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Balance – Freedom from the Fear of Falling

Have you ever fallen while doing laundry in your basement and had to wait for your spouse to come home to help you up? Have you ever tripped and fallen outside and felt helpless, not able to pull up on something to maneuver yourself home? Do you experience fear just walking through your living room, [...]

2014-09-03T18:33:17+00:00 September 3rd, 2014|General|

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease (OS) is an overuse injury causing pain to the inferior knee area and often noted with a visible growth just below the kneecap on the proximal tibia. The development of OS is most often a consequence of excessive stress to the area where the patellar ligament attaches on the tibia during periods of [...]

2014-08-26T02:21:42+00:00 August 26th, 2014|General|

What to Do During Rush Hour

In between toggling through the different radio DJs and lip syncing to the familiar sounds of the current Top 40, take a few minutes to think about your posture and what that your commute is doing to fast track you towards complaining of neck or lower back pain. And that’s before you even get to [...]

2014-08-20T11:53:34+00:00 August 20th, 2014|General|

“A Pinched Nerve in the Neck”

Cervical radiculopathy, "a pinched nerve in the neck",  occurs when a nerve root coming off the spinal cord becomes compressed and then inflamed. This can happen for various reasons including normal arthritic changes causing decreased disc height in the neck region to a cervical disc herniation secondary to trauma. There are 8 cervical nerve roots, [...]

2014-08-06T14:12:18+00:00 August 5th, 2014|General|

“Prehab” Prevents ACL Injuries in Female Athletes

Females are naturally at a higher risk for ACL injuries in the same amount of sports participation than males secondary to neuromuscular control, anatomical, hormonal, and bio-mechanical differences. Research is showing that specialized stretching, strengthening, agility and jumping exercises under the care of a physical therapist could lower the overall ACL injury rate among female [...]

2014-08-06T15:28:53+00:00 July 9th, 2014|General|

Pregnancy and Low Back Pain

Experiencing pain during pregnancy is common and all too often is just brushed off as “This is normal. I’m pregnant and I’m going to hurt.” Many reasons exist for low back pain during pregnancy, however, in many cases, the main culprit is an increase in the release of the hormone Relaxin. During pregnancy, this hormone [...]

2014-08-06T15:27:09+00:00 June 25th, 2014|General|

Coccydynia (Tailbone Pain)

Falling directly onto your tailbone or trauma from vaginal childbirth are two common causes of tailbone pain or coccydynia, a commonly misdiagnosed condition. A third of the cases involving pain in or around the coccyx are idiopathic, but very treatable by functional manual physical therapy. Coccydynia can make normal daily activities such as sitting, defecation, [...]

2014-08-06T15:22:28+00:00 June 18th, 2014|General|

Shoulder Impingement

Do you experience a “catching” sensation when raising your arm overhead? Have you noticed a gradual increase in discomfort/pain in your upper arm that becomes worse with increase in activity? Does your shoulder pain occasionally wake you at night? If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from a common diagnosis [...]

2014-08-06T15:23:22+00:00 June 10th, 2014|General|

“I throw my back out a couple times a year.”

"I have had low back pain for years, and I know my back and abdominal muscles are weak. I tried to return to the gym and exercise, and I even hired a personal trainer, but the more I exercise, the more I hurt. What is happening?" The thought premise of needing to exercise is correct, [...]

2014-05-31T18:18:29+00:00 May 31st, 2014|General|

Vertigo? Dizziness?

Do you get positional “dizziness” or vertigo every time you move your head to fast, go to lie down and/or roll over in bed, or bend over to tie your shoes?It could be a treatable condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV.True positional vertigo, not just dizziness, is the result of a disruption of [...]

2014-08-06T15:24:02+00:00 May 7th, 2014|General|