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Don’t Be Afraid To Exercise – Ask A Physical Therapist

It is a fairly common complaint that we hear in our physical therapy office, “I would like to do [insert activity] but I am afraid my pain will come back.” We hear this from people who are actively having pain, but even more disheartening we often hear it from people who have been free of pain for multiple weeks or even months. Depending on your injury and pain, it’s likely possible that you can return to the activity you love, though modifications may be helpful. Here are some common modifications that I give to my patients for return to activity. 1.) Start slow – both speed and frequency Speed can correlate with form, with increased speed of activities resulting in more breakdown of your

What Does ‘DPT’ Stand For After Your Physical Therapist’s Name?

DPT or ‘ Doctor of Physical Therapy’ is a clinical doctorate degree. In combination with an undergraduate degree, physical therapist complete 7-8 years of schooling (depending on the University). As of 2015, all accredited and developing physical therapist programs are DPT curriculum. After completion of DPT program (which is a combination of class work, laboratory work, research, and clinical experience) the candidate must then sit for a licensure examination. Upon passing this exam a Physical Therapist can practice in all 50 states. In 2000 the American Physical Therapy Association http://www.apta.org/ or (APTA) passed its Vision 2020 statement, which states (in part): “By 2020, physical t

Is Your Neck Causing Headaches?

There are 14 classifications of headaches including the commonly thought of migraine, tension, sinus, and post-concussive headaches.1 One type that is often overlooked are headaches that occur as a result of neck issues. These types of headaches are known as cervicogenic headaches and they typically occur in conjunction with neck pain. It is estimated that approximately 47% of the population suffers from headaches and about 15-20% of those are cervicogenic in nature, meaning they are relatively common.2,3 The good news is that cervicogenic headaches are treatable with physical therapy. A combination of manual and exercise therapies have been shown to be effective in treating pain and improvi

Easy Yoga Stretches For Spine Health

Mountain Pose or “Tadasana” Simple pose that is great for posture. How to: Stand tall with feet together. Eyes closed if you feel comfortable. Let your arms rest at your side with fingers close together and hold. Bring arms up over head with hands facing each other and hold. Modification if standing is a challenge: Lie on your back with the soles of your feet pressed up against the wall. Viparita Karani How to: Lie on your back bring legs up onto a flat wall Keep your legs straight and the end of your back should meet the wall (place pillow under low back if support is needed). Childs Pose How to: Start in a kneeling position with the tops of your feet on the floor. With your knee

Fall Prevention With Physical Therapy

Falls are a very common reason that we see patient’s in physical therapy, particularly in older individuals. The problem is, we typically only see the patients who have fallen AFTER they have seriously hurt themselves. Prior to the broken hip, hand, or shoulder, these older adults have often fallen several times, yet, it isn’t until later that we begin to treat balance and strength deficits preventing these falls. As physical therapists, we know that prevention of major injury is key, therefore, if you or a loved one has had a fall in the last year it is recommended that you see a healthcare provider to be evaluated for fall risk. There are three systems involved in balance: vestibular, visu

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