Patient Resources

Headache Tension

Headache is pain in any region of the head. Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point, or have a viselike quality. A headache may appear as a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation or a dull ache. Headaches can develop gradually or suddenly, and may last from less than an hour to several days.

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Workplace Wellness

Working at a computer work station all day can take a toll on the body. Repetitive activities and lack of mobility can contribute to aches, pains, and eventual injuries.

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Why Physical Therapy

Think Back

When was the last time you felt no pain, even when sitting at your desk? For many people, everyday pain has become a way of life. Those who have turned to physical therapists for liberation from pain and immobility have found their quality of life greatly improved. Having a physical therapist as part of your health regimen can make the difference between living with pain and really living without it.

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Walking Aids

Physical therapists, who are experts in restoring and improving motion, recommend that elderly adults who use canes and walkers as walking aids be properly assessed and fitted by a physical therapist to avoid fall-related injuries.

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Wait, That can Cause Pain

We all feel pain at some point. And while we can often pinpoint the source of our discomfort, the answer may not always be so obvious. If you’re suffering from pain and you aren’t sure why, consider your everyday items and activities. From our choice of shoes to what we do on the weekends, sometimes our simple daily decisions may be the culprit.

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Vertigo and PT

Vertigo is the sensation of spinning. Even when being still, you may feel like you are moving or that the room is moving around you. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, sweating, and abnormal eye movements. Most causes of vertigo involve the inner ear (vestibular system). Each of the following can result in vertigo:

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Urinary Incontinence and PT

Urinary incontinence is the leakage of urine at inappropriate times. With incontinence, you may have trouble starting the urine stream or holding urine when you feel a strong urge to go.

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Travel Healthy and Protect Your Back

Travel plans can mask the fact that travel itself can leave our backs — which often bear the brunt of heavy luggage, cramped transportation and unfa-
miliar beds — vulnerable to further injury, according to Daveed Frazier, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Atlantic Spine Center.

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Tips on Tennis Fitness

For millions of players across the country tennis is a year-round sport, but as the weather turns warmer, people play more frequently. Indoors or out, at local courts or center court at Wimbledon, fitness is the key for tennis players to perform well and avoid injury.

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The Truth About Trigger Points

Ten percent of the U.S. population has at least one chronic disorder of the musculoskeletal system. That means 23 million people are affected, making musculoskeletal disorders the main cause of disability in the working-age population.

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Taking a Look at Kinesio Taping

Kenzo Kase, DC, spent years in the mid- 1970s researching and testing taping methods. The well-known Japanese chiropractor who trained in the United States went on to develop kinesiology taping, an effective modality that facilitates the body’s natural healing process.

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Summer Safety Checklist to Keep Your Children Healthy

Refillable water bottles. Children should drink 12 ounces of cool water or a sports drink before they head out to play. And they should take water breaks during games. If your children go to camp or play on a team, make sure they refill their water bottle several times a day.

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Stroke and PT

Stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is reduced or stopped, depriving that area of oxygen. Millions of brain cells die every minute during a stroke, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage, disability, or death.

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Spot Warning Signs That Lead to Back Pain

If you’ve never suffered from back pain, you probably will. Conventional wisdom holds that eight out of 10 people under the age of 45 will suffer benign or malignant back

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Smartphone Neck

Do you suffer from headaches in the back of your head or behind your eyes? Do you get neck or shoulder pain, radiating pain or numbness that may include tingling or burning into your arms? Do you have a stiff neck in the morn- ing? Does this happen when you drive, use your computer, sit on a recliner or use your phone?

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Save Your Hands from Digital Distress

How often do you text? Type? Play video games? Tap your iPhone? These tools have become staples in society, but they’ve also given us new ways to use and abuse our hands.

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Running

Life on the Run

Why do you run? For some, it’s about setting goals or staying fit. Others love being part of the running community and the freedom running can provide. No matter the reason, the rewards are undeniable.

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Repetitive Injuries

We take medicine to improve blood pressure. We try to eat foods that will decrease our cholesterol. and we exercise to keep our heart healthy. But we take a certain part of the body for granted: our hands.

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PT for Bone Health

Healthy bones can help you stay strong and active throughout your life. If good bone health is achieved during childhood and maintained, it can help to avoid
bone loss and fracture later in life. Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that affects both men and women (mostly women), usually as they age. It is associated with low-bone mass and thinning of the bone structure, making bones fragile and more likely to break.

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Preventing Injuries at Work

Did you know there is a science that relates you to your work? In fact, it includes the anatomic, physiologic and mechanical principles that affect how efficiently you work. It’s called ergonomics, and it’s something you should take seriously.

