Arthritis and Pain — What You Should Know

Taking care of yourself by exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, practicing mindfulness, and working with a physical therapist to address and understand pain can all help to reduce and often eliminate pain, even in the presence of arthritis.

Combatting the Common Challenge of Low Back Pain

If you have low back pain, you are far from alone. It’s one of the most common diagnoses we see in our clinics. At any given time, approximately 25 percent of people in the United States report facing debilitating low back pain within the past three months. It is estimated that across the world, back […]

MYTH: My MRI Was Positive, Which Means That Is the Source of My Pain


Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI as we commonly know it, is an imaging tool that allows us to visualize tissues within our body. It can be a helpful resource and tool to assist with diagnoses and analyzing tissue damage when appropriate. For many people, getting a “positive” result on your MRI can be worrisome. Scary […]

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: We’ve Come a Long Way!

Kneecaps really aren’t a big deal. They sit there, minding their own business until they start to hurt a little, then a little more, and then… Yeah, it really starts to hurt and they become a big deal. Patellofemoral Pain Disorder (pain around the kneecap) is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems in young […]

Physical Therapist Treats Dizziness at High Altitude

Physical Therapist Kat Burns was traveling to visit family over the holidays on a red eye flight from San Francisco to Cleveland. Thirty minutes into the flight, there was an announcement seeking the assistance of a doctor or nurse on board. A physician (Gastroenterologist) on board volunteered her assistance. Meanwhile, Kat told one of the other flight […]

To Ice or Not To Ice?


Traditionally, ice and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) have played an integral role in the treatment of acute injuries. They were combined with rest, elevation, and compression to decrease swelling, reduce inflammation, and control pain. This method was believed to facilitate a quicker recovery time and faster return to activity. Recently, the effectiveness of these practices has […]

Shoulder Pain and Injury


Shoulder injuries are one of the most common joint problems in professional or recreational athletes, industrial laborers, and office workers. The most important aspect of shoulder pain control is to be aware that active exercise of proper intensity, duration, and especially proper technique is much more beneficial than quiet rest for the injured shoulder. Traumatic […]

Constipation: How Physical Therapy Can Help

We all, at some point in our lives, have dealt with constipation — whether it’s acute or chronic. This is not a pleasant experience. Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or when the colon’s muscle contraction is slow or sluggish, delaying transit time. The result is hard and dry stool, which can lead to […]

Let’s Talk Tendinitis: What Treatments Work?

Elbow Pain

If you’ve participated in a sport or had to perform a repetitive activity in the past you have dealt with the dreaded tendinitis. Yes, it’s that achy elbow after you had to paint the living room or that sore knee your teenager keeps complaining of after basketball practice. It’s the Dreaded Tendinitis. Or Is It? […]

IT Band Pain


IT Band Pain accounts for approximately 22% of all lower extremity injuries. So what is it and what can you to to relieve it?

Physical Therapy for the TMJ

Have you or someone you know ever dealt with jaw pain? What about popping/clicking of the jaw or problems with fully opening or closing the mouth? This could possibly involve the Temporomandibular Complex (TMC). While not commonly known, physical therapy can help with these symptoms, deficits or limitations. The TMC is made up of the Temporomandibular Joint […]

What Do I Do For Sciatica?


What is sciatica? Sciatica is a term used by medical professionals and the general public alike to describe pain that radiates down the leg. Let’s dive into a bit more detail on the definition, the causes, and how it can be diagnosed. Sciatica is defined by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as […]

The Temporomandibular Complex and Its Relationship to Neck Dysfunction and Injuries

Temporomandibular Complex Treatment

The Temporomandibular Complex (TMC) The Temporomandibular Complex (TMC) is the medical term for your jaw, the jaw joint, and the surrounding muscles that control chewing and jaw movement. This complex includes the muscles of mastication (chewing) and the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), which includes tendons and ligaments of the jaw. You can find your own TMJ […]