CARE OPTIONS – A BETTER INFORMED PATIENT MEANS A HIGHER QUALITY OF CARE

Over the next several months, I am going to take you a bit deeper into cutting-edge health research and reveal some information that might be at times shocking but at the very least, will help you make more informed health care decisions. Whenever possible,I am going to make statements based on the best quality clinical

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EXERCISE IS MEDICINE

First, on a personal note. The developer of our website, who is a physical therapist, shared a great story with me. His father,overweight for most of his life and a type II diabetic, finally said enough. He obtained the proper counseling and support and lost55 pounds. Not too shabby. The even better news is that

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HOW TO DECREASE THE RISK OFA BROKEN LEG IN INFANTS ON THE PLAYGROUND

When I read this article, my thought was if justone person benefits from this, it makes it all worthwhile. Therefore, below I am sharing some good clinical research done on kids and slides. Yes, playground equipment! Bear with me, read it quickly, and please pass it along. Pediatric doctors looked at fractures (bone breaks) in

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CARE OPTIONS – SEE A PHYSICALTHERAPIST FIRST FOR NECK PAIN

I would like to continue with the theme Care Options and talk about why physical therapy is a great first choice for neck pain. The premise is simple – try things that are conservative, affordable and have little to no side effects first. I don’t want to get too technical with you but I think

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SHOULDER HURTING? TRY A NATURAL, CLINICALLY PROVEN, DRUG-FREE SOLUTION

SHOULDER HURTING? TRY A NATURAL, CLINICALLY PROVEN, DRUG-FREE SOLUTION Shoulder problems are very common and account for about 15 percent of all of the patients we see in our physical therapy clinic. This isn’t surprising considering the complexity of your shoulder joint. In fact, it is probably better to call it a shoulder complex considering

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KNEE PAIN GOT YOU DOWN? LOOKING BEYOND THE KNEECAP

Knee pain is one of the most common complaints we hear from distance runners. Thousands of strides and considerable joint reaction forces strain the knee and its surrounding soft tissue support systems. For decades, when a patient saw a health care provider, the focus was on the area of pain; therefore, the knee joint. After

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GOLFER’S ELBOW AFFECTS MORE THAN JUST GOLFERS

I was working with a patient the other day and thought I might share this story with you. She was a 46 year-old female with complaints of inside-right elbow pain. Her pain developed over a period of about 6 weeks because her big Labrador retriever was pulling on the dog leash while they were walking.

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PLANTAR FASCIITIS – RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NAGGING HEEL PAIN

The plantar fascia is a strong connective tissue that originates onthe bottom of the foot at the heel bone and runs along the bottom of the foot inserting into the toes (metatarsal heads). It is one ofthe primary stabilizers of the arch of the foot and when you walk it acts like a spring or

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Research Report – Osteoarthritis Sufferers Find Relief With Physical Therapy!!

Turn to Physical Therapy to Treat Osteoarthritis in McHenry, IL Over the last year, the concern about taking non-steroidal antinflammatory medications has left many osteoarthritis sufferers wondering how to manage their pain and disability. Many answers may be found in the Ottawa Panel Guidelines for Therapeutic Exercises and Manual Therapy in the Management of Osteoarthritis

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To Be Firm Or Not To Be Firm

A Tip to Avoid Low-Back Pain in McHenry, IL There are many causes of low back pain, but it is a common belief that mattress firmness causes or perpetuates non-specific low-back pain. You’ve heard or seen ads that state that you can end your back pain if you use Brand X’s mattress. To date, however,

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Get to Your Therapist If You Have Tennis Elbow

Treat Tennis Elbow in McHenry, IL Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a dysfunction of the tendons that insert into the lateral epicondyle (the bony bump on the outside of the elbow). Not only does it occur in tennis players, but it occurs more often in people that apply repetitive stresses to the forearm. Repetitive

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Backpack Basics

Don’t Let a Backpack Lead to Back Pain Simple Tips to Avoid Future Back Pain in McHenry, IL Have you seen a child leaning to the left or right to support a heavy backpack on the opposite shoulder? If the load is too heavy it might cause the child to arch their back as well.

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Back Basics

Proper Techniques to Avoid Back Pain Tips From a Local Back Pain Professional in McHenry, IL Here is a brief summary of low back posture and the rationale behind the current school of thought regarding lifting. The low back, also called the lumbar spine, is in a position of greatest stability when it is in

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Conservative Care for the Painful Shoulder

How to Treat Shoulder Pain Treat Shoulder Pain Locally in McHenry, IL Twenty-two to 46% of those who see a doctor for shoulder pain report a history of shoulder pain. By nature, shoulder pain is a chronic problem. However, there is hope for those who would like pain relief and a better quality of life.

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DOES YOUR SOCCER COACH KNOW ABOUT INJURY PREVENTION?

Athletics is an important part of growing up. However, with participation in sport there is a risk of injury. Over the last decade there has been an alarming increase in the number of injuries especially in the female, adolescent athlete. Recent research is providing us with some answers though. In a study of 300 female

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FALLS AND FLOORS

Many newsletters ago, we reported on balance and falls. You might recall these facts: 1. One in four people that live at home and are over 65 will fall within the next year. 2. Sixty percent of all falls occur in the home. 3. In the senior population, falls are the leading cause of injury

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ACUTE LOW BACK PAIN – NEW RESEARCH

What is acute low back pain? It is pain in the low back in the center, on either side of the low back, or sometimes all the way across the low back. “Acute” is a word that refers to the amount of time you have experienced your symptoms. Someone with pain less than 10 days

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WHY SHOULD I STRETCH?

There are several good reasons to stretch. First, stretching will maintain joint range of motion and flexibility. Flexibility is the total range of motion in a joint or joints. Second, stretching provides reflex feedback to the muscles causing them to lengthen. It helps relax the muscle(s), and it may also prevent injury of muscles and

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BALANCE IS BETTER THAN FALLING

Balance is something that we often take for granted. If you have ever had a fall, you know that it can happen without warning and with serious consequences. Here are some statistics from the American Physical Therapy Association: One in four people that live at home, and are over the age of 65, will fall

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STRENGTHENING EXERCISES

Muscular strength is a muscle’s ability to generate force. The purpose of strength training is to increase muscle and connective tissue size, density, and toughness. Bigger muscles and stronger connective tissues are less prone to injury and aid in long term weight management. Muscle tissue also burns more calories than fat at rest. Strength training

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