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Types of Headaches: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
We have all experienced a headache. Some headaches may be a mild annoyance, and others are brutally painful. Headaches can be defined as pain in any region of the head, but the intensity, duration, cause, and location can vary drastically per person and type of headache. Some studies suggest 1 in 20 adults experiences a headache every or nearly every day. In this blog, we’ll discuss the various types of headaches and how physical therapy can help. (more…)

Clinical Excellence: Celebrating Athletico’s Newest CMPTs

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Athletico is committed to promoting clinical excellence and inspiring professional growth. As an opportunity for specialized post-professional training, we partner with the Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy & Clinical Training (IMPACT) to deliver the advanced certification of Certified Manual Physical Therapist (CMPT). This certification advances clinical competency in manual physical therapy, and enhances clinical decision-making and differential diagnosis to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. Our clinicians are in dedicated cohorts of 15-20 clinicians in a structured program consisting of a didactic, lab, and online curriculum over 12-24 months. The achievement of CMPT is awarded in the successful passing of rigorous oral and practical proficiency testing. By earning this certification, these Athletico physical therapists join the elite ranks of less than two percent of therapists in the United States. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2021: Week 4

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If your fantasy football team didn’t perform as well as you hoped for in Week 3, it may be time to make some changes to your lineup! (more…)

5 Ways to Improve Your Balance

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Balance is observed in many aspects of life. An elite running back, a waitress, and even Grandma Sally all need good balance. A running back uses balance to stay on his feet and avoid defenders, whereas a waitress uses balance to carry food and weave in between guests. Grandma Sally uses her balance to navigate the grocery store or to walk to her mailbox. Balance plays a crucial role in avoiding falling and completing tasks throughout the day. (more…)

How Can Physical Therapy Help You Avoid Back Surgery?

Posted on by Tony Matoska PT, DPT, CMPT
If you’re one of the many people who’ve been dealing with chronic back pain, you may think surgery is your only option to get better. Research shows that over half of adults will experience chronic lower back pain at some point in their lives. Recent data has shown that the rate of lumbar spinal fusions has increased 170%. Unfortunately, the data also suggests that the re-occurrence or worsening of pain 12 months after a back procedure can range from 30-40%. One study indicates that up to 80,000 patients per year have continued to experience back pain after surgery. Many factors can affect the success of these procedures, including accuracy of the diagnosis, socioeconomic status, psychological factors, smoking habits, and anatomical changes that can occur to the surrounding structures and tissues. (more…)

3 Ways to Use a Foam Roller

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1
Foam rollers are one of the most widely used tools in the fitness industry. Everywhere you look, you seem to see either someone using one or touting the benefits of one of them, but does the evidence support the use of these therapeutic devices? A casual look into the research shows some positive benefits of using a foam roller, and I will give a few of my favorite ways to use one for your next workout. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2021: Week 3

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It’s not fall without football! With the official arrival of the fall season, we welcome the cool air, chili dinners and weekly football matchups to cheer on our favorite teams. (more…)

5 Myths about Back Pain

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
60-80% of adults will experience low back pain at some point. Back pain is linked to increased health care costs and missed work. There is a lot of information out there about the causes of and best ways to treat back pain. It may not be easy to distinguish what is myth and reality amongst this abundance of information. Here are five myths about low back pain and more information about what is true. (more…)
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