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How Physical Therapy Can Help with Your Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Sep 1st, 2022

Joint hypermobility diseases, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), pose unique challenges for maintaining healthy physical activity. If you have EDS, your connective tissues are abnormally loose, resulting in hyperflexibility in your joints. EDS can also result in chronic pain and skin fragility. At Momentum Physical Therapy, Tanya Balakrishnan, MPT, and her skilled team...

Feeling Off Balance? It Could Be Peripheral Neuropathy Aug 1st, 2022

September 21-26 marks balance awareness week, and if you notice that you’re feeling off-balance, it may not be your imagination. Balance problems are common and can lead to falls and serious injuries. The team at Momentum Physical Therapy specializes in changing and enhancing the body through movement. If you have a balance disorder, physical therapy...

All About Arthritis Jul 1st, 2022

Living with arthritis can become increasingly difficult. The persistent stiffness and pain in your joints often put limits on your life and interferes with your ability to get the exercise you need to support joint health. To help you battle the vicious cycle arthritis creates, Dr. Kelly Masuda, and the experienced...

How Rehabilitation Works After Joint Replacement Jun 1st, 2022

Joint replacement surgery is now the most common inpatient procedure covered by Medicare. Most often, knees and hips are the joints that need to be replaced, and both surgeries usually result in an improved quality of life for patients.  At Momentum Physical Therapy, we provide rehabilitation following joint replacement surgery. Our team is knowledgeable in...

The Unique Benefits of Aquatic Therapy May 1st, 2022

When you’re trying to overcome the pain and limitations that come with musculoskeletal damage, physical therapy can play an enormous role. If you think this means jumping on a treadmill or sitting down at a weight machine and soldiering through the pain, think again. Aquatic therapy is a gentle yet...

You Don't Have to Live with Fibromyalgia Pain Apr 1st, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately four million American adults suffer from fibromyalgia. Pain is one of the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia and can affect the entire body, from headaches to tingling and numbness in the hands and feet. Even moderate pain can have...

Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Curable? Mar 1st, 2022

Our bodies’ underlying structures, including muscles, veins, and organs, are made of connective tissues. Connective tissues are a mix of cells and proteins, including collagen — the most abundant protein in the body. Elder-Danlos Syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that affects the way that your body produces collagen, creating...

At-Home Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis Feb 1st, 2022

If you’ve ever had plantar fasciitis, you know it’s no joke. The pain in your heel and bottom of your foot can make walking extremely painful, and running or exercise becomes much more difficult. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia (a long, thin ligament that extends from your heel...

Treating Your Lower Back Pain with Pilates Jan 1st, 2022

If your back hurts, you’re probably doing everything you can to avoid using those muscles. But reduced use of your muscles leads to muscle loss and imbalance, neither of which help reduce your back pain.  The APPI Pilates specialists at Momentum Physical Therapy in Los Angeles offer private Pilates lessons...

How Aquatic Therapy Can Improve Your Balance Dec 1st, 2021

Loss of balance can be frightening and dangerous. Several factors contribute to balance problems, and advancing age exacerbates all of them. Considering that the percentage of Americans aged 65 or older is growing, there will be more folks susceptible to poor balance and dangerous falls. At Momentum Physical Therapy, our...

How Physical Therapy Works for Your Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Nov 1st, 2021

Living with joint hypermobility diseases, like Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, comes with unique challenges. This condition leads to abnormally loose connective tissue, meaning your joints are more flexible than average.  While extra flexibility may seem like a good thing, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome leaves you at risk for chronic pain, recurring dislocations, and early...

Alternative Therapies for Your Joint Pain After Surgery Oct 6th, 2021

From injuries at work, during sports, or just moving around the house, millions of Americans deal with injuries in their joints. With about 30 million children and teens involved in sports annually and working adults dealing with problems like sprains, strains, and overexertion from their jobs, it’s no surprise that...

Understanding APPI Pilates Sep 9th, 2021

Created in the early 1920s by trainer Joseph Pilates, Pilates is one of the most popular fitness systems worldwide. The initial goal of the system was to strengthen and heal injuries experienced by soldiers during wartime. However, it’s now used for weight loss and recovery alike.  Today, there are several...

Help for Your Low Back Pain Aug 12th, 2021

Does your back often ache? If so, you're not alone. In fact, about 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime.  Back pain is a common complaint among the following segments of the population: Workers who regularly carry heavy objects Obese and overweight individuals  People...

What to Do About Your Balance Disorder Jul 7th, 2021

Balance issues are a common complaint among the elderly. Along with low muscle mass, they’re a major cause of falls and fractures.  However, being dizzy and unsteady on your feet are symptoms that can occur at any age. Low blood pressure, high blood pressure, stroke, neuropathy, infections of the ear,...

Why Aquatic Therapy Might Be Right for You Jun 22nd, 2021

Aquatic therapy is a type of physical therapy that takes place in a heated pool. Under the guidance of a physical therapist, you follow a gentle exercise regimen while submerged underwater.  Our specialists at Momentum Physical Therapy use aquatic therapy for patients who suffer from chronic pain and those who...

