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October
16th, 2017
5 Tips for Improving Your Proper Swim and Avoiding Injuries
Swimming is a low-impact exercise that works all the muscles in the body. That’s why many injured athletes turn to the pool to maintain fitness and rehabilitate an injury at the same time.

This does not mean that swimming is an injury-free activity. Shoulder injuries are the most common injury in swimming, and a proper swim stroke technique is crucial in injury prevention of them.
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October
9th, 2017
Tips to Prevent Skiing-Related Knee Injuries
The most common injuries in skiing happen to the lower limb, most commonly the knee. The introduction of releasable bindings has decreased the rate of leg fractures by 90% in the past 30 years, but knee sprains (including ACL and/or MCL tears) are on the rise accounting for about 30% of all skiing injuries.
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October
2nd, 2017
Posture Tips for Parents
Lifting and carrying a child, picking up toys off of the floor, and pushing a stroller are normal daily tasks for moms and dads. Here are some tips from physical therapists to help parents accomplish these daily feats without injury.
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September
25th, 2017
Pitcher's Elbow
Pitcher's Elbow, also known as medial epicondyle apophysitis, is a common injury that occurs among young baseball players. Caused by "overuse" and "repetitive motion," Pitcher's Elbow causes pain and swelling inside of the elbow, and can limit one's range of motion.
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September
18th, 2017
Low Back Pain: Why You Should Get Physical Therapy First
Over any 3-month period, about 25% of Americans will have low back pain. In most cases, it is mild and disappears on its own. But sometimes the pain lingers, returns, or worsens, leading to a decrease in function and quality of life.

In an era when back pain is often over-treated, due in part to unhelpful imaging scans (like x-rays) that may lead to unnecessary surgery, narcotics, and higher costs, physical therapy is a proven and cost-effective treatment option that you should consider as a first choice.
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September
11th, 2017
How to Avoid Overtraining Injuries
Overtraining is a concern for all people pursuing fitness - from recreational or elite athletes to people who exercise to lose weight and stay in shape. Overtraining injuries are musculoskeletal injuries that occur due to more activity or exercise than your body is used to, and may happen to anyone who increases intensity or changes type of activity. Overtraining syndrome includes overtraining injuries, but also encompasses general fatigue and other symptoms.
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September
4th, 2017
Lifting Object Safely
Improper lifting technique can cause neck, shoulder and back pain and possibly even more serious injuries. Learning the proper way to lift will help you minimize the risk of pain and injury.
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August
28th, 2017
Gardening
Common gardening activities, such as digging, planting, weeding, mulching, and raking can cause stress and strain on muscles and joints. This is especially true for senior citizens and people who are normally sedentary. Different body areas such as the shoulders, neck, back, and knees can be vulnerable to injury during gardening.
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August
21st, 2017
Bike Fit Tips for Healthy Cycling
Bicycle-related pain and injuries are commonly associated with poor bike fit. If you have pain related specifically to cycling, you might have a bike fit problem.

Bike Fit Basics

August
14th, 2017
Barefoot and Minimalist Running: What Do We Know?
Barefoot running and running in minimalist shoes have received much attention in the scientific literature and media over the past few years. However, only 25%-30% of runners have reported using minimalist footwear on a regular basis 1, 2, and only 2% run barefoot on a regular basis 1. In fact, only 20% have reported trying to run barefoot 2.

Advocates of barefoot/minimalist-shoe running suggest that changes in mechanics, foot strength, and impact have a direct relationship to injury reduction. A March 2014 article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine 3
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August
7th, 2017
Adaptive Sports for People with Disabilities
An estimated 56.7 million people in the United States, or 19%-20% of the population have a disability. Staying active while living with a disability can help you strengthen your heart, build strong muscles and bones, improve coordination, and make you feel better about yourself.

For those with disabilities, there are many adaptive sports and recreation programs that can be enjoyed for health, wellness, leisure, social, and competition benefits.
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July
31st, 2017
9 Things You Should Know About Pain
1. Pain is output from the brain. While we used to believe that pain originated within the tissues of our body, we now understand that pain does not exist until the brain determines it does. The brain uses a virtual “road map” to direct an output of pain to tissues that it suspects may be in danger. This process acts as a means of communication between the brain and the tissues of the body, to serve as a defense against possible injury or disease.
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July
24th, 2017
7 Myths About Physical Therapy
People everywhere are experiencing the transformative effect physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist.

