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Fibromyalgia is Real, but PT Can Help

By Brandy Haldiman, Physical Therapy Assistant

In recent years, the health care industry has come to a better understanding of Fibromyalgia. As someone whose family is affected by this disease – my dad has Fibromyalgia – I can attest to how devastating it can be, and the many misconceptions and myths surrounding it.

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Improve Mobility and Motion Without Surgery

By: Dan Durham, Physical Therapist/Owner

When you’re in pain, you’re open to pretty much any solution that makes you feel better. In most cases, doctors are likely to recommend pain medication or even surgery to cure what ails you.

If you read my last blog, you know how I feel about choosing physical therapy to treat chronic pain instead of using opiates to mask it. If mismanaged, or prescribed unnecessarily, opiate medications can lead to some serious issues, up to and including opiate addiction.

And now, researchers are discovering that physical therapy can be an alternative to surgery that’s just as effective and much less costly.

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Opioid Medication Masks the Pain; Physical Therapy Treats it

By: Dan Durham, Physical Therapist/Owner

Pain is not easy to live with, but neither is addiction. Unfortunately, our society has become heavily reliant on masking the pain with opioid medication rather than treating it. To say this has contributed greatly to the current heroin epidemic in this country would be an understatement.

Drug overdose claims more American lives annually than motor vehicle accidents – and most of those overdoses are from prescription medication. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than any other year. From 2000 to 2014, nearly half a million people died from a drug overdose, with 78 Americans dying daily from an opioid overdose.

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Stretching Helps Prevent Knee and Ankle Pain

By: Sara Miller, Physical Therapy Assistant

Teenagers. They think they know everything.

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Both of my teenage daughters (16 and 13) play sports. Soccer, basketball, track, cross-country; you name it, they play it. Between them and their friends, it seems like we are constantly treating knee and ankle/foot issues.

It’s tough getting kids to stretch before playing sports. Often, they will rush though the process because, quite frankly, it’s not a lot of fun. But what they don’t realize is that having a good stretching program can help alleviate much of the pain and inflammation that they deal with during the course of a season. This is especially important for younger people, whose bodies are still growing and developing.

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Avoid Spring Cleaning Injuries

By: Dan Durham, Physical Therapist/Owner

Spring cleaning is the annual rite of passage for home owners that is often dreaded, but can never be neglected. But injury shouldn’t be the reason you’re not looking forward to it.

All of the bending, reaching and lifting that happens during spring cleaning could aggravate existing injuries, or open the door for fresh ones. Just like at the workplace, overexertion while repeatedly performing certain motions can lead to sprains, strains and lower back pain. Continue reading

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Scar after knee surgery

What to do About Scar Tissue

By Brandy Haldiman, Physical Therapy Assistant

The development of scar tissue is part of the body’s normal healing process.

After injury to the normal collagen cells in the body, new cells are brought to the injury site and will soon become healthy tissue. Sometimes, this new tissue can become balled up tissue called ‘scar tissue’.  Continue reading

Coming Back from ACL Reconstruction

Basketball-Player-psd61793Of all sports injuries, the ACL is the most dreaded to athletes. At nearly 200,000 occurrences annually, ACL-related injuries are some of the most common knee injuries in sports and have ended careers.

About 70% of ACL injuries are non-contact. That means it could stem from how you move, particularly while playing sports that involve quick cutting, pivoting, and jumping.

Other experts believe it could just be that we’re more prone to these types of injuries due to lifestyle and environmental factors. One thing that all experts agree on is that a loud pop or snap coming from your knee means you’re in for a long road of rehabilitation. Continue reading

How Effective are Video Games with PT?

As a physical therapist, it’s so ironic to me that video games, which are often regarded as a leading cause of sedentary lifestyles among kids, can be used as a beneficial tool in physical and occupational rehabilitation. But whether you want to call it ‘Wii-habilitation’ or ‘exergaming,’ more studies are coming out that prove just that. Continue reading

What is the ‘Holiday Headache’?

holiday-headacheIf you suffer from chronic headaches, the holiday season can cause numerous unwanted problems no matter how much you love this time of year. With holiday parties comes indulging in all sorts of food, especially trigger foods and alcohol, which can result in the onset of a headache. Continue reading