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Extremities

Extremity Pain and Injuries

Although small in size when compared to other parts of the body, extremities like the wrist, hand, elbow, ankle, and foot are extremely important. Unfortunately, they are also very prone to injury, which is why they are often targets for treatments that we perform at Synergy Sports Wellness Institute™. It can be easy to overlook just how large a role extremities play in a person’s daily life. Even minor issues like a high ankle sprain can keep you from walking for several weeks, while more severe problems, like plantar fasciitis, can be almost crippling. Luckily, we combine the latest technology with a wide range of customized therapies to help address these issues. Even more importantly, our patented Synergy Release Therapy and our new Advanced Muscle Integration Therapy (AMIT) can help identify and diagnose problem areas or muscle imbalances so that we can help prevent these injuries from occurring in the first place.

If you’ve already experienced an injury or are suffering pain in an extremity, it’s important to come see us as soon as possible to prevent the injury from getting any worse. Our certified Synergy providers treat many types of extremity injuries. Here is a quick look at some of the most common issues we see:

  • Achilles Pain: Physical activities like running or jumping can cause painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone.
  • Ankle Sprain: When the strong ligaments that support the ankle stretch beyond their limits or tear, causing pain and inflammation.
  • Calcaneal Spur (Heel Spur): A bony outgrowth from the calcaneal tuberosity (heel bone) that can cause painful inflammation of the connective tissue.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A form of repetitive stress injury, caused by repeated bending and extension of the wrist, that causes chronic pain, numbness, or tingling in the hand.
  • Dropped Arches: When the tendons in the foot, ankle, and lower leg do not pull together properly, there is little or no arch in the sole of the foot.
  • Dropped Foot: An abnormality of the stride in which the forefoot drops due to weakness, irritation or damage to nerves or muscles in the lower leg.
  • Elbow/Olecranon Bursitis: Pain and limited movement resulting from inflammation of the olecranon bursa, a thin, fluid-filled sac that is located at the boney tip of the elbow.
  • Ganglion Cysts: Noncancerous lumps that develop along the tendons or joints of the wrists, hands, ankles, or feet, which can be painful if they press on a nearby nerve.
  • Golfer’s Elbow: When overuse causes pain and inflammation where the tendons of the forearm muscles attach to the bony bump on the inside of the elbow.
  • High Ankle Sprain: A sprain of the ligaments that connect the tibia and fibula in the lower leg, actually located above the ankle.
  • Jammed Fingers/Toes: Joint pain and swelling resulting from an impact injury to the finger or toe; statistically one of the most common forms of injury in sports.
  • Little Leaguer’s Elbow: Painful lesions in the medial aspect of the elbow most commonly seen in baseball pitchers under the age of ten who practice excessively or with improper form.
  • Morton’s Neuroma: A swollen or painfully inflamed nerve in the ball of the foot, usually between the base of the second and third toes.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the connective tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot attaching the heel bone to the toes; one of the most common causes of heel pain.
  • Sever’s Disease: Painful inflammation of the growth plate in the heel caused by repetitive stress; particularly common in active children.
  • Stress Fracture: A tiny fracture of a bone caused by repeated (rather than sudden) mechanical stress, commonly resulting from strenuous exercise or heavy physical labor.
  • Subluxation of Foot: A partial dislocation of the joints of the foot typically caused by an ankle sprain that injures the ligaments on the outer edge of the ankle.
  • Tendonitis: An inflammation of a tendon, most commonly from overuse but also from infection or rheumatic disease.
  • Tennis Elbow: An inflammation of the tendons of the elbow caused by overuse of the muscles of the forearm; typically (but not exclusively) seen in patients who play a great deal of tennis.

If you suffer from one of these issues, we are confident that through our various therapies, doctors, and therapists, we can bring relief to your discomfort and get you back to a pain-free lifestyle. Check out the different Synergy Sports Wellness Therapies to learn more about what they do and how they may help with your injury.