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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 […]

Troubles With Sports Specialization For Young Athletes

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It continues to amaze me how different athletics are now compared to when I played sports in high school.  Back in my teen years (15 years ago), I played volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter, and softball in the summer. My summers consisted of basketball and volleyball leagues each one day/wk and a sports […]

Everything You Need To Know About Neck Pain (Cervicothoracic Dysfunction)

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Many people come into our physical therapy clinic in Forest Lake (and our 8 locations as well) with a prescription written for generalized neck pain. What many patients do not know is a majority of their symptoms are a result of increased cervicothoracic stiffness (dysfunction). The cervicothoracic junction or CTJ is the region where the […]

UW Health Sport Specialization Study Preliminary Findings

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(Story and Video Via Channel 3000 Wisc TV News 3) UW Health Sport Specialization Study Preliminary Findings New Richmond High School has been participating in a research study regarding sports specialization and lower extremity injury conducted by Tim McGuine,PhD, ATC, and UW Health in Madison, WI. While the data collection process is a large time […]

How Does Manual Therapy Work? (Part 3 of 3 Posts)

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How Does Manual Therapy Work? (Part 3 of 3 blogs) Manual therapy is an effective treatment for musculoskeletal conditions and is backed by research. How manual therapy works is still not fully understood. In this blog I will outline some likely mechanisms. These mechanisms can be broken down into 3 broad categories. Biomechanical Effects. Neurophysiological Effects. […]

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