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It’s All Connected!

It’s All Connected!

Have you ever been to see a Physical Therapist with complaints of low back pain and they are watching you walk or talking to you about your foot?  Have you ever questioned (to yourself or out loud!) why they are discussing your knee movement or hip strength when you came in because you can’t sleepRead More…

Hip Osteoarthritis – The Latest Clinical Practice Guideline

Hip Osteoarthritis – The Latest Clinical Practice Guideline

Physical Therapy utilizes art and science to create a specific program for restoration of each patient’s physical function. Later blog articles will focus on the ART while this article is focusing on the SCIENCE. Physical Therapists are passionate about finding, confirming, and using optimal treatment strategies for their patients. We are greatly indebted to theRead More…

Chronic Pain Review

Chronic Pain Review

Thank you for walking with me through this blog series on chronic pain. I hope you have found it useful in discerning the optimum path for your health and wellness. This post is a general review of what we have covered. Chronic pain includes pain that has not resolved in a normal, timely manner. In general,Read More…

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

(formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy) Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) occurs after a trauma to the distal part of the extremity or after direct injury to the nerve. CRPS is associated with distal extremity pain and swelling, with the pain being disproportionate in time and degree to the injury. Patients may also have increased bloodRead More…

Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Neck pain typically comes in two flavors – Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD) and nontraumatic neck pain. There are many types of treatment for neck pain both within the physical therapy realm and outside of PT. Which makes the research confusing and difficult to interpret! For instance, the book I am using for this blog series isRead More…

Low Back Pain

Low Back Pain

Dear Friends, I cannot believe that I find myself writing a blog about low back pain. The interweb is FULL of blog articles about low back pain. Some are very informative/helpful and some are just personal stories or what worked for one person. See, that is the struggle with low back pain – everyone hasRead More…

TMJ (Pain in your Jaw!) & Headaches

TMJ (Pain in your Jaw!) & Headaches

Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) involve pain and dysfunction around the TMJ (your jaw) and jaw muscles. The National Instititue of Dental and Craniofacial Research performed a 3 year study to identify biopsychosocial and genetic risk factors in the development of TMD. Potential risk factors for first-onset TMD were identified with older age, African American, pain onRead More…

Myofascial Pain & Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Myofascial Pain & Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Myofascial pain has been estimated to be the source of pain in 85% of patients attending a pain center. Fibromyalgia affects 4-12% of the population. Both of these are rather “new” diagnoses in our medical system and there has been a great deal of research done recently. Let’s dive into understanding WHAT these diagnoses meanRead More…

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy is the art of knowing what tissue needs to be moved in which direction combined with the science behind the biomechanics of the body. Manual therapy may include soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilizations, joint manipulations, and teaching self-mobilization exercises. But it also includes the knowledge of WHICH tissues to move to obtain optimumRead More…

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