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What Is Spasticity?

Weeks to months after a traumatic injury or the onset of a chronic illness, patients may develop a variety of complications, including a movement disorder called “spasticity.” Patients with spasticity often experience involuntary muscle tightness and stiffness, spasms and slow or uncontrollable movements.

Baseball: Preventing Shoulder and Elbow Injuries

Shoulder and elbow injuries are common for baseball players – too common. A 2013 study by Bleacher Report injury analyst Will Carroll said that one-third of current MLB pitchers have had Tommy John surgery (named for the first major league pitcher to undergo the procedure) to repair overuse and other arm injuries.

Kinesio Taping To Treat Common Running Injuries

Whether you are a seasoned marathoner, a recreational jogger or just recently strapped on your running shoes, you should consider ways to prevent injuries. A runner’s best course of action for injury prevention is proper preparation, including: checking with your doctor to ensure it is medically safe to begin or continue a running program, wearing appropriate footwear and preparing your muscles and cardiovascular system for the activity.

Tips to Ease Your Child’s Anxiety

Contrary to popular belief, being a child isn’t all fun and games. Everyday moments that thrill some children – like making new friends, riding in an airplane or going to a new school – provoke anxiety in other children, and sometimes, children face extraordinary situations, like illnesses or injuries, which cause additional stress.

Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to help ease your child’s anxiety. Here are some tips:

Spring Cleaning Safety Tips

After a long, cold winter, Spring is a welcome change. The season brings open windows, fresh air, blooming buds and – for many – Spring cleaning. The deep cleaning ritual typically involves scrubbing floors and windows, washing and replacing heavy linens and window coverings and returning to long neglected yard work.

S.M.A.R.T. Lifestyle Changes

We all make resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, cut out junk food or join a gym. Whether the goal is to lose weight, gain strength or make healthier choices, we often look for the easiest means to the end.

Aquatic Therapy Benefits People with Parkinson’s Disease

Most people are aware that exercising in the water offers great benefits for people with joint issues, such as arthritis. But did you know that aquatic therapy also helps people with neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD)?

Osteoporosis: A Concern for All Ages

Often associated with aging, osteoporosis is a silent disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration. The bone becomes porous and therefore fragile and susceptible to fracture. The price tag of osteoporosis is high and the human cost even higher as it interferes with activities of daily living and/or contributes to other health complications.

EMGs for Diagnosis

In health care, a diagnostic test is any kind of medical test performed to aid in the diagnosis or detection of disease. EMG is short hand for “electromyography,” which is a diagnostic test, much like an EKG or X-ray. The EMG measures the muscle response or electrical activity of muscles at rest and during movement or contraction.

An EMG is administered to:

Personal Health Information: How and What to Track

Quality health care is a team effort that includes doctors, nurses, pharmacists, insurance providers and, most importantly, patients and loved ones. You can play an active role in your health care by:

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