Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

Frozen shoulder (FSS) is a syndrome, meaning it is defined by its signs and symptoms. Typically someone with a frozen shoulder will have pain and stiffness in the shoulder, but the diagnosis only applies to people whose movement is restricted passively. This means that when the shoulder is relaxed, movement is still limited when someone […]

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AxSpA & AS (Ankylosing Spondylitis)

AxSpA AxSpA is an abbreviation of Axial Spondyloarthritis. It may also go by AS, although this is more commonly used for ankylosing spondylitis. AxSpA literally means “spinal arthritis”, but the condition is more specific than that. It is a very under-diagnosed inflammatory condition, in the same family as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s […]

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The Stomatognathic System

The Stomatognathic system is a fancy name for the everything encompassing the mouth (stoma) and jaws (gnath). I see relatively few people who come in and tell me they have problems in this area, but it’s still something to consider because osteopathy is holistic. If someone mentions jaw pain, like lower back pain, I want […]

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Bursitis

There are over a hundred fluid filled sacs called “bursae” in the body. Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. Symptoms can include focal pain, swelling, heat, and redness. In areas where tendons run closely to bone, you can often find bursae, as their function is to prevent friction. The two areas in which I see […]

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Osgood Schlatter’s Disease

Osgood Schlatter’s disease is a relatively common juvenile condition in which a fragment of bone from the tibia (shin bone) is pulled away by the quadriceps. This condition most often affects active 10-15 years olds. Symptoms include a tender swelling just below the knee cap (the tibial tubercle). Once the condition has run its course, […]

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