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What is a Physical Therapist?

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Also commonly referred to as a PT, a physical therapist works in the healthcare industry. Physical therapists typically evaluate and treat patients with physical symptoms/conditions. As stated by the American Physical Therapy Association, a physical therapist “examines, diagnoses, and evaluates the extent of physical problems requiring physical therapy interventions, and treats patients who are suffering […]

Why Are My Joints So Noisy?

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All too often I get the question from one of my patients; “Why does my insert any joint of the body crack when I do this?” The snap, crackle, pops of our joints; often associated with movement, can have a wide range of causes and not all of them are medical emergencies. Years of research […]

Have You Been Told You Are Pre-Diabetic? We Can Help

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It has been a while since I have written about the benefits of exercise for pre-diabetes and diabetes.  I feel that, even though I have written about this topic before, it is well worth discussing again. Pre-diabetes is a condition where a person’s blood glucose is elevated and approaching the levels considered to be diabetic […]

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 […]

My Back Hurts…Now What?

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With an incidence rate of 80% (80% of people will get back pain at some point in their life) and $80 BILLION spent annually (that is slightly less than the amount we spend on foreign aid each year) in the treatment of low back pain, it is a HUGE issue. Those expenses include surgery, medication, […]

Why Did The Doctor Send Me To Physical Therapy If I Have Arthritis?

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Working in outpatient orthopedics, I get this question a lot but what I’ll explain is that it’s the best place for you to be! The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which is basically “wear and tear” of our joints. Our bones are lined with cartilage which helps to protect our joints and allows […]

What Is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)? If You’re An Athlete, Here’s What You Should Know

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A look at the evidence: The cloudiness of CTE and the long-term effects in athletes. – Michael Brown, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS   I love football. I played full contact tackle football for 13 years, from 5th grade through college including a redshirt freshman year. I love what it did for me; it taught me […]

What To Expect In Your First Visit To OSI Physical Therapy

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You’ve made your appointment with OSI, what should you do to get the most out of your first visit? Check out your therapists’ bio (OSI Staff ). You are always welcome to schedule with a specific therapist who may have similar interests or a specialty that interests you. If you’re not early, you’re late. Our […]

When Does A Sprained Ankle Require An X-Ray? Find Out Here

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As a parent of 2 young children, I have encountered the age old question of  “Do I really need to bring my kid into the doctor for this?” many times.  As our kids grow up leading active lives, they are bound to experience some bangs, bumps, bruises, twists, and sprains along the way.  Some of […]

Do You Need An MRI or Physical Therapy? Find Out Here

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Don’t I need to have an MRI before you can help me in physical therapy so that you know where my low back pain is coming from? That is a common question that we as physical therapists will get when beginning treatment of a person with low back pain.  The answer to that question is […]

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