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All About Meniere's Disease: Signs and Treatments Nov 11th, 2021

Vertigo makes you feel disoriented, but normally the sensation that you're spinning lasts a few seconds. By comparison, Meniere's disease causes episodes of vertigo that go on for at least 20 minutes. Imagine how that would disrupt your day, not to mention put you at risk of falling. Though Meniere's...

Dry Needling for Fibromyalgia: What to Expect Oct 4th, 2021

Dry needling is well known for easing the pain of trigger points, those tight, painful knots that form in your muscles. When used to treat fibromyalgia, dry needling does more than relieve pain. It also improves anxiety and fatigue and helps you sleep better. The team at Prolete Physical Therapy...

Is Exercising on Your Own Part of Physical Therapy? Sep 7th, 2021

Whether you need to recover from an injury or your goal is to improve mobility limited by a disease like arthritis, the path toward wellness depends on physical therapy. The treatments we provide at Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine lay the groundwork. However, the speed of your recovery and...

How to Manage Facet Syndrome Aug 8th, 2021

If you live with chronic lower back pain, you’re all too familiar with the way it drains your energy, prevents you from working, and keeps you away from the activities you enjoy. When facet syndrome causes your ongoing pain, you can overcome your symptoms and manage the problem for the...

4 Health Benefits of Dry Needling Jul 19th, 2021

Knotted muscles, also called trigger points, can turn into a constant source of pain that goes beyond the knot. Touching the trigger point often causes pain in other parts of your body. As long as the trigger point exists, it keeps activating nerves and sending pain messages to your brain....

Signs of a Brain Aneurysm Jun 17th, 2021

You may not think that physical therapists have anything to do with brain aneurysms. But physical therapy forms the foundation of your recovery after your aneurysm is treated. As specialists in neurological physical therapy, the team at Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine works closely with people when an aneurysm...

Who Needs Orthotics? May 7th, 2021

Up to 36% of adults know the daily challenges of foot pain. If you’re in this group, you know it takes only a minor foot problem to make your day miserable. A more severe problem can lead to disabling pain. Anyone who struggles with foot pain may find the relief...

Try This to Prevent Back or Neck Pain Apr 5th, 2021

Once back and neck pain appear, they can quickly turn into a chronic problem. The best way to avoid the debilitating effects of spine-related pain is to follow a plan that keeps your back strong and prevents problems from developing. At Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, our team specializes...

Common Orthopaedic Injuries Mar 5th, 2021

Orthopaedic injuries occur when your body sustains an impact that’s strong enough to break bones or tear soft tissue.  You can also sustain stress injuries that start out small and progress to cause a significant problem. Age-related degenerative conditions also lead to orthopaedic injuries. The team at Prolete Physical Therapy...

Who Can Benefit From Dry Needling? Feb 16th, 2021

The pain of a tight, knotted muscle may go away on its own. But many patients end up with ongoing pain or pain that’s severe enough to need treatment.  That’s when it’s time to talk with our team at Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine about the benefits of dry...

Why You Shouldn’t Delay Torn ACL Treatment Jan 7th, 2021

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears represent half of all knee injuries. Contrary to popular belief, a torn ACL is seldom caused by a direct blow to your knee. Instead, ACL tears most often occur during athletic activities when you suddenly pivot, change direction, or rapidly stop while running. You can...

Signs of a Neurological Injury Dec 2nd, 2020

Neurological injuries arise from a multitude of causes and can affect every part of your body. Though the term neurological injury is sometimes used to mean a brain injury, it also encompasses spinal cord injuries, skull or spine fractures, and peripheral nerve damage. For most people with a neurological trauma,...

When to See a Doctor About Lingering Pain Nov 5th, 2020

An acute injury seldom leaves room to wonder about seeing a doctor. You know that you suffered an injury, it really hurts, and so you seek medical care. Many other types of pain, however, leave you guessing and asking questions. When does lingering pain demand medical care? When should my...

Surprising Benefits of Physical Therapy Oct 15th, 2020

The well-known benefits of physical therapy like helping you overcome pain, restore mobility, and accelerate recovery from an injury or surgery are reason enough to choose this type of treatment to support your health. But the specialists at Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine know that physical therapy can do...

Signs You May Have a Vestibular Disorder Sep 24th, 2020

Having a sudden attack of dizziness or vertigo can be downright dangerous if you happen to be driving a vehicle or near the edge of a balcony or cliff when you lose your balance.  The team at Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in Milford, Connecticut, offers comprehensive vestibular evaluations...

The Difference Between Custom and OTC Orthotics Aug 20th, 2020

An over-the-counter (OTC) orthotic may be all you need if you want to make your shoes more comfortable or get a little extra cushioning for your feet.  But if you have structural or biomechanical problems with your feet, a one-size-fits-all insert isn’t going to help. In fact, it could make...

