Back pain is commonly experienced and yet medical management is often confusing and complex. Research has NEVER demonstrated a link between imaging and symptoms. Physical therapists are trained to restore and improve patients’ mobility, reduce pain, improve function, and build muscle strength. They not only develop custom programs to treat acute and persistent or recurrent … Continue reading Managing Low Back Pain
Research has shown that positive expectations increase the chances of a good outcome. It's the old self-fulfilling prophecy; your attitude determines your approach to situations. If you believe you'll be successful, you'll likely put in more effort. You'll be more willing to try new things, take some risks and keep trying after failures or setbacks. … Continue reading Expect to Get Better. You Probably Will.
By Tyler Wenig, SPT Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic condition where the joints become irritated and inflamed. This can lead to increased pain and stiffness of the joints. While it may feel difficult to move around and be active, the research shows that increasing your activity level can help manage symptoms, decrease pain, and … Continue reading 5 Effective Exercises for Knee Osteoarthritis (OA)
If you learn to do your daily tasks more efficiently, you will be able to do more with less shortness of breath. When you go about your everyday routine, remember to Plan, Prioritize, Position and Pace yourself! 1: PLAN AHEAD • Write down plans for the day or week• Figure out when you have the … Continue reading Energy Conservation Tips and Tricks
Payless recently conducted a very telling social experiment. You probably heard about the shoechain’s stunt in the news but just to recap quickly, “The Payless Experiment” tricked consumersinto buying their typically budget-friendly shoes at sky-high markups. To carry out the cleverruse, the discount retailer invited style influencers to a (fake) launch party for a new … Continue reading Some Americans Pay More for Back Pain Relief, But Are They Really Getting Less?
Last month we introduced you to Long COVID and all of the challenges it brings. This month we're going to talk about what physical therapists can do to help people living with Long COVID. Early in the pandemic, therapists started seeing people with what would later be known as Long COVID. They noticed that some … Continue reading Long COVID Sounds Awful! What Can Be Done?
You may have heard about people who got a COVID-19 infection and have symptoms for weeks or months after. This is now referred to as Long COVID. In this post we're going to dive into what Long COVID is, what the symptoms are and who it affects. Next month we'll talk about strategies that are … Continue reading What If Your COVID Symptoms Don’t Go Away?
By Dr. Chris Brehm, PT, DPT A study conducted earlier this year asked 2,000 Americans what the impact aches and pains had on their life, and how these effect their daily function. The study determined that the average American says they only experience 13 “truly pain-free days” per year. That means more than 96% … Continue reading How to Stop Living With Pain
By Dr. Chris Brehm, PT, DPT In previous blogs, I wrote about how physical therapy, vestibular therapy, and pulmonary rehabilitation are well positioned to help patients recover from residual COVID 19 symptoms. Since then, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released guidelines about how providers should treat patients with post-COVID conditions. Within these … Continue reading Physical Therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Recommended for Patients With Long COVID
Starting a career in physical therapy is like climbing a tree. Everyone starts with the same trunk, but pretty quickly, you have to make some decisions about which way you're going to go. What kind of people do you want to work with? Where do you want to practice? And how far up the tree … Continue reading Physical Therapy is a Tree With Many Branches