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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 […]

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, […]

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