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When Should I Be Worried About My Pain?

Posted on by Tom McDevitt PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

What better time of year than the New Year to start fresh with a few weight loss and fitness goals, right? You are excited, motivated, and ready to make changes. Day one comes, and you put in a great workout. You head home, eat a good dinner, and get to bed excited to get back to the gym the next day. However, as you wake up and take your first step out of bed, you notice your knee hurts and feels a bit swollen. This is odd because you don’t remember your knee hurting yesterday, and you become concerned. Should you be worried? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that, and the reality is most pain that we experience will disappear and how we label the pain or feel about our pain can affect the outcome.

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Quiz: Is Physical Therapy Right for Me?

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT

Physical therapy is sometimes misunderstood. Physical therapy can help with a various injuries, illnesses, diseases, and diagnoses. Curious if physical therapy could be right for you? Take our quiz to see if you may be a good candidate for physical therapy.

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3 Ways to Manage Your Back Pain

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1

The Athletico blog has many resources available to its readers about mitigating and finding relief for back pain. I intend to provide a few more ways to help manage back pain in this blog. This blog will give you a framework to help manage your symptoms and get some form of relief to allow you to live your life with less pain and give you a sense of self-efficacy to help manage your back pain symptoms.

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12 Days of Stretches for a Healthy Holiday

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

The holiday season is a joyous time of year to spend quality time with family and friends. This time of the year can be tough on the body, however. Whether you are spending more time cooking, cleaning, putting up lights, or even shoveling, it’s a good idea to remember to stretch.

Stretching can help reduce stress and improve aches and pains that may be brought on by the holidays. Here are 12 stretches you can do daily for a happy and healthy holiday season.

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5 Exercises to Improve Core Strength for Cheer Stunting

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

The core is the foundation for your entire body. Your core is much more than just abdominal muscles; the core includes the whole trunk, including the front, back, sides, and pelvic floor, and it spans from your shoulder blades to your hips. Every movement for a cheerleader starts at the core. If cheerleaders are not activating the core, then all movements, including running, squatting, basket tosses, and stunting, could be weaker, slower, or lead to injury.

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5 Physical Therapy Tips After Your Surgery

Posted on by Ariss Pierce, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT

Millions of Americans undergo surgery each year. Physical therapy is one of the best healthcare decisions you can make before and after surgery to ensure you heal properly. This blog will discuss tips to help you prepare for a surgical procedure as well as what to expect after the procedure.

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Tips from a PT: How to Fall-Proof Your Home

Posted on by Kathleen Habschmidt PT, DPT

Unfortunately, thousands of older adults aged 65 and older sustain a fall each year. Many falls lead to injuries that vary in severity. Falls can happen anywhere, but the majority of them occur in the home. Our homes can be full of hidden hazards. One way to reduce you or a loved one’s risk of falling is to fall-proof your home. For elderly families that may be visiting during the upcoming holidays, these helpful tips can keep everyone safe.

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Q&A with a Men’s Health Physical Therapist

Posted on by Nate Mancillas, PT, DPT, MS CSCS

During Men’s Health Awareness Month, we encourage men to take steps toward living a healthier life by staying active, maintaining a good diet, and taking early action when experiencing health issues. We sat down with men’s health expert, physical therapist, and Chicago clinic manager Nate Mancillas to discuss important men’s health topics and how physical therapy can help overall wellness. (more…)

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