Rotator cuff injuries and tears are a common shoulder problem encountered by people. Most common in the 5th and 6th decades of life, many rotator cuff tears require surgery. After the patient has surgery, they are usually sent for physical therapy. Therapy is often a long and slow process, as care must be taken during the early phase to allow healing, to prevent stress and strain on the surgical repair, and prevent re-tears. Depending on the amount of repair performed by the surgeon, full recovery can easily span 6-9 months, possibly up to a year. Leaning on your PT to guide you through this process is critical to recovering function and quality of life.
David Ravnikar, PT, DPT, OCS
Plantar Fasciitis (PF) is a condition causing foot and heel pain. Supporting the arch, the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel to the ball of the foot, can become inflamed or can tear. The condition develops normally when repeated weight-bearing activities put a strain on the plantar fascia. Many persons with PF report that symptoms can be the worse when first getting up in the morning and weight bearing. Physical Therapy can help treat PF by instructing in specific stretching of the involved tissues, and with education on proper footwear and orthotics.
Mark DeGarmo, PT, DPT
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