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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: 3 Helpful Exercises

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve injury affecting adults.  More than 3 million Americans are diagnosed each year.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in women and is associated with many other conditions.  Common conditions linked to carpal tunnel syndrome include neck pain, diabetes, and pregnancy.  Workplace factors also contribute.  Performing repetitive wrist […]

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Night Time Leg Cramps: Perform These 3 Stretches Before Bed

Night time cramps

Have you ever jumped out of bed with an intense cramp in your leg or foot?  Night time leg cramps occur suddenly and are extremely painful.  Pain can be sharp and last for a few seconds or several minutes.  They can lead to substantial sleep disturbances.  Night time cramps occur in almost 50% of older […]

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How to Manage Your Shoulder Arthritis with Exercise

Treatment for shoulder arthritis

Shoulder arthritis is present in approximately 15% of people over the age of 65.  It is more common in women.  As with other forms of arthritis, most often it begins with a slow progressive loss of cartilage within the joint.  This leads to changes of the bone and joint lining.  Joint inflammation, stiffness, muscle weakness, […]

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Understanding Arthritis Pain and How You Can Best Manage It

arthritis

Over 30 million people in the United States are affected by arthritis pain.  Osteoarthritis is the most common form of chronic painful joint disease.  The knee is the most frequently affected joint with up to 1 in 8 men and women over the age of 60 years having painful knee arthritis.  It is also common […]

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How to Avoid Falling: Start a Home Exercise Program

Falls in the elderly

More than 30 percent of people 65 and older fall each year. This increases to 50 percent for those in their 80’s.  Two-thirds of those who fall will fall again within 6 months.  Those who fall are more likely to move into a nursing home.  Worse, falls are the leading cause of injury, deaths, and […]

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Direct Access and Medical Screening in Physical Therapy

Direct access

Many people visit a physical therapist after seeing a physician and being given a prescription to start physical therapy.  However, this is not the only scenario a patient can be seen by a physical therapist. In New Jersey, as well as all the other states in the country, there is “direct access.” This allows a […]

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Concussion in Sports 

Concussion

Concussions are common in athletes.  They commonly occur in contact sports, such as football, and non-contact sports, such as soccer. BSR Physical Therapy and our doctors of physical therapy can help evaluate, manage and treat patients with concussion.  This article helps to answer some common questions you may have. What is a Concussion? “Sport-related concussion […]

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Overcome 5 Common Barriers to Starting Your Exercise Program

Exercise

Another new year is upon us and with it comes the resolution to get in shape, lose weight, or commit to a healthy lifestyle.  Nearly 50% of New Year’s resolutions are related to losing weight or starting an exercise program.   We all have good intentions but the fact is most fail miserably at following through.   […]

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Knee Replacement: Quadriceps Weakness Slowing You Down?

Quadriceps weakness knee replacement

Nearly 5 million people are living in the United States with a total knee replacement.  This number is rapidly growing.  Knee replacement surgery is helping many people lead active lives for many years.  However, only 1/3 are completely satisfied with their function 1 year after surgery.  Even worse, 30% are dissatisfied because of knee pain, […]

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Calf Muscle Injuries:  Exercises for Your Best Recovery

Calf muscle strain

A calf strain is an injury to the muscles in the back of your leg, below the knee.  Two major muscles make up the calf.  The gastrocnemius muscle is the large outer muscle in the back of the lower leg.  The smaller soleus muscle lies deep underneath the gastrocnemius.  Both plantarflex the foot.  This occurs […]

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