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You Have Questions About HIIT And MICT And We Have Answers

May 11, 2021
In our last newsletter, we explored a few of the many health benefits associated with regular physical activity and discussed two popular approaches to exercise that are worth considering: high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and moderate-intensity c […]

Exercise Can Improve Your Health In Less Time Than You Think

May 4, 2021
If there’s anything the public knows about exercise, it’s simple: doing it is good for you. This association is undoubtedly common knowledge by this point, but what many people may not fully understand is just how far these benefits go. Research conti […]

Seeing A Physical Therapist Early Can Help With Long-Term Success

April 27, 2021
In our last three newsletters, we’ve looked into the most common causes of low back pain and offered some tips on what to do if and when it strikes. Taking these steps and making other smart lifestyle changes—like moving more, sitting less, and improv […]

Following A Plant-Based Diet Could Help Alleviate Lower Back Pain

April 20, 2021
Low back pain is more complex than it might appear on the surface. Many conditions can be responsible—as we discussed in our first newsletter—and there are also numerous potential factors that could play a role in the development of pain, some of whic […]

Performing This Exercise Can Strengthen The Back And Alleviate Pain

April 13, 2021
If you have low back pain, you’re far from alone. Tens of millions of Americans are affected by it, with some only being bothered occasionally and others burdened on a nearly constant basis. Regardless of where you fall along this spectrum, there’s a […]

Diagnosis For Back Pain is Not Important, But Addressing It Is

April 6, 2021
Few conditions can compete with back pain when it comes to prevalence. As one of the most common reasons for visiting a doctor, about 25% of Americans have dealt with low back pain in just the past three months, and up to 80% of the population will encoun […]

An Anti-Inflammatory Diet Can Provide Wide-Reaching Health Benefits

March 22, 2021
Inflammation is one of the body's greatest weapons. When a foreign substance enters your body—through an infection, injury, or some other cause—the immune system kicks into action and sends out inflammatory cells that are capable of containing […]

A Physical Therapist Can Help You Down The Fastest Route To Recovery

March 16, 2021
In our first post, we discussed three of the most common conditions that occur in the lower leg and answered some frequently asked questions about these issues. Next, we walked you through three key exercises that you can perform on your own to alle […]

Three Key Stretches to Address Your Lower Extremity Pain

March 9, 2021
Lower extremity issues like shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, and plantar fasciitis are fairly common, particularly in individuals who are physically active. The gradual development of pain and resulting physical limitations often take a toll […]

Many Common Painful Conditions Of The Lower Leg Are Related To Overuse

March 2, 2021
The lower portion of your body is tougher than you might realize. Your lower leg, ankles, and feet have the tall task of bearing the brunt of your entire bodyweight any time you perform an activity that involves standing. So it’s easy to see that these […]

For Lingering Myofascial Pain, Physical Therapy is Your Best Bet

February 22, 2021
Myofascial pain syndrome is often a nagging problem that has the potential to impair one’s mobility and degrade quality of life. While strategies like improving your posture can reduce the chances of developing myofascial pain and at-home prevention mea […]

Four of the Best Exercises to Alleviate Myofascial Pain

February 16, 2021
As we’ve explained in this newsletter series, myofascial pain syndrome is a common condition that can affect any muscle in the body, but the muscles of the upper back, neck, and shoulder region have a particularly high risk of being involved. The deep, […]

Improve Your Posture to Reduce Your Risk for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

February 9, 2021
In our last post, we explained that although it’s not completely clear what causes myofascial pain syndrome, several factors have been identified that likely contribute to its development. One risk factor that’s worthy of our attention is the use of p […]

Myofascial Pain Syndrome as a Common Cause of Upper Back Issues

February 2, 2021
The spine is one of the biggest problem areas of the body. Pain occurs frequently from the lower back up through the upper spine, neck, and shoulders, often leading to some degree of impairment in the process. In the middle and upper regions of the spine, […]

Seeing a physical therapist can reduce the odds of having surgery

January 25, 2021
Over the last few posts, we’ve looked at a few of the most common knee conditions and offered some tips to help if you’re dealing with one of these problems or to reduce your risk. While these solutions are often effective for alleviating pain and imp […]

Assistive devices can help with mobility when pain is slowing you down

January 19, 2021
As we showed you in our last post, knee pain is extremely common in the general population, and it can manifest through a number of conditions. If you’re personally dealing with knee pain right now, you may also be seeking out solutions that will allow […]

Frequently asked questions about 3 of the most common knee conditions

January 12, 2021
The knee is the largest and one of the most complex joints in the body. It primarily joins the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia), but also includes the kneecap (patella) and fibula in the lower leg. These bones and the muscles that surround them a […]

Proper hydration & nutrition can help prevent ski injuries

January 5, 2021
Skiing is a great form of exercise that works out many parts of the body while allowing you to experience the outdoors during the colder parts of the year. There are many steps to ensuring a successful day—and season—on the slopes, including the use o […]

For jaw pain, physical therapy is always your best bet.

December 22, 2020
For persistent or severe TMD symptoms, a more systematic intervention will likely be needed. Numerous treatment options are available for TMDs that range widely in terms of cost and intensity, but there is a general principle that should be applied when d […]

Try these 5 DIY remedies if you’re dealing with pesky jaw pain

December 15, 2020
We often taken certain parts of our body for granted until something goes wrong. This is particularly true for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which allows the jaw to move up and down, from side to side, and in and out. You use your TMJ every time you […]

The 6 best strategies to reduce your risk for jaw problems

December 8, 2020
There are 22 bones in the face and head, but the lower jawbone—or mandible—is the only one of these that can move. The mandible connects to the temporal bone of the skull at two points just in front of each ear through the temporomandibular joint (TMJ […]

Jaw pain and headaches could prove to be an inconvenient combination

December 1, 2020
Although you’re more likely to hear about pain occurring in certain parts of the body—like the knees, shoulders, and spine—the reality is that it can strike just about anywhere. The jaw is one region that doesn’t generally get much attention, but […]

Why physical therapy should be your first choice for neck pain

November 24, 2020
Some of the most common causes of neck pain include sleeping on your neck wrong, sitting or standing for prolonged periods with bad posture—especially from leaning over too much, performing repetitive movements, and carrying a heavy backpack, purse, or […]

Neck pain relief is within your reach

November 17, 2020
As we mentioned in our first newsletter, about 10—20% of Americans are affected by neck pain at any given time. If you happen to be part of this population and are dealing with neck pain right now, you may be wondering what you can do to alleviate it. […]

To reduce your risk for neck pain, be mindful of your positioning

November 10, 2020
Although you may not pay it all that much attention, the neck has a pretty crucial job to perform. It provides support for the head and allows movement in a variety of directions so you can better see and navigate the world around you. But as we discussed […]

Neck pain can strike for different reasons at any stage of life

November 3, 2020
Most of us can recall one or more occasions when the day got off to a rough start because of a stiff neck. This can be explained by the fact that neck pain ranks among the most common types of pain you can get. Statistics vary on just how many people enco […]

Physical therapy month offers an opportunity to share its history

October 27, 2020
October is National Physical Therapy Month, which is an annual opportunity for physical therapists nationwide to campaign and speak out about their profession. The goal of the campaign is to increase public awareness of the important role that physical […]

Physical therapy is an integral part of recovery for orthopedic care

October 22, 2020
All month long, we've been honoring National Physical Therapy Month by educating our readers about how physical therapy works and the many ways it can benefit you. In the third newsletter of this series, we offer a brief overview of the crucial role […]

Physical therapy is a safer and more effective option than opioids

October 20, 2020
October is National Physical Therapy Month, which gives physical therapists nationwide an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the countless benefits their profession can provide. In the first recognition this month, we'd like to discuss and explain why […]

Physical therapists are movement experts who will help overcome pain

October 13, 2020
National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated every October, with its focus on educating the public about how physical therapy can change patients lives for the better. To work towards this goal, we’d like to share our insight on why physical therapy […]

Routine X-rays of the spine do not improve outcomes for patients.

September 29, 2020
As we discussed in our second newsletter this month, diagnostic tests like X-rays should only be performed when a red flag is detected, meaning that the healthcare professional notices signs of a potentially serious underlying condition during the initial […]

The downsides of overusing diagnostic tests

September 8, 2020
As we explained in our last newsletter, diagnostic imaging tests can be a vital tool that helps doctors more clearly understand what’s happening in the body in order to reach or confirm a diagnosis. But simply because these tests are helpful does not me […]

What is diagnostic imaging testing and when is it needed?

September 1, 2020
When dealing with pain issues of any sort, doctors have a number of tools at their disposal to help determine the cause and what needs to be done to address it. A thorough physical examination that involves a variety of objective and subjective assessment […]

The best way to recover from a sports injury is with physical therapy

August 27, 2020
As we explained in our first newsletter this month, sports injuries are unfortunate but also a common occurrence for athletes. A range of factors can contribute to an athlete’s risk for injury, including their participation in a higher level of activity […]

Healthy, well-balanced meals should be a priority after working out

August 18, 2020
Most serious athletes are aware that healthy nutritional habits should be a part of any complete exercise plan. Training well must be balanced by eating well, or the athlete could be missing out on the maximum physical and mental benefits t […]

Best methods for improving sport performance and preventing injuries.

August 11, 2020
On all levels of sports, consistent and varied efforts are made to reduce the incidence of injuries. Warm-ups and group stretching routines are commonplace on most sports teams, while some organizations taking it a step further by implementing targeted in […]

Sports periodization can help you peak and avoid overuse injuries

August 4, 2020
As unfortunate as it is true, injuries and sports go hand in hand. An average of 8.6 million injuries in sports and recreational activities occur each year, which equates to about 34 injuries for every 1,000 individuals that participate. While some minor […]

Physical therapy provides the best option for most hip pain problems

July 30, 2020
After hip pain develops, movement can become a taxing affair. Standing up from a chair, getting into a car, and walking even short distances may be met with intense strain and discomfort. As a result, some individuals will become less active so as to avoi […]

The three most effective exercises to reduce your risk for hip pain

July 21, 2020
As we saw in our last newsletter, there are a number of issues that can develop in the hip that can go on to cause pain and dysfunction. These problems can strike at any age, but are more likely to develop later in life and in females, as the highest inci […]

Hip pain can arise from sudden trauma, overuse, or age-related changes

July 14, 2020
The hip is a resilient joint that is capable of handling lots of activity and repeated movements, and it can sustain a significant amount of wear and tear. This durability exists because of its complex and multifaceted anatomy that we described in our las […]

The crucial role the powerful hip joint plays in most body movements

July 7, 2020
The hip is one of the most versatile and important joints in the body. It’s extremely powerful due to its robust architecture, which also provides it with impressive stability. But the hip joint is also incredibly flexible, allowing for a massive range […]

For persistent back pain, physical therapy is your best choice

June 25, 2020
Most cases of low back pain are short-lived—or acute—and only last for a few weeks before gradually subsiding. Getting regular physical activity and performing targeted strengthening exercises will further facilitate the healing process, and many pati […]

Three good strengthening exercises to support your lower back

June 16, 2020
As we explored in our last newsletter, low back pain is overwhelmingly common, with tens of millions of Americans impacted by symptoms at this very moment. Each person’s situation is unique and the severity of these individual’s back pain varies, but […]

If your back hurts, a diagnosis may not be the best path

June 9, 2020
Low back pain is jarringly common. About one-half of all working Americans will experience symptoms at least once every year, and roughly 31 million are affected by it at any given point in time. So if you find it appropriate to place yourself in this cat […]

Your back is built for durability and flexibility

June 2, 2020
The anatomy of your spine is rather remarkable. Its complex design includes a combination of strong bones, large muscles, and flexible ligaments and tendons, which are all interconnected in a manner that provides both extreme durability and flexibility. T […]

See a physical therapist for any foot and ankle pain

May 28, 2020
Some foot conditions come on gradually, like plantar fasciitis, which starts as a stabbing pain in the heel and then often grows more severe over time. Others are more sudden, like an ankle sprains or broken toe, both of which lead to immediate pain and m […]

