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4 Signs you Could Benefit from PT

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

Physical therapy (PT) is a great treatment option for people with all sorts of ailments. In this blog, we will dive into four signs you could benefit from physical therapy treatment.

Physical therapy treatment is made up of four primary components: therapeutic exercise, functional activities, neuromuscular re-education, and manual therapy. Therapeutic exercise refers to exercises designed to help address a physical problem or ailment. Functional activities are interventions that cater more to your daily activities. Getting up from a chair, walking a long distance at work or getting in and out of your car, to name a few. Neuromuscular re-education references the connection between the brain and nerves to tell the body what to do and how to do it. Finally, manual therapy is a “hands-on” treatment like deep tissue mobilization, passive range of motion, or mobilization of a joint.

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An Honest Discussion On Opioids

Posted on by Brian Whittington, PT, DPT, CMTPT

Randy Ramseyer pleads with the head of the District Attorney’s office to take his concerns seriously. Ramseyer and his partner are Virginia lawyers following an alarming trend. Nearly all of their cases are connected to OxyContin. Ramseyer doesn’t fully realize the scope of this problem, but in a clear, confident voice, he says, “Our community is ground zero for a national catastrophe!”

This catastrophe became commonly known as the “opioid epidemic” and this dramatic scene was captured in the hit Hulu show Dopesick. Dopesick, an 8-part mini-series starring Michael Keaton, captures its audience by exposing the underbelly of the opioid epidemic. Yet the series’ most important contribution was to capture how the opioid epidemic affected real people, families, and countless communities around the country.

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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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How Long Is Too Long? When To Seek Help for Pain

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

The majority of individuals have experienced some form of physical pain or injury over the course their lives. Some adopt the “no pain, no gain” mentality while others seek medical attention right away. Is it ok to “work through the pain”? What about taking a “wait and see” approach prior to seeking medical care? How long is too long to wait prior to receiving medical care for pain?

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Waking Up with Pain? Use These 4 Tips To Help

Posted on by Athletico

Waking up with pain and soreness is quite common, especially because when we sleep, we maintain relatively similar positions for 6-10 hours with minimal movement. I have heard many patients say that they wake up with low back pain or neck pain in the morning. For some patients, that pain goes away throughout the day. However, other people experience lingering pain that lasts for most of the day. Here are four recommendations for people who wake up in chronic pain.

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