We would like to congratulate the University of Montana Softball team on their 2017 Big Sky Conference Championship win. We wish you the best of luck in the NCAA tournament. Go Griz!!
Big Sky Physical Therapy teamed up with The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce and the Missoulian to run an ad on 3/29/17 and 4/2/17. Be sure to check it out!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day from Big Sky Physical Therapy. We hope that you have a fun and safe weekend celebrating!
Happy 8th Anniversary to Big Sky Physical Therapy. We thank you for your continued business and support over the the last 8 years and we look forward to serving your physical therapy needs for many more years to come!
Whiplash is the common name for a neck strain resulting from an injury to the neck. It is commonly a result of car accidents where the neck and head are abruptly jerked forward and/or backward. With snowy roads out here in Montana we see an increase in the number of car accidents and unfortunately an increase in the number of car accident related injuries; including whiplash. Common symptoms of a whiplash injury include; neck pain, neck stiffness, jaw pain, headaches, pain in the shoulder/between the shoulder blades, low back pain, numbness or tingling in the arm or hand, dizziness or disturbed sleep. Of these symptoms mentioned, jaw pain is one of the more lesser known and therefore lesser treated. In car accidents when the head and neck and abruptly jerked backward the jaw is forced open, and when the head and neck are then forced forward the jaw abruptly is forced closed.
Recent studies have shown that the incidence of jaw pain (also known as TMJ/TMD) in healthy adults is approximately 3% of the population where it has been shown to be as high as 23% after whiplash trauma. These same studies shown that conventional treatments for whiplash trauma were more effective when combined with treating the jaw. When the jaw was not treated, people were more likely to experience chronic pain and longer duration of symptoms.
TMD or jaw released pain is the 3rd leading cause of chronic pain. Symptoms of TMD specific pain may include headaches, popping/clicking of the jaw and jaw or neck pain. These symptoms may persist even years after a whiplash injury.
Here at Big Sky Physical Therapy we are committed to compassionate and complete rehabilitation. We offer comprehensive care of the neck and jaw following whiplash and other injuries. Our therapist Lauren Sokoloski, DPT has received advanced training and completed advanced coursework in the treatment of TMD related pain. Please contact us if you have any follow up questions or feel that our services could be of help to you. We look forward to working with you.
Adhesion and fibrosis (similar to scar tissue) can form within soft tissue resulting from trauma, surgery, immobilization or repetitive strain. Examples of repetitive strain include sports injury/inadequate rest and poor work place ergonomics. Astym treatment is an advanced form of soft-tissue mobilization, which is designed to allow clinicians (physical therapists) to effectively initiate remodeling, regeneration and repair of this dysfunctional tissue. Astym has become one of the most researched and effective treatments available for the treatment of tendinopathy (chronic tendon inflammation, pain and dysfunction), scar tissue impairments and other soft tissue dysfunctions. Astym uses a specific set of ergonomically designed tools to stimulate the breakdown of dysfunctional tissue and allows regeneration to occur. Exercise and activity are integrated into a treatment plan to allow the body to heal in the most advantageous manner. Patients are encouraged to continue with work, athletic and recreational activities during the whole treatment process, which promotes optimal healing.
Scientific research has shown that the following processes occur with Astym:
Astym can be used for a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to:
Stay healthy this ski season by keeping your legs in good shape! Snow has been falling and many of you have been skiing now for a few months. With good conditions all around Montana don’t let a late season injury end your season. Some of you may have taken ski-conditioning classes prior to the season beginning, but how many of you are keeping up on those exercises now that the season is rolling? Continued commitment to strengthening is key to extending your season, keeping your knees healthy and as a bonus it will get you ready for swimsuit season! Even though skiing is primarily a leg sport, you should be strengthening all the following muscle groups; legs (hamstrings and quads), core, hips, back and calves. All of these muscle groups are important in stabilizing your body during skiing.
With strengthening exercises you will isolate specific musculature to help provide the best stability to your joints. You will also gain muscle coordination and improved activation giving better movement control and balance. Keep in mind, when doing strength exercises, form matters. It matters especially if you are trying to isolate musculature and keep your muscles and joints healthy. Resistance is also important, when doing strengthening exercises pick a weight or resistance band that allows you to perform the movement correctly while being challenged. You should “feel the burn” after completing your strength routine in order to achieve the best strength results. Make sure to give your body adequate rest. If you are noticing increased soreness that does not resolve with warm-up you should take the day off and allow your body and muscles to recover. Throughout ski season its important to also maintain your cardiovascular fitness with regular running, walking or biking. Check out the attached exercises to help keep you skiing this season!
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common chronic condition affecting the joints. Approximately 27 million people in the US are affected by OA; most commonly in the knees, hips, lower back, neck and joints of the wrist and hand. Risk factors for the development of OA include increased age (over 65), obesity, previous injury to that joint or another joint, weak musculature surrounding the joint and genetics.
In a normal and healthy joint, cartilage covers the end of each of the bones. The cartilage acts to protect the bone ends by providing a smooth gliding surface for joint motion and providing cushion between the bone ends. In joints with osteoarthritis the cartilage begins to breakdown, leading to pain, swelling and difficulty moving the joint. It can also impact participation in normal daily activities as well as recreational activities and increase risk for falls. Other symptoms of osteoarthritis include; limited range of motion or stiffness that decreases with movement, pain that is worse after activity or at the end of the day, clicking/cracking noises in the joint. In later stages OA may further decrease a persons overall health by leading to a more sedentary lifestyle which can increase risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and weight gain.
Recent studies have shown that physical therapy and non-drug treatments have similar benefits in reliving symptoms as pain-relieving drugs but have very few adverse side effects. Physical therapy focuses restoring motion, strength and decreasing pain with specific exercises and manual therapy techniques (including joint mobilization and massage techniques). Physical therapy helps to restore function and mobility as well as improving your quality of life. It may also help prevent the need for a total joint replacement or prolong the function of your current joint. For patients who have elected to receive or have already had total joint replacements, physical therapy can improve both short-term and long-term outcomes both before and after your surgery.
It is that time of year again. Missoula’s Choice voting is live and waiting for your vote. You can vote for Big Sky Physical Therapy in the “At Your Service” section under Alternative Health & Physical Therapist. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to providing you the same great services in 2017!
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In honor of Veterans Day, Big Sky Physical Therapy wants to thank all of those who have put duty and service above all else. Thank you for keeping our country free and safe!