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Runner’s Knee Syndrome

Runner’s Knee Syndrome

Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a broad term used to describe pain in the front of the knee and around the patella, or kneecap. It is sometimes called “runner’s knee” or “jumper’s knee” because it is common in people who participate in sports that involve running and jumping.  However, patellofemoral pain syndrome can occur in nonathletes, […]




Early Physical Therapy Helps Sciatica

Early Physical Therapy Helps Sciatica

Sciatica refers to pain down the sciatic nerve, which runs from the low back down the back of each leg. It is commonly associated with back pain. Sciatica can be disabling, leaving people unable to do simple things like getting dressed, but others may find it an annoying discomfort. Research shows starting physical therapy soon […]




Ankle Sprains: What’s the Best Approach?

Ankle sprains are a common injury, and it is widely held that they respond well to conservative treatment.  But don’t let their commonness lull you into thinking that time and a little protection is all you need to get back to 100%.  Up to 64% of conventionally treated ankle sprains have persisting symptoms even after […]




Prevent Injury While Gardening

It’s time to bring out the green thumb because gardening season is upon us. Many enjoy gardening and its numerous health benefits. However, it is important to be mindful of the stress and strain activities such as digging, planting, weeding, and raking can cause. The back, knees, neck, and shoulders can be especially vulnerable to […]




Active Commuting Linked to Numerous Health Benefits

A large study recently published in the British Medical Journal finds that active commuting, particularly biking and walking, is associated with multiple health benefits. Results show people who cycle to work have a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease and a 45 percent lower risk of cancer compared to those who have a sedentary […]




Higher Risk of Health Problems for Night Owls

A recent study finds that night owls are more at risk for health problems such as diabetes, sarcopenia (a condition where the body gradually loses muscle mass), and metabolic syndrome (a collection of health conditions that increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke). This is true even if the night owls sleep the […]




What Works Best for Plantar Fasciosis?

What Works Best for Plantar Fasciosis?

Research finds several approaches to be effective or at least partially effective in overcoming this painful condition. Interestingly, until very recently, no one had ever compared these treatments, in isolation, against each other to see which is most effective. So, Ravi Gupta (Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College Hospital, Chandigarh) and colleagues set out to […]




Physical Therapy Over Pills

Physical Therapy Over Pills

One thing we can say about the opioid abuse epidemic: it does not discriminate. Opioids often are prescribed to treat pain, it has been felt from rural to urban, across social and economic classes, and from farm to factory workers. With overuse of opioids for the treatment of pain becoming a national public health epidemic, […]




Rotator Cuff: Surgery or Physical Therapy?

Rotator Cuff: Surgery or Physical Therapy?

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder and hold the arm in place. Damage to the rotator cuff is a common source of shoulder pain. When it comes to fixing that pain, both physical therapy (PT) and surgery plus PT have been known to restore function and comfort […]




October is National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month

October is finally here, bringing with it the first signs of cooler temperatures, colorful leaves, pumpkins, and most importantly – National Physical Therapy Month.  National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated each October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). APTA uses it as an opportunity to reach out to the community about the many ways […]






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