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Physical Therapy and MS
last updated:
Fri, 3/04/2011 3:14 PM
Physical therapy can help manage multiple sclerosis symptom management. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord.  The result may be the loss of muscle control, vision impariment, and balance and sensation loss.  The damage is caused by one's own immune system.

A build up of scar tissue develops in areas of the brain and spinal cord. The scar tissue forms because the protective covering, myelin, over the nerves is destroyed.  The information from the brain and spinal cord that travels along these nerves is disrupted and see the symptoms of multiple sclerosis develop.

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Dawn Caldwell is a Physical Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee with Methodist Healthcare. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.

Muscle Soreness or Injury?
last updated:
Tue, 11/16/2010 10:11 AM

Is your pain from muscle soreness or is it an injury?

Pain is an indicator that something is wrong. So many people have the idea that “No Pain, No Gain” is the way to workout and exercise. Too many people cause injury from pushing through it and not listening to their body. IF you body says “No.” due to pain, then stop. The moment you begin feeling pain in a joint, tendon, ligament or your back/neck, STOP. You can prevent new injuries and further problems from developing with an old injury. Readjust your position, find a different way to do the exercise, find another way to work that area of the body, but stop when you feel the pain. Exercise should not be painful.

Working out too hard and too quickly can make you sore and feel like you have an injury. If you are sore, chances are that in a few days, the soreness will gradually leave. If you are injured, the soreness and pain is usually longer and may need intervention.

Soreness is a mild breakdown of the muscle’s cells and development of the waste product lactic acid in the muscle. It can be severe, especially if you overdo training. Example: If you go out and run a 5K and have not trained in over a year, then you can bet you will be sore. If you started walking and built up to a walk/jog, then run with time, then the 5K would not be so hard on your body.

Injuries are different. They are caused from hyperextension, repetitive trauma, lack of stretching or warming up muscles, improper body mechanics and positioning, etc. Injuries can be severe, painful and nagging. The important thing is not to ignore the injury. Get treatment.

Soreness on the other hand, you need to let your body recover. Try these tips:

  • Back off of the intensity of the exercise and let the body recuperate.
  • Begin Slowly, working into the higher intensity exercises.
  • Do your exercise correctly.
  • Use proper body mechanics.
  • If the weight is too heavy and you start using your back instead of lifting with your legs, lower the weight amount and work up to your goal while maintaining body mechanics and proper positioning.
  • Warm up before and stretch prior to any exercise.

Listen to your body. If it says, “No, I’m in too much pain.” then stop and see what the problem is before you cause a problem. Be smart with exercise.

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Dawn Caldwell is a Physical Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee with Methodist Healthcare. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.

Your Guide to Heavy Lifting
last updated:
Thu, 9/23/2010 2:11 PM
Well, we have sold our house and began moving into an apartment. I have been watching the movers move our furniture and the physical therapist in me has begun teaching those who lift-for-a-living proper body mechanics because I saw many back injuries in the making and this job is their living. So, I want to share these same proper body mechanics with you because it is so important to protect your back and use the proper technique and body structures to lift so you don't injure yourself.

First, it is important to pay attention to your spine and posture when lifting. A neutral spine must be maintained with lifting to prevent the injury. A neutral spine has 3 normal curves- 1. neck 2. middle of back, and 3. lower back. To practice maintaining a neutral spine take a cane or dowel rod and place the stick down your spine. The top end must stay in contact with the back of your head and the bottom end should rest at your tailbone area. Holding the stick against your back, bend at the hips forward. Now begin to bend your knees and squat as if you are sitting down. Your knees should not pass your toes. Your bottom should be sticking out behind you. So..1. Maintain neutral spine, 2. bend at hips 3. squat by bending knees and then lift.

Lifting tips to prevent injury

  1. Check to see how heavy the load is you will be carrying.
  2. Make sure the load is close to your body when carrying the item.
  3. Move your feet apart, bow at hips, squat by bending knees and lift by using your buttocks and legs to push up to straight posture.
  4. Keep the stomach muscles tight and maintain a neutral spine.
  5. To lower the load perform the bow, squat and sticking your buttocks out behind you bending your knees as you lower the load. 
  6. It is eaiser to load and unload at waist height.
  7. If there is pushing or pulling involved, PUSH DO NOT PULL.

I hope these tips help you protect yourself when lifting or carrying items so you do not experience the pain from a back injury.

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Dawn Caldwell is a Physical Therapist in Memphis, Tennessee with Methodist Healthcare. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.

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