Three best exercises to prevent ankle and foot-related injuries

May 19, 2020
There’s no getting around it. In order to move from point A to point B, you need healthy feet and ankles. While you may not realize how crucial this is to your movements under normal circumstances, your perspective will likely change any time pain is in […]

Understanding your risk for the most common foot and ankle injuries

May 12, 2020
All regions of the body are vulnerable to a unique set of injuries, depending on how the structures in that particular area are affected by common activities. The likelihood of injury therefore varies from one location to the next, with higher activity le […]

The complexity of the ankle & foot is necessary for our mobility

May 5, 2020
Your feet and ankles are built for durability. They are designed this way to account for the significant amount of pressure they withstand every time you perform an activity that involves standing. When running, for example, each foot takes on a force tha […]

5 tips to simplify your life with knee pain

April 30, 2020
In our last newsletter, we showed you why regular movement is key to overcoming knee pain and presented some of the best knee-strengthening exercises that will help you work towards this goal. These types of exercises can be extremely effective for anyone […]

4 strengthening exercises to help you bounce back from knee pain

April 21, 2020
Knee pain has a way of reminding patients that it’s there throughout most of the day. For many individuals with this type of pain, it’s the first thing they notice upon getting out of bed in the morning, and it is often felt throughout many daily acti […]

Try these 4 exercises for knee mobility and keep your injury risk low

April 14, 2020
In our last newsletter, we explained why knee pain is so common and explored some of the most common conditions that involve the knee. Knee pain can strike at any age, and while the specific reasons it occurs may vary among different populations, the resu […]

Knee pain is common when the joint is pushed beyond its limits

April 7, 2020
The knee joint is built for durability, which is necessary considering how much action it gets on a daily basis. But it can only withstand so much, and when pushed past its limits, the result is pain and injury. Knee pain is the second most common disorde […]

Physical therapists provide a crucial service for preventing falls

March 31, 2020
Falls are scary, and they can be disabling in both direct and indirect ways. Directly, they often cause injuries that can make it difficult to move and function normally. And then indirectly, they can create a significant fear of falling in many individ […]

Check out these 4 exercises to help reduce the risk for falls.

March 19, 2020
If you’re an older adult, a fear of falling may weigh on you every day. This is completely understandable, as falls are the top cause of injury for those over the age of 65. Falls also become more common with each additional year of life that passes d […]

After a fall, hip fractures pose the biggest threat for seniors

March 10, 2020
Older adults face a slew of potential health issues as they age, but few are more common or dangerous as falling. One of three adults over the age of 65 will experience a fall every year, making them the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries […]

The facts about falls in the elderly community can be startling

March 3, 2020
If you or a loved one is over the age of 65, you’re probably aware that there are some dangers associated with falling. There’s no shortage of attention on the topic, with new outlets and experts often discussing the risks involved and offering sugge […]

No matter what is causing your shoulder pain, PT is the best solution

February 27, 2020
Most people just aren’t themselves when they can’t move properly. This rings especially true for shoulder pain, which is one of the most widespread complaints of the musculoskeletal system that people have. […]

Keeping your shoulder mobile may reduce your risk for feeling pain

February 18, 2020
You probably don’t realize how much you rely on your shoulders unless you’ve dealt with an issue that has made it difficult to use it normally. Practically every moment you perform that involves your hands or arms impacts the shoulder or requires it […]

Most cases of shoulder pain are related to the rotator cuff

February 11, 2020
Shoulder pain is an extremely common complaint. Up to 26% of the population has it to some degree, and it ranks third—behind back pain and knee pain—in musculoskeletal conditions (those involving the bones, muscles, and related structures) that lead […]

Shoulder problems become more common as the body changes over time

February 4, 2020
You have your shoulders to thank for many of the movements required to get through the day. Driving your car, turning doorknobs, shaking hands, and reaching up or across to grab an item are just a few examples of activities that would not be possible wit […]

Physical therapy treatment can help for many neurological disorders

January 23, 2020
Getting diagnosed with a neurological disorder may be confusing since these issues involve the nerves rather than the muscles and ligaments. Some patients may be uncertain what the diagnosis means and how it will affect their life, which can make it diff […]

Damage to the nervous system may cause movement-related issues

January 14, 2020
Your nervous system is the line of communication between your brain and every bone, muscle, and organ in your body. It is responsible for all actions that take place within the body, from the nerve impulses that make your heartbeat, to the reflex that ma […]

Your nerves are responsible for everything your body does

January 7, 2020
Pick any function of the human body, and you can count on your nerves making it happen. Moving your eyes to read these words, the process of sending these images to the brain to be converted into useful information, and breathing while doing so are all m […]

2019 literature review part 4: arthritis, sports injuries, and opioids

December 31, 2019
We distribute newsletters every week to educate you—our patients—on some of the most common injuries and conditions that we treat, and to explain why we always recommend seeing a physical therapist first when dealing with any type of pain. In working […]

2019 literature review part 3: knee, foot, and ankle pain

December 17, 2019
We distribute newsletters every week to educate you—our patients—on some of the most common injuries and conditions that we treat, and to explain why we always recommend seeing a physical therapist first when dealing with any type of pain. In working […]

2019 Literature Review part 2: shoulder, wrist, and hand pain

December 10, 2019
We distribute newsletters every week to educate you—our patients—on some of the most common injuries and conditions that we treat, and to explain why we always recommend seeing a physical therapist first when dealing with any type of pain. In working […]

2019 Literature Review part 1: neck, back, and jaw pain

December 3, 2019
We distribute news each week to help educate you—our patients—on some of the most common injuries and conditions that we treat, and to explain why we always recommend seeing a physical therapist early when dealing with any type of pain. […]

Better results and lower costs by seeing a physical therapist early

November 26, 2019
Evidence on use of physical therapy during an initial episode of low back pain is mixed Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common health conditions, as about 65-80% of adults will experience it at some point in their lifetime. Many treatment options […]

Seeing a physical therapist first can lead to better results

November 19, 2019
Some patients may put off going to physical therapy for any number of reasons, sometimes for an extended period. Individuals might believe that their condition will improve on its own, that treatment is too expensive for their budget, or they may […]

Opioids can be avoided by seeing a physical therapist first.

November 12, 2019
Visiting a physical therapist for injuries and painful conditions is always a smart choice that can lead to similar—or better—outcomes compared to surgery, and at a lower cost. But this is just one of the numerous benefits that physical therapy ca […]

Physical therapy can help avoid the expenses of surgery

November 5, 2019
If you experience an injury or happen to be in pain for a long period of time, relief may eventually become your number one priority. There are many treatment options available to address these 8types of issues, and what’s right for you depends on […]

For patients who repeatedly sprain their ankles hands-on PT can help

October 29, 2019
Ankle sprains are the most common injury in athletes and those who are physically active. In addition to the initial pain and disability that these injuries cause, up to 41% of patients who sprain their ankle once will go on to develop a condition called […]

For ankle/foot pain, rest, massage, and footwear adjustments are best

October 15, 2019
Try to think about all the movements that are needed to get you through a typical day. Chances are, regardless of what type of work you do or what your day consists of, you’ll notice that you probably use your feet and ankles at least a fair amount […]

Treat your feet right and stay conditioned to avoid injury

October 8, 2019
For most of us our feet provide the freedom to get from point A to B with minimal effort. But even though they provide this incredible ability, it’s easy to take the feet for granted, and perhaps we often ignore these wonderful appendages. […]

Foot & ankle injuries are a common problem for active individuals

October 1, 2019
Over time, exercise and physical activity tend to strain certain areas of the body to the point of pain, and this distribution is not equally divided. While the region that’s affected has much to do with the activity being performed, there are some […]

PT leads to improvements for patients with common jaw disorder

September 26, 2019
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a term used to describe a set of common conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ connects the jaw to the skull and allows it to move up and down and from side to side. Typical symptoms of TMDs […]

You can alleviate your jaw pain with some simple home remedies

September 17, 2019
Whether you realize it or not, you use your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pretty often. This joint connects your lower jaw to the rest of the skull right in front of your ears, and you can actually feel it if you touch right below your temples and open y […]

Avoid a jaw problem by chewing properly and practicing good posture

September 10, 2019
There are over 200 bones in the human body, and the head and face account for 22 of these. Of the face and head bones, the lower jawbone—or mandible—is the only one that can move. The mandible is connected to the temporal bone of the skull a […]

Jaw disorders can cause problems for similar reasons at different ages

September 3, 2019
Pain can develop just about anywhere in your body, and regardless of where it occurs, can prove to be an annoying problem. The jaw is one region that doesn’t get discussed as often as more common injury sites like the knees or the neck, but disorde […]

Value of PT is found to be far better than surgery for meniscus tears

August 29, 2019
The meniscus is a wedge-shaped piece of cartilage between the thighbone and the shinbone. There are two menisci (plural of meniscus) in each of your knees, and the job of each of these structures is to stabilize the knee joint and absorb shock. Tears of […]

Don't let your knee pain stop you from staying active

August 20, 2019
Regardless of your age, activity level, or daily habits, you need your knees to function well and to live your days as you’d like to. But when pain arises—whether it’s due to a traumatic injury like a strain or sprain, a condition that& […]

Weight loss, improving strength, & flexibility help avoid knee pain

August 13, 2019
You may not realize how well your knees serve you until a problem arises. These large and complex joints play a major role in just about every movement that involves your legs, permitting you to sit, stand, walk, run, and jump on a regular basis. When p […]

Bearing the weight of the body, the knees are a common source of pain

August 6, 2019
There are certain areas of the body that are simply more prone to pain than others, and the knee is one region that clearly falls into this category. Knee pain ranks just behind back pain as the second most common condition that affects the muscles and b […]

PT & surgery lead to similar outcomes for patients with hip condition

July 30, 2019
Twelve months after patients were randomized to treatment, scores on the iHOT-33 improved in both groups. Scores increased from 35.6 to 49.7 points in the physical therapy group, and from 39.2 to 58.8 in the surgery group. Further calculations showed th […]

Tending to mild injuries right after they occur can make a difference

July 16, 2019
While these simple remedies are best for mild injuries, more severe injuries require care from a trained professional. In these cases, it’s best to see a physical therapist, who will perform a thorough evaluation of your condition and create a pers […]

Prevent sports-related injuries with targeted training programs

July 9, 2019
In a perfect world, athletes would be able to participate in their respective sport at full tilt without having to worry about hurting themselves or dealing with the consequences of an injury. But alas, the world we live in is not perfect, and injuries r […]

Regardless of what sport you play, injuries are an unavoidable part

July 2, 2019
From the perspective of both a participant and a spectator, sports can be a glorious, epic, and uplifting affair. But on the other side of the coin, they can also be devastating, gut-wrenching, and downright deflating. There are a number of different ty […]

3 different types of exercise are effective for rotator cuff injuries

June 27, 2019
Shoulder pain affects approximately 16-21% of the population, and it’s one of the most common reasons people seek out care from a doctor. There are many possible causes of shoulder pain, but a significant percentage of cases are due to a condition […]

For shoulder pain relief, try these exercises and home remedies

June 18, 2019
Shoulder pain can be one of the most disabling problems to deal with. Whether you realize it or not, you use your shoulder pretty frequently throughout most days, as it permits practically any movement that involves your arms. This is why any issue that […]

Prevent shoulder pain by avoiding too many overhead activities

June 11, 2019
If you’ve recently found yourself grabbing an item on a top shelf, reaching for something in the backseat of your car, or throwing an object of any sort, then you were also witnessing the grand capabilities of the shoulder joint. The shoulder is th […]

Repetitive use of the shoulder and age-related changes can both lead

June 4, 2019
The shoulder is a rather incredible part of the human anatomy. As the most flexible and mobile joint in the body, the shoulder allows the arm to move in a wide range of directions, which is necessary for performing many of the dexterous tasks needed i […]

After a broken wrist, PT will help ensure a safe & effective recovery

May 30, 2019
The wrist is a complex joint where 15 different bones meet, each of which performs its own specific function. All of these bones play an important role, and if a problem or injury occurs in any one of them, it can affect the way that the entire wrist mov […]

