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If you have pain or limitation and live in Greenville-Spartanburg SC, then call the rehab experts at Purposed Physical Therapy & Massage, Greenville SC at (864) 881-1712 or you can fill out our New Patient Form by clicking HERE and we will call you!


DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS Complete Guide

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS Complete Guide
Nutraceutical is a new word, invented by Dr. Stephen DeFelice in 1989. It is two words put together: nutritional and pharmaceutical. Nutraceuticals are dietary supplements that are also called functional foods. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a nutraceutical is any substance that is a food or a part of a food that has medical or health benefits. Nutraceuticals help prevent and treat disease. These products can be single nutrients like Vitamin C...
Posted on 2021-10-23

LUMBAR FACET ARTHRITIS Complete Injury Guide

LUMBAR FACET ARTHRITIS Complete Injury Guide
Arthritis of the lumbar facet joints can be a source of significant low back pain. Aligned on the back of the spinal column, the facet joints link each vertebra together. Articular cartilage covers the surfaces where these joints meet. Like other joints in the body that are covered with articular cartilage, the lumbar facet joints can be affected by arthritis.
Posted on 2021-10-20

THE ANATOMY OF THE RIBS & BREATHING

THE ANATOMY OF THE RIBS & BREATHING
If you have pain or limitation and live in Greenville-Spartanburg SC, then call the rehab experts at Purposed Physical Therapy & Massage, Greenville SC at (864) 881-1712 or you can fill out our New Patient Form by clicking HERE and we will call you!. THE ANATOMY OF THE RIBS & BREATHING Living in Greenville and curious about the ribs and breathing anatomy? The purpose of the rib cage is to be the attachment for our respiratory muscles in order to aid in breathing, as we...
Posted on 2021-10-14

THE ANATOMY OF THE SPINE

THE ANATOMY OF THE SPINE
If you have pain or limitation and live in Greenville-Spartanburg SC, then call the rehab experts at Purposed Physical Therapy & Massage, Greenville SC at (864) 881-1712 or you can fill out our New Patient Form by clicking HERE and we will call you!. THE ANATOMY OF THE SPINE Have low back pain in Greenville SC? Maybe it's time to learn a little about the spine! The spine is very complex and even with a doctorate degree there is always more to learn about the spine. This ...
Posted on 2021-10-08

VOLLEYBALL Complete Sports Guide

VOLLEYBALL Complete Sports Guide
Greenville SC's Volleyball Guide: Set, Dig, Spike, & Therapy in for Volleyball Players. Welcome to 's patient resource about services for volleyball.There is a lot more to volleyball than jumping around in the sand on a beach in a bikini -- Misty May Treanor and Kerri Walsh proved that at the Olympics.  This highly competitive sport requires an athlete to be in top shape, both in hand-eye coordination and athletic ability.The majority of volleyball injuries occur to the hands, ...
Posted on 2021-10-03

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRONIC PAIN AND DAILY PAIN?

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRONIC PAIN AND DAILY PAIN?
Pain is something we may experience every day in one form or another. It’s a part of life, and yet our experience of it can lead to catastrophic changes in our physical, mental, and emotional health. Pain— it’s why we go to the doctor, take pain relievers, and seek holistic treatments like massage and acupuncture. But what is pain? And what is a normal amount of pain to experience on a day-to-day basis? Here, we’ll discuss the basics of pain, the difference...
Posted on 2021-10-01

WEIGHTLIFTER'S SHOULDER Complete Injury Guide

WEIGHTLIFTER'S SHOULDER Complete Injury Guide
Weightlifter's shoulder is a painful deterioration of the distal end of the clavicle (collar bone). It is an overuse phenomenon that causes tiny fractures along the end of the clavicle and then a breakdown of the bone (osteolysis) occurs. Weightlifters aren't the only ones affected; air-hammer operators, soldiers, handball players, and others can develop this problem. For this reason, it is also known as distal clavicular osteolysis (DCO). Osteolysis refers to the resorption of bone at the site...
Posted on 2021-09-22

PERONEAL TENDON Complete Injury Guide

PERONEAL TENDON Complete Injury Guide
Problems affecting the two peroneal tendons that lie behind the outer ankle bone (the lateral malleolus) are common in athletes. These problems mainly occur in the area where the two tendons glide within a fibrous tunnel behind the lateral malleolus.
Posted on 2021-09-15

SWIMMING Complete Sports Guide

SWIMMING Complete Sports Guide
Why Is Michael Phelps Such A Dominant Swimming? Hark work, dedication, and Therapy... Remember those cupping marks?! This is Greenville SC's Guide for Swimmers: in for Swimming. Welcome to 's patient resource about swimming.Let's face it; Michael Phelps has made the sport of swimming incredibly cool.  It was amazing to watch him glide through the water like it was his home, as if he had flippers instead of hands and feet.  Michael Phelps assisted in opening up the world of swim...
Posted on 2021-09-09

