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Too much or too little movement in our joints?

December 11th, 2018

By: Rachel Herrmann, DPT Joint mobility and joint stability are two parts of a patient’s musculoskeletal condition that physical therapists assess. Joint mobility is the amount of movement that occurs within a single joint. So this is not just how high you can raise your arm or how far you can bend your knee, but

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What our walking says about our muscles and joints

December 10th, 2018

By: Mike Bills, MS PT When an expert assesses your walking they are looking at what referred to as your gait. This term “gait” takes into account what all of the joints in your legs and also your trunk are doing when you move one leg and stand on the other for support. Any change

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Is Pain Stopping You From Getting Back in the Game?

December 10th, 2018

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, at least 100 million Americans are living with chronic pain (pain lasting longer than three months). As if this isn’t a troubling enough trend, in recent years, physicians have been prescribing more and more prescription pain medications, including opioids. In the year 2013 alone, physicians prescribed nearly

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What’s up with this noisy upper body joint?

December 6th, 2018

By: Alyssa Burke, PTA Have you ever moved your arm to grab something and felt or heard a pop or click or felt a grinding sensation in your shoulder? If you have, you’re not alone. Many people experience the same clicks and pops in their joints. Clicking and popping in joints is one of the

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What Your Core Workout Should Also Include

December 5th, 2018

By Devin Wurman, DPT The core must be one of the most complex features of the human body. Everything we do involves the core. What is the core exactly? A lot of people think it’s those wonderful six-pack abs. But really that’s not the core, that’s only a small component of the core. So what

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Ever feel a pinching sensation when reaching overhead?

December 5th, 2018

By: Rachel Herrmann, PT, DPT The shoulder is a complex region of the body made up of 3 joints, 4 muscles of the rotator cuff and over 10 other muscles that attach around the bones/joints that make up the shoulder. This means there has to be a lot of body parts in good working condition

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How Physical Therapy Can Get Rid of Your Headaches

November 29th, 2018

By: Angie Austin, LPTA Headaches are something we have probably all experienced at some point in our lives. In fact, some people experience daily headaches. A headache is associated with pain anywhere in the head or scalp. Sometimes, pain occurs in the neck. The symptoms of a headache can range from an ache or tension-like

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Moving, standing or sitting creating discomfort?

November 27th, 2018

By: Mike Bills, MS PT Many people seek physical therapy because of hip pain, specifically, pain in their hip flexor muscles. When you experience this pain in the front of the thigh, it usually stems from the fact that your hip flexor muscles, there are a few of them, are being overworked for a number

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What happens when your muscles don’t have proper strength?

November 27th, 2018

By: Mike Bills, MS PT Typically there will be no immediate effect to not having the proper strength in a particular muscle in your body. The effects are usually more long term in the sense that “weakness” or lack of proper strength in an area results in excess friction on the bones in the joint,

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Back Discomfort Making it Difficult to Complete Your Daily Routine?

November 26th, 2018

Back discomfort can be debilitating no matter what your walk of life. People living with back pain are often plagued by the inability to sleep, stiffness or difficulty with activities that they love. These may include running or hiking, gardening, walking the dog or playing with their grandchildren. Back pain is something we treat lots

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