Take action to relieve your hand or wrist pain right now

May 21, 2019
Hand or wrist pain can be a real nuisance. Because of the frequent use of these body parts, a significant portion of daily movements can result in pain and serve as a constant reminder of one’s condition. This situation can be made even worse when […]

Prevent hand and wrist pain with position changes & simple exercises

May 14, 2019
Most people don’t realize just how much they rely on their hands and wrists until a problem arises. This is often the case for anyone with hand or wrist pain, which can turn many everyday activities into challenging tasks that require a strategy to […]

Hand or wrist pain can strike at any age and complicate simple tasks

May 7, 2019
The hands and wrists are one of the main tools that we use to navigate the world around us. Whether it’s driving to work, typing away on your computer, or picking up your child, the use of your hands and wrists is absolutely vital to your ability t […]

Physical therapy is the best option knee and hip osteoarthritis

April 25, 2019
Orthopedic manual therapy interventions with exercise therapy compared with exercise therapy alone provide short term benefits in reducing pain, improving function, and stairs ascending-descending time in people with knee osteoarthritis. […]

Take these steps to reduce arthritis symptoms in daily life

April 16, 2019
The term "arthritis" is used to describe more than 100 different conditions, all of which are defined by inflammation of one or more joints and a resulting set of bothersome symptoms. The exact cause in each case depends on what type of arthritis is pres […]

Reduce chances of developing osteoarthritis with lifestyle changes

April 9, 2019
Few conditions are as well known to the general public as arthritis, which is probably because about 54 million Americans—or about 23% of the population—are currently affected by it. These figures could naturally be a bit alarming and lead so […]

Arthritis can affect individuals of all ages

April 2, 2019
The term juvenile arthritis includes many different inflammatory and autoimmune disorders that, like rheumatoid arthritis, cause the immune system to attack its own healthy cells in joints. It’s not clearly understood why this occurs, but both gene […]

PT is a much safer and more effective alternative to opioids

March 28, 2019
Try as we might, it’s nearly impossible to avoid all pain in our lives. Whether it’s twisted ankle or a bad back, we all experience some pain at one point or another, which is why the presence of pain is by far the most common reason people s […]

PTs are experts at identifying imbalances to prevent injuries

March 19, 2019
When most people hear about physical therapy, they usually tend to think that it’s only for disabled individuals and those who are recovering from injury. While it may be true that physical therapy is perhaps most commonly used on patients that fal […]

If you have a painful condition, physical therapy is your best option

March 12, 2019
Have you dealt with any pain recently—or perhaps right now—that prevents you from moving or completing certain tasks normally? If so, it’s probably due to some type of musculoskeletal disorder. This term is used to describe a wide arra […]

Understanding the truly massive scale of the opioid epidemic

March 5, 2019
The presence of pain—especially pain that lasts for a long period of time—is perhaps the most common reason that people seek out medical help. Because pain is such a unique and subjective experience, it’s also one of the most controvers […]

Some physical therapists may offer education on improving nutrition

March 1, 2019
If you're dealing with any of the conditions listed above along with an injury, your physical therapist may be able to offer some professional advice and education on the role your diet may be playing. By asking you about some of your dietary habits […]

Therapy can reduce pain and improves function for lower back pain

February 28, 2019

Results showed that spinal manipulation led to significant benefits for patients with acute LBP that lasted for at least six weeks. In particular, the treatment was found to be associated with reduced pain and improved function, and these improvements […]


Immediately going to a PT for back pain found to reduce costs

February 26, 2019
Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common and costly conditions in the world. It ranks as the leading cause of disability, and in 2014, approximately 68.6 million Americans—or 28.6% of the population—reported having LBP […]

Try several remedies for back pain and discover which work for you

February 19, 2019
For many individuals in our fast-paced society, every day is often seen as an opportunity to “get things done” in the most efficient and productive manner possible. […]

Best ways to reduce your chances of developing back pain

February 12, 2019
Weight problems, for example, are a big contributor to back pain. Not being a healthy body weight can put excessive pressure and strain on the spine, which weakens structures and increases the potential to experience pain. Obese individuals are especial […]

Back pain can strike in different ways at all stages of life

February 5, 2019
There are very few guarantees in life but chances are you’ll experience back pain at some point in your lifetime, as about 8 out of 10 people will deal with it at least once. The type of back pain you may experience will depend on your age, habits, and […]

Seeing PT early for neck pain can lower costs and use of healthcare

January 29, 2019
Of the 308 patients in the study, 160 (52%) consulted a physical therapist within 14 days for their neck pain, while 74 (24%) did so in 15-90 days, and 74 (24%) waited for more than 90 days. In general, results showed that those who saw physical […]

If you're dealing with neck pain, try these simple home remedies

January 22, 2019
Many of the recommendations for prevention also apply to treatment, so if you’re interested in learning more ways to ease your neck pain, read our last newsletter that covers some smart neck pain […]

Improving your bed & workstation setup can help reduce your neck pain

January 15, 2019
For many individuals, a great deal of time every day is also spent sitting at a desk and working on a computer. As with bed setups, the way in which a workstation is set up affects the neck and can play a part in the development of pain developing […]

No matter your age, neck pain can be a nuisance

January 10, 2019
For adults over the age of 65, age-related changes continue to occur and may begin to become more advanced in some cases. This means that conditions like osteoarthritis and spondylosis are even more likely at this age, and they can be more severe for […]

Supervised therapy is found to be effective for a wrist fracture

January 3, 2019
Results showed that overall, patients in both groups improved in all of the measurements taken. However, the participants who followed supervised physical therapy experienced significantly greater improvements in wrist function, as well as less pain a […]

Older adults with depression benefit significantly from exercise

December 27, 2018
The results of this meta-analysis showed that exercise had a large and significant antidepressant effect on older adults with […]

If stress is weighing you down, exercise may be the answer

December 18, 2018

A physical therapist can help get you on your best foot forward

Current guidelines recommend getting about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (like brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise (like jogging) every week. […]


More than 1/3 of older adults with frailty are also depressed

December 11, 2018

Exercise can be helpful for treating both frailty and depression

Results showed that there were 8,023 older adults that had frailty, and of these, 38.6% were also depressed. Similarly, 2,167 older adults were found to have depression, and 40 […]


Exercise found to decrease anxiety and other stress-related disorders

December 5, 2018

Physical therapists can help promote exercise in patients with anxiety

These findings support the use of exercise for patients with anxiety or stress disorder, and the researchers suggested that it should therefore be considered a viable opti […]


Older adults with knee arthritis benefit from a home-exercise program

November 27, 2018

Home-exercise program leads to superior results, with most patients adhering to it

Results showed that participants in the home-exercise group experienced significant improvements in knee pain, stiffness and strength compared to the control g […]


Low back pain patients who see PT first spend less

November 20, 2018

PT First is associated with benefits across the board

Based on the data collected, it was found that the incidence rate of LBP was 82.7 for every 1,000 patients. Of the patients who had LBP, about 80% had no physical therapy, while 8.7% saw […]


Review shows exercise therapy one of the best shoulder treatments

November 13, 2018

Despite low quality of evidence, exercise is still recommended for patients with SIS

On the whole, results were supportive of both exercise therapy and manual therapy for SIS patients. For pain alone, studies showed that manual therapy was s […]


Exercise found to reduce risk of experiencing episodes of neck pain

November 6, 2018

Exercise identified as an effective strategy for preventing neck pain

Two of the five RCTs investigated the use of exercise programs, and researchers deemed that there was moderate-quality evidence that exercise does substantially reduce the […]


Spine strengthening exercises lead to improvements

November 1, 2018

Results showed that patients who followed the physical therapist-led exercise program experienced several significant improvements when compared to the control group. Most importantly, the angle of the curvature of the spine reduced by an average of 3 […]


Reducing elbow injury in young pitchers requires effective prevention

October 30, 2018

If an injury of any sort does occur, it's important to carefully discuss the details of it with the player, and to include their parents. Although many players and parents may have difficulty accepting that playing time needs to be stopped for a perio […]


Two types of strength exercises lead to improvements for tennis elbow

October 23, 2018

After one year, results showed that patients in both groups improved in their scores for pain and muscle strength, but the eccentric exercise group experienced greater overall improvements. This was based on the fact that the eccentric group reported […]


Elbow injuries of the ulnar collateral ligament don't require surgery

October 16, 2018

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is a band of tissue that connects the inside of the upper arm bone to the inside of the forearm at the elbow. It helps to support and stabilize the arm during movements like throwing a ball, but is commonly injured […]


Hands-on movement by PT have a positive effect on tennis elbow

October 9, 2018

Overall, results were supportive of the effectiveness of joint mobilizations for tennis elbow. In particular, high-quality evidence was found that showed two types of joint mobilization-mobilization with movement (MWM) and Mill's manipulation-were mor […]


Balance training improves sports performance & may reduce injury risk

September 25, 2018

Overall, results were supportive of balance training in both applications. For the first focus of the review on athletic performance, the sports most commonly studied were soccer, basketball, and handball. The majority of these studies found signific […]


Review finds that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent falls

September 18, 2018

A total of 54 RCTs with 39 different interventions focused on the risk of falls that caused injury, and the findings from these studies showed that some of the most effective interventions for reducing this risk included exercise, vision assessment, an […]


Two exercises programs are effective in reducing falls in older men

September 13, 2018

Results showed that both aerobic and resistance exercises on their own were more effective than no exercise for reducing risk factors for falls such as balance, posture control, mobility and leg strength; however, combining these two types of exercise […]


Bracing & balance training reduce the risk for ankle sprains

September 11, 2018

On the whole, results from the studies reviewed showed that balance training and bracing were both effective for reducing the risk and incidence of ankle sprains. Two of the three studies that evaluated bracing found that patients who wore these brace […]


Exercise program is the most effective in reducing falls

September 4, 2018

Researchers found that the first step in reducing fall risk is to identify at-risk patients. This is accomplished by having patients check in with their healthcare provider yearly to report any falls or difficulties with gait and balance and to have a […]


Knee arthritis patient outcomes affected by significant hip weakness

August 28, 2018

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition in which cartilage that normally protects a joint gradually wears down over the course of time, which leads to pain and other symptoms when the bones begin rubbing against one another. OA can develop in any joint, bu […]


Patients treated with rehabilitation are less likely to use narcotics

August 24, 2018

Of the 52,504 NTKP patients examined, only 11% received any type of rehabilitation services for their condition at any time. Of the patients who were rehabilitated with physical therapy and other treatments, 52% began treatment within 15 days of their […]


Improvements from PT for knee pain maintained by patients for 3 years

August 21, 2018

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS)-sometimes referred to as runner's knee-is a painful condition that's particularly common in physically active individuals. Patients with PFPS typically experience a dull ache behind or around the kneecap that gets w […]


Course of exercise yields similar results as surgery for knee injury

August 16, 2018

Overall, exercise therapy and surgery were found to lead to similar outcomes in knee pain, function, and performance for patients with meniscal lesions. Exercise therapy, however, was more effective for improving muscle strength than surgery after a s […]


ACL surgery patients similar outcomes as ones treated non-operatively

August 14, 2018

Five years after treatment, patients in both groups experienced positive outcomes, and the results between the two groups were found to be very similar. In particular, scores from the quadriceps strength and single-legged hop test were high and did no […]


Education program explaining pain is beneficial for patient outcomes

August 12, 2018

Results from the systematic review showed that PNE did, in fact, lead to several benefits for patients with musculoskeletal pain. In particular, it reduced patients' disability and usage of healthcare and improved their pain ratings, knowledge of pain […]


Thigh muscle exercises are beneficial for knee condition patients

August 7, 2018

On the whole, results were supportive of quadriceps-strengthening exercises for PFPS patients, both alone and when combined with other exercises. It was found that when they were performed alone, these exercises were more effective for reducing pain a […]


Pitching consecutive days in youth softball leads to pain & weakness

July 31, 2018

These findings clearly show that windmill pitching on consecutive days leads to declines in shoulder and elbow strength that are not recovered the next day, as well as significant increases in pain and fatigue. These changes can lead to shoulder damag […]


