Role of Physical Therapy on Parkinson’s Disease Treatment

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative clinical condition that worsens over time. Typical symptoms include tremors, loss of facial expression, stiffness, slowing down of movement and a multitude of other problems. In the past few years, there have been significant developments in the understanding of Parkinson’s disease. Muhammad Ali, the legendary boxer, was diagnosed with…

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Physical Therapy and Your Hip!

Snapping hip syndrome, also called dancers’ hip, is a snapping sensation or popping sound heard in the hip while walking, flexing or extending the limbs. This condition can cause discomfort and pain. The good news is that this can be resolved with physical therapy. Causes There are several different causes of snapping hip syndrome. These…

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Kristina LaFace

Kristina LaFace, PT, MPT, COMT  has worked at the STARS Boise Curtis location for 12 years. She is a Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist through NAIOMT ( the North American Institute of Orthopaedic Manual Therapy). Kristina enjoys treating patients with a variety of diagnoses, and understands the importance of working with people to achieve their functional goals, whether it’s return to sport,  community walking,…

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Everything you didn’t know about headaches

The common response to a headache is “Let me pop a painkiller and hope the pain goes away”. While this isn’t necessarily a bad idea, it’s not a long-term solution for headaches, particularly the ones that that have a musculoskeletal origin. Most patients are unaware that physical therapy can play an important role in the…

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Physical Therapy for Shin Splints

Physical Therapy for Shin Splints The shinbone or the tibia is the front surface of the lower leg. This part of the body is under constant stress and strain when we walk, jump and run. An overuse injury happens when a certain threshold of tolerance is crossed. This is a condition called shin splints. Intense…

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Never Ignore Hip and Thigh Pain

The hip is an important weight bearing joint in the human body. Repetitive stress to the femur (thigh bone) over time can lead to the formation of cracks in the hip joint, which is the junction of the pelvis and the femur. For most individuals, simple cracks can heal over time without the need for…

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Can physical therapy help with shin splints?

The shinbone or the tibia is the front surface of the lower leg. This part of the body is under constant stress and strain when we walk, jump and run. An overuse injury happens when a certain threshold of tolerance is crossed. This is a condition called shin splints. Intense pain occurs on the front,…

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Strengthen the knee with physical therapy

Knee and foot injuries are common for people of all ages. They tend to occur during day-to-day activities such as walking, climbing stairs and running. In most cases, people tend to ignore the pain and just ‘carry on’, leading to more injury and pain. Rest and medication help reduce pain. However, the residual effects of…

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Carolina Vania, Occupational Therapist

Carolina became interested in occupational therapy when she was in high school. She used to volunteer in many rehabilitation centers in Honduras where she is from originally. It was always rewarding for her to see how therapeutic intervention could make a big difference in people’s lives. As a kid, she broke both her wrists and…

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X Games – Saint Alphonsus Sports Med Medical Provider!

Saint Alphonsus Sports Medicine was proud to be the Medical Sponsor for the 2017 X Games! The event was held on June 10th and was a free event during the practice round on June 9th. The recently completed Rhoades Park downtown Boise impressed the athletes that came from all over the world to compete in…

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