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Blood Flow Restriction for Knee Osteoarthritis

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT

Knee pain can be a very troublesome nuisance to a majority of the population; whether knees are sore from a long day of activity or have been persistently sore from those glory days long ago. Knee pain can affect quality of life in many different ways including decreasing activity levels, making it uncomfortable to maintain certain postures for prolonged periods of time, or making it bothersome to go up and down stairs at home. Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is among the common knee-related conditions affecting quality of life – especially in the older population. In fact, knee OA is present in nearly 40 percent of individuals older than 60.

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7 PT-Approved Travel Tips

Posted on by Maeve Talbot, PT, DPT, BFA

As you gear up for summer vacation and travels, it’s important that your journey doesn’t wipe you out before your rest and relaxation begins. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when traveling that can help you keep your joints and muscles happy:

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Why am I Dizzy?

Posted on by Katie Semlow PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, Vestibular & Concussion Program Manager

Dizziness is among the most common reasons patients visit the emergency room, with more than 85 different conditions that can cause this symptom.1 One of most common causes for their dizziness that individuals seek emergency care for is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BBPV. About 50 percent of all dizziness in the older population is due to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), and accounts for 20 percent of dizziness across all ages.2

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The Benefits of Working Out in the Water

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

Summer is here and warmer weather brings new opportunities for workouts, including working out in the pool. Aquatic-based workouts have many benefits and do not necessarily mean you have to swim laps. Additionally, aquatic workouts are great for people of many ages and have incredible health benefits.

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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.

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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.

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What a Pain in the Rear!

Posted on by Jovie Murtha, PT, Women's Health Specialist

You are going to physical therapy for pain in your WHAT?! Let’s be real. Most people don’t think about going to physical therapy for pain in the “unmentionables.” Yet, so many people suffer needlessly from pelvic, vaginal, rectal, scrotal or clitoral pain every day. Twenty percent of women will suffer with pelvic pain at some point in their lives, and up to two million men in the U.S. alone experience pelvic pain.1,2,3 These painful symptoms can be a sign of a problem called pudendal neuralgia (PN).

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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.

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