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Cervical Pain and Stress

Is stress making your neck pain worse? Have you ever been to your doctor and been told that your pain is all in your head? There may be some truth to this, but not in the way you might think. A meta analysis performed by the Journal of Psychosomatic Research found a strong correlation between [...]

2016-11-17T14:09:17+00:00 November 17th, 2016|General|


‘Whiplash-associated disorders’ (WAD) is the term given to the variety of symptoms often reported by patients following acceleration/deceleration injury to the neck. The chief complaint is neck pain but neck stiffness, dizziness, paraesthesia/anaesthesia in the upper quadrant, headache and arm pain are also commonly reported. Whiplash injury following a road traffic crash is quite common. [...]

2016-02-11T13:20:06+00:00 February 11th, 2016|General|

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a curvature deformity of the spine that is commonly pictured as an S or C shaped curve involving twisting and rotation of the vertebrae. Scoliosis is vastly idiopathic due to unknown multifactorial causes including but not limited to; family history and hormonal imbalance. Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) is the most common type of [...]

2016-02-04T02:18:26+00:00 February 4th, 2016|General|

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

When reviewing the medical history intake form of my recent new patients, I  noticed an increasing number of those who have the YES bubbled in indicating they have COPD. According to Move Forward PT, COPD is estimated to be the fifth leading cause of death in the world. More commonly affecting men rather than women, [...]

2015-11-17T15:06:15+00:00 November 17th, 2015|General|

Warmup Exercises Can Reduce ACL Injuries

With soccer season in full swing, it is not uncommon for the therapist at John Goetze Physical Therapy to see an increase in ACL tears. However, it may only take simple warm-up exercises to prevent one of the most common serious knee injuries suffered by youth athletes, especially female. In fact, current research conducted by [...]

2015-11-11T00:24:42+00:00 November 11th, 2015|General|

Defrosting the Frozen Shoulder

Affecting up to 5% of the population, primary/idiopathic adhesive capuslitis (PAC) is more common in women than men and typically occurs during the fourth or fifth decade of life. Roughly 20% of people who have had PAC in one shoulder will develop it in the other shoulder. Causes of PAC are poorly understood and elusive. [...]

2015-10-01T16:02:53+00:00 October 1st, 2015|General|

Possible Causes of Your Child’s Ankle or Foot Pain

Summer is coming to an end and the kids are trading in their swimsuits for school uniforms. This year, we’ve seen quite a few children who complain of ankle and/or foot pain. It can be difficult for parents to distinguish whether their child's pain should be addressed by rest, ice, steadfast bribery, or something more.   [...]

2015-09-04T13:50:15+00:00 September 4th, 2015|General|

Meniscus Tears: Surgery vs Physical Therapy

The meniscal tear is a common injury which usually affects people who play weight-bearing sports but is also common among people who squat a lot at work such as plumbers, lawn care services, etc. The meniscus can also tear due to a slip and fall or twisting the body on a planted foot. The meniscus [...]

2015-08-04T12:30:24+00:00 August 4th, 2015|General|

Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is one of the most common lower extremity injuries, and ironically, the most untreated injury. Most people who sprain their ankle simply “rest it” or RICE (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate), until it feels better and then go on with their daily lives. Some people will go see their doctor and usually leave [...]

2015-07-06T16:08:12+00:00 July 6th, 2015|General|

Hip Pain and Greater Trochanteric Bursitis

Greater trochanteric bursitis (GTB) is one of the most common causes of hip pain. This condition can affect both active and inactive individuals, but is most common in moderately active, middle-aged females or those who have recently increased their activity level. Symptoms can present as inability to lie on the involved side, walk, climb stairs, [...]

2015-06-22T16:31:53+00:00 June 22nd, 2015|General|