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Social Skills Don't Always Come Easily for All Kids

Do you remember sitting at the lunch table in high school, sharing the latest gossip with your friends?
How special was the first conversation you had with your significant other?
What did you say during the interview that helped you to land your job?

All of these important milestones required social skills that you naturally developed through life experiences. Throughout your life, you figured out how to handle a variety of social situations, both good and bad, and have learned from each of them.

Paralympics to Showcase World’s Best Athletes with Disabilities

If you have seen South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee, run at the Olympics, you know that people with disabilities are among the world’s best athletes. Those athletes will take center stage in London when the Paralympics begin on August 29.  We’re not sure Queen Elizabeth II will parachute from the skies, but she will attend the opening ceremony.

Staying Strong as We Age

While many assume that loss of strength – debility – is an unavoidable part of the aging process, the reality is that adults can often remain physically active throughout their lives. There are ways to prevent debility as well as help older adults regain their strength. 

What is debility?

Trigger Finger: Cause and Treatment

Hand TherapyHave you ever woken up in the morning with your finger stuck in your palm? Trigger finger or “flexor tenosynovitis,” is a common hand condition can that can be painful and annoying. Finger splints, even a simple popsicle stick, are one way of addressing the problem.

Adapted Driving Evaluation: Regaining Independence After Hospitalization

A hospitalization for a neurological injury or illness (such as stroke or head injury), multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, seizures, cardiac episode, amputation or other major illness does not necessarily mean the end of someone’s ability to drive.

Short-Term Rehabilitation: You Have a Choice

You may have noticed that the region has many billboards and other advertisements that promote “short-term rehabilitation.” What the advertisements don’t tell you is that you have a choice when it comes to picking your rehabilitation provider.

How to Start a Walking Fitness Program

walking fitnessI am a runner. However, after being plagued with injuries during the past few months, I'm rethinking walking.

Walkers are far less prone to injury than runners, and research shows that consistent, brisk walking can reduce the risk of heart disease by the same amount as more vigorous exercise such as running. 

Preventing Back and Neck Pain without Leaving the Office

Few people would consider their desk job “dangerous,” but painful work-related conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, back and neck pain, are real possibilities. Luckily, there is a lot you can do to prevent these problems, and you don’t even have to leave your office!

Ekso Provides Hope and Healing after Spinal Cord Injury

Kevin Oldt in EksoOn January 17, 2002, I suffered a snowmobiling accident that turned my world upside down.

I will never forget being told that, as a result of the T-12 spinal injury, I may never walk again. It took years to come to terms with life in a wheelchair.

Female Athletes and the Risk of ACL Tear

ACL TearAs a physical therapist and mom of a daughter who experienced an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear of her knee, I have both a professional and personal interest in this topic. My 18-year-old daughter tore her ACL the summer between her junior and senior year in high school while playing club soccer.

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