6 weeks of PT leads to improvements for athletes dislocated shoulder

July 26, 2018

Results from the tests performed prior to the physical therapy rehabilitation program revealed that many patients had weakness in a number of their shoulder muscles as a result of pain, swelling and inflammation from the shoulder dislocation. After th […]


Mindset can have significant impact on patients with shoulder pain

July 23, 2018

These findings suggest that when treating shoulder pain, psychological factors must be taken into consideration and addressed in addition to physical symptoms. Physical therapists can help by identifying these negative factors in patients early on in […]


Many patients with no shoulder pain have MRI findings that show tear

July 18, 2018

These findings show that even in middle-aged patients that have no signs of shoulder pain, labral tears are commonly found on MRIs. The unfortunate result of this fact is that a patient with shoulder pain can be told they have a labral tear and then g […]


Hands-on therapy found to be effective for shoulder pain

July 13, 2018

After completing treatment, participants in both groups experienced significant improvements with an increased PPT of several muscles of the upper back; however, the manual therapy group showed greater PPT improvements in these muscles than the shoulde […]


Neck exercise more beneficial than physical activity for whiplash

June 29, 2018

In total, 170 patients (79%) completed the one-year follow-up and 123 (57%) completed the two-year-follow-up. At one year, both neck-specific groups displayed more clinically important improvements in pain, disability, and functioning than the PPA gro […]


For Long-term Neck Pain that Just Won’t Go Away, try PT

June 20, 2018
Just because neck pain is common doesn’t mean it’s something that should hold you back in your daily endeavors. Address your neck pain early by seeing a physical therapist if you notice lingering symptoms... […]

Medicare costs for physical therapy are lower

June 15, 2018

These results show that physical therapy has the lowest Medicare costs of the three treatments analyzed for LBP and that these costs are even lower if patients begin treatment within the first 15 days of being diagnosed. In some cases, this can wind u […]


Therapy reduces pain and stiffness in patients with knee arthritis

June 7, 2018

Results showed that manual therapy was found to significantly reduce pain, alleviate stiffness and improve the physical function in patients with knee osteoarthritis. These positive effects of manual therapy occurred with less than four weeks of treat […]


Exercise therapy leads to better flexibility for jaw condition

June 1, 2018

After completing the systematic review and meta-analysis, researchers found that exercise therapy reduced pain and improved the range of motion (flexibility) of patients with TMJs. The improvements in flexibility came primarily from programs that emph […]


Older PT patients treated before hip surgery show better outcomes

May 31, 2018

Results indicated that patients who underwent preoperative physical therapy experienced a number of benefits and better outcomes compared to those who did not. In particular, preoperative physical therapy patients reported significantly greater gains […]


PT Referral is Down While Opioid Use is Up?

May 24, 2018

Based on the surveys analyzed, approximately 170 million patients visited a doctor for complaints related to LBP. From these visits, 17.1 million patients were referred to physical therapy, which equated to a referral rate of 10.1%. From 1997 to 2010 […]


Patients with a particular type of knee pain are more overweight

May 18, 2018

The results of this systematic review and meta-analysis showed that the BMI of adults with patellofemoral pain and knee OA was generally higher than the BMI of healthy individuals without knee pain that they were compared to. When it came to adolescen […]


Patients who undergo therapy before surgery spend less on care after

May 17, 2018

These findings support the use of preoperative physical therapy-or prehabilitation-in patients preparing for hip or knee replacement surgery, as it can reduce the need for patient care and its associated costs following the procedure. Individuals who […]


Hands- on therapy is beneficial for carpal tunnel and reduces pain

May 14, 2018

Results showed that both treatments led to improvements, as patients experienced less pain, greater function, and fewer symptoms after completing the interventions. Patients in the manual therapy group, however, reported even greater improvements than […]


PT after knee surgery leads to improvements in function & flexibility

May 10, 2018

Results of the systematic review and meta-analysis were generally supportive of the use of physical therapy after meniscus surgery. This was based on several studies that found a positive effect of various types of physical therapy treatments utilized […]


PT after shoulder surgery responsible for a faster recovery

May 4, 2018

Following a course of physical therapy should be the norm after surgery

Results showed that after 12 months, patients in the physical therapy group improved significantly more than those who received usual care. This was based on better ques […]


Home exercise and physical therapy beneficial for hand fractures

May 3, 2018

After 12 weeks, results showed that both groups improved in all of the measurements taken. In particular, both the physical therapy and home-exercise group experienced similar improvements in grip strength and hand function, with no major differences […]


Guidelines recommend treatments like exercise for meniscus tears

April 27, 2018

Based on these findings, if you have knee pain that may be related to a meniscus tear, it appears that your best option is to see a physical therapist first and follow a course of exercise therapy. These carefully designed exercises will target your p […]


Opioids do not provide any benefit to OTC meds for low back pain

April 25, 2018

Neither added drug brings about any greater improvements than placebo

Overall, results indicated that neither the muscle relaxant nor the opioid provided any added benefit to the NSAID for LBP patients. This was based on the fact that measur […]


Opioids are not found to be more effective for relieving pain

April 20, 2018

Opioids and non-opioids lead to very similar outcomes

Overall, results showed that patients who received opioids improved to a very similar extent compared to those who received non-opioids. In particular, the opioid group improved from a sc […]


Guidelines recommend education, physical therapy, and exercise

April 19, 2018

The results of this study identified a number of treatments that were recommended by all of the guidelines reviewed. For acute LBP (pain that has only lasted for up to six weeks), the following recommendations were found in all the guidelines: advice […]


Patients receiving expensive and risky treatment for knee surgery

April 12, 2018

Results showed that in the year prior to having knee replacement surgery, most patients (66%) received at least one of the analyzed treatments for their knee osteoarthritis, which cost an average of $506 per patient. The three most commonly used treat […]


Motivational sessions help patients better adhere

April 11, 2018

After completing the study, investigators found evidence of moderate quality that when physical therapists add booster sessions to exercise programs for osteoarthritis, adherence to the program may improve. Booster sessions are usually very similar to […]


Physical therapy found to be more effective for carpal tunnel

April 10, 2018

After one year, results showed that patients in both groups experienced improvements from their treatments. In particular, these patients reported less intense pain and less sensitivity to pain at both six and 12 months after treatment. The manual th […]


Surgery and therapy lead to very similar outcomes for hip conditions

April 6, 2018

Despite its popularity, surgery does not lead to better outcomes than physical therapy

Over the course of two years, the results primarily showed that physical therapy and surgery led to very similar outcomes for patients. In particular, the […]


Prevention program reduces ankle sprains in the athletic population

March 30, 2018

Proprioceptive training found to be effective for reducing patients' risk for ankle sprains

The results of this review generally showed that the proprioceptive training was in fact effective for reducing the risk for ankle sprains in active i […]


Surgery and physical therapy lead to similar result for carpal tunnel

March 29, 2018

Results showed that after one month, patients in the manual therapy group experienced significantly greater improvements in function, the seriousness of their symptoms and pinch grip strength than those in the surgery group. After six and 12 months, t […]


Sleep, a healthy diet & strength training reduces risks for injury

March 23, 2018

In the other study, resistance training was found to be effective for reducing the risk for injury by up to 68%. Resistance training was also associated with improved sports performance and health measures, and helped young athletes develop better phy […]


Painful exercise intensity is not beneficial for tennis elbow

March 22, 2018

The results of these measurements showed when the patients performed the exercises at 20% above their pressure pain threshold, it increased the intensity of their pain immediately after the exercise. When the same exercise was performed at 20% below t […]


Personalized program decreases risk for another hamstring injury

March 16, 2018

Patients who follow the treatment algorithm experienced fewer injuries

Results showed that over six months, the soccer players in the RA group experienced substantially fewer hamstring strain injuries than those in the RP group, especially in […]


Older adults with headaches benefit from physical therapy treatment

March 15, 2018

On the whole, results showed that participants who received physical therapy improved more significantly than those who underwent usual care. In particular, the frequency of their headaches was significantly reduced after 11 weeks and remained at this […]


Most patients with common foot injury don't seek out physical therapy

March 13, 2018

Of the more than 800,000 patients in the database, only 7.1% were actually evaluated by a physical therapist within 30 days of their diagnosis. A total of 78% of the entire group of patients were between the ages of 30-59 years old, with women being 5 […]


Changing how runners' feet strike the ground can reduce knee pain

March 9, 2018

Participants who changed their striking pattern experienced greater knee pain reductions

After the study was completed, participants in both groups reported less knee pain overall, but the reductions were much more significant and lasting in […]


Ankle fracture patients are more sedentary after immobilization

March 1, 2018

After the immobilization removal, activity levels were unsurprisingly very low for injured patients. These levels increased within the first month, then increased slightly at the three-month mark, and plateaued by six months. These figures were found […]


Strengthening in patients with shoulder condition

February 23, 2018

The findings of this RCT showed that although all participants improved, those in the experimental group experienced more significant improvements overall. This was found to be the case in all the outcomes measured, as experimental group patients repo […]


The Value of Physical Therapy for Back Pain

February 20, 2018

This is just one of numerous studies that highlight the wide-reaching benefits of physical therapy for lower back pain. Time and time again, the research clearly shows that seeing a physical therapist first will help patients recover quicker, with les […]


Traditional care for back pain may wind up costing more money & time

February 19, 2018

As we mentioned above, there is one incredibly important way to avoid the traditional course of care and all the costs that can come with it: rather than going to a doctor, see us first. Instead of sending you off to have unnecessary tests and potenti […]


Back Pain can be prevented with exercise and lifestyle changes

February 16, 2018

As you can see, there are a number of ways that you can take control of your situation and reduce your risk for back pain. To take it a step further, though, you may want to consider seeing a physical therapist. Physical therapists are experts at tre […]


Exercise therapy is one of the most effective for ankle sprains

February 9, 2018

The results of this review found that several different interventions were effective for treating and preventing ankle sprains and CAI. There was evidence of moderate quality that exercise therapy was capable of reducing pain, swelling, and function i […]


Educating a patient before surgery improves many things

February 1, 2018

Results from the physical evaluation and fMRIs generally revealed that the patient experienced several positive changes following the neuroscience education session. In particular, her scores for back disability and pain catastrophizing (the tendency […]


Stretching and strengthening exercises recommended for pain disorder

January 26, 2018

Overall, the studies supported exercise as a beneficial treatment for MPS, but their low quality needs to be taken into consideration. The exercise was found to significantly reduce the intensity of pain in the short term when compared with minimal or […]


Strengthening exercises are recommended for instability of shoulders

January 18, 2018

Results of this review found strengthening exercises for the rotator cuff and deltoid muscles were most effective for treating shoulder instability by reducing pain and instability, as well as increasing function. A rotator cuff is a group of tendons […]


Back condition lessens after adding physical activity

January 12, 2018

Overall, these findings show that using a brief intervention to advise and motivate patients with AS to become more physically active can be effective for accomplishing this task, while also leading to other positive changes. AS patients should, theref […]


Elastic bands in physical therapy improves several physical features

January 4, 2018

Results showed that both groups improved in all measurements taken, but the experimental group reported greater overall changes than the control group. This was found to be the case in scores for balance, flexibility, fear of falling and gait ability, […]


Cost for Physical Therapy can be more effective for elbow conditions

December 30, 2017

On the whole, the results of this RCT favored physical therapy over steroid injections for tennis elbow. Physical therapy was found to have a greater initial cost since it was carried out over eight treatment sessions, but it was the only intervention […]


Effectiveness of an exercise program supports a larger study

December 16, 2017

After nine months of physical therapy and exercise, Mrs. J experienced significant improvements in pain, physical function, and quality of life. She was also able to walk for 40 minutes and play lawn bowling—which she could not do before—w […]


Physical therapy following back surgery significantly helps recovery

December 7, 2017

Results showed that patients who received four or more sessions of physical therapy following LTDR surgery (group 3) experienced the most significant improvements of all groups. In particular, these participants showed less functional disability, redu […]