WHY YOUR CHILD MIGHT NEED A PHYSICAL THERAPIST

WHY YOUR CHILD MIGHT NEED A PHYSICAL THERAPIST
From sports injuries to congenital deformities, children can have issues that result in dysfunctional movement or pain with activity. While your pediatrician may help diagnose the problem and tell you why it’s happening, a Physical Therapist is often your best bet for treatment. Their extensive training in how bodies move, altered movement patterns, and reasons behind both, helps them restore functional movement in patients. They are also well-versed in movement accessories, such as orth...
Posted on 2021-09-01

CERVICAL DISCECTOMY Complete Surgical Guide

CERVICAL DISCECTOMY Complete Surgical Guide
Cervical discectomy is surgery to remove one or more discs from the neck. The disc is the pad that separates the neck vertebrae; ectomy means to take out. Usually a discectomy is combined with a fusion of the two vertebrae that are separated by the disc. In some cases, this procedure is done without a fusion. A cervical discectomy without a fusion may be suggested for younger patients between 20 and 45 years old who have symptoms due to a herniated disc.
Posted on 2021-08-29

BICEPS RUPTURE Complete Injury Guide

BICEPS RUPTURE Complete Injury Guide
 A biceps rupture involves a complete tear of the main tendon that attaches the top of the biceps muscle to the shoulder. It happens most often in middle-aged people and is usually due to years of wear and tear on the shoulder. A torn biceps in younger athletes sometimes occurs during weightlifting or from actions that cause a sudden load on the arm, such as hard fall with the arm outstretched.
Posted on 2021-08-25

FOOTBALL Complete Sports Guide

FOOTBALL Complete Sports Guide
It's football season in Greenville SC. PPT will educate you in the ways to stay healthy while you play Football.  We want to make sure you have the resources to stay at the top of your game. There is no denying that life on the gridiron can be a grind.  Football is a tough sport and the sheer toll it takes on the body of players makes it easy to see why the professional only plays once a week.Regardless of the level you are at, if you are playing in high school, college, the NFL or in...
Posted on 2021-08-22

TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT Surgery Guide

TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT Surgery Guide
A painful knee can severely affect your ability to lead a full, active life. Over the last 25 years, major advancements in artificial knee replacement have improved the outcome of the surgery greatly. Artificial knee replacement surgery (also called knee arthroplasty) is becoming increasingly common as the population of the world begins to age.
Posted on 2021-08-18

PLICA SYNDROME Complete Injury Guide

PLICA SYNDROME Complete Injury Guide
Plica syndrome is an interesting problem that occurs when an otherwise normal structure in the knee becomes a source of knee pain due to injury or overuse. The diagnosis can sometimes be difficult, but if this is the source of your knee pain, it can be easily treated.
Posted on 2021-08-11

AC JOINT SEPARATION Complete Injury Guide

AC JOINT SEPARATION Complete Injury Guide
A shoulder separation is a fairly common injury, especially in certain sports. Most shoulder separations are actually injuries to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. The AC joint is the connection between the scapula(shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone). Shoulder dislocations and AC joint separations are often mistaken for each other. But they are very different injuries.
Posted on 2021-08-04

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY VS EXERCISE

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY VS EXERCISE
We all know that moving our bodies and burning calories is good for us.  From cardiovascular benefits, to decreasing the chances of becoming diabetic or obese, to even reducing stress and improving our microbiome and gut, movement is vital to our all-around health. But what is the difference between what we know as physical activity and exercise?
Posted on 2021-07-31

CERVICAL BURNERS/STINGERS Complete Injury Guide

CERVICAL BURNERS/STINGERS Complete Injury Guide
Injury to the nerves of the neck and shoulder that cause a burning or stinging feeling are called burners or stingers. Another name for this type of nerve injury is brachial plexus injury. Football players are affected most often. Up to half of all college football players have had at least one burner or stinger. Many of these occurred during high school football. Fortunately, it’s not a serious neck injury.
Posted on 2021-07-30

CHONDROMALACIA PATELLA Complete Injury Guide

CHONDROMALACIA PATELLA Complete Injury Guide
Chondromalacia is the term used to describe a patellofemoral joint that has been structurally damaged, while the term patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) refers to the earlier stages of the condition where structural damage has not yet occurred. Symptoms are more likely to be reversible with PFPS.
Posted on 2021-07-14

RADIAL TUNNEL SYNDROME Complete Injury Guide

RADIAL TUNNEL SYNDROME Complete Injury Guide
Radial tunnel syndrome happens when the radial nerve is squeezed where it passes through a tunnel near the elbow. The symptoms of radial tunnel syndrome are very similar to the symptoms of tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis). There are very few helpful tests for radial tunnel syndrome, which can make it hard to diagnose.
Posted on 2021-07-07

