10 Ways You Can Protect Your Joints

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, with nearly 27 million Americans living with it today. No longer considered just a consequence of aging, researchers now have several candidates when looking for a cause: musculoskeletal defects, genetic defects, obesity, or injury and overuse. While you may not be able to control a genetic […]

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Recovering From A Stroke

Stroke is the number three cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious long-term disability. If stroke strikes you or a loved one, a Physical Therapist can help regain function and cope with physical losses associated with stroke, such as decreased ability to move. Rehabilitation begins as soon as the stroke […]

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Keyboard Use and Neck and Arm Pain

Many of us use computers today for work, communicating with friends/family, viewing family photos or looking up information. Computer use has been associated with musculoskeletal problems of the upper extremities: neck, shoulders, arms, etc. Several postures and activities have been suggested as related to these disorders, including position in which the hands are held, neck […]

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Keeping Up With Your New Years Resolution

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Keeping Up With Your New Years Resolution

While resolutions are well-intentioned, unfortunately most people fail at keeping them. With all the hype surrounding these promises, it’s easy to get caught up in them without really taking them seriously. Here are some tips for keeping your New Year’s resolution. Choose an obtainable goal. Resolving to look like a super model is not realistic […]

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Keeping Up The Exercise Even in The Cold

Woman looking out a window at snow in winter

Humans are not meant to hibernate. Just as tulips need winter nourishment from the Earth to strongly bloom in spring, we need to continue to nourish our bodies (including exercise) during winter so we too can bloom come spring. If the thought of getting outside to exercise makes you dive under the covers, instead choose […]

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Physical Therapists Say Appropriate Exercise Can Help Prevent ACL Injuries in Female Athletes

APTA Releases Injury Prevention Tips in Observance of National Physical Therapy Month ALEXANDRIA, VA, September 25, 2008 — The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) is urging female athletes — particularly soccer players — to consider a new warm-up program to help lower their growing risk of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. The announcement comes as […]

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8 Ways to Avoid Back Pain While Raking This Fall

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness: Tips for Healthy Gardening

Raking leaves may seem like a simple outdoor chore, but raking improperly could result in unnecessary aches and pains. Raking can place a large strain on your mid and low back structures. By properly warming up your muscles, many injuries can be avoided. Before beginning, take a short walk (5-10 minutes) to stimulate circulation Before […]

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New Research Shows Physical Therapy as Effective as Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Physical Therapy Can Help Improve Function in an Injured Knee

New England Journal of Medicine Study Questions Value of Knee Surgery for Some Patients A new study questioning the usefulness of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee should encourage patients to consider Physical Therapy as an effective non-surgical option, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The study was published in the September […]

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Bone Health is Important at Any Age

While some degree of bone loss is a normal part of the aging process, abnormal bone loss resulting in low bone density affects 18 million people in the United States and places men and women at an increased risk for developing osteoporosis. For a little background: We all build bone up to around age 30 […]

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Tips for Golfers on Getting Back on the Green After ACL Surgery

Strength, Fitness, and Flexibility Are Key Factors to Tiger Woods’ Recovery and to Avoiding Future Injuries With the announcement that Tiger Woods will take the remainder of the year off to undergo ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) offers consumers information on what to expect regarding recovery from this major […]

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