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Is Working from Home Causing You Pain?

Posted on by Angela Stevenson, OTR/L, CHT

At the height of the pandemic, physical and occupational therapists started seeing a record number of repetitive strain injuries resulting from working from home. Many were sent home to continue working but were not prepared to do so successfully.

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New Parent Posture Survival Guide

Posted on by Rose M. Heacock-Smith, MOT, OTR/L

Your beautiful bundle of joy has made their debut, and all you want to do is snuggle your precious little one, or your little seems always to want to be close to you. If this sounds like your situation, I can 100% relate because I have a five-month-old and a 2.5-year-old. I treat upper extremity injuries, and I never considered the importance of body mechanics when lifting and carrying my little ones until I started to experience the aches and pains of loving on my precious little ones at all hours of the day and night. Our little ones love us no matter the learning curve parenthood requires, and they need us at our healthiest. Let me share some tips I have learned.

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4 Back-to-School Posture Tips for Students

Posted on by Kathleen Warner PT, DPT, OCS

When the school supplies take over store aisles and the daylight hours begin to shorten, one can sense that back-to-school time is here. Whether your school experience is virtual or in-person this fall, be sure your return is pain-free! Here are four tips for decreasing strain on your spine and improving the ergonomics of your school experience. (more…)

Backpack Quiz

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

It’s back to school time! How much do you know about your kids’ backpacks – how much they weigh, how it should fit, and how to prevent aches and pains from backpack wear. Take our quiz and test your knowledge!

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Physical Therapy’s Role in the Workplace

Posted on by Athletico

Physical therapists play an active role in the care and prevention of Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace. Musculoskeletal pain refers to pain in the muscles, tendons, bones, joints, ligaments and nerves of the body. These MSDs are detrimental to the employee’s health, expensive for the business, and lead to lost time and turnover. In fact, musculoskeletal disorders are the largest healthcare expense in the U.S. Taken on in the form of workers’ compensation claims, MSDs account for over $50 billion dollars a year – many of which, may be preventable.

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Why Does It Hurt When I Sit?

Posted on by Athletico

In the past year many of us have been juggling the challenges of working from home. With this comes changes in work setups, changes in hours worked, and the blurring of work and home spaces. The combination of these changes may be contributing to aches and pain in various body parts. If you continue to work remote or are transitioning back to office life, here are some helpful tips.

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Workplace Ergonomics: Long-Term Tips for Working from Home

Posted on by Clinton Boone, PT, DPT

This year has seen a drastic increase in the number of people working from home. This change was sudden and unplanned for many people. Therefore, scores of people have turned their kitchen countertops and dining room tables into a home office. Many have gone from more ergonomically-sound setups in an office to a quick makeshift setup at home. The following are long-term tips for those working from home for the foreseeable future.

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Ergonomic Do’s and Don’ts: Long Term Home Office/Classroom Tips

Posted on by Brianna Brackin, PT, DPT

By now we have all begun to adapt to our new lifestyle amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It is pretty remarkable how quickly we can alter our daily lives to fit the ongoing changes that 2020 has brought on. For better or worse, much of these changes are centered around technology. We now rely heavily on platforms like Zoom and Facetime for e-learning, working virtually from home, and even connecting socially with family and friends. Though technology has made all of this possible, it does have one major downfall: promoting poor posture.

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