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Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication from diabetes, in which nerves are compromised as a result of high blood sugar levels. This condition may present itself in several different ways. Some of the symptoms may include tingling, burning and loss of sensation in your hands or feet. This is the result of nerve damage, also called peripheral neuropathy. Lowering blood glucose levels can help prevent and possibly reverse some of the effects of diabetic neuropathy. Physical therapy is an effective treatment that can help restore balance and sensation that has been lost.

Diabetic neuropathy can put a person in a very painful state, so the thought of physical therapy may not seem appealing since it consists of continuous movement. However, physical therapy will help you regain motions that you may have lost or improve your balance when walking. A personalized plan of care recommended by our therapists will first analyze what physical therapy is best for you. You will receive a progressive treatment plan throughout your time at our facility. The goal of treatment for diabetic neuropathy is maintaining and improving your range of motion, as well as strengthening your muscles. Simply learning how to stand from a sitting position without getting dizzy may be a part of your physical therapy treatment. Other exercises may include gait training and maneuvering over various surfaces to avoid tripping or falling and to improve overall balance when you go about your everyday activities. Regaining sensation in the hands and feet can also be treated with various exercises during physical therapy.

The goal of Physical Therapy is to improve your overall quality of life and alleviate you from the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy. Improved range of motion and balance will permit you to be more active and independent. Lowering your blood glucose levels will help you to avoid further complications. Muscles are able to burn glucose much more efficiently than fat, therefore physical therapy which includes resistance strength training can help you to achieve lower blood sugar levels. Please talk to your doctor as soon as possible if your hands or feet start to feel tingling or burning or if you begin to have problems walking or grasping items. The sooner we can treat you, the sooner that your condition can improve.



The knee is the most commonly replaced joint in the body. The decision to have knee replacement surgery is one that you should make in consultation with your orthopedic surgeon and your physical therapist. Usually, total knee replacement (TKR) surgery is performed when people have:
* Knee joint damage due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, other bone diseases, or fracture
* Knee pain or alignment problems in the leg that cause difficulty with walking, performing daily activities, or life tasks

A total knee replacement (TKR) involves removing the ends of the bones at the knee joint (the tibia, sometimes called “shin bone”) and the femur (thigh bone) and replacing them with artificial parts. Replacement parts consist of a metal cap placed on the end of the femur and a plastic cap placed on the top of the shin bone. Sometimes, a plastic insert is used to replace the kneecap.

To read more about joint replacements, visit MoveForwardPT.com's Guide to Total Knee Repelacement

MoveForwardPT.com's Guide to Balance Problems

Falls can diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. About one third of people over the age of 65 and almost half of people over the age of 80 will fall at least once this year. There usually are several reasons for a fall. Physical therapists can help you reduce your risk of falling by:
* Assessing your risk of falling
* Helping you make your home as safe as possible
* Educating you about the medical risk factors linked to falls
* Designing individualized exercises and balance training
* Working with other health care professionals and community to create programs for people who want to reduce their risk of falling

To read more about falls, MoveForwardPT.com's Guide to Falls

The "rotator cuff" is a group of four muscles that are responsible for keeping the shoulder joint stable. Unfortunately, injuries to the rotator cuff are very common, either from injury or with repeated overuse of the shoulder. Injuries to the rotator cuff can vary as a person ages. Rotator cuff tears are more common later in life, but they also can occur in younger people. Athletes and heavy laborers are commonly affected; older adults also can injure the rotator cuff when they fall or strain the shoulder, such as when walking a dog that pulls on the leash. When left untreated, this injury can cause severe pain and a decrease in the ability to use the arm. {read more}

Simple warmup exercises might be enough to prevent one of the most common serious knee injuries suffered by youth athletes, especially females, says article Warmup Exercises Reduce ACL Injuries MoveForewardPT.com.

A study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine
concluded that neuromuscular control exercise programs appear to reduce the risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female college soccer players.

More than 1,400 athletes from 61 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I women’s soccer teams participated in the study, and were divided into two groups. The overall ACL injury rate was 1.7 times less, and the noncontact ACL injury rate was 3.3 times less, in the athletes who performed specific intervention exercises three times a week during their fall season than in their peers who did not.

The beneficial neuromuscular warmup exercise programs included stretching, strengthening, plyometrics, and agilities to address potential deficits in the strength and coordination of the stabilizing muscles around the knee joint.

Simple Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects approximately 1% of the United States population. RA often results in pain and inflammation in joints on both sides of the body, and can become disabling due to its effect on the immune system. A physical therapist can help manage the symptoms of RA, enhancing an individual's quality of life. {read more} To read more about arthritis, MoveForwardPT.com's Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis