Muscles and joints work together to keep us active and functioning. Sometimes pain gets in the way of living our lives, but we don’t always understand why we hurt or why we are moving differently.
What kinds of pain does My PT examine and treat?
When you aren’t finding the relief you expect, My PT’s approach to treating pain is be a valuable option. We investigate and treat pain from head to toe.
Click on the links below to learn more about the most common problems we work with.
What is pain?
Pain is a negative emotional experience that is unique to each person. This makes it difficult to gauge because there are different qualities to pain like quality, intensity, duration, and patterns. Clients will describe their pain as best as they can as we record notes.
We then ask clients to rate their level of pain using a 0 to 10 scale. Low numbers closer to 0 mean little to no pain and higher numbers up to 10 describe how bad the pain gets. This is simple to ask, but not exactly simple to answer. Each client’s interpretation of the scale may be different from the next person, but it stays the same for each person therefore a valuable tool in treating pain.
One other lesson that we teach our clients is that pain is a liar! That’s right, you might think you have an injury to one part of your body when the pain is really coming from somewhere else. This is referred pain and we see this all the time. It’s common when the neck or back is involved and we find the right trigger points to release.
What other symptoms do we treat?
- Muscle Weakness
- Jaw Pain
- Tight Muscles
- Poor Posture
- Fear of Movement
- Difficulty Walking
- Muscle Spasms
- Joint Stiffness
What types of diagnoses do we see?
- Sprain, strains, tears of muscles, ligaments, tendons, meniscus, and labrum
- Pinched nerves, scar tissue, muscle spasm, and tight muscles
- Myofascial pain syndrome, fibromyalgia, and trigger points
- Dyskinesia, paresthesia, dystonia, and neuropathy
- Stroke, multiple sclerosis, and spinal cord injury
- Osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
- Scoliosis, leg length discrepancies, sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Posture syndrome, rotator cuff tendinitis, frozen shoulder
- Tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, thoracic outlet syndrome
- Shoulder impingement, hip impingement, ankle impingement
- Plantar Fasciitis, patellofemoral disorder, iliotibial band syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, achilles tendinitis
- Degenerative disc disease, degenerative joint disease, herniated disc
What functional movements do we recover?
- Walking, climbing stairs, running, jumping, and pivoting
- Getting down and up from the floor
- Getting in and out of bed
- Sitting, standing, and getting up from a chair
- Stepping in and out of the shower
- Stepping in and out of a vehicle
- Squatting, kneeling, lunging, lifting, and lowering
- Pushing, pulling, squeezing, turning, twisting, and reaching
- Putting on and off socks, shoes, shirt, pants, belt, and coat