Month: January 2013

Stepmill

I’m a physical therapist and I should know this but I have no idea. It must have been invented in the last 2 years. I’ve kinda been out of commission the last 2 years. I got a form from the… Read More ›

RSD

RSD stands for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.  It’s also known as CRPS – Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.  But I don’t think CRPS is really used anymore.  This happens when the nerves that control pain sensation act all crazy and cause a lot of… Read More ›

PFS

This is another orthopedic post.  When your knee hurts and the doctor and physical therapist don’t really know why, you’ll probably be diagnosed as having patellofemoral syndrome(PFS).  PFS happens when your kneecap isn’t tracking properly.  This means that every time you contract… Read More ›

Gym

I just joined a gym.  Hey stroke survivors: insurances will probably pay for all or part of a gym membership.  They might pay for this anyway, even if you didn’t have a stroke, as a preventative thing.  Insurances are finally understanding… Read More ›

Writing

You know that phrase “he wears his heart on his sleeve?”  Well, I think I wear my heart on my blog.  It’s pretty easy to tell what kind of mood I’m in by what I write.  If I’m annoyed at… Read More ›

Suffering

I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on my blog, thank you to everyone who has said something.  I think the reason it’s good is because I’m going through hell.  Out of great suffering comes really good writing, right?  Is… Read More ›

Sleep Study

It’s 3:30 am and I’m right now in a hospital having a sleep study. Obviously I’m not asleep. I highly doubt they’re gonna have enough data. Oh well, screw it. I’m certainly not doing this again.

Therapy

After the stroke, a lot of people told me I need to go to therapy, I need to talk about this.  So I did.  But it didn’t help.  In that therapy, I was talking about what I thought I should… Read More ›

Tibialis Anterior (shin muscle)

I did a post about foot drop.  The reason this happens is because your tibialis anterior muscle weakens and your calf muscles get spastic and shorten.  So, therapists will often put you in an AFO(ankle foot orthotic).  The tibialis anterior is the… Read More ›

The Neck

I don’t know what to write about so I’m going to write about the neck, the cervical spine.  The neck can be a source of a lot of pain.  Bad positioning of your neck can cause a lot of headaches. … Read More ›

DOMS

DOMS stands for delayed onset muscle soreness.  When I was on one of my clinicals for PT, I said the phrase “the DOMS effect” and got really made fun of for that.  I don’t know where I learned that, I certainly didn’t make… Read More ›

Sitting Up

I remember waking up in the hospital with a bald head.  That was quite an experience.  I had no idea what happened.  I knew I must have had brain surgery because my head was bald but I had no idea… Read More ›

Sleep Doctor

I saw a sleep doctor the other day because I’ve been having trouble sleeping.  It’s been weird, for the first 6 months after the stroke I slept excessively.  Then, I had problems with insomnia.  Now, I switch between sleeping excessively and insomnia. … Read More ›