physical therapy

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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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

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

Sharp pain and loss of motion are symptoms of a frozen shoulder

141030But don’t let that scare you. A frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) will come and go, and physical therapy can help you maintain your range of motion with as little pain as possible. Without PT, a frozen shoulder sufferer can expect a long road.

This is one of the most common ailments among laborers, especially in the East Liverpool area, where a large number of industrial workers live. I’ve found this to be a very frequent reason for workers’ compensation claims. Continue reading

Is it Time to Schedule a Physical Therapy appointment?

Not all physical therapy patients are getting over joint-replacement surgery. Physical therapy can be very beneficial for common injuries, and can help alleviate pain, restore function and movement, and prevent more serious issues later on down the road. But when is the best time to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist? Continue reading