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Avocad-OH NO! Tips to Avoid Avocado Hand

Posted on by Athletico
By Shelia Tenny, OTR/L, CHT and Ellie Park, OTD/s Avocado’s have increased in popularity, as the heart healthy benefits and high nutrient content of this super-food, have made them a favorite condiment, side dish, salad and sandwich topper. Let’s face it, they’re creamy and delicious! On the down side, there has been a rise in avocado related hand injuries due to self-inflicted knife accidents. The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons has even warned the public regarding the safety risk of cutting avocados.1 Read More

Plantar Fasciitis: Treat your Feet

Posted on by Sarah Ryerson, PT, ATC, CSCS
The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous connective tissue on the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel to the toes. While this location ideally positions the plantar fascia to fulfill its role as a stabilizing structure, it ultimately predisposes the area to repetitive use and the potential for inflammation and chronic tissue changes. Read More

To the Pointe: Common Foot and Ankle Injuries Among Dancers

Posted on by Kathleen Warner, PT, DPT, Performing Arts Specialty
Dancers are often known for the beautiful lines and shapes they can achieve with their bodies. They are able to spin on the tips of their toes and jump high into the air, landing ever so gracefully on their feet. Due to the demands of the sport, it is not a surprise that foot and ankle injuries account for more than half of the injuries sustained by pre-professional and professional ballet dancers.1 Read below to learn about some of the most common foot and ankle injuries that impact dancers. Read More

Treatment Options for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted on by Sophie Goloff, MSOT, OTR/L
Carpal tunnel is one of the most well-known and commonly treated hand/wrist conditions. Some of the telltale signs of this condition include numbness and/or tingling throughout your thumb, index finger and middle finger, as well as weakened grip strength and decreased hand coordination. Not everyone notices pain, although pain in the palm or wrist is not uncommon. Read More

Is My Body Ready for Exercise?

Posted on by Caleb O. Johnson, PT, DPT
The time for you to move is no better than now. If you’re reading this, chances are you want to make a change in your life. Change equals the combination of knowledge, motivation and opportunity.6 Today we will review movement and exercise knowledge. I hope this message will resonate with you and provide motivation for movement. Read More

How Physical Therapy Can Treat Bladder Pain Syndrome

Posted on by Jovie Murtha, PT, Women's Health Specialist
Jennifer sits in class, not being able to concentrate on anything except the constant burning she feels in her bladder. Susan has to miss out on family outings, because she is embarrassed that she has to go to the bathroom every fifteen minutes. Tom has severe urinary urgency and lower abdominal pain that has taken all the joy out of his everyday life. Sara’s marriage is on the rocks because the excruciating pain she feels with intercourse is destroying her intimacy with her husband, who feels rejected. Read More

Common Upper Extremity Injuries for the DIY Weekend Warrior

Posted on by Erik Krol
The past eight months in my new role as a father-to-be has challenged my organizational, physical and power tool skills in order to prepare our home for the new baby’s arrival. During the week, I work 40+ hours as a hand/occupational therapist treating and rehabilitating patients’ upper extremity conditions. On the weekends, endless home improvement projects have left my hands, wrists, and elbows feeling more sore, inflamed and tighter than ever before. My own recent upper extremity symptoms have led me to practice everything that I preach in the clinic. Read More

The Basics of How to Fit a Bike

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
As the weather turns warmer, many people go outdoors for their workouts. Cycling is a great outdoor activity, providing a cardiovascular workout that places minimal impact through the joints. In this way, cycling can be a good option for those who do not tolerate higher level impact activities, such as running. Cycling can also be an essential component to any cross training program. Read More
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