May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month.  It aims to raise awareness and reduce the impact of arthritis, which strikes one in every five adults and 300,000 children according to the Arthritis Foundation.  It is the leading cause of disability in the US.  At Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services (STARS), our caring therapists can help you manage…

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Why Exercise?

You know that exercise is important and has several health benefits. However, there are hidden benefits of exercise that you may not be aware of. Here are the top 5 reasons to exercise: Reason #1: To Reduce Pain Individualized, regular exercise (the kind prescribed by your physical therapist) is a great way to reduce pain….

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Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

Start from Correct Pelvic Floor Exercises Many pelvic floor conditions ( for both men and women) can be managed and treated without surgery. Seeing a physical therapist (PT) who is trained as a pelvic floor therapist may help you better understand your symptoms and design a personalized program to help alleviate your symptoms. A pelvic…

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Exercising in the Cold

Exercising in the cold weather By Elizabeth C. Gardner, MD With the CDC encouraging us to exercise outside in order to limit the potential spread of COVID-19, many people in northern climates are finding themselves sweating outside in the cold of winter. For those who would typically spend their winter months in the gym, it…

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Condensed Sports Seasons

Cautions to youth sports leagues and school sports in Spring, 2021 Many youth sports leagues and school sports are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by moving fall sports until Spring, 2021 and condensing all of the sports seasons. Here are some points to consider in order to avoid problems or injuries: It is unlikely the…

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Youth Ski and Snowboard Injury Prevention

Youth Ski and Snowboard Injury Prevention By Catherine A. Logan MD, MBA, MSPT and Patrick S. Buckley, MD Skiing and snowboarding are an increasingly popular activities for both children and adolescents. Injury rates range between 3.9 and 9.1 injuries per 1000 skier days, 1 with injuries ranging from severe (head, neck and spine injuries) to…

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