Mary Dicaro is a physical therapist practicing in Peoria, AZ. Mary Dicaro specializes in physical treatment to help a patient reduce pain, restore mobility, rehabilitate an injury, or increase movement and overall function. As a physical therapist, Mary Dicaro can treat multiple conditions with exercises, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, joint mobilization, heat, ice, massage, laser or light therapy and more. Mary Dicaro will create a treatment plan based on the patients specific injury or condition, and might target a specific body part or body system based on the individual.
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Back pain is a problem for many and it has many causes. Treatment and prognosis depend on the diagnosis and cause of pain. Have you had any testing done? If more serious causes of back pain have been ruled out, most of the time, chronic pain, (which is pain lasting over 3 months) is due to a 'mechanical' issue. This simply means it is a result of soft tissue that is under stress or strain due to postural changes, alignment or structural changes in the spine or pelvis combined with muscular weakness or tightness. An individual examination would reveal which tissues are tight, which have become weak or non-supportive and whether or not you have a malalignment of the spine or pelvis that requires correction. Often times, even if there was a precipitating injury or event that 'caused' the pain, the brain is still receiving signals that there is an injury. I would suggest seeing a Physical therapist in your area, for an evaluation and once the underlying factors have been determined they can provide you with an exercise program tailored to your unique and individual needs. Exercise is an effective way to manage chronic pain and get you back to an active life. READ MORE
Sciatica is a medical term that refers to pain that radiates down the course of the 'sciatic nerve'. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that is comprised of the nerve roots of the last 3 lumbar vertebrae. It travels through the hip and then sends branches down the leg. There are many reasons why a person will have 'sciatica' like symptoms. An xray may reveal arthritic changes in the spine with narrowing of the foramen where the nerve root exists the spine. An MRI may reveal there is a disc that is herniated or protruding into the space where the nerve occupies. More often than not, the pain is more of a muscular origin, either coming from the back or from a muscle deep in the back of the hip called the Piriformis. The Piriformis lies directly over the sciatic nerve as it transverses through the back of the hip and can put 'pressure' on the nerve if it is tight. Managing this condition is often a combination of stretching the hip, and strengthening the abdominal and core muscles to support the spine and pelvis in optimal alignment. Once the symptoms are reduced it will be necessary to continue the exercises and maintain good postural alignment in order to prevent the pain from recurring. READ MORE
Mid-back pain can be caused by many things with the musculoskeletal system being just one of them. Do you recall an incident that may have precipitated the pain? A new exercise program, lifting routine, or perhaps sitting for longer than normal at a computer or tablet? A differential diagnosis will include pain referred from the lungs and even the gallbladder. If it is positional, it may more likely be due to muscle strain or a subluxation of the vertebrae. Does massage, heat, or rest improve it? Again, this would be more likely if it is coming from the muscles or spine. If it persists, I would recommend an X-ray. READ MORE
My suggestion is isometric exercises where the muscles surrounding the knee joint are contracted without putting a strain on the joints themselves. A weakness of the quadriceps muscles (4 muscles in the front of the thigh) is often associated with knee pain in arthritic and non-arthritic knees. I would begin with simple straight leg lifts in a supine position (back-lying). You can find other examples of isometric exercises online. READ MORE
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Get to know Physical Therapist, Mary A. DiCaro, who serves the population of Arizona. Mary graduated from DePaul University and the University of Illinois in Chicago, where she studied biological Sciences and Physical Therapy. She is is a certified personal trainer and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. She has also completed her certification in Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Coaching, through SWIHA, Tempe, Arizona. She has recently been a repeated guest speaker and presenter at Grand Learning, and RISE (Rio Salado Community College), both located in Surprise, Arizona. You can visit her blog at madicaro.wordpress.com. Or her website at www.mdtherapyandwellness.com. She is currently nearing completion of her first book, “Grace Filled Aging”, Overcoming the Common Pitfalls of Aging and Living an Awakened life. Mary currently practices through her own private practice for Physical Therapy, Personal Training, and Wellness Coaching, in addition to providing care in outpatient clinical settings. Physical therapy is a healthcare specialty that includes the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of individuals with injuries or limitations in functional mobility. Physical therapy services are provided by physical therapists, who are medical professionals, trained in Anatomy, Physiology, Kinesiology, and with expertise in Neuroanatomy and the Musculoskeletal system. Physical Therapists are licensed by the state in which they work. Most Physical therapists (or PTs, as they are commonly called) have a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate degree from an accredited institution and must sit for a licensing exam to practice. Many have additional and ongoing training in a particular area of specialization.They are trained to assess your condition and help you regain maximal functional mobility and independence.
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