Is Your Health Insurance Plan Changing in the New Year?

Health insurance

New Year, New Plan? As we approach the New Year, we also enter into the season of open enrollment.  Health insurance plans change and deductibles reset during this time. Understanding these changes can be frustrating and confusing without knowledge of health insurance. Important Terms A deductible is the dollar amount that needs to be met […]

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Are Your Health Care Providers Helping You Be As Healthy As You Can Be?

Health Physical Therapy

The leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States is chronic disease.  Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and lung disease are chronic diseases which can be caused by a person’s lifestyle.  Behaviors like physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and tobacco use are all associated with chronic diseases.  These diseases are preventable.   However, the […]

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Low Back Exercises

Bird dog

People with low back pain show poor control and coordination of the spine muscles.   Pain inhibits the function of muscles.  Inhibition often leads to atrophy (loss of muscle size) and abnormal movement.  The lumbar multifidus plays an important role in restoring normal spine movement.   Those with low back pain exhibit atrophied multifidus muscles.  Lost muscle […]

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Blood Flow Restriction Training

Physical therapy

What is Blood Flow Restriction? Blood flow restriction (BFR) exercise occurs with external pressure over the extremities. The applied pressure is sufficient to maintain flow through the arteries.  However, it decreases venous flow distal to the restricted site. The goal is to enable patients to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads.  This reduces […]

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Dance Injuries: Reducing Risk

Dance injuries

Dance injuries are quite common, with approximately 68% arising from overuse injuries.  Studies show the incidence of injury ranges from 0.62-5.6 per 1000 dancing hours.  Injury can accumulate quickly with the amount of time a dancer participates in class or rehearsal. Overuse injuries can occur due to a myriad of reasons including overtraining (hours upon […]

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Plantar Fasciitis: The Role of Physical Therapy

plantar fasciitis treatment

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most commonly treated types of foot pain in physical therapy.  Overuse or repetitive stress to the bottom aspect of the foot is the most common cause.  It typically affects younger females however males are also likely to have symptoms. Older individuals are at risk for developing plantar fasciitis as […]

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Ankle Sprains: Diagnosis, Treatment and Return to Sport

physical therapy for ankle sprains

What are Ankle Sprains? Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries that people experience.  These injuries account for one million physician visits each year.  Lateral ankle sprains, also known as inversion sprains, are the most common.  They are particularly common in sports.  Forty percent of all traumatic ankle sprains occur during sports.  However, […]

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Low Back Pain: Get Started with Abdominal Exercises

Abdominal exercise for low back pain

Low back injuries usually do not occur from one single incident or event like lifting a heavy box.  Instead, most back injuries occur from small incremental stress or load applied over time.  Sitting slouched for prolonged periods at a desk or repeatedly performing bending and twisting can overload sensitive spinal structures.  These structures include the […]

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Gluteus Maximus Exercise: Training in Multiple Planes

glute exercise

The gluteus maximus is the most powerful hip extensor.  This is important for functional activities performed in one plane such as walking, running, and climbing stairs.  However, this muscle also has important functions outside of straight ahead planes of movement.  The gluteus maximus also helps control balance and generate power in other planes.  Rotational and […]

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Power Training in Seniors

training for power in seniors

Typically training for power is thought of as something that is more for the younger, athletic population. However, today older adults are trying to stay more active with activities such as tennis, golf, hiking, or dancing.  All these activities require some component of power.  Are older adults performing any power-based exercise to help with these […]

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