#ChoosePT Campaign Success Stories are Already Coming in

Suffering From Chronic Pain? #ChoosePT over Opioid Medications

The American Physical Therapy Association introduced the #ChoosePT campaign a few months ago, and it’s already yielding positive results. In a recent success story, a 49-year-old man, named Robert, who had broken his shoulder was given prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication. Due to a pre-existing case of diverticulitis, he was unable to take the medication. The […]

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Easy Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Pie Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time that we gather with friends and family to celebrate all that we’re thankful for. While many of us are thankful for good health, we don’t often take our health into consideration when filling up on all of our Thanksgiving favorites. Here are some tips about how to put together a Thanksgiving […]

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Decreased Muscle Strength

Decreased Muscle Strength Predicts Functional Impairments In Older Adults ALEXANDRIA, VA — Decreased muscle strength is associated with difficulty in performing functional activities such as stooping, crouching, or kneeling (SCK) in older adults, according to an observational study published in the January issue of Physical Therapy (PTJ), the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy […]

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Active Rehabilitation

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Get a Leg up on Sciatica

Active Rehabilitation Should Be First-line Treatment for Older Patients’ Back Pain After age 70 years, spine degeneration, pain thresholds and inflammatory mediators increase. By Susan M. Rapp ORTHOPEDICS TODAY 2010; 30:48 Because patients over age 70 years have a greater incidence of comorbidities and variable responses to certain therapies, controlling their back pain requires special […]

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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, 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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