Ask the PT: About Ankle Pain

I sprained my ankle last year but still have ankle pain, especially when playing sports.  What can I do? Response by Karen Sullivan, PT of PT Cumberland Chronic ankle pain is a problem that can occur following single or multiple trauma events to the foot/ankle structures, most likely a ligament sprain.  Anyone who has played sports or even walked on uneven terrain has probably experienced a lateral ankle sprain.  Medial…

Ask the PT: About Improving My Balance

How do I Build Better Balance? Response from PT Cumberland Physical Therapist David Dansereau, MSPT Balance, a task we mastered early in life, seems simple enough. But as we age or encounter an injury or illness, balance may need to be relearned. Balance is controlled by a complex combination of your visual, muscular and neurological sensory systems that all work together.   To build better balance, the nervous system must…

Ask the PT: About Arthritis and my Balance

How has arthritis impaired my balance? Response from PT Cumberland Physical Therapist David Dansereau, MSPT One of the most common causes of falls,  particularly as we age,  is related to arthritis and inflammation in our joints.  This happens because the small receptors in joints that are constantly talking to your brain telling you what position your joints are in can become impaired.   This sophisticated balance feedback mechanism is also…