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Sleep Positions for Less Low Back Pain

Posted on by Rebecca Weiner, PT, DPT, ASTYM certified
As a physical therapist, one of the biggest complaints I receive about low back pain (LBP) is about how it can impact one’s ability to sleep through the night. According to research, low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in adults in the U.S., and the most common reason for lost work days.1 Read More

Why Did My Doctor Send Me To Physical Therapy for a Bladder Problem?

Posted on by Jovie Murtha, PT, Women's Health Specialist
“Every time I cough, I leak. I can’t jump on a trampoline without getting my pants all wet. When I hear running water, my own water works start. Here I am in my doctor’s office, waiting for her to prescribe that medication I see on TV, the one that will make all my troubles go away. Instead, she gave me an order to go to physical therapy. Wait, did she hear me correctly? Surely she meant a urologist? Can’t she just give me that magic pill instead?” – These are all common questions for patients who are prescribed physical therapy for urinary incontinence. Read More

Pins and Needles: What Does Tingling Mean?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
You know that feeling when your foot falls asleep? It feels like static, tingling, or pins and needles. When this happens, the feeling usually lasts for a short period of time and goes away quickly. Tingling and numbness is a type of nerve pain that typically subsides with movement of the limb. In this case, the pain is usually due to restricted blood flow. The tingling can feel awkward and unpleasant but it is only temporary. However not all nerve pain is short lived; some tingling or numbness is constant and can be linked to a more serious medical condition. Read More

How to Start Exercising for Beginners

Posted on by Olivia Castillo, PT, DPT
When was the last time you worked out? Has it been a few weeks or months since you’ve been to the gym? That’s ok! It is never too late to start exercising for the first time, and it’s never too late to get back into exercising after a long time away from the gym. Read below for some tips on how to get started! Read More

Pros and Cons of Wearing a Brace During Sports

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
When watching sporting events on TV, it is not uncommon to see an athlete wearing a brace – typically on the ankle or knee. Oftentimes the athlete is wearing the brace because they were previously injured and returning to active play. This could lead one to wonder why all athletes don’t wear braces to prevent injury. There is a lot of information out there about the use of braces in athletics, so let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons. Read More

How Physical Therapy Can Help Patients Regain Mobility After Limb Loss

Posted on by Joseph Themig, PT, DPT
Nearly 2 million people in the United States live with a major limb loss as a result of illness or trauma.1 Although medical advances in the treatment of cardiovascular disease and diabetes has reduced the need for life-altering amputations, the overall number of those who require lower limb amputations is expected to continue to grow as a result of the growing prevalence of metabolic diseases.2 For those who have suffered limb loss, physical therapy is an important aspect in the restoration of mobility, care of amputee wounds, the management of post-operative pain and the prevention of further injury. Oftentimes those who have suffered limb loss are fitted with a prosthesis, which is an artificial body part. Outpatient physical therapy for post-operative care following limb loss consists of pre-prosthetic and post-prosthetic care. Learn more about prosthetic rehabilitation below. Read More

3 Essential Exercises for Shoulder Stability

Posted on by Brian Whittington, PT, DPT, CMTPT
The shoulder is a complex joint that consists of a “ball” on one side and a “socket” on the other. Due to this construction, the shoulder is classified as “ball-and-socket” joint. To gain a better perspective on the size of this ball-and-socket joint, think of a golf ball sitting on a tee. On one side you have a really large ball and the other a small socket. The proportions of this large ball and small socket allows for the shoulder joint to have the largest amount of motion of any joint in the body, but there is a price to pay for this amount of motion. Read More

Athletico Takes on APTA’s CSM 2019

Posted on by Athletico
Our team had a great time networking with more than 16,700 physical therapy professionals during the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) 2019 Combined Sections Meeting (CSM), which took place in Washington D.C. from January 23 – 26. Read More
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