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Frozen Shoulder and PT. Picture of a young caucasian female getting her shoulder worked on by a young hispanic female.

Supervised Exercise Therapy Shown Most Effective for Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is said to occur in 2% to 5% of the population. This potentially debilitating condition causes shoulder pain and range of motion that gets increasingly restricted over time. The problem results from the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint becoming progressively thicker and tighter. There is limited evidence and no consensus on the single […]




Back Pain: Wait and See Does Not Save Money. Picture of a young caucasian female on a mat with one leg stretched out, while a young caucasian female is working on her back.

Back Pain: Wait and See Does Not Save Money

America spends an estimated $90 billion per year on back pain, and back pain causes another $10-$20 billion in annual worker productivity losses. Given these extraordinary costs, managing low back pain better has become a national priority. To help save insurance dollars, some have strategized withholding physical therapy when people first visit a doctor. The […]




Think Again About Cardio Exercise. Picture of an older black female and male power walking.

Think Again About Cardio Exercise

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week.1 Many people do not reach this mark because they either don’t enjoy workouts or have medical issues that make traditional exercise a challenge. People also sometimes think it takes too much time and effort. […]




PT Reduces Opioid Use. Picture of a caucasian hand holding several pills.

PT Reduces Opioid Use

In 2017 the U.S. President and the Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency related to opioid deaths. Last September, the Office of the Inspector General revealed that opioid-related overdose deaths are at an all-time high—more than 81,000 per year.1 Among patients aged 15 to 64 receiving opioids for chronic, non-cancer […]




Knee Arthritis: More PT Works Better. Picture of a caucasian female rubbing her knee as if in pain.

Knee Arthritis: More PT Works Better

Physical therapy ameliorates osteoarthritis progression while quickly reducing pain and improving function with effects comparable to surgery.1 Nevertheless, some patients improve with physical therapy while others do not. How can you know ahead of time if physical therapy will work for you? Dalerie Lieberz and colleagues wanted to know. They conducted a study to find […]




Bone Health Tips. Picture of a caucasian male physical therapist looking at xrays.

Bone Health Tips

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), half of all Americans over the age of 50 have weak bones. There is good news, no matter how old we are, there are things we can do to prevent bone loss. Our bones support us and allow us to move. They protect our brain, heart, and […]




What is Upper Cross Syndrome? Picture of a caucasian male getting his back and shoulders checked by a caucasian male physical therapist.

What is Upper Cross Syndrome?  

A posture-related condition that is becoming more commonplace is upper cross syndrome.1 Upper cross syndrome is characterized by rounded shoulders, shoulder blade misalignment, and forward head posture. This is often caused by individuals who work at a desk or sit for the majority of the day. Typically, the irregularities this syndrome causes look very similar […]




Foods for Fighting Inflammation. Picture of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Foods for Fighting Inflammation

One of the most common sources of pain for adults is rheumatoid arthritis. Much of this pain comes from inflammation. While medications are an option, there are also other ways to fight it. Below are some foods one can eat to help the body fight inflammation as recommended by The Arthritis Foundation. Fish is a […]




Preventing Repetitive Strain Injuries at Your Desk. Picture of 4 males and 3 females, of varied ethnicities sitting at office desks.

Preventing Repetitive Strain Injuries at Your Desk

Most of us have jobs that require typing on a computer for at least some of the day. One danger that arises with typing for long periods of time is developing repetitive strain injury (RSI). RSI is caused by doing any motion, movement, or activity repeatedly until it starts to hurt the body. Typing is […]




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 […]






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