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What Causes Back Spasms?

A back spasm is the involuntary contraction or tensing of the muscles in the lower back. This can range from infrequent and mild discomfort to severe pain that makes it very difficult to move. The spasm can be caused by overuse, muscle strain, or injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support your spine. Even poor […]
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Are Women At Higher Risk of ACL Injury?

The causes of ACL injury have recently been the focus of research. Factors contributing to ACL injuries include ground hardness, grass type, and cleat type. But one of the other major findings is that women are nearly three times more likely to have ACL injuries than men. And some statistics say that a female soccer […]
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Can You Treat a Meniscus Tear With PT?

What Is the Meniscus? The meniscus—or menisci when speaking of them in plural—is a small cartilaginous structure in your knee. You have two in each knee, one on the inner aspect of the joint and one on the outer aspect. These menisci act as miniature shock absorbers in your knee; they help to absorb impact through […]
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Checklist For Athletes To Consider To Enhance Sleep

Quiet environment Maintain room temperature (~18 degrees celsius) Ensure that bedding/clothing does not cause an environment that is too hot Sleep routine: consistent time each night for falling asleep to begin and waking up Avoid caffeine and food/fluid ingestion Leading up to sleep Avoid usage of electronics before sleeping Napping no later than mid afternoon […]
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Physical therapy: Who can benefit and how can it help?

Orthopedic physical therapy treats musculoskeletal injuries, involving the muscles, bones, ligaments, fascias, and tendons. It is suitable for medical conditions such as fractures, sprains, tendonitis, bursitis, chronic medical problems, and rehabilitation or recovery from orthopedic surgery. Patients may undergo treatment with joint mobilizations, manual therapy, strength training, mobility training, and other modalities. Geriatric physical therapy […]
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Can I Do Physical Therapy Myself?

The goal of physical therapy is to educate the patient on successful self-care. To accomplish this, however, the expert care and guidance of a licensed physical therapist is required. Your physical therapist’s specialized education and clinical expertise, combined with the latest available evidence and treatment techniques, are critical to evaluating and diagnosing your condition and […]
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Physical therapy and Chronic Health Conditions

Physical therapy can help you live more easily with chronic or ongoing health conditions such as spinal stenosis, arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease. The Physical Therapy Doctor will work with you to establish your goals. Then he or she will create a program of educational, range-of-motion, strengthening, and endurance activities to meet your needs. Call to […]
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