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Fitness Level and Injuries – Lower Back

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With a new year comes a new you! Many people are working towards their fitness goals at this point in the year, whether it be training for their first 5k or just trying to have a better feeling of self. Unfortunately this is not only when the mind can become a little weak but so can the body. (more…)

Do knee braces or sleeves work for knee osteoarthritis?

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Knee osteoarthritis (breakdown of articular cartilage along the joint surfaces) is rampant in the aging population. Some statistics show nearly 1 in 2 people may develop symptomatic knee osteoarthritis by age 85 years (1). These are odds are not good! (more…)

Take Care of Your Injury Sooner Rather Than Later

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We’ve all been there at one point or another. Dealing with daily pain can be a constant ritual of our day just like eating breakfast or combing your hair. (more…)

Trigger Finger: Not for Target Practice

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As we age, a little morning stiffness in the fingers may be a typical start to the day and opening and closing the fingers can quickly restore normal motion.  When this stiffness causes a finger to lock in a bent position when making a fist, it can be much more painful to extend finger and is a condition that may require additional medical attention. (more…)

Physical Therapy Fun Facts

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October is National Physical Therapy Month.

In honor of physical therapy month here are some physical therapy fun facts that you may not have been aware of.

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Chronic Pain

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Pain, though far from enjoyable, is something every one of us will experience at some point in our life.   In many cases pain is acute and caused by some type of trauma, incident, surgery, disease, or illness and there’s an end in sight once the healing process occurs. Chronic pain however is a different animal as this type of pain persists sometimes days, weeks, months, or even years. In fact, you may be surprised to find out chronic pain affects more people than coronary heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined. Below is a chart from the American Academy of Pain Medicine which depicts this comparison.

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5 Common Questions Patients Have After Their Knee Replacement

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1. How long will my swelling last? Swelling is normal after a knee replacement.  You may notice that your knee is large and discolored after surgery.  Swelling is not something to worry about  unless the swelling becomes excessive or is acompanied with a fever, redness, and unusual discharge from the incision.  Most of the swelling will calm down in the first 12 weeks after surgery, but some swelling may be present up through a year after your surgery.

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Stretch of the Week: Chair Lat Stretch

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This week marks the half way point through the month. How are you feeling? Are you keeping up with your stretching? I hope so!

This week’s stretch is chair lat stretch. It’s a great one to do at work if you sit at a desk all day, so take a break! I sometimes will even do this stretch at my kitchen counter 🙂 The only contraindication for this stretch is if you have a shoulder injury where you can not raise the arm overhead without pain. In which case, please refrain from performing this weeks stretch.

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Tips for Choosing a Good Physical Therapist

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For a person who has never attended physical therapy, the first time can bring many questions.  One question I hear or have been asked in the past is how do I choose a good physical therapist? Although there are no hard or fast rules when it comes to picking a physical therapist below are some suggestions that may assist you in your search.

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Level of Education Required for a Physical Therapist

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Patients often inquire how much schooling is required to become a physical therapist. Read below to learn about the level of education required for a Physical Therapist. (more…)

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