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What not to wear

What not to wear

Recently, I had a memorial service to attend right after treating patients.  So I wore my dress and flats while I was treating.  That afternoon, while I was standing at the memorial service, I felt my back tighten up.  “Oh well, it will be fine” I though like every other person does. That evening IRead More…

Snow Shoveling 101

Snow Shoveling 101

Snowpocalypse hit the Pacific Northwest and left behind snow, sleet, hail, slush, and ice.  Last I heard, the groundhog was awaiting extradition from the Bahamas for his poor forecast this year.  As we move forward to finally getting out of the house, here are some key tips to remember while you are shoveling all thatRead More…

So, you have a herniated disc

So, you have a herniated disc

There are few things in life as painful as a herniated disc.  But it’s not just the pain that is difficult to deal with – it’s also the fear.  What is going on in my spine and am I going to live?  That may sound extreme but herniated discs are extreme.  They can cause extremeRead More…

Traveling to Kenya

Traveling to Kenya

I recently returned from a two week teaching trip in Kenya. I volunteer with a program that teaches Physiotherapists in Kenya hands on skills and clinical problem solving. So, what was I doing there? This trip I was able to go into the clinic with the Physiotherapists and treat patients. This is a great opportunityRead More…

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…

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