada. She spent 4 years as a high-level athlete on the Quebec alpine ski team where her career was abruptly interrupted by an injury. This was her introduction to physical therapy. She has been practicing for over 25 years and is married with 2 children in college.
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