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Musculoskeletal Pain: Early PT Cuts Costs and Reduces Opioid Use. Picture of a middle age caucasian male getting his shoulder pain checked by a younger caucasian male physical therapist.

Musculoskeletal Pain: Early PT Cuts Costs and Reduces Opioid Use

Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain is defined as acute or chronic pain that affects bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even nerves. The pain associated with musculoskeletal disorders is a common medical and socioeconomic problem worldwide.1 Chronic musculoskeletal pain (in particular, low back pain) is the main contributor to disability worldwide.2 The most prevalent forms of musculoskeletal pain […]

Obesity in Pets and Humans. Picture of a very over weight beagle dog.

Obesity in Pets and Humans

According to the Centers for Disease Control, two out of three American adults are overweight or obese.1 Likewise, over 50% of dogs in the US were classified as too heavy by their vet.2 The good news is all of that can change because you and your pet are the perfect workout buddies. Here’s why. 1. […]

Fall Prevention in Older Adults. Picture of an older caucasian female being helped with her walker by a young caucasian female physical therapist.

Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Every year one out of four older adults, those 65 and older, suffers a fall. 1 These falls can be serious and costly. Many falls do not cause injuries, but one out of five causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. 2,3 There are many conditions that contribute to falls. […]

Exercise for Immunity. Picture of a caucasian male and female power walking.

Exercising to Build the Immune System

We have all heard the advice: one of the best things we can do to stay healthy, besides a balanced diet, is to stay physically active. This bit of advice has been around for ages, but until recently, researchers did not have much data to support the idea. A systematic review of 16 studies find […]

Does Weightlifting Added to Aerobic Exercise Offer a Longer Life? Picture of a caucasian arm and hand holding lightweight dumbbells.

Does Weightlifting Added to Aerobic Exercise Offer a Longer Life?

Regular physical activity provides important health benefits for those with chronic health conditions or disabilities. Exercise in general helps build a stronger body and lower mortality risk. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that weightlifting added to aerobic exercise further reduces the risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality. […]

Running and Cardiovascular Mortality. Picture of a caucasian female running along a beach at the water's edge.

Running and Cardiovascular Mortality

Running is a popular leisure-time activity, but little is known about the long-term effects of running on mortality. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Government have released guidelines recommending at least 75 minutes of high-intensity or 150 minutes moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week. [1,2] The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study was conducted to examine the […]

Posture: A Big Source of Neck Pain. Picture of a sketched drawing of a man sitting at a computer desk with slightly rounded shoulders.

Posture: A Big Source of Neck Pain

Rounded shoulders are where the resting position of the shoulders has moved forward from the ideal alignment. This gives a person a hunched appearance. It can lead to neck, back, chest, and shoulder problems. Rounded shoulders can cause headaches, neck and back pain, and even nerve damage. With society becoming more plugged into technology, the […]

Can Posture Prevent Pain? Picture of a young caucasian male holding his lower back and grimacing in pain.

Can Posture Prevent Pain?

How many times have we woke up and our body hurt from just sitting or standing all day. Its not just age that causes the pain it could be your posture. Bad posture can hurt just as much as good posture can help. Here are a few ways that your posture can harm your body: […]

How to Squat Properly for Safety. Picture of a black female in a squatting position holding a small medicine ball.

How to Squat Properly for Safety

Squats are a great exercise. Not only are they a great lower-body workout, but they also help make everyday movements easier. For example, having the proper squat form down can make lifting objects off the floor easier. Squats also have many other health benefits. Just how does one do them properly? Stand with feet a […]

Quadricep Weakness and Knee Pain. Picture of a caucasian female rubbing her knee as if in pain.

Quadricep Weakness and Knee Pain

Out of all types of pain, knee pain may be the most prevalent among older adults. Knee pain is a hallmark of knee osteoarthritis. Over 27 million people have osteoarthritis with the knees being the most commonly affected area. The number of people dealing with knee pain is steadily rising. Despite the number of people […]