Walking meetings may increase physical activity in the workplace

November 24, 2017

The data taken from the accelerometers and surveys showed that in general, workers were more physically active during the second two weeks of the study. The average number of minutes participants engaged in combined work-related moderate or vigorous p […]


Exercises are helpful for neck pain

November 17, 2017

On the whole, there was not much strong evidence to support the use of exercises as researchers had hoped to find. Nonetheless, they identified studies of moderate quality that showed how effective various exercises can be for neck disorders. In part […]


Strengthening exercises are beneficial for arthritis

November 9, 2017

Results showed that resistance exercise led to significant benefits when compared to control treatments. In particular, these types of exercises were found to reduce pain, relieve stiffness and improve overall function for patients with knee osteoarth […]


Program reduces rate of diabetes

November 3, 2017

On the whole, DPP was found to be effective, as there was a 58% reduction in the rate of diabetes that developed in study participants compared to groups that received placebo or medications only. In addition, many of the patients from the initial stu […]


Hands-on therapy for shoulder pain helps recovery time

October 28, 2017

Results from the systematic review showed that patients treated with thoracic manual therapy improved significantly more than those who received other treatments. In particular, the three RCTs found that they experienced a quicker recovery with reduce […]


Non-surgical treatment lead to similar outcomes for back pain

October 20, 2017

Researchers first pointed out that although patients were randomly assigned to have either surgery or physical therapy, they had a 3-to-1 chance of having surgery. This means that many more patients went on to have surgery versus physical therapy, and […]


Specific exercises are beneficial for neck pain

October 12, 2017

After four months, patients in the exercise group reported significantly better scores than the control group in most/many of the outcomes that were measured. In particular, they were found to have better muscle function, neck flexibility, and pain th […]


Specific exercises and hands-on therapy is helpful for ankle sprains

October 6, 2017

Results showed that although both groups reported better overall scores in all the measurements taken, those in treatment group 2 experienced greater improvements than treatment group 1. This was based on lower levels of pain, better ankle stability a […]


Seeing physical therapists early for neck pain is better than waiting

September 28, 2017

After comparing both groups of patients, it was found that those who received early physical therapy experienced better outcomes with less disability and pain than those who delayed it. This was found to be the case not only in their actual outcomes b […]


Getting physical activity significantly reduces the risk of arthritis

September 21, 2017

Based on this, researchers said that getting 3,000-4,000 MET-minutes per week appears to be the ideal range for obtaining the most health benefits and the greatest reduction of risk for the five health conditions. More physical activity than this may […]


Exercise and physical therapy help patients with knee arthritis

September 15, 2017

After nine weeks, patients in all four treatment groups experienced significant improvements in all the outcomes measured. By one year, some of these effects had reduced, but for the most part, the improvements lasted. Despite this, the addition of b […]


Adding movement to stretching is more beneficial

September 7, 2017

Results showed that the patients who received the combination of joint mobilization and stretching exercises experienced better outcomes than those who only had stretching exercises. This was seen in measurements for flexibility, pain, shoulder functi […]


Hands-on physical therapy are effective for a shoulder condition

August 30, 2017

On the whole, mobilization techniques were found to be beneficial for patients with frozen shoulder. A combination of one approach called the Maitland technique with the mobilization of the spine and shoulder stretching appears to be best for reducing […]


Treatment program with neck exercises leads to more satisfaction

August 16, 2017

Results showed that after one year, the satisfaction of all patients with their treatment improved over time, regardless of the type of treatment they received. However, the patients who received neck-specific exercises were found to improve significa […]


Physical therapy improves health and is effective for its cost

August 11, 2017

Results from this systematic review showed that physical therapy, either on its own or added to usual care, led to improved health. This was found to be the case in almost all studies included. Regarding cost-effectiveness, six out of eight studies f […]


Surgery is not found to be more effective for treating injuries

August 2, 2017

Results showed that after one year, no significant differences were found between patients who had surgery compared to those who had conservative treatment. This was determined based on scores for two separate measurements used for overall pain and fu […]


Using desks with a standing capability may increase work productivity

July 28, 2017

Results showed that workers using the stand-capable desks were more productive than those who were using the standard seated desks. On average, the stand-capable workers had 0 […]


Physical therapists may be an alternative to seeing a doctor first

July 20, 2017

Results from this study showed that seeing a physical therapist instead of a general practitioner for a musculoskeletal condition was safe, as no patients experienced any negative e […]


Patients who see physical therapists spend less time and money

July 14, 2017

There are a number of reasons some physical therapists do not adhere to current guidelines when treating patients with low back pain, but one point seems clear: those that do save their patients money and time. Patients with low back pain should, ther […]


Patients who have PT after shoulder surgery recover quicker

July 6, 2017

Results showed that at 12 months, patients in the physical therapy group improved significantly more than those that received usual care. This was found to be the case d […]


Getting athletes back to sports without surgery

June 29, 2017

Overall, researchers found no significant differences between the two groups regarding return to sports. Some athletes returned to their sport faster after having surgery, […]


Exercise & therapy help with pain and improve hip arthritis

June 22, 2017

Results from the meta-analysis revealed that both exercise therapy and manual therapy are effective for reducing pain and improving physical function in patients with hip osteo […]


Seeing a PT may lead to lower costs and less medical treatment

June 7, 2017

Although the review was supposed to cover a number of different musculoskeletal disorders, all the studies that were selected focused on spinal pain. Overall, there was evidenc […]


Hands-on therapy combined with exercise has benefits for neck pain

May 25, 2017

After four weeks, it was found that stabilization exercises and manual therapy led to greater improvements in disability, pain intensity at night, neck range of motion and quality of […]


Physical therapy more effective than advice for low back pain

May 18, 2017

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common medical conditions in the general population, and it serves as a major cause for disability in people who suffer from it. LBP is also extremely expensive, and most of the costs associated with it are due t […]


Physical therapy before ACL surgery leads to better outcomes

May 11, 2017

Pre-operative physical therapy led to significant improvements in patients’ muscle strength and knee-related function. These findings show that having a course of physical therapy prior to surgery for an ACL injury may be of value to these patients […]


New CDC guidelines to help doctors prescribe opioids more safely

May 2, 2017

When making any treatment decision, your doctor should always discuss the available treatment options and carefully explain the risks and benefits associated with each one. This is necessary to make informed decisions and avoid any unnecessary treatme […]


Patients found to move better after performing certain exercises

April 26, 2017

Programs that took place in settings other than hospitals were found to lead to even greater effects than those performed in hospitals. This was also found to be the case with programs that included what's called progressive resistance training. This […]


Booklets after surgery can help educate patients & reduce their fears

April 21, 2017

It seems that while any education may be helpful for patients after surgery, the “Your Back Operation” booklet can lead to a better overall mindset that will encourage them to get active and seek out rehabilitation from a physical therapist

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Exercise & education reduces the risk for getting low back pain

April 13, 2017

When education is added to exercise, it appears that the combination is even more likely to reduce the risk for LBP. Unfortunately, this was not found to be the case with education alone, and it seems that it needs to be combined with exercise to have […]


Osteoarthritis patients experience benefits from exercise

April 6, 2017

There was evidence of high quality that showed land-based exercise therapy can reduce knee pain and improve the quality of life in patients with knee osteoarthritis for 2-6 months. There was also evidence of moderate quality that showed land-based exe […]


Patients with hip arthritis benefit from exercises on land & in water

March 30, 2017

The meta-analysis found that exercise therapy decreased pain in patients with hip osteoarthritis in the short term for up to three months. This was found to be the case for both land-based exercise and aquatic exercise performed underwater, which is m […]


Surgery and PT lead to very similar results for patients

March 15, 2017

Results from this RCT showed that there were no major differences between the surgery and physical therapy groups when it came to relieving their symptoms and improving their function. Patients in both groups began to improve at 10 weeks, continued to […]


Specific exercises better than general activity for whiplash patients

March 6, 2017

Results from this study showed that neck-specific exercises helped patients improve more than general physical activity. Both the NSE and NSEB groups experienced greater improvements than the PPA group in pain intensity and neck muscle endurance. Nec […]


Physical therapy after knee replacement leads to much improvement

March 3, 2017

Results showed that after completing outpatient physical therapy, both groups showed improved scores in their knee range of motion, walking speed and quality of life. When compared to one another, there were no significant differences in most of the o […]


Multiple types of PT helpful for women recovering from breast cancer

February 24, 2017

The results from this systematic review showed that a few different types of physical therapy treatments were effective for addressing some of the complications from breast cancer treatment. This was seen with treatment programs that consisted of stre […]


Hands-on PT is more effective than medications for headaches

February 9, 2017

Results from the meta-analysis supported manual therapy over pain medications. This was due to the fact that manual therapy reduced the frequency, intensity and duration of tension-type headaches more than pain medications in the short term. At a lon […]


Exercise program targeting hip muscles is best for painful knee

January 26, 2017

Results showed that proximal-strengthening exercises for the hip were helpful for reducing pain and improving function in both the short- and medium-term. When these hip-strengthening exercises were combined with the quadriceps-strengthening exercises […]


Patients who tear their Achilles tendon may be able to bear weight

January 13, 2017

After one year, the only significant difference between groups was actually in favor of the weight-bearing group, as they were found to have better health-related quality of life than the control group.

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Keeping shoulder immobilized may not be necessary after surgery

December 30, 2016

Results showed that immobilization led to good outcomes for all patients, and the re-tear rate was very similar in both groups: five tears in the four-week group and four in the eight-week group. At the final follow-up, there were no differences in ra […]


PT program better than education for knee osteoarthritis

December 16, 2016

Patients in the comprehensive group improved significantly more than those in the education-only group regarding pain and the perceived change in their condition. Unfortunately, these improvements found immediately after the intervention did not last […]


Training exercises & education makes it more effective for neck pain

December 2, 2016

Not known if combining treatments leads to greater overall effects

Neck pain is a very common disorder that occurs in about 37% of the population. Some of these patients eventually go on to develop chronic neck pain, which means it’s long […]


Common cause of LBP can disappear spontaneously without surgery

November 25, 2016

Results showed that lumbar disc herniation can in fact regress, or disappear completely, without surgery. The probability of this spontaneous regression occurring varied widely based on the specific type of disc herniation present.

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Laser therapy found to be moderately effective for reducing jaw pain

November 18, 2016

The meta-analysis showed that four of the six studies in the review reported a positive effect on pain relief after laser therapy. Overall, this was taken to mean that the laser therapy led to a moderate reduction in TMJ pain, which was considered sta […]


Messages for osteoarthritis patients on importance of exercise, etc.

November 3, 2016

This selection process led to a list of 21 key messages about OA that were considered essential and ranked in order of importance. Of these, most (17 statements) referred to different treatment approaches for OA, and 12 of them were related to non-dru […]


Exercise and PT lead to improvements for patients with neck disorder

October 28, 2016

Four weeks after each program, both groups achieved highly favorable results in pain, disability, ROM and patient-reported improvement. Unfortunately, no significant differences were found between the two groups, which suggests that the focus on incre […]


Physical Therapists Join Fight to Combat Rising Opioid Epidemic

October 20, 2016

Results showed that 48-63% of patients with PHP demonstrated a successful response to physical therapy. Despite the fact that most participants were obese, high BMI did not predict a poor response to treatment.

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Exercise leads to many improvements for patients with shoulder pain

October 3, 2016

Results showed that both groups improved in pain and disability to a level that would be considered worthwhile by patients.

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Patients with lasting LBP often have weak muscles around hip

September 23, 2016

Results showed that patients with chronic LBP displayed a few signs of hip muscle dysfunction, including gluteus medius weakness and tenderness of both gluteal muscles. Upon further analysis, it was found that the gluteus medius muscle weakness actual […]


Patients with painful conditions have poorer physical fitness

September 16, 2016

Results from the questionnaire showed that the patient group got about the same amount of moderate physical activity compared to controls, but significantly less vigorous physical activity.

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Rehab leads to better overall outcomes than surgery for athletes

September 1, 2016

Results showed that recovery times in the rehabilitation group were half of those in the surgical group, at a statistically significantly 12.6 weeks faster.

