TMJ Dysfunction — East Greenwich, RI

by Admin, May 19, 2014

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint of the jaw. We each have 2 of them located just in front your ears. Those who have dysfunction or pain in the jaw know exactly where it is located. When this joint becomes problematic it becomes difficult to open your mouth, bite and chew. The jaw […]


Gardening without Pain

by Admin, April 7, 2014

It's April 7th and I think I may be seeing signs of spring! The daffodils at my back door have bloomed. The birds are nosing around the bird houses for a new nesting spot. The neighbors are out raking, trimming, pruning. Gardening is hard work, especially after a long cold winter. Our bodies are just […] Read More...

TRX Training

by Susan Hammond, February 14, 2014

Have you lately heard the terms TRX or suspension training and wondered what they meant? TRX stands for total resistance exercise and suspension training is a system of exercise that utilizes your body weight leveraged against gravity to create resistance. TRX suspension training was born out of necessity by navy seals to stay in peak […]


Sprain or Strain?

by Susan Hammond, January 29, 2014

Some of the most common injuries treated by PTs are sprains and strains. Although treated similarly they are injuries to different parts of the body. Sprain: This is an over stretching of a ligament or a joint. Ligaments hold 2 bones together forming a joint. The joint capsule and ligaments that are the support system of a […]


Deductibles in 2014

by Susan Hammond, January 21, 2014

It is the beginning of 2014 and it is time to address the cost of being well — The burdensome DEDUCTIBLES AND CO-PAYMENTS. This is a great post by Dr. Eric Christensen, PT, DPT. He lays out a great argument for why you should invest your healthcare dollars of your deductibles with physical therapy treatments. He makes the […]


Shoulder Bursitis

by Susan Hammond, January 10, 2014

What is bursitis and how did you get it? Lets start with what a bursa is. The bursa is a fluid filled pouch that acts as a cushion between the bones of your shoulder and arm and the tendons and soft tissues that attach to them. Bursitis is an inflammation or irritation of this pouch. […]


Balance and Falls

by Susan Hammond, October 24, 2013

As we age, it becomes increasingly important to have good balance to assist in fall prevention. The CDC reports that 1 in every 3 people over the age of 65 years old will fall one time each year. This statistic increases to 1/2 population over the age of 80 years old. Those are some pretty staggering […]


Yoga For Back Pain — Part 2

by Susan Hammond, October 17, 2013

Improving mobility of the lower body is also important in controlling back pain. Tightness in large muscles in the lower body are also very frequent causes of in low back pain. The most common culprits are the hamstrings (back of your thigh) and the hip flexor, a deep muscle in the front of your hip […]


Yoga for Back Pain — Part 1

by Susan Hammond, September 25, 2013

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out physical therapy care, and clients often ask if yoga can improve their low back symptoms. Therefore, as part of National Yoga Month this September, Tru-Care Physical Therapy would like to share some insight why yoga is often considered effective in the treatment […]


Weight Lifter’s Elbow??

by Susan Hammond, September 6, 2013

Weight lifter’s elbow? Never heard of it! How about Mommy’s elbow? Carpenter’s elbow? Typer’s elbow? Salesman elbow? ….. No? Perhaps Tennis or Golfer’s elbow? Yes I am sure that most of you have heard of these 2 issues. But all the others are the same problem. Any of the options above create similar stress on the elbow as […]