physical therapy

Coping with Chronic Back Pain

The spine is a complex system, which is composed of many joints that allow us to bend, flex and twist freely. In fact, we bend and flex an average of 3,000 - 5,000 times per day. At this rate, it may come as no surprise that it can be hard to resolve back pain or heal a back injury.

Notes from the Barre: Dance to Improve Health

dance to improve healthA dancer squeezes her ballet stretch class in between a hectic schedule of school, work and running errands. The long drive to the studio is fraught with rainy weather and crazy drivers. The dancer is nursing a cold and feeling stressed. When she arrives at the studio, she feels rushed and has to scurry to get to class on time. As the music begins, she places her feet in first position and breathes a sigh of relief.

Fall Prevention Tips for Older Adults

fall prevention tipsFalling is a serious problem among our senior population. One in three adults over 65 falls each year, resulting in more than 700,000 hospitalizations due to associated injuries, from hip fractures to brain trauma. But falling is not inevitable: There many things seniors can do to lower their risk of falling, from addressing health issues to implementing safety measures at home.

Physical Therapy: What to Expect Following Joint Replacement Surgery

outpatient joint replaementSurgery to replace a joint, like a hip, knee or shoulder, can be scary – especially when you don’t know what to expect afterwards. Will recovery be painful? How long will it take to heal? What will physical therapy be like? Will rehab be difficult?

Below are answers to frequently asked questions regarding outpatient physical therapy following a joint replacement:

Anti-Gravity Treadmill Makes Galactic Impact on Rehab

AlterG antigravity treadmillGravity is highly overrated – at least when it comes to recovering from an injury or surgery. Gravity, the natural force that causes objects to pull toward the center of the Earth, has a significant, and often painful, impact on joints, such as hips, knees and ankles.

Women's Health: Treating Pelvic Floor Disorders

Women's HealthLet’s face it - talking about certain topics makes us uncomfortable. As children, many of us were taught that discussing bathroom habits and sexual issues was impolite, naughty, or out and out taboo. It’s no wonder then, as grown women, we often shy away from discussing topics related to bladder and bowel control, sexual discomfort and pain “down there” – symptoms of pelvic floor disorders.  

Strains and Sprains: Symptoms and Treatment Options

physical therapyWarm weather brings a return to the outdoors and more vigorous activities, such as softball, running and yard work. This sudden increase in activity can cause a higher risk of injury, including two of the most common injuries, sprains and strains. Identifying the symptoms of a strain or sprain and knowing when to seek treatment can help prevent long-term pain and disability.

Sprain vs. Strain

From First Kicks to the World Cup: Rehab for Common Soccer-Related Injuries

World CupBillions of fans will focus on Brazil from June 12 to July 13 as elite athletes from all corners of the globe gather to compete in the world’s most anticipated sporting event – the World Cup.

Physical Therapy Is Often the Best Choice To Treat Herniated Discs

Do you know what is the leading cause of job-related disabilities? You might be surprised to learn that it is back pain.  It is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of people will have back pain at some time in their lives. One of most common causes of lower back pain is a herniated disc.

Physical Therapy Offers Benefits for Patients Undergoing Cancer Treatment

Lymphedema Therapy“Burning, tingling, sharp pains, numbness, tightness.”  These are often words used to describe peripheral neuropathy – a painful condition that occurs after chemotherapy treatment. This condition can occur in the hands and/or feet and severely limits patients’ activities, such as walking, driving, climbing stairs and completing  tasks with their hands. 

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