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Preventing a Fall

Falls can diminish your ability to lead an active and independent life. There usually are several reasons for a fall, and the more risk factors you have, the greater your risk.

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Pitchers Elbow

Medial apophysitis, or pitcher’s elbow, is a condition that occurs as a result of an injury or irritation to the inside of the elbow, commonly affecting young athletes.    It is often classified as an “overuse syndrome” in baseball or softball players in the developmental stages of rapid growth (approximately 11 to 15 years of age).

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Pelvic Pain and PT

Pelvic pain is felt in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or perineum, and is considered to be “chronic” when it lasts for more than 6 months. Pain may vary; some people say that it feels like an aching pain, others say that it feels like a burning, sharp, or stabbing pain, or even pins and needles. Additionally, you may have:

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Pain and PT

Pain is one of the most common symptoms that may lead someone to seek the help of a physical therapist or other health care professional.

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Osteoporosis and PT

Osteoporosis is a common bone disease that causes a thinning and weakening of the bones, and can lead to an increased risk of fracture. It can affect people of any age, although women have the greatest risk of developing the disease.

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Osteoarthritis of the Spine and PT

Osteoarthritis (spine OA) of the spine is a condition that usually occurs with aging, and is typically diagnosed after age 50. Its causes include injury to the spine, wear and tear on the discs of the spine (often associated with obesity), or an inherited tendency to develop OA. Sometimes the cause is unknown. It may cause pain and stiffness, and make it difficult to bend over, perform weight-bearing activities, such as walking, and accomplish daily tasks, such as dressing and bathing.

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Osteoarthritis of the Shoulder and PT

Osteoarthritis of the shoulder (shoulder OA) is a condition that occurs when the cartilage that lines the sides of the shoulder joint is worn or torn away. It may be caused by injury or dislocation of the shoulder, or “wear and tear” of the shoulder over time.

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Osteoarthritis of the Knee and PT

Osteoarthritis of the knee (knee OA) is a progressive disease causing inflammation and degeneration of the knee joint that worsens over time.
It affects the entire joint, including bone, cartilage, ligament, and muscle.
Its progression is influenced by age, body mass index (BMI), bone structure, genetics, strength, and activity level.

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Osteoarthritis of the Hip and PT

Osteoarthritis of the hip (hip OA) is inflammation of the hip joint. It can develop at any age, although it is more commonly diagnosed in older adults. Hip OA can make everyday activities, such as walking or climbing stairs difficult. More severe cases may require hip joint replacement surgery.

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Osteoarthritis and PT

“Arthritis” is a term used to describe inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis and usually is caused by the deterioration of a joint. Typically, the weight-bearing joints are affected, with the knee and the hip being the most common. OA affects daily activity and is the most common cause of disability in the US adult population.

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Obesity and PT

Obesity is a condition caused by the accumulation of excessive body fat brought about by an imbalance between caloric intake (number of calories eaten) and energy expenditure (number of calories burned) occurring over an extended period of time. Sedentary lifestyles and surplus caloric intake are considered to be primarily responsible for the dramatic worldwide increase in obesity during the past 2 decades.

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Muscular Dystrophies in Children and PT

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disease caused by a change or mutation in 1 of the genes located on the chromosomes (DNA) in human cells. Muscular dystrophy causes muscle weakness and a decrease in muscle mass over time.

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Lymphedema and PT

Lymphedema is swelling generally in the arms or legs due to
a blockage in your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system collects lymph (excess fluid, proteins, and other substances) from the body tissues and carries them back to the bloodstream. Lymph is moved slowly through lymphatic vessels and is passed through the lymph nodes.

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Low Back Pain and PT

At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. For some people, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life, or even to disability.

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5 Physical Therapy Myths Debunked

MYTH 1:

PHYSICAL THERAPY IS EXTREMELY PAINFUL.

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Achilles Tendon Injuries (Tendinopathy)

Achilles tendinopathy is an irritation of the Achilles tendon, a thick band of tissue along the back of the lower leg that connects the calf muscles to the heel. It occurs when the demand placed on the tendon is greater than its ability to function.

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Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear

An anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear is an injury to the knee commonly affecting soccer players, basketball players, skiers, gymnasts, and other athletes.

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Ankle Sprain and PT

Ankle sprains are injuries to the ankle ligaments, the “bands” that hold the ankle joint together. They occur when the foot twists or turns beyond its normal range of motion, causing the ligaments to stretch beyond their normal length.

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Back Safety Tips and Injury Prevention

Back Safety

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries.

