Chronic Pain

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: How to Fall Safely

Chronic Pain May Be a Risk Factor for Increased Falls in the Older Adults Chronic pain may be linked to an increased risk of falls in adults older than 70 years, according to a study published in the November 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. “It is clear that pain is […]

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Physical Therapy Treatment for Headaches

Reduce head, neck, and shoulder pain Restore spinal alignment Strengthen muscles Normalize and restore neck range of motion Reduce clenching and grinding of teeth PATIENT Sarah is a 28 year old woman whose chief complaint was worsening headaches over the course of two weeks. Sarah had no obvious trauma that might cause the pain, and […]

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is one of the most common types of arthritis. It is characterized by wear and tear of the joint’s cartilage. Cartilage is the part of the joint that cushions the ends of the bones. When the cartilage breaks down, the bones rub against each other, causing pain and loss of […]

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Tips For A Healthy Back

A combination of high-calorie diets, inactive lifestyles and increasing hours in front of the desk or computer have caused more and more Americans to gain weight, putting them at risk for chronic health problems, such as back pain and arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation book, All You Need to Know About Back Pain: Beat Pain, Increase […]

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Introduction to Exercise

You may think that exercise and arthritis don’t go hand in hand. But that’s certainly not the case. It was thought for many years that if you had arthritis you should not exercise because it would damage your joints. Now, however, research has shown that exercise is an essential tool in managing your arthritis. Regular, […]

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Helping to Heal an Injury With Ice and Heat

Heat or Ice – When to be Used on Sprains and Strains Using ice on strains & sprains for the right duration will speed up recovery. Understanding your injury will help to determine when to use heat rather than ice. How do you decide whether to use ice rather than heat when you have a […]

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International Summit Reaches Agreement: Patient-Self Referral to Physical Therapy Improves Public Health

ALEXANDRIA, VA, October 28, 2009 — This past week in Washington, DC, Physical Therapists from around the world heard that direct access and patient self-referral to a Physical Therapist is proven to be safe, and results in improved health outcomes, more timely care, higher patient satisfaction, and lower costs, says the American Physical Therapy Association […]

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Study: Physical Therapists can reduce disability and improve function in patients who have undergone single-level microdiskectomy

An intensive, progressive Physical Therapist exercise program combined with education reduces disability and improves patient function after back surgery ALEXANDRIA, VA, November 24, 2009 — Patients who have undergone a single-level lumbar microdiskectomy for lumbar disk herniation experienced significant improvement in physical function following an intensive, progressive Physical Therapist guided exercise and education program, according […]

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Tame Stress to Reduce Neck and Back Pain

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The following article, with segments from Susan Spinasanta of Spine Universe, has some great points on reducing stress and pain. Daily demands create stress, and although some stress may be good, too much can cause health problems. Most people equate stress with high blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke. But did you know neck and […]

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