Category Archives: Physical Therapy

  • Don’t Join the Opioid Epidemic! Why PT is a Much Safer Course

    No one wants to live a life in pain, but prescription opioids aren’t always the best choice. Painkillers like Percocet, Vicodin and OxyContin certainly come with risks. Opioid risks include withdrawal symptoms, addiction, depression and overdose. And today, the use of opioids is epidemic. Physical therapy is a safer alternative without the risks and side […]

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  • Why Physical Therapy is Critical Following a Joint Replacement Surgery

    The intricacies of joint replacement surgery can vary greatly, depending on whether the replacement involved a knee, wrist, shoulder, ankle, or hip. Yet the post-surgical recovery period for all of these procedures is remarkably similar. The most important element? Working those new joints correctly, with the help of a physical therapist. Reducing Swelling Before you […]

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  • How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Achilles Tendonitis

    What is Achilles Tendonitis? The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the human body. This tendon joins the calf muscles to the heel bone and travels down the back of the lower leg. If it’s put under strain, it can get inflamed. This is known as Achilles tendonitis . If it’s left untreated, the […]

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  • Up Your Calcium Intake for Stronger Bones and for PT Support

    As your physical therapist may have told you, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are often more interconnected than you might have thought. As cartilage deteriorates, the adjoining bone can become affected as well. This makes calcium more important than ever to support bone health for those suffering from deteriorating surrounding joints. Why Calcium Matters To prevent injuries […]

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  • Massage Away Your Pain with Massage Therapy

    Once considered a luxury that only the rich and pampered could afford — or justify as treatment — massage is now considered an integral part of many physical therapy programs. With a variety of massage techniques to address a range of health problems, the respected practice has been proven to help significantly reduce temporary or […]

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  • How PT Can Reduce the Need for Opioids

    With unintentional drug overdoses on a sharp increase within the U.S., more medical professionals are seeking treatment options that don’t carry the risk of painkiller addiction. Certainly, reducing pain through opioids can be a legitimate treatment. Yet mushrooming addiction rates make it obvious that methods such as physical therapy can often be a better first-line […]

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  • How Physical Therapy Can Correct Muscle Imbalances

    Many people still believe that physical therapy is only needed for rehabilitation after injury, accidents, or surgery.  In reality, almost everyone can benefit from physical therapy to prevent minor recurring aches and pains or subtle losses of flexibility from becoming debilitating health issues. Physical therapists can help because many of our aches and pains are […]

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  • Sitting is the New Smoking: How Physical Therapy Combats the Negative Effects of Inactivity

    We all know that smoking is bad for your health for a variety of reasons, but did you realize that sitting can be every bit as dangerous to your long-term health? While many office workers strive long and hard to obtain a job that is “better” than damaging your body through strenuous hard labor, desk jobs […]

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  • Scoliosis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

    Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, often occurs when children are just entering puberty, which is a stressful enough time without also having to deal with a physical limitation. The cause is not always known, although rarer forms are connected to injury, muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy. Yet through a range of treatments, including physical […]

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  • Why physical therapy is important after you have surgery

    In the weeks leading up to surgery, the most feared words after “anesthesia” and “hospital” are “physical therapy.” For many people, the anticipation of any pain that goes along with physical therapy is enough to keep them from stepping foot into a PT’s office after surgery. In reality, the only way back to full recovery […]

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