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Knee Pain? First, Discover the Cause

It’s a common misconception that we humans have only one joint at the knee. A joint is the place at which two bones are joined to allow for movement. Tech-

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Improving Balance Through Exercise

Falls are not only the leading cause of injury-related deaths in older adults, but they're also a significant cause of morbidity and disability, including head trauma, soft tissue injuries, fractures and dislocations. One of the most common risk factors for fall is impaired balance. The following strengthening exercise can improve balance and prevent falls.

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How to Properly Lift Heavy Objects

Improper lifting techniques 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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Hot or Cold after Injury

Do you know when to use heat or cold therapy for an injury? If not, a recent review article by two University of Washington sports doctors, Matthew Karl, MD, and Stanley Herring, MD, can be your guide.

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Home Instructions Following Epley Manuever

You have just undergone a canalith-repositioning maneuver. This is a treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). In BPPV dizziness is due to debris thought of as “ear rocks” or otoconia migrating into the inner ear canals where they do not belong. With certain movements, these displaced ear rocks can cause dizziness or vertigo, lightheadedness, imbalance and nausea.

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Heeding the Risk Factors of Stroke

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in

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Heart Health Tips

February not only belongs to the warm and charming Valentine’s Day but also American Heart Month. Heart disease is one of the preventable diseases! By taking the necessary first steps and enhancing your basic knowledge of the heart, you are taking the crucial steps to physically strengthen your most infamous muscle! So how do you become heart healthy?

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Frozen Shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis)

Often called a stiff or “frozen shoulder,” adhesive capsulitis is the stiffening
of the shoulder due to scar tissue, which results in painful movement and loss of motion. Some believe it is caused by inflammation, such as when the lining of a joint becomes inflamed (synovitis), and some believe it is caused by autoimmune reactions, where the body launches an “attack” against its own substances and tissues.

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Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, characterized by widespread muscular pain and tenderness, symptoms of fatigue, and thinking and memory problems. The cause is unknown, but is thought to be due to changes in how the nervous system processes pain.

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Epley Manuever

This maneuver is to be performed once it is determined that the patient has BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), specifically anterior or posterior canal canalithiasis of the right or left inner ear.

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Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.

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Do You Know Your Kids Posture

Your child’s posture is an important part of their health and wellness.

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Disc Pain? Surgery’s Not the Only Option

People with all sorts of injuries or conditions have reaped the benefits of physical therapy. From car accidents to amputations or rheumatoid arthritis to surgery, PT can help the body re-learn, improve and exceed expectations. In fact, PT is sometimes the treatment of choice over surgery, and this is true of some back injuries. Let's focus on one such injury: herniated discs. The term alone sounds awful, excruciating, and like it needs surgical care. But before anyone picks up a scalpel, it may be wise to seek the benefits of physical therapy.

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Diabetes and PT

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone needed to convert sugar, starches, and other food into the energy necessary for daily life. When the pancreas doesn’t produce adequate amounts of insulin, or when the muscle, fat and liver cells don’t respond to insulin properly, glucose builds up in the blood (hyperglycemia). This can be toxic to your cells.

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Cycling Tips to Share The Road Safely

From the time we were children, bicy- cles have been a fun, pure and healthy way to engage in physical activity and commute from point A to point B. Whatever your reason for riding, one thing is common — and paramount — among all people who ride a bike: safety.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the airways in your lung lose their normal shape and elasticity and can become inflamed. The result is that the airways are less efficient at moving air in and out of your lungs, causing breathing difficulty, and leads to other systemic problems.

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Concussion

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when the brain is shaken inside the skull, causing changes in the brain’s chemistry and energy supply. A concussion might happen as a result of a direct blow to the head or an indirect force, such as whiplash. You might or might not lose consciousness.

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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is an inner ear problem that causes short periods of dizziness when your head is moved in certain positions. It is one of the most common types of vertigo, a spinning sensation in your head that can be very disturbing. It occurs most commonly when lying down, turning over in bed, or looking up.

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Be Kind to Your Feet

When it comes to fashion, it's been said beauty is pain. But there is nothing pretty about hammer toes, bunions or broken bones from high heels. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society reports that 88% of women are squeezing into the wrong size shoe because it was the last pair on the shelf, or because the store doesn't carry that size. But this action can cause life-long damage in the feet.

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Balance Problems

Balance problems make it difficult for people to maintain stable and upright positions when standing, walking, and even sitting. Older people are at a higher risk of having balance problems. Balance problems occur when 1 or more of 4 systems in the body are not working  properly:

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Backpack Safety Tips

Wear Both Straps

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