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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What’s So Great About Exercise?

Experts sing its praises. New research shows us why. by Donna Rae Siegfried. Posted 2/17/07 The benefits of exercise are far greater than just burning calories from a recent indulgence. In fact, exercise can reduce the inflammation of arthritis and related conditions, reduce the risk of other chronic diseases and ease pain. Four recent studies […]

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Weak In The Knees

A Pittsburgh hospital developed a program to prevent ACL injury and promote overall health. By Beth Puliti Though basketball, soccer and football players are among the most common to injure their anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL), all athletes are at risk. Tears to the ACL can occur from contact or non-contact injuries. A strike to the […]

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Stretching 101

Laura Inverarity, D.O., – Updated: November 07, 2007 Health’s Disease and Condition content is reviewed by theMedical Review Board Stretching is the deliberate lengthening of muscles in order to increase muscle flexibility and joint range of motion. Stretching activities are an important part of any exercise or rehabilitation program. They help warm the […]

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Sunscreen Myths and Facts

Confusion about sunscreen and sun exposure puts a lot of people at risk for getting sunburn. Myth 1: Do you need to use sunscreen if you have dark skin or already have a tan? Yes. Everyone should use a broad spectrum sunscreen at all times when they are going to be out in the sun. Even […]

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Walkers and Canes: Get the Right Fit

Physical Therapists can properly assess and fit walking aids to prevent injuries The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging elderly adults who use canes and walkers as walking aids to be properly assessed and fitted by a Physical Therapist to avoid fall-related injuries. This advice comes in response to a study published in the […]

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Keeping Your Knees Healthy and Happy

Physical Therapy Can Help Improve Function in an Injured Knee

The knee is a relatively simple joint that is required to do a complicated job… to provide flexible mobility while bearing considerable weight. While walking down the street, our knees bear three to five times our body weight. When climbing stairs, that force can multiply to seven times our body weight. That force is borne […]

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Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Motor Control Exercises for Persistent, Nonspecific Low Back Pain

The full golf swing rotates the spine with a tremendous amount of force and can make you susceptible to pain and injuries. Because of this, a proper warm-up is important and consists of exercises and stretches to increase blood circulation in the golfing muscles. Pre-game stretching reduces the chance of injury and improves performance (pre-stretched […]

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