How Is Sports Medicine Different From Other Medical Specialties? Jul 27th, 2020

As physical therapists who specialize in sports medicine, our team at Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine creates customized rehabilitation strategies you can only receive from a therapist with extensive training and experience in the field of sports and orthopaedics. Following an injury, we know how to restore your ability...

How Can an Antigravity Treadmill Shorten My Recovery Time Jun 20th, 2020

Whether you’re a competitive athlete who’s anxious to get back in the game or you simply want to walk normally again, nothing is more important than fully rehabilitating from a hip, knee, leg, ankle, or foot injury as quickly as possible. That’s exactly what you can achieve when your rehabilitation...

Daily Habits You Can Change to Prevent Chronic Back Pain May 26th, 2020

Chronic back pain is the leading cause of disability in adults. While you can sustain an injury, chronic back pain is just as likely to develop gradually over years of daily habits that put extra stress on your spine. The team at Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine in Milford,...

5 Top Facts You Should Know About Rheumatoid Arthritis Apr 24th, 2020

Rheumatoid arthritis is surrounded by interesting facts: The disease affects women three times more often than men. Children often outgrow juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, yet the disease is chronic and progressive in adults. And most people don’t know that cigarette smoking is the strongest environmental risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis. Of...

What Triggers Plantar Fasciitis and How Can I Prevent It? Mar 23rd, 2020

If you have heel pain, chances are you have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis accounts for 10-22% of injuries in runners and affects 10% of the general population.  We help many patients recover from plantar fasciitis at Prolete Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine because physical therapy modalities such as massage, stretching,...

How Can Dry Needling Help With My Pain? Feb 7th, 2020

You may wonder what a dry needle is and why you’d consider such a procedure. So, let’s start with a few explanations. For starters, it’s called dry needling because the needle isn’t used to inject any medication. It’s literally dry. The needling part refers to the technique, which uses the...

Planning to Return to Exercise for Your New Year's Resolution? Book a Wellness Visit With Us First Jan 1st, 2020

Are you ready to get back into the gym routine? You’re not alone! Health-related plans — including dieting and exercising — are the most popular types of New Year’s resolutions. However, this is a big commitment and one you need to prepare for. Over half a million Americans are injured...

Reducing Your Dependence on Medications and Other Benefits of Physical Therapy Dec 2nd, 2019

If you have a musculoskeletal problem that has you constantly reaching for your bottle of painkillers or anti-inflammatories, you may feel temporarily better, but the discomfort will return. It always does. That’s because these medications do little to address the underlying cause of your pain, instead only providing you with...

Getting Active Again After an ACL Tear Nov 11th, 2019

Your knee is a complicated structure and one of the largest joints in your body. It contains bones, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, and other components that can become injured as a result of trauma or overuse. One of the most common knee injuries occurs when the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is...

The Tendonitis Guide Jan 29th, 2019

TREATING THE PAINFUL TENDON                   Tendon-related pain is a very common condition seen in Physical Therapy clinics and gyms across the globe. There are also several different types of tendon pathologies, including tendinitis (acute inflammatory reaction within a tendon), tendinosis (chronic structural weakening of a tendon), and tenosynovitis (irritation...

Compartment Syndrome Jan 22nd, 2019

COMPARTMENT SYNDROME                   Compartment syndrome is a condition in which the pressure within a limb increases and compresses nerves, blood vessels, and muscles. The ischemia to these tissues can result in pain, feelings of limb tightness, swelling, and paresthesias such numbness and tingling. This condition most commonly occurs in...

Does Running Increase Your Risk of Knee Arthritis? Jan 16th, 2019

DOES RUNNING INCREASE YOUR RISK OF DEVELOPING KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS?   One of the most common questions that Physical Therapists get asked is whether running will increase your risk of developing knee osteoarthritis (OA). In the past, many healthcare practitioners told their patients that running would wear down the cartilage of...

You Are Not Your MRI Report! Jan 7th, 2019

YOU ARE NOT YOUR MRI                   The advent of advanced imaging has done wonders for modern medicine. We are now able to take a detailed look inside of the body and see a huge variety of medical conditions, including fractures, tumors, spinal cord compression, arterial dysfunction, basically if you...

Flexibility VS Mobility Dec 14th, 2018

FLEXIBILITY VS MOBILITY                   Flexibility and mobility, while often used interchangeably, are actually not the same thing. Flexibility is defined as the body’s ability to achieve a certain position, and usually involves outside forces that move the body part into that position (i.e. using straps, having a partner push...