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What’s the Recovery for a Broken Bone?

Posted on by Laura Flanigan, MSOT, OTR/L

As hand therapists, one of the most common injuries we see are broken bones (fractures) of the arm, wrist, and hand. These fractures often occur after a fall and can happen to anyone at any age. This blog will discuss what the recovery period could look like if you or a loved one experiences a broken bone.

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Preventing Injuries from Video and E-Gaming

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

With the increased popularity of gaming, otherwise known as eSports, or video gaming, there is increased potential for repetitive injuries in teens and young adults. This type of gaming allows players to participate from their home office or even their bedroom, using a handheld controller keyboard and mouse, or touch screen, possibly while wearing a headset to communicate with fellow teammates. Even though it is not a contact sport, injuries can occur. Here are some tips to prevent injuries, fatigue and strain, and treatment options if you experience a gaming injury.

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What is Work Conditioning and What Are the Benefits?

Posted on by Callie Hopper PT, DPT, CEAS III, Astym Certified

Work conditioning is a somewhat misunderstood program. Some think it is for injured workers who have failed acute therapy, some believe it is the last chance before a patient reaches the end of care, and some assume it is acute physical therapy but with more lifting involved.

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Why Do Runners Get Shin Splints?

Posted on by Blake Helton, PT, DPT

If you’ve ever felt a nagging pain or tingling along the inside of your shinbone (tibia), you may have what’s known as shin splints. The good news is with proper recovery and tips from your physical therapist; this injury doesn’t have to keep you from doing what you love. Read below to learn more about shin splints and how they’re treated.

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Why Are ACL Tears So Common? 4 Ways to Help Minimize Your Risk of Injury

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, the dreaded injury. Many people know ACL tears are a severe injury, involving a long road of recovery despite surgical or conservative intervention. The ACL is a sturdy ligament deep in the knee joint that stabilizes the knee, specifically with rotational movements. There are two ways to injure your ACL, direct contact or non-contact. A direct contact ACL injury is when the knee takes a direct blow from another person or object. A non-contact ACL injury occurs when pivoting, cutting, twisting, or landing on the knee.

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MCL vs. ACL: What’s the Difference?

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.

When talking with a healthcare provider, medical jargon can quickly become alphabet soup. The knee, for example, houses the anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral collateral ligament. The ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL respectively. Huh? What do those words and acronyms even mean? What do these structures do for the knee anyway? In the absence of an explanation, this jargon can become confusing or overwhelming for patients. Let’s take a deeper look at two of the major ligaments in the knee and make some sense of the alphabet soup, shall we?

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Tokyo Olympics: Athletes to Watch

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

The summer Olympics are fast approaching. I know I am extremely excited to watch all the events after the games were delayed last year due to the pandemic. Olympians are elite athletes at the top of their fields. They train for many years for a chance to qualify for this giant international competition. With this intensity and dedication to training, injury does occur. Here are just a few athletes returning to qualify for the Olympics after sustaining an injury and when to look for them during the Tokyo Olympics!

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6 Exercises to Help Minimize an Injury to the ACL

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

With ACL injuries on the rise in young athletes, it is as important as ever to improve the strength in the lower limbs as a means to prevent an ACL tear.1 The average time of recovery after an ACL tear and subsequent surgery is typically six to nine months, and can set back an athlete for a much longer period of time than that.2 Biomechanics and strength are just a few pieces of the puzzle that can help prevent an injury. Proper rest, recovery, sleep, and nutrition can also help minimize the risk of an ACL tear from happening. The following are a list of strengthening exercises that address important aspects of an ACL prevention program.

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