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Training program effective for reducing the rate of ankle sprains

August 19, 2016

Results showed that when considering all athletes of various sports, regardless of their ankle injury history status, proprioceptive training was found to have a preventative effect on ankle sprains.

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Combining 2 effective treatments is most beneficial for LBP patients

August 4, 2016

Results showed that the combination of the McKenzie method and MET was most effective overall in treating patients with chronic LBP.

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Younger patients continue to have impairments after ACL surgery

July 29, 2016

The results from this study showed that significant deficits in quadriceps strength and overall functional performance may last long after ACL reconstruction.

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Hands-on physical therapy effective for common shoulder conditions

July 15, 2016

Results showed that patients in the MWM group experienced significantly greater reductions in pain intensity while performing the shoulder movements compared to the sham group. This was accomplished in only four sessions, in which MWM was the only int […]


Spreading therapy over time may be more beneficial than consecutively

July 1, 2016

Patients with knee OA that were 40 or older were evaluated for inclusion, and 66 fit the criteria and were randomly assigned to one of four groups. The exercise therapy without booster sessions (group 1) followed a treatment program led by a physical […]


Runners with hip pain should be treated non-surgically

June 17, 2016

If FAI is diagnosed, a personalized physical therapy program is recommended to help patients return to running without the need for surgery. Patients should be educated on how to avoid positions that can aggravate pain and will not be allowed to run a […]


2 types of programs found to be similarly effective for Achilles pain

June 3, 2016

Patients in both groups experienced improvements in both the short and long term. This was particularly seen in physical activity and pain levels during sporting activities, as similar improvements were found in both groups.

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Range of motion of the neck decreases with age, often without pain

May 20, 2016

Results showed that CROM decreases significantly in all directions in the decade of 50-59 years when compared to people younger than 40. Unsurprisingly, the largest difference for all directions was found between 20-29 and 50-59 years, as there was a […]


Treadmill exercise program helps triathlete with hamstring injury

May 6, 2016

Since the patient did not improve much, researchers devised a new program of eccentric hamstring strengthening exercises to be performed on a treadmill. While performing these exercises, the patient was instructed to provide enough resistance to repro […]


2 types of physical therapy have similar positive effects on low back

April 29, 2016

Results showed that all groups improved in all measurements taken, but the manipulation and mobilization groups experienced more significant improvements than controls.

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Aggressive physical therapy immediately after surgery is effective

April 22, 2016

The accelerated rehab group reported better mobility, strength, and Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) scores than the standard rehab group. Improvements were noted within the first eight weeks after surgery, and were considered statist […]


Aerobic exercise leads to greater improvements than balance training

April 8, 2016

Results showed that both programs had similar positive effects on reducing pain, improving exercise capacity and enhancing QoL, but patients in the aerobic group experienced greater benefits in pain and physical function than the balance group.

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A physical activity program reduces mobility issues in older adults

March 31, 2016

Overall, the amount of time patients were followed-up for was 2.6 years. During that time, patients in the physical activity group experienced significant reductions in their mobility disability compared to the health education group.

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Combination of therapy, exercise and education is best for neck pain

March 18, 2016

All groups were found to improve in various measures immediately after treatment and at the 16-week follow-up; however, experimental group 2 experienced the greatest improvements overall in neck disability scores, as well as in measurements for fatigue […]


Many patients found to have back conditions despite lack of symptoms

February 15, 2016

Low back pain (LBP) affects about 80% of the population at some point, and it's associated with major economic consequences.

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Therapeutic device may not add benefits to exercise and education

January 20, 2016

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition in which protective cartilage in the knee gradually wears away, causing pain and weakness.

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Strength training more effective than balance exercises for stability

January 4, 2016

Falls are one of the most important issues the elderly population faces, as a fall can lead to serious injury and long-term dependency.

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Non-surgical treatment recommended for patients with common knee pain

December 23, 2015

Anterior knee pain, which occurs at the front and center of the knee, is one of the most common knee complaints in physically active people.

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Passive treatments are less effective for shoulder pain

December 17, 2015

Shoulder pain is quite common, with one-third of adults experiencing it every year. It ranks fourth behind low back, knee, and neck pain in terms of the most prevalent painful conditions encountered.

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More use of PT linked with less back pain in older adults

December 4, 2015

Back pain is a prevalent condition in the entire population, as 80% of people will experience it at least once.

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Balance-training program leads to improvements with osteoporosis

November 25, 2015

Falls and resulting injuries are one of the most common causes of disability, reduced functioning, and lower quality of life in older adults.

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Two types of hands-on physical therapy found effective for neck pain

November 16, 2015

Mechanical neck pain, which means the source of the pain is in the spine or the structures that surround it, is one of the most common types of neck pain.

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Therapy produces similar improvements and costs less than injections

November 5, 2015

Shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) is a general term used to describe numerous conditions that cause shoulder pain.

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Comprehensive exercise more effective than strengthening exercises

October 21, 2015

Patellofemoral pain (PFP), which describes pain at the front of the knee, is one of the most common knee disorders in athletes.

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Education saves money and improves opinions following back surgery

October 16, 2015

Lumbar radiculopathy (LR) is a condition that results from a compressed (squeezed) spinal nerve that leads to pain, numbness or weakness in the arms or legs.

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Program reduces pain & improves function in long-lasting ankle issues

October 2, 2015

Ankle sprains are common injuries often caused by participation in sports; in the U.S., about 23,000 ankle injuries occur daily.

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Poor sleep quality could affect improvement for neck pain patients

September 17, 2015

Neck pain, like back pain, is a common disorder that can reduce patients' quality of life. For some patients, this extends into the night and may affect sleeping habits.

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Exercises that strengthen back muscles effective for low back pain

September 3, 2015

Chronic low back pain (CLBP), meaning pain that lasts for at least 12 weeks, is one of the most common medical conditions out there.

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Exercise therapy found to be effective for patients with knee pain

August 26, 2015

Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a condition that involves pain in the front of the knee, and it's particularly common in people who are physically active.

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Aquatic exercise leads to improvements for men with type 2 diabetes

August 21, 2015

Type 2 diabetes is a common disorder in which the pancreas doesn't make enough insulin or the body can't use insulin well enough, which can lead to many physical problems.

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Low back pain patients experience benefits from exercise & education

August 7, 2015

Low back pain (LBP) affects 84% of adults at some point and can weigh heavily on their lives.

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Non-surgical treatments better than surgical management of elbow pain

July 29, 2015

The olecranon bursa is a sac filled with a small amount of fluid in the elbow that helps to cushion bones and tissues in that area and allows for their smooth gliding against one another.

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Acetaminophen not very effective for low back pain or osteoarthritis

July 17, 2015

Low back pain (LBP) and hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA), a painful condition in which the protective cartilage in joints wears away, are some of the leading causes of disability worldwide.

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An exercise leads to improvements for obese adults with low back pain

July 2, 2015

Low back pain (LBP) is a common condition affecting about 80% of people at some point, while roughly 35% of the adult population is currently obese.

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Adding stretch device to PT program helps with frozen shoulder

June 24, 2015

Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, is a painful condition in which tissues surrounding the shoulder become inflamed and stiff, making it difficult to perform activities that require shoulder rotation.

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Exercise program helpful for patients with long-lasting low back pain

June 2, 2015

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common conditions out there, as 80% of the population will experience it at least once.

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Aquatic exercise leads to numerous benefits

May 12, 2015

Musculoskeletal conditions affect the bones, joints and muscles and consist of a variety of issues, including low back pain and osteoarthritis.

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Exercise and education program improves quality of life after surgery

April 30, 2015

Lumbar microdiscectomy is a type of surgical procedure used to treat patients with back problems like herniated discs and is one of the most common surgeries performed in the U.S.

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Medications and other approaches to treat chronic pain

April 14, 2015

Chronic musculoskeletal pain, which can be defined as continual pain for more than six months, or pain that extends beyond an expected period of healing in the muscles or bones, is a major concern in the healthcare industry.

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Two vibration therapies are not effective for treating low back pain

March 31, 2015

A diagnosis of nonspecific, or common low back pain (LBP), means that the pain is not related to another condition and usually leads to painful limitations in movement, with occasional pain down the leg as well.

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Performing structured exercises before surgery can be beneficial

March 3, 2015

For patients who need to have surgery of any sort for one reason or another, the period of time afterwards is usually associated with reduced physical abilities and health-related quality of life (HRQoL).

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Treatments for common injuries to mature athletes' shoulders

February 24, 2015

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body, and it's specifically activated to a great extent in sports like swimming, baseball and tennis.

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Spinal surgery leads to higher rate of complications

February 17, 2015

For patients with severe back issues that don't respond to other forms of conservative (non-surgical) treatment, deciding what to do next is difficult.

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Guidelines highlight importance of exercises for chronic neck pain

January 29, 2015

Specific guidelines highlight importance of different exercises for chronic neck pain

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Physical therapy proven to play a key role in stroke rehabilitation

January 7, 2015

Physical therapy proven to play a key role in stroke rehabilitation

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Non-surgical treatment may be just as effective for shoulder pain

December 21, 2014

Non-surgical treatment may be just as effective as surgery for common shoulder pain.

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Temporomandibular disorder treated with therapy

December 3, 2014

Temporomandibular disorders can be effectively treated with manual therapy and home physical therapy

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Physical activity in leisure time may lead to less low back pain

November 22, 2014

Moderate or vigorous physical activity in leisure time may lead to less low back pain and disability.

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Deep massage by physical therapists helps manage heel pain

November 9, 2014

Deep massage administered by physical therapists is helpful for managing heel pain.

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For unstable ankles, combining different exercises is most effective

October 17, 2014

Studies show that combining different types of exercises is most effect when treating unstable ankles.

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Supplements glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are safe

September 25, 2014

Two recent randomized-controlled trials (RCTs), considered the gold standard for clinical trials, found that glucosamine and CS led to significant improvements in function and reductions in pain for patients with knee OA.

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Physical therapy shown to improve symptoms for lumbar disc herniation

September 3, 2014

Theses outcomes show that a structured physical therapy program using MDT is effective for treating patients with lumbar disc herniation, and it should be utilized before surgery is considered.

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Taking proper precautions to prevent falls

August 27, 2014

Though falls are common and potentially dangerous for older individuals, the good news is that they can often be prevented if certain precautionary steps are taken.

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Pain is not found to be correlated with carpal tunnel syndrome

August 6, 2014

Pain alone was not found to be correlated with a CTS diagnosis, and researchers therefore believe it should not be listed as a common or primary symptom of CTS.

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Physical therapy reduces the likelihood of surgery

July 29, 2014

This provides evidence of the benefits of early physical therapy for LSS patients and shows it's associated with a lower rate of surgery over one year. It is therefore advisable to recommend physical therapy to LSS patients in order to improve their c […]


More patients take advantage of direct access to physical therapy

July 8, 2014

With this, Americans should be aware that accessing physical therapy directly could save them significant time and money, and may provide greater improvements on pain and movement disorders without dealing with a middleman.

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How to properly navigate and understand health news

June 26, 2014

All of these points can heavily influence the legitimacy of health news stories, but by being careful and knowing what to look for, you can ensure clear understanding of what you're reading.

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Physical therapists offer better management strategies for LBP

June 4, 2014

These results suggest that on the whole, physical therapists showed improved knowledge of optimal management strategies for LBP than physicians.

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Physical Therapy remains a strong option that focuses on each patient

May 28, 2014

For personalized, dedicated care that's empathetic to each patient, see a physical therapist first the next time you experience any aches, pains or movement issues.

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Conservative treatment is found effective for lumbar disc herniation

May 7, 2014

Based on these findings, it appears conservative treatment—which may also include physical therapy—can lead to impressive outcomes for patients with lumbar disc herniation. It can therefore be considered a reasonable alternative likely to lead to […]


Decreasing Back Pain - Education First

April 29, 2014

Low back pain (LBP) is defined as pain, muscle tension, or stiffness in the lower region of the back near the hips.

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All About Your Balance

April 10, 2014

Dynamic standing balance is the ability to keep your the body balanced while changing its position.

