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505, 2022

What is tendonitis?

Tendonitis is a condition that describes the inflammation of the tendon.

Tendons are collagen-fiber tissues that connect the bones and muscles, which allow the body to move. There are thousands of tendons in the body. They allow each joint of the body to bend, flex, or rotate during movement.

As the tendon becomes inflamed, it swells and causes pain and stiffness during movement. Usually, people feel tendonitis pain near the joint. It’s often confused with arthritis.

Tennis elbow, trigger finger, De Quervain’s syndrome, and runner’s knee are common conditions affecting the tendons. Of course, tendonitis can also affect the shoulders, ankles, and toes.

Sometimes tendonitis […]

505, 2022

Meet Lisa Machotka, DPT

Lisa Machotka, DPT, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Bone & Joint’s physical therapy center in Plover.

Lisa helps people of all ages overcome muscular imbalances and motor impairments that affect their ability to work, play sports, or enjoy life. She helps people continue their best quality of life by helping to minimize the effects of limiting spinal conditions. Lisa has a special interest in caring for people who deal with complex conditions involving their muscles and nervous systems such as Parkinson’s Disease.

She also helps patients recover from orthopedic surgery, including total joint replacements. Lisa takes the time to promote injury […]

505, 2022

Socks are important to foot health

Summer is coming and with it comes the temptation to skip the socks and just slip on the boat shoes, sneakers, or sandals. But wearing socks is important for foot health.

Consider these five facts before ditching your socks.

Socks absorb moisture.

And your feet create a lot of moisture. With over 250,000 sweat glands, your feet can create over two cups (500 ML) of sweat each day. That’s a lot of bacteria-filled sogginess in a warm, dark environment. It’s perfect for the growth of bacteria and fungus, which can lead to serious and hard-to-treat infections, such as athlete’s foot or Onychomycosis.

Socks help reduce foot […]

2903, 2022

Avoid these 12 Common Workout Mistakes

Are you making any of these common workout mistakes in your routine?

Whether you’re a dedicated runner, weightlifter, or cross trainer, even just a few common workout mistakes can derail your progress.

The wrong habits can slow you down, set you back, and increase your risk of injury. Check out a dozen of the most common workout mistakes below and see if they are interfering with your physical fitness routine.

#1 Not taking a rest or recovery day during the week.

Your muscles need rest to heal the microscopic tears that strengthen them. Rest may include a day off from working out or include a restoration day […]

2903, 2022

Should I be concerned about my child’s back pain?

According to Orthoinfo, Yes. Back pain in children may signal a more serious condition. This is especially true if the child is younger than four years of age.

Back pain is quite common during childhood. Up to 70% of children experience back pain by the age of 15. Some instances result from serious medical conditions. Activity or overuse injuries may contribute to others.

See a medical provider at once if your child’s back pain lasts for more than several days or gets worse. If fever, nausea, tingling, numbness, trouble sleeping or walking, accompany back pain, it may signal a more serious condition.

What causes […]

2903, 2022

What are plantar warts?

What are plantar warts?

Contrary to childhood speculations, plantar warts have nothing to do with farmers or gardeners.

The word “plantar” refers to the bottom of the foot, rather than a person who plants seeds. People pick up warts when they step on a live virus with bare feet.

Plantar warts are hard skin lesions that grow on the bottom of the foot.

What causes plantar warts?

A strain of human papillomavirus (HPV) causes plantar warts. Like other viruses, it is contagious. But this is just one of the over 100 HPV viruses in our world today. It is not the same strain responsible for sexually transmitted diseases.

The […]

503, 2022

What is bursitis?

Bursitis occurs when the bursa, a synovial-fluid-filled sac is inflamed. Though slippery and tiny, the bursa has a big job. It acts as a cushion and allows the bones, tendons, ligaments, and muscles to work together without friction. When these tiny water-balloon-like sacs become inflamed and swell, movement is painful.

What causes bursitis?

Many cases of bursitis in the joints result from repeated movement of the joint. It is a type of overuse injury.

But overuse injury is only one cause of bursitis.

Age, arthritis, gout, injury, or surgery are other factors. Being overweight also applies more pressure to the bursa.

Bursitis can occur in any joint, tendon, or […]

503, 2022

Physical therapy can lower the risk of falling

A local news station recently highlighted a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sadly, Wisconsin has the highest rate of fatal falls among adults aged 65 and older in the country. Fortunately, physical therapy can lower the risk of falling.

Any fall can be debilitating. And just the fear of falling can limit a person’s lifestyle.

Physical and occupational therapists can help older people improve their balance.

A physical or occupational therapist can help people become more confident as they move. As a result, older people can experience:

  • Improved balance
  • Increased strength
  • Enhanced flexibility
  • Greater endurance

During the first appointment, the physical […]

503, 2022

What is a meniscus tear?

The meniscus is a small horseshoe-shaped rubbery pad of fibrocartilage and collagen. These pads inside the knee absorb the impact of motion. Each knee has two of these miniature shock absorbers: the lateral and medial meniscus. Injury to these protective pads results in a meniscus tear.

How do meniscus tears happen?

Athletic training or competition can exert a tremendous force on the menisci. Running, jumping, squatting, or twisting motions can intensify this pressure. During these high-pressure or fast-paced activities, sections of the menisci can tear or move out of place.

But anyone can tear their meniscus. People who dance, play tennis, snowshoe, or ski are […]

3101, 2022

Concerned about numbness in the fingers?

Most of us have felt the pins-and-needles feeling in our hands and fingers known as paresthesia. But it’s usually a temporary condition caused by pressure on a nerve. This “falling asleep” sensation goes away once the pressure is released. However, another type of numbness in the fingers can signal serious health problems.

What causes numbness in the fingers?

Underlying issues related to finger numbness range from dehydration and overuse to spinal conditions or chronic illnesses. Some of the more common reasons include:

  • Prolonged pressure on a nerve caused by repetitive motions that require holding an object in the hands, like a mouse, pen, or power […]

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