Hurt Your Knee While Skiing? 5 Tips for Recovery!

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Unfortunately for many skiers, the slopes can turn cruel, and the inevitable knee injury turns many smiles upside down. You can minimize downtime after a minor (non-surgical) knee injury by following these five key principles.

Can Physical Therapy Relieve Sciatica Pain?

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Physical therapists can identify the source of pain in the lower back or buttocks that radiates or shoots down the leg. Once they diagnose your sciatica nerve pain, your PT will create a custom treatment plan to address your symptoms.

Back Pain: Words of Wisdom from a Physical Therapist

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Lower back pain affects millions every day, interfering with everything from work to sleep to recreation. Physical Therapist Matt Rogers has faced bouts of chronic back pain for years, and is here to offer his expert advice.

Understanding Running Injury Flare-Ups

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An injury flare-up is an exacerbation or a return of a condition you previously experienced. Though frustrating and disappointing, flare-ups are very common while returning to running.

Forearm Pain During Playing in String Players

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Musicians often experience pain in the forearms while playing, which can be due to overuse and is typically related to practice routine, posture, inadequate warm-up, inflexibility of the forearm, or poor playing technique.

Why Does My Kneecap Hurt?

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Pain in and around the kneecap affects people of all ages and activity levels. Clinically referred to as patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), this condition stems from poorly coordinated movement irritating the cartilage under the kneecap, which causes pain and discomfort.

Breathing and Back Pain

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It’s not a stretch to believe that poor posture and back pain can negatively impact breathing. But did you know that the opposite is also true? Poor breathing can lead to poor posture and back pain!

Sprained Ankle? What You Need to Know.

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Our ankles and feet are often undertrained and neglected parts of our bodies, so it’s not surprising that ankle sprains are, unfortunately, a common injury. If you think you sprained your ankle, a physical therapist can help.

What is Torticollis – A parent’s guide.

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Torticollis is a twisting of the neck that causes an infant’s head to rotate in one direction and tilt the other. It’s a posture that a newborn or infant can be stuck in, and it can influence the path of development for our young kiddos in an atypical way if not addressed early.

Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes

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It’s that time of year again when youth athletes are either pushing themselves through the end of one sport season or ramping up for the next. While many kids handle this transition well, it is estimated that up to 40 percent of youth athletes suffer from pain or reduced performance due to overuse injuries.

How can I tell if I have a pinched nerve?

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“I think I have a pinched nerve.” This something that as a Physical Therapist, I’ve heard many times from patients over the years. Often this is not the case, but sometimes it is. Let’s look more into what a pinched nerve really is – what it feels like, what causes it, and how to treat it.

Knee Pain in Kids – When to Seek Treatment

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Knees hurt sometimes. Even in young people. Common knee injuries fall into two categories: gradual-onset injuries, and sudden-onset injuries. Learn about the most common situations and what can be done about them.

The Pesky IT Band

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Are you an active biker, runner, recreational or competitive athlete limited by pain on the outside of the thigh or the outer knee? You may be one of the many people dealing with pain in the iliotibial (IT) band!

The Fight Against Sarcopenia (Muscle Loss with Aging)

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Most people have heard of a loss of bone that occurs as we age, known as osteopenia, but another important impact of aging, related to our muscle mass, is just as crucial to understand and address. Let’s dive into what causes sarcopenia and what we can do to combat it.

What is Incontinence? Symptoms, Causes, Types and Treatments.

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Every year, 13 million Americans are affected by incontinence or involuntary loss of bladder and bowel control. Both men and women, young and old, may experience some form of incontinence. There are many ways physical therapy can help you regain control over your bladder and bowels.

What is Spinal Stenosis, and Can Physical Therapy Help?

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When our spine wears down, it is less able to do its essential tasks, including protecting the spinal nerves: a condition called spinal stenosis. If you have been suffering from back pain, especially burning or achy pain associated with nerve irritation, physical therapy can help.

Physical Therapy and Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is caused by a decrease in bone density, which makes bones more fragile and susceptible to breaking. A diagnosis can be intimidating, but understanding the risk factors, causes, symptoms and how to manage the condition can help you maintain an active life doing all the things you love.

What is Patellofemoral Pain?

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There are many potential sources of injury to the knee, including cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons, as well as joint wear and tear (osteoarthritis). Sometimes, however, pain is felt in the knee even though there is no injury present. This is called patellofemoral syndrome.

What To Do For a Concussion

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Treatment of concussions is a collaborative effort between primary care physicians, neuropsychologists, physical therapists, and other health professionals all committed to helping decrease symptoms and get you back to life and all the things you love.

Why does my shoulder hurt when I reach overhead?

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It is easy to take the use of our shoulders for granted, and we may not realize how much we depend on them throughout the day for nearly all our tasks. That is, until something happens, and we suddenly find ourselves in pain and unable to do even the simplest things.

Hamstring Pain? Your Top 3 Questions Answered 

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As physical therapists, we hear a lot of questions related to the infamous hamstring muscles! Many of these questions are centered around the impact of a painful hamstring during running. We are going to tackle this one question at a time.

What’s Causing My Dizziness?

Some people just simply wake up dizzy one morning – the room is spinning and then, eventually, it settles down and feels normal again. But, if the feeling as if the room is spinning comes back every time you move your head in a certain way or you move your head quickly, you may have something called vertigo.

How Do I Know if I Damaged My Achilles Tendon? 

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There are many different factors that can contribute to the cause of Achilles tendon pain and swelling, though it generally occurs due to repetitive motions during athletic and recreational play, especially during activities involving running or jumping. Fortunately, a variety of treatments can provide effective relief.