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Best ways to reduce your chances of developing back pain

Weight problems, for example, are a big contributor to back pain. Not being a healthy body weight can put excessive pressure and strain on the spine, which weakens structures and increases the potential to experience pain. Obese individuals are especial
February 12, 2019
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Back pain can strike in different ways at all stages of life

There are very few guarantees in life but chances are you’ll experience back pain at some point in your lifetime, as about 8 out of 10 people will deal with it at least once. The type of back pain you may experience will depend on your age, habits, and
February 5, 2019
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Seeing PT early for neck pain can lower costs and use of healthcare

Of the 308 patients in the study, 160 (52%) consulted a physical therapist within 14 days for their neck pain, while 74 (24%) did so in 15-90 days, and 74 (24%) waited for more than 90 days. In general, results showed that those who saw physical
January 29, 2019
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If you're dealing with neck pain, try these simple home remedies

Many of the recommendations for prevention also apply to treatment, so if you’re interested in learning more ways to ease your neck pain, read our last newsletter that covers some smart neck pain
January 22, 2019
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Improving your bed & workstation setup can help reduce your neck pain

For many individuals, a great deal of time every day is also spent sitting at a desk and working on a computer. As with bed setups, the way in which a workstation is set up affects the neck and can play a part in the development of pain developing
January 15, 2019
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No matter your age, neck pain can be a nuisance

For adults over the age of 65, age-related changes continue to occur and may begin to become more advanced in some cases. This means that conditions like osteoarthritis and spondylosis are even more likely at this age, and they can be more severe for

January 10, 2019
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Supervised therapy is found to be effective for a wrist fracture

Results showed that overall, patients in both groups improved in all of the measurements taken. However, the participants who followed supervised physical therapy experienced significantly greater improvements in wrist function, as well as less pain a

January 3, 2019
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Older adults with depression benefit significantly from exercise

Researchers conclude that exercise should be considered a routine part of treatment for older adults with depression


The results of this meta-analysis showed that exercise had a large and significant antidepressant effect on older adults with

December 27, 2018
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If stress is weighing you down, exercise may be the answer

A physical therapist can help get you on your best foot forward


Current guidelines recommend getting about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (like brisk walking) or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise (like jogging) every week.

December 18, 2018
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More than 1/3 of older adults with frailty are also depressed

Exercise can be helpful for treating both frailty and depression


Results showed that there were 8,023 older adults that had frailty, and of these, 38.6% were also depressed. Similarly, 2,167 older adults were found to have depression, and 40

December 11, 2018
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Exercise found to decrease anxiety and other stress-related disorders

Physical therapists can help promote exercise in patients with anxiety


These findings support the use of exercise for patients with anxiety or stress disorder, and the researchers suggested that it should therefore be considered a viable opti

December 5, 2018
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Older adults with knee arthritis benefit from a home-exercise program

Home-exercise program leads to superior results, with most patients adhering to it


Results showed that participants in the home-exercise group experienced significant improvements in knee pain, stiffness and strength compared to the control g

November 27, 2018
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Low back pain patients who see PT first spend less

PT First is associated with benefits across the board


Based on the data collected, it was found that the incidence rate of LBP was 82.7 for every 1,000 patients. Of the patients who had LBP, about 80% had no physical therapy, while 8.7% saw

November 20, 2018
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Review shows exercise therapy one of the best shoulder treatments

Despite low quality of evidence, exercise is still recommended for patients with SIS


On the whole, results were supportive of both exercise therapy and manual therapy for SIS patients. For pain alone, studies showed that manual therapy was s

November 13, 2018
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Exercise found to reduce risk of experiencing episodes of neck pain

Exercise identified as an effective strategy for preventing neck pain


Two of the five RCTs investigated the use of exercise programs, and researchers deemed that there was moderate-quality evidence that exercise does substantially reduce the

November 6, 2018
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Spine strengthening exercises lead to improvements

Results showed that patients who followed the physical therapist-led exercise program experienced several significant improvements when compared to the control group. Most importantly, the angle of the curvature of the spine reduced by an average of 3

November 1, 2018
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Reducing elbow injury in young pitchers requires effective prevention

If an injury of any sort does occur, it's important to carefully discuss the details of it with the player, and to include their parents. Although many players and parents may have difficulty accepting that playing time needs to be stopped for a perio

October 30, 2018
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Two types of strength exercises lead to improvements for tennis elbow

After one year, results showed that patients in both groups improved in their scores for pain and muscle strength, but the eccentric exercise group experienced greater overall improvements. This was based on the fact that the eccentric group reported

October 23, 2018
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Elbow injuries of the ulnar collateral ligament don't require surgery

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is a band of tissue that connects the inside of the upper arm bone to the inside of the forearm at the elbow. It helps to support and stabilize the arm during movements like throwing a ball, but is commonly injured

October 16, 2018
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Hands-on movement by PT have a positive effect on tennis elbow

Overall, results were supportive of the effectiveness of joint mobilizations for tennis elbow. In particular, high-quality evidence was found that showed two types of joint mobilization-mobilization with movement (MWM) and Mill's manipulation-were mor

October 9, 2018
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