Warning Signs You Have a Disc Injury May 24th, 2021

Spinal discs are the soft cushions between the bones in your spine. These discs enable your spine to move, and they provide shock absorption. Unfortunately, aging, weight gain, poor posture, cigarette use, and a sedentary lifestyle can cause discs to become more vulnerable to injuries.  To help you gain a...

Recovering From Joint Replacement Apr 21st, 2021

If you’ve been suffering from arthritis or other conditions that cause stiffness and chronic pain in the joints, surgery is a relief. Although replacing a damaged joint with an artificial piece will help reduce some of the symptoms, it’s important to follow a recovery program to regain full functionality.  To...

5 Benefits of Pilates Mar 16th, 2021

Pilates is often associated with a toned body. However, it was invented in the 1930s by Joseph Pilates with the intention to help soldiers injured in war recover from chronic pain. The Pilates method is a series of exercises inspired by ballet, calisthenics, and yoga, and it’s meant to improve...

Finding Your Balance After a Stroke Feb 1st, 2021

Following a stroke, being able to walk with confidence is the first step to regaining your independence. However, there are a few obstacles in the way, namely dizziness, weakness, poor coordination, and visual field loss.  Our specialists at Momentum Physical Therapy, located in Los Angeles, California, work with stroke patients,...

The Link Between Your Ears and Balance Disorders Jan 19th, 2021

Do you feel unsteady on your feet? Don’t blame your legs. It could be an ear issue that's causing the problem. Your ears are the command center of your ability to stay balanced. The vestibular system, found inside the ear, sends out signals to your brain based on your head...

Recognizing the Early Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy Dec 13th, 2020

Chronic tingling, numbness, and pain in the feet and hands could be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, a condition in which the nerves become damaged or diseased.  Nerves carry messages to the central nervous system. When these signals are interrupted, you may lose the ability to experience sensations in certain...

Why Fall Prevention Is So Important for the Elderly Nov 10th, 2020

According to the National Council of Aging, every 11 minutes, an adult over the age of 65 is admitted to the emergency room due to a fall. And every 19 minutes, an elderly passes away due to a fall. These statistics might be frightening, but with the right prevention methods,...

The Many Benefits of Aquatic Therapy Oct 13th, 2020

Do you enjoy spending time in a heated pool? Water is a fun environment where you can recover from injuries and prevent complications from degenerative conditions.  Water’s buoyancy reduces pressure on your joints and spine, making it easier for you to move around. However, the benefits of aquatic exercise don’t...

What Is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? Sep 21st, 2020

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a group of connective tissue disorders that impact the joints, skin, and blood vessels. In people suffering from EDS, the collagen that makes up the connective tissue is fragile and stretchy. Because collagen is found throughout the body, symptoms of EDS can vary depending on where...

Who Is a Candidate for Joint Replacement? Aug 26th, 2020

Joint replacement surgery is more common than you might realize. Between 1971 and 2003, the rates of total knee replacement went up by 400%, and total hip replacement rates increased by 44%.  And it’s not just the elderly receiving joint replacement surgeries. More and more younger adults are getting joint...

6 Symptoms of a Balance Disorder Jul 21st, 2020

Balance disorders are one of the most common accidental injuries in adults 65 years and older.  Although age is a risk factor for balance disorders, aging itself doesn’t cause this condition. However, as you age, you have a higher risk of developing conditions that weaken your sense of balance.  Neuropathy,...

Continue to Strengthen Your Body Post Therapy With Private Pilates Instruction Jun 23rd, 2020

Strokes, car crash injuries, and degenerative illnesses can all lead to limited mobility, stiffness, and impaired functionality. As you age, you may end up working with a physical therapist either to reduce pain associated with aging or to recover from illness or trauma. Many Americans benefit from short-term physical therapy,...

5 Risk Factors That Can Lead to a Herniated Disc May 26th, 2020

Do you dread bending down to grab something off the floor? Do you avoid twisting your back because it causes you pain? If this sounds familiar, you could be suffering from a herniated disc. Your spinal discs are located between your vertebrae and provide cushion, absorbing shocks and preventing friction...

Don’t Live With Shoulder Pain: We Have Preventive Tips and Treatment Apr 24th, 2020

If your shoulder is stiff, aching, or in pain constantly, you’re not alone. Shoulder pain is the third most common reason why people seek help from orthopedic specialists—and you should too! The team of expert physical therapists at Momentum Physical Therapy, here in the Sawtelle area of Los Angeles, California,...

Bounce Back Faster with Pilates-Based Rehabilitation Mar 6th, 2020

Developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, Pilates is a series of exercises focused on rehabilitation.    At first, Pilates was a series of exercises performed either on a mat or on a machine called a reformer. Although Pilates programs have changed dramatically over the years, they still...

What To do About Your Chronic Joint Pain Feb 17th, 2020

In the United States, more than 54 million people suffer from arthritis — a degenerative joint disease — and about 24 million men and women report that severe joint pain limits their daily activities. And, arthritis isn’t the only cause of chronic joint pain. Discomfort and reduced mobility may be...