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Does Running Cause Knee Arthritis?

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With the Twin Cities Marathon coming up, running is on a lot of people’s minds.  One fo the most common questions that I hear in the clinic is does running cause arthritis?   The consensus answer is a clear NO!  This fact has been boosted by a recently published study in the journal Arthritis Care […]

Physical Therapy As Good As Surgery For Rotator Cuff Tears And Less Expensive

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Rotator cuff tears are very common in the general population, with around 10% of adults over the age of 60 having full thickness rotator cuff tears. That would be about 5.7 million Americans with full thickness tears. As a Physical Therapist, seeing clients with tears, one of the most common questions I get is “Will […]

Why Your Operation May Not Work And Why You Should Consider Physical Therapy First

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Why Your Operation May Not Work And Why You Should Consider Physical Therapy First A recent article in the Sydney Morning Herald called, Confessions of a Sydney Surgeon: Why your operation may not work, a surgeon described procedures that he used to perform, that he now knows were unnecessary. In that article he says,   […]

Low Back Pain and MRI’s: Is What You See What You Get? (Cue Dr. Strangelove)

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Low Back Pain and MRI’s: Is what you see what you get? (Cue Dr. Strangelove) I know that people who are currently in pain usually aren’t thinking about long term costs, but bear with me I’m going to make an economic argument about why you should get PT first for your low back pain and […]

Tennis Elbow: Do Injections Really Work?

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Tennis Elbow: Do Injections Really Work? For those of you that are looking for a quick read, you got it. NO! For those of you that would like to read a little more, here’s the rest of the story. Tennis elbow is the common term for lateral epicondylalgia or lateral epicondylitis. Typically this presents as […]

Is a Total Knee Replacement Right for You?

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Is a Total Knee Replacement Right for You? Total knee replacements are one of the most common orthopedic surgeries and the most commonly performed joint replacement in America. In 2011, almost 1 million total joint surgeries were performed in America and over the past decade more than double to rate from a decade ago. For […]

Orthopedic Clinical Specialty

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Orthopedic Clinical Specialty As of June 2013, the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties had certified 9505 Physical Therapists (PT’s) as Orthopedic Clinical Specialists (OCS).  On a more local level, 145 PT’s in Minnesota have been Board certified in Orthopedics.  So, what does the OCS really mean for you?   The OCS is really intended […]

Do I Need An X-ray? Simple Ankle And Foot Rules

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Do I Need An X-ray?  Simple Ankle And Foot Rules Ankle injuries are one of the most common injuries in sports and recreational activities.  An x-ray is useful in determining whether there is a bony injury like a fracture or broken bone.  Some simple rules (Ottawa ankle rule) can be helpful in deciding if you […]

Do I Need An X-ray? Simple Rules For The Neck

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Do I Need An X-ray? Simple Rules For The Neck Across orthopedic medicine, neck pain is second only to low back pain in terms of total dollars spent.  So it is important to understand and use your healthcare dollars in the most effective way possible.  Occasionally, x-rays and MRIs are over-utilized and add to that […]

What are the Benefits of a Minimalist Shoes?

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What are the Benefits of a Minimalist Shoes? With approximately 85%-90% of the running shoe market dominated by thick cushioned and high drop shoes many believe that the trend towards a minimalist shoe is ending (Thanks Runner’s World!).  But, there is an increasing body of evidence suggesting that a less cushioned and lower drop shoe […]

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