It's time to debunk 7 common myths about physical therapy:
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July
17th, 2017
6 Balance Exercises You Can Safely Perform at Home
Dangerous falls are increasingly common in people over 65 years of age and can result in serious injury, and even death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million older people are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries each year. The average health care costs related to falls is $35,000 per fall.
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July
10th, 2017
5 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy
Ensure that your body is ready to carry a baby by addressing before pregnancy any pain or problems associated with posture or weakness. Here are some physical therapist tips for helping to prepare your body for pregnancy and to guard against musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction during and after it.
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July
3rd, 2017
10 Ways Exercise Helps During Cancer Treatment
Exercise supervised by a physical therapist can help anyone undergoing cancer treatment exercise safely and comfortably during treatment, and remain physically active. It also may relieve many of the side effects of cancer treatment.
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June
26th, 2017
Hanging Out The Wash
"I grew up on a farm and I can't think of a day when I didn't hear my mom say, 'Girls, there is a load of laundry to hang out. I didn't often have the luxury of sitting around for hours watching Saturday morning cartoons. There was work to be done!' Now I can appreciate that some of that work can be made into fun activities for kids that are beneficial, too."
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June
19th, 2017
How Physical Therapists Manage Pain
As America combats a devastating opioid epidemic, safer, non-opioid treatments have never been of greater need.

Physical therapy is among the safe, effective alternatives recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in guidelines urging the avoidance of opioids for most pain treatment.

Whereas opioids only mask the sensation of pain, physical therapists treat pain through movement.
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May
9th, 2017
F.A.S.T Thinking is Key to Detecting the Signs of a Stroke
Fewer than 25% of individuals who suffer a stroke arrive at an emergency room within 3 hours of symptom onset. But a recent study published in the American Heart ...
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December
30th, 2016
Physical Therapist's Guide to Incontinence
According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, more than 13 million US citizens have incontinence.
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December
30th, 2016
Physical Therapist's Guide to Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain is pain felt in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or perineum. It has many possible causes and affects up to 20% of the population in the United States, including women and men. Pelvic pain is considered "chronic" when it lasts for more than 6 months. Physical therapists help people experiencing pelvic pain restore strength and flexibility to the muscles and joints in the pelvic region, and reduce their pain.
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December
20th, 2016
5 Tips to Avoid Chronic Pain
1. Know Pain, Know Gain. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that understanding how our pain systems work is an excellent strategy in managing it. The great news is that you don’t need to know a lot! Simply knowing the basics of how our brain and nerves work, and their role in pain, can help reduce your chance for developing chronic symptoms.
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October
24th, 2016
Cupping: Why We're All Seeing Spots
At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Michael Phelps added to the collection of medals that make him "the most decorated Olympian of all time." But the medallions hanging around his neck weren't the only "decorations" that generated attention. The media and public also became fascinated by the tennis ball-sized red circles on his upper back and shoulders.
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July
27th, 2016
Study: Could Reducing Smoking, Drinking, Physical Inactivity Affect Prevalence of LBP?
Authors of a new study say that public health efforts to reduce smoking, alcohol use, obesity, physical inactivity, and irregular sleep may also pay off in reducing the prevalence of low back pain (LBP).
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July
19th, 2016
Avoid Addictive Opioids. Choose Physical Therapy for Safe Pain Management. #ChoosePT
No one wants to live in pain. But no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free.

Since 1999, Americans have increasingly been prescribed opioids-painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Opana, and methodone, and combination drugs like Percocet.
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June
30th, 2016
Managing Patients Who Are Transgender
Patients who are transgender have certain unique needs. PTs are increasingly likely to work with this population. What do they need to know?
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June
25th, 2016
A Physical Therapist's Take On Running Mechanics
There's more to keep in mind than just what your feet are doing.

Running mechanics have been a hot topic of discussion since before Bill Bowerman took out a waffle iron to create his first running shoe. From the barefoot crazy to custom-made orthotics, it is possible to find someone who swears by ‘their' style of running. Many running stores have treadmills with recording equipment set up to help find "the right shoe for your mechanics".
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June
25th, 2016
Is It Harmful To Heel Strike When Running?
Research says it might not be as dangerous as we've been made to think.

Even though 95 percent of runners instinctively strike the ground with their heels, there is a growing trend among running experts to have lifelong heel strikers convert to a more forward contact point.
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• 5 Tips for Improving Your Proper Swim and Avoiding Injuries
• Tips to Prevent Skiing-Related Knee Injuries
• Posture Tips for Parents
• Pitcher's Elbow
• Low Back Pain: Why You Should Get Physical Therapy First



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