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Understanding Shoulder Pain. Picture of a caucasian female with a caucasian female physical therapist checking the shoulder.

Understanding Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint joins three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). The shoulders are the most movable joints in the body. They can also be unstable because the ball of the upper arm is larger than the shoulder socket that holds it. To remain in a stable […]

Loss of Muscle Mass. Picture of an elderly black male with arm raised to make a muscle.

Loss of Muscle Mass

Loss of muscle mass is part of aging, but we can slow and even reverse it. Age-related muscle loss, also called sarcopenia, is a natural part of the aging process. Less muscle means there is more weakness and less mobility. Both of these factors can increase the risk of falls and fractures. Losing muscle mass […]

Sciatica Back Pain. Picture of a Caucasian male holding his lower back in pain and a Caucasian male physical therapist looking at the back.

Sciatica Back Pain

Sciatica is a symptom of a problem with the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body. It controls muscles in the back of the knee and lower leg and provides feeling to the back of the thigh, part of the lower leg, and the sole of the foot. When people have sciatica, they have […]

Coping with Muscle Cramps. Picture of a caucasian male grabbing the back of his calf.

Coping with Muscle Cramps

Has a muscle cramp woken you up in the middle of the night? Or have you been stopped in your tracks by a spasm the size of a golf ball in your calf? Muscle cramps, or “charley horses,” occur when one or more of the muscles in the leg tighten involuntarily. Usually, the muscle relaxes […]