UNDERSTANDING JOINT STIFFNESS

UNDERSTANDING JOINT STIFFNESS
Joint stiffness can be a major deterrent to staying active. Contrary to what you might think, however, stiff joints and muscles may become worse with rest and better with movement. Yes, exercise can actually help achy, arthritic joints feel better. Research shows that the cellular properties of muscles and joints respond well to simple stretching, strengthening, and coordination exercises to maintain and promote joint health. To better understand why exercise improves joint stiffness, let’...
Posted on 2021-07-02

UCL (ULNAR COLLATERAL LIGAMENT) Complete Injury Guide

UCL (ULNAR COLLATERAL LIGAMENT) Complete Injury Guide
The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) can become stretched, frayed or torn through the stress of repetitive throwing motions. Professional pitchers have been the athletes treated most often for this problem. Javelin, football, racquet sports, ice hockey, and water polo players have also been reported to injure the UCL. A fall on an outstretched arm can also lead to UCL rupture (often with elbow dislocation).
Posted on 2021-06-30

AC JOINT ARTHRITIS Complete Injury Guide

AC JOINT ARTHRITIS Complete Injury Guide
Some joints in the body are more likely to develop problems from normal wear and tear. Degeneration causes the cartilage that cushions the joint to wear out. This type of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. Doctors sometimes refer to this type of arthritis as arthrosis. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint in the shoulder is a common spot for osteoarthritis to develop in middle age. Degeneration of the AC joint can be painful and can cause difficulty using the shoulder for everyday activities.
Posted on 2021-06-16

Risks of OVERTRAINING

Risks of OVERTRAINING
Training for sports is a balance between overload and recovery. If the physical stress placed on an athlete is greater than what they can handle, imbalances can occur, leading to “nonfunctional overreaching”, defined as overtraining syndrome (OTS).  Without adequate recovery, overtraining can result in injury and/or a decrease in athletic performance. 
Posted on 2021-06-09

SOCCER Complete Sports Guide

SOCCER Complete Sports Guide
Greenville SC's Soccer Guide to Shoot & Scooooore!! in for Welcome to 's patient resource about .In Greenville SC  is a sport that is not only fun to play, but it is a sport that provides a great workout to everyone on the field.  However, if the proper conditioning is not in place, the field can be laden with potential landmines for injury.The majority of injuries are directly related to the muscles and joints of the knees, ankles and hips; and because of the repetitive m...
Posted on 2021-06-06

NUTRITION & SURGERY Complete Guide

NUTRITION & SURGERY Complete Guide
Surgery always means a certain amount of risk to your well being. Surgery is a deliberate, skillful injury to your body. It may take you several weeks to months to heal. Infections and blood loss are two possible complications that your surgeon will want to help you avoid. You can do your part to make sure you heal well without problems. You can do this by choosing the most nutritious diet. Using supportive supplements for some weeks before having an operation is also helpful. Surgery is a big ...
Posted on 2021-06-02

ANKLE IMPINGEMENT Complete Injury Guide

ANKLE IMPINGEMENT Complete Injury Guide
The ankle joint is formed where the bones of the lower leg, the tibia and the fibula, connect above the anklebone, called the talus. The tibia is the main bone of the lower leg. The fibula is the small, thin bone along the outer edge of the tibia. The ankle joint is a hinge that allows the foot to move up (dorsiflexion) and down (plantarflexion). The ankle is a synovial joint, meaning it is enclosed in a joint capsule that contains a lubricant called synovial fluid.
Posted on 2021-05-26

TENNIS ELBOW (LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS) Complete Injury Guide

TENNIS ELBOW (LATERAL EPICONDYLITIS) Complete Injury Guide
Lateral epicondylitis, commonly known as tennis elbow, is not limited to tennis players. The backhand swing in tennis can strain the muscles and tendons of the elbow in a way that leads to tennis elbow. But many other types of repetitive activities can also lead to tennis elbow: painting with a brush or roller, running a chain saw, and using many types of hand tools. Any activities that repeatedly stress the same forearm muscles can cause symptoms of tennis elbow.
Posted on 2021-05-19

Learn To RUN A 5K

Learn To RUN A 5K
See a two month plan to get into shape and finish your first 5k.  Now, two months seems like a short time and the temptation to skip ahead and do more than you should, will almost be too much to bear.  But hold yourself back. Don't try to do more, even if you feel you can. On the other hand, you find the plan below is a little too trying, increase the number of weeks in the plan. There might be a certain race you really want to do, but going before you are ready may make you never want...
Posted on 2021-05-16

ANKLE OSTEOARTHRITIS Complete Injury Guide

ANKLE OSTEOARTHRITIS Complete Injury Guide
Injuries of the ankle joint are common. While ankle fractures and ankle sprains heal pretty well, they can lead to problems much later in life. This is due to the wear and tear that occurs over the years after the injury. This condition is called osteoarthritis (OA) or posttraumatic arthritis. Trauma means injury, and the term posttraumatic arthritis is used to describe arthritis that develops after an injury.
Posted on 2021-05-12
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