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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Physical Therapy for Total Hip Replacement

PRE AND POST-OPERATIVE PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT Total hip replacement (THR) is a surgical procedure to replace a damaged hip joint with a new artificial/prosthetic implant. Physical therapy is essential before and after surgery in order to minimize complications. Therapy also reduces recovery time and restores hip joint function as quickly as possible….

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Snowboarder’s Fracture

What to Know About Ankle Injuries in Snowboarding By Alexander Golant, MD Despite being a relatively young sport, snowboarding has rapidly grown in popularity in recent years with an estimated 8.2 million people participating. Most common snowboarding injuries include those to the upper extremities, specifically to the wrist and hand. In terms of lower extremity…

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Nordic Skiing Makes a Great Workout

During winter, many outdoor enthusiasts look to skiing as a way to maintain physical activity and explore the outdoors. While most people are familiar with downhill (Alpine) skiing, fewer are familiar with its cousin, cross-country or Nordic skiing. While Alpine skiing is characterized by the carving technique in which skiers move side-to- side creating an “S” shaped figure on the mountain, Nordic techniques follow a…

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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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