Why You Shouldn’t Overtrain

Why You Shouldn’t Overdo It… We have all heard the phrase ‘No pain, no gain’. When it comes to the human body, discomfort is acceptable, but pain is not. In fact, there is a threshold of pain tolerance that is unique to each individual. It’s important to understand and respect this limit. When the body…

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What To Do When Your Shoulder Pops

The shoulder joint is subject to a great deal of motion, more so than other large joints in the body. This makes the shoulder susceptible to dislocation. Anyone who has experienced a dislocated shoulder knows how painful it can be. In fact, a dislocation can lead to a condition called multidirectional instability of the shoulder…

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The Role Of Physical Therapy in Knee Injuries

When there is a direct impact to the knee (commonly seen in sports injuries), the knee joint can twist or stretch beyond its normal capacity causing ligament tears (sprains), muscle injury (strains) or cartilage injuries. Inflammation of protective cushioning in the knee joint (meniscus) or fluid filled sacs inside the knee joint (bursitis) can also…

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Shoulder Replacement? No sports?

 Shoulder Replacement Does Not Mean Goodbye to Sports Shoulder replacement surgery has dramatically increased over the past few decades, today nearly 53,000 shoulder replacement surgeries are performed annually in the United States. 1. The substantial rise can be attributed to the procedure’s success rate with most patients (as high as 92%) describing their shoulder as “better,” with…

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SLAP TEARS 101

The superior labral tear was first described in throwing athletes by Dr. James Andrews in 1985. In 1990, Dr. Stephen Snyder coined the term “SLAP” lesion (Superior Labrum, Anterior and Posterior) and the diagnosis and treatment of SLAP lesions from there has grown exponentially. Most people involved with sports, including coaches, players, and players’ families, have at least heard of the term or are very…

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Shoulder Instability and Bracing

 What You Need to Know about Shoulder Instability and Bracing by Lee Diehl, MD The shoulder joint is one of the most mobile joints in the body and as a result is one of the most commonly dislocated. Young athletes participating in football and other contact or collision sports are particularly prone to experiencing a shoulder dislocation. Bracing may help stabilize a shoulder by…

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – How Physical Therapy can help!

TBI: Traumatic Brain Injury and Life Changing Physical Therapy Physical therapy can be a life-changing treatment for people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is diagnosed when an injury to the brain damages or changes the way it functions. Blows to the head, car crashes and falls are the most common…

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Multiple Sclerosis, Physical Therapy and You

Many people are familiar with the term multiple sclerosis (MS), but few know just how unpredictable and disabling the disease can be. MS affects the central nervous system and disrupts the normal flow of neurological impulses between the brain and the body. Mystery still surrounds the disease and the exact cause isn’t known, making it…

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How Physical Therapy can help with Fibromyalgia Pain

Let Physical Therapy Reduce Your Fibromyalgia Pain Those who are diagnosed with fibromyalgia are happy to finally know what’s wrong, but they’re often depressed when they contemplate living with the condition. There’s no cure for fibromyalgia, but physical therapy is effective in alleviating the symptoms and improving quality of life. No one knows for sure…

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Physical Therapy for Total Joint Replacement

New JOINT New You! The decision to have a joint replacement is a big step involving major surgery and significant rehabilitation times. Patients will need to work closely with their surgeon and physical therapist for a return to full functionality and the new lease on life that a joint replacement can provide. Knee and hip…

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