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Anterior Cruciate Ligament: ACL Tears 101

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What is the ACL? The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, exists from the front of the medial femoral condyle and passes through the middle of the knee between the tibia plateaus. The ACL’s main job is to prevent the thighbone, or your femur, from sliding backwards on your tibia and preventing the tibia from sliding […]

Is Yoga Too Hard on My Shoulders?

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It can be! How old are you? Have you had shoulder surgery? Please consider advice from your Physical Therapist on this matter. General guideline that I use as a practicing  PT for 39 years is that if you are > 45 yr old and have had any shoulder symptoms then don’t do down dog.  It […]

Common Myths vs. Facts About the Rotator Cuff

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Common Rotator Cuff Myths: “I tore my rotator cuff, I need surgery to fix it.” False: Conservative treatment including rest, ice, anti-inflammatories, gradual return to activity, stretching/strengthening can improve function and decrease pain in people who have sustained rotator cuff injuries or tears “I need an MRI to figure out what is really going on.” […]

Is Running on a Treadmill Bad for Me?

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With spring in the air, most of us are thinking about getting out of the gym and back onto the trails. Thank goodness, because a treadmill causes more stress on your joints… right? According to a new study, that might not actually be the case. There are lots of myths about running. If you read […]

Is Cracking Knuckles Bad For You?

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You can’t escape them. They might work in the cubicle next to you. Maybe they sit by you on the train home from work. They could be a relative, a friend, or a spouse. You might even be one of them. Knuckle crackers are everywhere. And while many people take part in cracking knuckles, as […]

“What is e-Stim?” – A Common Physical Therapy Question

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Electrical stimulation, or E-stim for short, is a modality used in physical therapy treatment. It works by stimulating your muscles with a light and customizable level of electrical current. It may be a part of your treatment plan if your therapist believes it will help your recovery process. Typically, the modality is used if your […]

Should You Use Heat or Ice on Your Injury?

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Patients commonly ask if it’d be more beneficial to use heat or ice for their injury. Although it’s important to still ask your PT on an individual basis, the following are some guidelines to help determine which modality may be most appropriate. Heat is typically not used for any injury that is acute (occurred less […]

Muscle Recovery Methods: Are Ice Baths Safe?

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As physical therapists, most of the questions we get asked from athletes are about muscle recovery and injury prevention. One common practice that we are asked about is the use of ice baths. Some athletes incorporate ice baths into their post-workout routine when they increase their running mileage, have a grueling game or have had […]

Low Back Pain or Kidney Pain?

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Believe it or not, it is very common for people to be confused whether their pain is low back pain or kidney pain. While there are multiple causes and similarities between both conditions, there are definite differences between them. Low back pain may not be accompanied with anything else, and can be felt in the […]

Why Do I Have Back Pain in the Morning?

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Are you waking up with back pain in the morning? Believe it or not, on average, we spend a whopping 30% of our entire lives sleeping. Waking up well rested and energized from a good night’s sleep is a luxury many people take for granted. Luckily, there are some things you can do proactively to […]

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