The Physical Therapy Institute, Concussions, Causes, Questions.
The Physical Therapy Institute can assist with any concussion questions at our Warrendale, PA location. Any force that causes the brain to move rapidly within the skull and bang against the inside of the skull can cause a concussion. In layman’s terms, a concussion can be caused by anything that ‘rattles the brain.’
Typically concussions are thought to be caused by direct blows to the head, such as in boxing or bar fighting, or by hitting your head on the ground during a fall, but indirect forces to the head are also common causes of concussions. For example, a fall onto your buttocks or onto any other part of your body can transmit a force strong enough to your brain to cause a concussion, even if you do not hit your head during the fall. Similarly, a blow to your neck, face or any other area of your body that is severe enough to transmit the force to your head can cause a concussion.
The Physical Therapy Institute can assist with any concussion questions at our Warrendale, PA location Motor vehicle accidents often similarly cause concussions due to the whiplash motion of your neck which subsequently forces your brain to rapidly hit the inside of your skull. Shaken baby syndrome is another example of this indirect mechanism of brain injury, as are explosions where your body is rapidly thrown back. – See more at: http://education.pt-institute.com/Injuries-Conditions/Concussions/Guide-to-Concussions/a~5946/article.html#sthash.iHl4Xk0f.dpuf. The Physical Therapy Institute can assist with any concussion questions at our Warrendale, PA location
Our rotator cuff is a series of four muscles that envelopes the shoulder joint. When contracted, they produce rotation of the arm and some elevation. With age also comes the degeneration of both the shoulder joint as well as the tendons and muscle fibers of the rotator cuff. A Physical Therapist can assess degeneration. This creates a vulnerable environment to injury with lighter force. On the other hand, this joint and muscle combo is stronger when you are younger and can withhold stronger forces. When tears do occur, it is likely to be where the muscle fibers and tendon fibers connect. Tendons do not have the best flow of blood through them, making a rotator cuff repair tricky. Obviously there are two types of tears, being complete and partial. A complete tear will never heal on its own and always will require surgery. However, it is said that physical therapy post op is as important if not more important than the surgery itself when dealing with a rotator cuff repair. A partial tear may also require surgery, but physical therapy itself may be used sometimes. Physical therapy is a more natural healing process for the body rather than surgery and surgery in this region can permanently make muscles less effective in the future. Symptoms of a tear include sharp pain while trying to lift the arm or just moving it along a certain point in your range of motion. Decreased range of motion and effectiveness of the muscle will also occur after a tear, as well as sharp pain in the region before bedtime. A rotator cuff repair does not happen by itself, but requires specific physical therapy. This physical therapy may have goals such as increasing range of motion and muscular strength in the region. Both of these will help blood reach the area, allowing a quicker process for a rotator cuff repair to occur. One thing to keep in mind while participating in this physical therapy is to stay on schedule with the exercises. Trying to overdo it too quickly will most likely lead to more harm than good, especially when dealing with a rotator cuff repair.