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Herniated Disc: Non-Surgical Solutions and Physical Therapy

Herniated disc

Eight out of every 10 people will have back pain at some point in their life. This suggest you are probably one of them. Back pain with or without leg pain is commonly due to a herniated disc in the low back. Discs are the cushions between each individual bone, or vertebrae, of the spine. […]

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Painful Achilles Tendon? Learn the Right Exercises

Achilles Exercise

Painful Achilles tendon disorders are common in people who perform repetitive running and jumping activities.  It is also common in less active people.  Sedentary individuals with chronic disease such as high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes are at an increased risk.  Even though it is commonly injured, the Achilles tendon is one of the largest […]

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How to Achieve the Best Outcome after Rotator Cuff Surgery

Rotator cuff exercise

It is estimated that nearly 1 of every 4 rotator cuff repairs will re-tear within 6 months of surgery.  Overly aggressive rehabilitation or inappropriate use of the involved arm can increase this risk.  Based on my 15-plus years of experience as a physical therapist, this is the time when patients are tempted to progress themselves […]

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Rotator Cuff Surgery Recovery: Safe and Effective Exercises

rotator cuff rehabilitation

Rotator cuff repair surgery involves stitching the tendon back to the tendon or tendon back to the bone.  This requires caution for the first 3 to 6 months after surgery.  Your repair is vulnerable to re-tearing.  Overly aggressive stretching or lifting of your arm will damage the repaired tendon.  The exercises included in this article […]

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Rotator Cuff Surgery: What to Expect in Physical Therapy

Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator cuff tears occur in nearly 30% of people over the age of 60.  Some rotator cuff tears can be treated conservatively with physical therapy.  However, many will require arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn tendons.  Nearly 500,000 rotator cuff repair surgeries are performed each year in the United States.  Postoperative physical therapy is crucial […]

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3 Plantar Fasciitis Stretches for Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in both athletes and older adults.  It is caused by degenerative changes in the plantar fascia of your foot.  Your plantar fascia is a thick band of ligaments that supports your arch.  The most common symptom is heel pain during your first few steps of […]

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Shoulder Impingement: Stretching and Strengthening Exercises

Shoulder Impingement Exercises

Shoulder impingement involves compression of the rotator cuff tendons between the top of the shoulder blade (acromion process) and upper aspect of the arm bone (humerus).  Other structures involved include the biceps tendon and bursa (a fluid-filled sac between 2 bones).  Shoulder impingement accounts for approximately 1/3 of all shoulder pain.  Pain is usually worst […]

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Afraid of Falling? Try These Balance Exercises

Improve balance

Almost 10 million Americans report problems with balance.  About 40% of people over the age of 60 years experience problems with their balance.  One-third of adults in this age group and over half of people over the age of 75 years fall each year. Men and women are affected about equally.  Loss of muscle and […]

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Knee Replacement: Pre Surgery Physical Therapy

Preoperative physical therapy for knee replacement

In the United States, more than 600,000 people undergo total knee replacement surgery each year. This number is expected to rise to over 1 million by the year 2025.  Success rates for knee replacement surgery are high.  Almost 90% of people report less pain and improved function.  Post surgical rehabilitation is considered an integral part […]

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Osteoporosis: 5 Back Strengthening Exercises

Osteoporosis refers to a reduction in bone mass resulting in an increased susceptibility to fracture.  It is the most common bone disease in women over 50.  Osteoporosis affects more than 40 million women in the United States.  This is approximately half of the population 50 and older.  More than one million fractures related to osteoporosis […]

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