Can We Get Stronger as We Age?

The answer to that question is—absolutely! After age 40 or so, we all begin to lose muscle strength and bone density, and our hormone production slows. While these factors can contribute to a general decrease in vitality, weight training can increase your strength—and give you other benefits—no matter how old or weak you are when…

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Give Your Broken Fibula the Boot

A broken fibula may be very painful, but sitting on the couch and letting it heal on its own is probably not the best approach. While your fibula—the long, thin outside bone of your lower leg—is healing, you should stay mobile through the use of a walking boot. Although the fibula is considered a weight-bearing…

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Biceps Tendinitis & Physical Therapy

Ease Biceps Tendinitis with Physical Therapy The biceps tendon connects the biceps muscle in the upper arm to the elbow. The tendon acts like a tough connective tissue. The inflammation of this tendon is bicep tendinitis. Physical therapy can help reduce pain and regain mobility. Causes Some of the causes of biceps tendinitis include: a…

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Spine – Back pain

Why Space Matters.. In Your Spine You may know that physical therapy helps in the treatment of low back pain but did you also know that physical therapy can help treat conditions such as spinal stenosis? Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the space surrounding the spinal cord is reduced, leading to increased pressure…

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Shoulder Pain from Shoulder Popping

Ouch! What To Do When That 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…

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How to Protect and Strengthen the Knee/Foot

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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Stress Fractures – To Stress or Not To Stress?

Don’t Stress Out About Stress Fractures A stress fracture, also known as a fatigue-induced fracture, consists of one or more small cracks in the bone. It is associated with a pattern of overuse, commonly seen in the lower extremity in athletes. Causes Repetitive motion is one the mechanisms that result in a stress fracture. The…

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Back Pain and Physical Therapy

Take Care of Your Back with Physical Therapy The spine is a complicated biomechanical structure that supports the weight of the body. It allows people to bend, twist, walk and move, yet it’s one of the most abused and misunderstood areas of the body.Physical therapy provides effective methods to relieve back pain, treat injuries and…

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Back Surgery? STARS Physical Therapist have you covered!

SURGERY? We have your back! Spinal fusion is a type of surgery that permanently connects two or more vertebrae in the spine. It eliminates motion and immobilizes that part of the spine to correct a number of conditions for improved stability and to reduce pain. The services of a physical therapist following surgery helps with…

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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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