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Reducing Pain and Disability in Knee OA

March 25, 2014

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful condition in which protective cartilage in the knee wears away over time, causing the bones to rub against each other and resulting in pain and difficulty with walking.

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Standing too long?

March 17, 2014

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most important issues in healthcare, as up to 80% of Americans will experience an episode of LBP at some point in their lives.

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Guidelines for management and prevention of athletic ankle sprains

February 19, 2014

Ankle sprains are the most common injuries in sports. It's estimated that they account for...

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Prehabilitation improves physical function for hip and knee arthritis

February 4, 2014

Waiting too long for surgery makes matters worse for those with osteoarthritis

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Exercise program reduces occurrence of neck pain for office worker

January 24, 2014

For people who work in an office setting, much of the time in any given day is spent sitting in a chair. All this time sitting is believed to possibly strain the neck, and office workers report a particularly high rate of neck pain

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Listening to music lowers the level of pain experienced during PT

January 11, 2014

Distraction could be the key to overcoming painful components of therapy

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Don't sell yourself short when it comes to sleep

December 20, 2013

Good sleep is critical to your health. To make each day a safe, productive one, take steps to make sure you regularly get a good night's sleep.

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Are supplements really necessary for good health?

November 19, 2013

When it comes to supplements, avoid any potential risks and play it safe by doing your research and consulting your doctor about any supplements you're taking now or thinking about taking before doing so.

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Make eating properly and staying active a family affair

November 8, 2013

When it comes to food and physical activity, what you say and do around your children can have a lasting effect. Work together as a family to make healthy habits easy and fun.

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Biomechanics - get to know your body's movements and avoid injury

October 30, 2013

Think about all the movements you do every day: walking, climbing stairs, typing, turning doorknobs and lifting. This article helps you understand the study of movement.

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Protect the head: how to avoid, identify and deal with concussions

October 12, 2013

There ongoing research that helps us better understand, prevent and treat concussions. While this research continues, it's important to learn to recognize the symptoms, and make sure that people with signs of concussion stop their activities and seek […]


Achilles Rupture Repair: Should You Rely On Surgery or Rehabilitation

September 19, 2013

The short answer is that it depends on when you engage in rehabilitation. Researchers at Dalhousie University Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center in Halifax conducted ten studies to determine which group of patients had better recovery results: […]


A Viable Exercise Option for Patients with Knee Arthritis

September 5, 2013

Patients who are diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis are often told to engage in regular physical exercise to improve activity and function within the joints; however, joint pain often makes it difficult for patients to complete these exercise regimens. […]


A Surprising Approach to Treating Pinched Nerves

August 22, 2013

While additional study is needed, the results are encouraging in terms of reducing the need for surgery As there is little difference in results for patients who undergo ACDF and physcial therapy versus patients who undergo physical therapy alone, thi […]


Managing Your Knee Pain

August 8, 2013

Studies Demonstrate The Effectiveness of At-Home Exercises in Minimizing Kinesiophobia.

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Study Reveals Surprising Long-Term Results of Epidural Steroid Inject

July 18, 2013

new research argues that ESIs might actually be damaging to patients' healing and recovery over the long-term, as it makes it difficult for patients to recover from surgical treatments.

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Study Reveals How to Predict Success of Cervical Traction Exercise

July 5, 2013
Patients who suffer from back and neck injuries may need to undergo several different types of corrective care exercises, many of which might not have the positive results patients are seeking. […]

Is Surgery Necessary for a Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritis?

June 20, 2013

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common knee conditions, with an estimated 9 million sufferers in the United States alone.

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How to Help Your Children Make Healthy Choices

June 5, 2013

We all know that healthy eating and physical activity are critical for raising happy and well-adjusted children. Learn how to make small changes that can help.

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The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep

May 22, 2013
In today's busy world, getting a full night's sleep might seem like an impossible endeavor. However, if you're skimping on your sleep, you're also making it difficult to operate at an optimal level the next day. […]

What is Osteoarthritis?

May 8, 2013

In osteoarthritis, cartilage-the hard, slippery tissue that protects the ends of bones where they meet to form a joint-wears away. The bones rub together, causing pain, swelling, and loss of motion. Over time, the joint also may lose its normal shape. […]


About Hip Replacement Surgery

April 22, 2013

If you're still considering hip replacement surgery, be sure to talk to your family as well as your doctor to determine if it's the right decision for you.

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Medication Risks and Prescription Drug Abuse

April 5, 2013

Many high school students today are believed to have abused prescription drugs, with some 10 percent having admitted to using Vicodin during the past year for recreational usage.

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Arthritis Pain Got You Feeling Out of Joint?

March 26, 2013

If you feel you have joint pain you can discuss it with one of our physical therapists or your doctor so that it can be addressed. It is better to catch it right away rather than let it go on. Conservative care is the first line of intervention in mos […]


Staying Fit Booklet Offers Helpful Tips

March 13, 2013

"The World Around You: Use What You Have to Stay Healthy and Fit." It offers real-life suggestions and tips covering such topics as eating better and being more physically active.

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How Being Mindful Can Help Improve Your Health

February 23, 2013

Becoming more mindful is easier than you may realize and can be done anywhere.

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Lower Back Pain? Before Yoga Try a PT Intensive Stretching Program

February 8, 2013

The take-home message is that if you have back pain, you don't have to sign up for yoga. Physical therapists put together range of motion and stretching routines for low back pain patients all of the time and in most cases your insurance will cover it […]


Understanding Chronic Pain and Learning How To Conquer It

January 9, 2013

One point of interest is that currently available drug therapies don't provide all the answers. Many people find that medications don't fully relieve their chronic pain, and they can experience unpleasant side effects. Evidence on a number of fronts, […]


Balance Disorders Can Throw Your Life Out Of Whack, Limit The Impact

December 27, 2012

Meanwhile, researchers continue to work to develop new, more effective approaches. In one experimental rehabilitation strategy, now in clinical trials, scientists have created a "virtual reality" grocery store. It allows people with balance disorders […]


A View Into Patients' Perspectives On Online Access To Healthcare

December 6, 2012

For those that have already begun to make that transition, it's also important to educate and direct patients towards it. Finally, though a gradual movement into a more eHealth-based paradigm will certainly have countless benefits, the face time and h […]


Are there any downsides of self-referrals for physical therapy?

November 16, 2012

Though visits to physicians are still required in certain situations, especially those in which serious injuries or illness are involved, patients with minor-to-moderate conditions needing treatment should be aware that (in most states) they can see a […]


How Caffeine Intake Can Affect The Treatment Of Pain

October 29, 2012

Based on this review, it appears caffeine can serve a purpose on both ends of the spectrum. On the positive, effective end, it can be an adjuvant analgesic to certain medications and assist them in their pain-relieving properties, and it can help reli […]


A Detailed Investigation Of Subacromial Impingement Syndrome

October 10, 2012

While some recent literature has shown debridement and arthroscopic acromioplasty to be successful, no high-quality trials have compared these outcomes to that of conservative treatment. Therefore, more high-quality research on the treatment and diagn […]


Full-scale Evaluation Of Various Treatments For Knee Osteoarthritis

September 27, 2012

As always, future studies are needed for additional support of physical therapy's effectiveness and to further investigate specific modalities, but for now, these recommendations should serve as a useful set of guidelines in helping physical therapists […]


Using Neuromuscular Training To Prevent Injuries In Sports

September 11, 2012

Though a few details of the current study require further analysis in the future to better understand specifics, the outcomes provided here should serve as encouragement to coaches and physicians to implement such programs for these athletes with the i […]


Study: How Exercise May Be Used To Treat Patients With Migraines

July 25, 2012

While the reduction in migraines was not massive for the exercise group, it was very similar to the other groups. Since the other treatments are considered to be the best out there, this study makes a case for putting exercise therapy in the same cate […]


Conservative Treatment For Spondylolysis In Young Soccer Players

July 10, 2012

Results showed that of the 15 patients needing thoracolumbar orthosis, all (100%) obtained excellent results at the final follow-up, and of the 19 who didn't use it, 13 (68%) obtained excellent results, 4 (22%) obtained good results, and only 1 each (5 […]


How Hip Issues Can Affect Patients With Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

June 28, 2012

Strengthening programs for hip abduction that begin with isometrics and progress to standing abduction against a resistance band may help patients with PFPS, as will hip coordination programs that work towards similar goals. It appears to be clear fro […]


Ultrasound and Shock Wave Therapies for Low Back Pain: Do they work?

May 18, 2012

Analysis didn't prove favorable for the therapies. One study compared ultrasound to lumbar traction and low-power laser in patients with LBP and leg pain, and found them all to lead to the same results in pain and disability. The other three RCTs foc […]


Factors That Can Lead To Low Physical Fitness For Young Men

April 12, 2012

These findings can be applied on a more universal scale by pointing out which factors can lead to health problems for young men trying to be active anywhere, whether for military service or not. By focusing on these factors, young men can improve thei […]


Is conservative or surgical treatment better for ACL tears?

March 26, 2012

Based on this, it's clear that the potential side effects and risks of ACL reconstruction can make it a less-than desirable option for patients. Though conservative treatment doesn't guarantee a flawless recovery either, the risks are fewer and the co […]


Guidelines: Diagnosing and Treating Adhesive Capsulitis of the Ankle

March 8, 2012

After diagnosis is confirmed, the best current treatment option for ACA that has been proven effective is physical therapy focused on active and passive ROM, as well as ankle joint mobilization techniques. Only when conservative care fails should arth […]


Activation Helps in Functional Recovery of Spine Surgery Patients

February 27, 2012

This study should serve as a model for physical therapists and patients engaged in a rehab program after surgery, encouraging participation of the highest possible level to help bring about optimal recovery and positive overall health behaviors.

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Incidents of Chronic Pain in Children, Does it Pose a Problem?

February 9, 2012

While chronic pain is an issue that needs to be addressed, it doesn't seem to be a major one. This is mainly due to the fact that other studies show most instances of pain in school-age children are either not chronic or don't lead to disability. Non […]


Perceptions On Low Back Pain and Exercise In Older Adults

January 27, 2012

Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common pains experienced in adulthood, and a recent study has released important new evidence on how it's managed, and how older people feel about the best ways to treat it.

The false perception that pain […]


From the Sufferers: Discussion on low back pain recurrences.

December 19, 2011

Analysis of work participation and health care usage showed that many would only take off work as a last resort since they couldn't afford it, and most claimed that the health-care system did not provide them with any benefit since some physicians... […]


Improving Mental Wellbeing in Elders: Can Exercise Help?

December 1, 2011

Clearly, these findings point out a definitively beneficial role of exercise for improving the mental wellbeing of older people. The authors of the review go on to suggest a minimum of two, 45-min. sessions per week of light-to-moderate intensity […]


How Patients and Care Providers Perceive Pain

November 21, 2011

Overall, patients were ambivalent towards pain induced by exercise and mobilization, as some regarded it as necessary to help them improve, while others viewed it as excessive and not always constructive. Many patients could process the pain according […]


Establishing Best Methods to Determine Player's Return to Sports

November 2, 2011

In the future, better criteria with clearer definitions on safe a successful returns to sports are needed, as are more evidence-based studies to determine these important timetables. More valid evaluation instruments tailored for different sports and […]


Investigating Time for Returning to Sports After ACL Reconstruction

October 20, 2011

It appears not all athletes are able to return to sports within 12 months after surgery, and that this matter needs to be investigated in greater detail. Athletes and physicians should be aware of these findings and hesitate from rushing a return to s […]


Investigating Risk Factors for Falls in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients

October 3, 2011

Outcomes show that those with knee osteoarthritis who undergo surgery generally experience more falls than others, and may also be more likely to have a higher risk of falling due to deficits in strength and proprioception as well as a greater fear of […]


Evaluating Spinal Manipulative Therapy for Chronic Low-back Pain

September 12, 2011
Spinal Manipulative Therapy is neither superior nor inferior to other effective treatments for patients with chronic LBP. Consequently, the decision to use Spinal Manipulative Therapy on a patient with chronic Low-back Pain should be based on costs, pref […]

Habitual Physical Activity and Overall Health for the Elderly

September 1, 2011

In the elderly population (adults aged 65 and older), engaging in habitual moderate-intensity physical activity is considered one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle. Its benefits are multifold: it enhances quality of life and pro […]


Lower Back Pain - Severe Condition or Just a Pain in my Back?

August 23, 2011

On the whole, medical professionals need to educate patients on the best exercise programs based off of evidence-based guidelines and proper doses for analgesics, and patients need to be receptive to that education and follow the instructions given

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Does knuckle cracking lead to hand osteoarthritis?

August 12, 2011

Based on these findings, it appears there is no proven association between knuckle cracking and hand OA. None of the analyses showed any sort of connection between the two, and the control group reported knuckle cracking at a similar frequency

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Exercise intervention & the effects in overuse anterior knee pain

July 29, 2011

...the intervention was proven effective in preventing AKP in this setting, and it's possible that an exercise program like this can also have similar effects on AKP prevention for other athletes.

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Rehab commitment & recovery from total hip resurfacing arthroplasty

July 15, 2011

...compliance and commitment to a rehab program will spell the best possible functional improvement and quickest return to a healthy lifestyle.

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The effects of exercise intervention on elite swimmers' posture

June 28, 2011

...sufficient evidence is produced that shows exercise interventions can have a significant impact on decreasing pain and improving overall posture for elite swimmers.

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The patterns and treatment protocols associated with neck pain

June 16, 2011

Therapeutic exercise administered through physical therapists is a proven treatment with evidence to support it, but just over...

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Moderate exercise proven to be safe for fetus in last trimester

May 31, 2011

These findings show that maternal exercise does not produce any harmful effects on developing fetuses, and should therefore be deemed safe. Nevertheless, we recommend you ask your doctor before you start any exercise program.

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Six Tips to Manage Your Low Back When it Acts Up

May 22, 2011

Bottom line, if you hurt your back, try to see a physical therapist as fast as you can. Physical therapy treatment is all natural, affordable, effective, and has little to no side effects.

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The use of physical therapy for managing chronic low back pain

April 28, 2011

In addition, patients may attain better outcomes if therapists adhere to proven effective treatments like exercise, massage and manipulation over traction and bracing.

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New knee replacement procedures/rehab can expedite return to driving

April 14, 2011

These findings make it clear that contemporary TKA in conjunction with pain management protocols and intense rehab improves pain and function, and can reduce the amount of time needed to return to driving to as low as four weeks.

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Knee Pain Got You Down? Looking Beyond the Kneecap

March 30, 2011

If you are experiencing knee pain with running, please give us a call. We've helped many others in the area and chances are, we can help you as well.

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Overweight young athletes are prone to injury & how to prevent them

March 21, 2011

Recommended methods to reduce injury risk for obese young athletes center on weight loss, improved physical fitness and improved postural stability. Due to the negative impact of impaired postural control on obese children, balance training is conside […]


An Ankle Sprain Doesn't Have To Be A Prolonged Pain

February 11, 2011

So, what should you do if you sprain your ankle? Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are a good place to start and that may be enough. If further intervention is necessary, a thorough examination of your motion, strength, and balance should be perf […]


You don't need to live with low back pain!

February 9, 2011

If you are having an acute episode of low back pain, the message is to keep moving and if your symptoms persist there are options to get you back doing what you love.

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Avoid Falls and Fractures

January 24, 2011

A simple thing can change your life, like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet spot on the kitchen floor. If you fall, then you might be like the thousands of older men and women each year who break, or fracture, a bone. A broken bone might...

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The relationship between high-heeled shoes and bunions

December 19, 2010

Family History an Excellent Indicator

It was then deduced from the information noted above that subjects with a family history would be 26 times more likely than those without one who often wore high heels to develop hallux valgus.

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Follow up on last post - Evaluation of benefits of stretching

December 13, 2010

The study's conductors therefore suggest that for those who enjoy stretching or believe it reduces soreness or increases looseness, these findings support their habits enough for them to carry on stretching regularly. Those who don't enjoy stretching, […]


Causes, treatment and prevention of muscle cramps

November 9, 2010

In regards to a preventative strategy, despite the lack of direct evidence, maintaining hydration and adequate electrolyte levels is strongly suggested. Monitoring an athlete's body weight is an easy method of ensuring adequate fluid replacement and I […]


Resistance training for young athletes: possible benefits and risks

October 19, 2010
  • Youth resistance training programs should focus on learning proper exercise technique rather than the amount of weight lifted
  • Only qualified professionals...
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Physical Therapy - A Great First Choice For Most

September 17, 2010

Recently, I spend about 45 minutes scanning the summaries (abstracts) of popular journals. Within that short time frame, I found three articles that people with chronic low back pain, knee pain, and shoulder pain should be aware of.

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ACL tears: no surgery required? Maybe...

August 24, 2010

...it may be deduced that for younger athletes, a specific, structured rehab program administered by an experienced physical therapist may be just as effective in treating an acute ACL tear as reconstruction surgery...

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Progressive resistance exercises for diabetes control

August 13, 2010
... per this study, progressive resistance training alone won't produce major results, but when used in conjunction with medication and proper dietary management, can yield significant reductions in diabetes-associated complications.

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What pregnant women should know about exercise

July 30, 2010

Results of the survey showed that all health-care professionals who responded to the survey thought that exercise was good medicine for expecting mothers, however...

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Benefits of Fish Oil for Fitness and Health

July 8, 2010

A common question that comes up when physical therapists treat patients is, "Are there any foods that can help me out?" Read more about a food that may be great for your health.

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Five Tips to Heed Before Beginning An Exercise Program

June 30, 2010

Physical fitness is important - at every age. Getting started exercising doesn't have to be difficult but it does require a little knowledge to do it right. Before you begin an exercise program, we need to cover a few things.

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How hip-strengthening exercises can help reduce knee pain in runners

June 18, 2010

...this is the first study of its kind and now plans to seek funding to test these findings on a much larger group of runners to further confirm that hip-strengthening exercises can have a major impact on alleviating knee pain.

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Resistance training for young athletes: benefits, risks, and...

May 18, 2010

Due to its rise in popularity, resistance training has experienced intensified scrutiny, with some questioning its impact on developing bodies, and its fundamental need in the first place. Contrary to these doubts, however, research proving its safety […]


Eliminating back pain treatment that doesn't work

May 9, 2010

You might feel like we report on this too much but considering that 90 billion dollars is spent annually, and even with the Internet's ability to share information rapidly, doctors, policy makers and even our patients are slow to adopt new health care […]


Word choice-what to use, what to avoid when working with patients

April 22, 2010

The ultimate goal of patient communication should be to give strength to the patient and enable them to be more self-reliant as they prepare to deal with whatever's coming at them. By taking the time to evaluate word choice, approach and their eventua […]


Exercise training can reduce anxiety symptoms

April 12, 2010

What may be most notable about this investigation is that anxiety reduction isn't the primary purpose of exercise, but another one of its numerous benefits. Authors of the study stress the importance of patients adhering to recommended exercise progra […]


Common training mistakes for marathon and half marathon runners

March 17, 2010

By becoming aware of these common mistakes and taking measures to prevent their occurrence, marathon and half marathon runners will have a much more likely chance of completing the race successfully and without incidence.

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Vitamin C decreases the risk of chronic wrist pain?

March 2, 2010

One thing, however, is for certain: the potential downsides of taking vitamin C are limited, and negative side effects usually occur only when daily dosage exceeds 1,000 mg or with patients on dialysis. Therefore, a specific dosage of 500 mg of vitami […]


Patients should understand the quality of medical research

February 21, 2010

While critics of EBM exist, accusing it of being old-fashioned or cook book medicine, there's no refuting the proven science of the system. Health care providers that understand the concept of EBM in its entirety, recognize that EBM is ...

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How injuries affect adolescent athletes' quality of life

January 30, 2010

By further developing the understanding of injury's impact on youths and treating the whole individual, the intent is that young athletes will return to sports and continue to be physically active.

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Neck pain has a notable effect on women who work in an office

December 31, 2009

Of the 51 female office workers who participated in the study, 82% experienced neck pain in the last 12 months. According to findings from the measurement tool, average scores were about 20.2%, which indicated that most of these participants had mild […]


Exercise is Medicine

December 29, 2009

Visit www.exerciseismedicine.org and get moving. We are here to help. If you have any questions, give us a call. Before you start any exercise program ask your physical therapist or contact your doctor.

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Exercise Once Again is Medicine if Supervised by a Physical Therapist

December 16, 2009

"In patients with patellofemoral pain syndrome, exercise therapy produces better results regarding pain and function at 3 months and at 12 months than usual care."

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Decrease the risk of a broken leg in infants on slides

November 25, 2009

Recent study reveals that leg bone breaks are often due to parents going down a playground slide with the infant on their lap.

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Politicians: Physical therapy saving million in healthcare dollars?

November 23, 2009

I was watching 60 Minutes the other night and while the main topic of the piece was about Americans and end of life, I was more focused on some of the comments about the cost of health care. If you read past news feeds, you probably will get my drift […]


Steroid injection for knee arthritis gives 1 week of relief

November 19, 2009

A recent review, by medical doctors, of several clinical research studies on corticosteroid injections for knee osteoarthritis, concluded that while you may experience some relief, it is likely to only last for about a week.

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Patient-Self Referral To Physical Therapy Improves Public Health

November 17, 2009

Leaders from 18 countries endorsed the research which concludes that accessing a physical therapist first is safe, effective, and has the potential to save Americans millions and perhaps even billions in health care expenditures.

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Excessive MRIs and Excessive Low Back Surgeries?

October 28, 2009

For non-specific low back pain, MRI very, very rarely provides any information that would could help your doctor decide if you are appropriate for surgery. In other words, MRIs just aren't the right test to order for non-specific low back pain.

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Health Care Reform Matter to You? See a Physical Therapist First

September 29, 2009

Click here to watch the video to see why PT is your best choice for conservative care of low back pain.

Consult with your physical therapist

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Thigh Weakness Can Predict Arthritis in Women

September 16, 2009

The take home message is that both men and women are likely to decrease the risk of developing knee pain, stiffness and loss of function if they keep their thigh muscles strong.

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Physical Therapy One Month Post Disc Surgery Improves Results

August 20, 2009

"Exercise programs starting 4 to 6 weeks postsurgery seem to lead to a faster decrease in pain and disability than no treatment."

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American Physical Therapy Association on Health Care Change

August 4, 2009

The American Physical Therapy Association recently held a rally regarding the need for physical therapists to participate in the debate on health care change.

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34 Billion Spent on Alternative Care - Worthwhile or Waste?

July 22, 2009

34 Billion Spent on Alternative Care - are you throwing away your money on remedies that don't work? Click here for the whole story.

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Avoid a Total Knee Replacement with Conservative Rehabilitation

July 15, 2009

Many patients are looking for ways to avoid having a knee replacement surgery, but are not given other options if medications fail to control their symptoms. This study shows that by implementing preoperative total knee replacement rehabilitation, many […]


Physical Therapy First Cuts Treatment Time from 66 to 12 Days

June 17, 2009

The hospital wasted no time treating Beth Lauderdale. She was getting physical therapy for severe back pain just two hours after she phoned in.

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For Neck Pain Exercise & Manual Physical Therapy are Proven Effective

June 16, 2009

Manual physical therapy in combination with exercise is the exception. Make it your first choice for conservative care of your neck pain.

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Low Back Pain - Go Conservative and an MRI is Probably not Necessary

May 20, 2009

Low-back pain without indications of serious underlying conditions does not improve clinical outcomes.

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AAOS - For Back Pain, Physical Therapy is the Treatment Cornerstone

May 19, 2009

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS)recommend physical therapy and NSAIDs for lower back pain before considering surgery.

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Pumping Iron Can Help the Diabetic Patient

March 30, 2009

A little resistance training goes a long way to help diabetics manage their sugar levels.

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Pamphlets and Pain - Not Very Effective

March 30, 2009

If you've ever been to the doctor because of neck pain, you may have received a pamphlet about your problem.

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Got Back Pain? Go Conservative!

March 30, 2009

Article for a popular orthopedic journal.

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