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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. […]

Does Manual Therapy Really Work? (Part 2 of 3 Posts)

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Does Manual Therapy Really Work? Does Research Evidence Support The Use of Manual Therapy? (Part 2 of a series of 3 blogs) There are numerous systematic reviews, randomized controlled trails, and evidence based clinical guidelines the support the use of manual therapy for the treatment of musculoskeletal (orthopedic) conditions. A general summary of these conclusions […]

What Is Manual Therapy? (Part 1 of 3 Posts)

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What Is Manual Therapy? (Part 1 of 3 posts) When people think of Physical Therapy, they often think about being prescribed exercises for stretching or strengthening to assist them in their recovery from an injury or ailment. Your physical therapist, however, can also use hands-on treatments that will augment your exercise program in order to […]

How Much School Do You Have To Go Through To Become A Physical Therapist?

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How Much School Do You Have To Go Through To Become A Physical Therapist? I have worked as a PT for 3 years now, all at OSI Physical Therapy. Throughout my time working with clients there are a few common questions that have stuck out to me. One of the main professional questions I hear […]

6 Common Questions About Dry Needling

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6 Common Questions About Dry Needling 1) What is it? Dry needling is a specialty offered by some physical therapists and MDs who take continuing education on use of acupuncture needles for treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and around nerves.   2) Is it the same as acupuncture? Although we use acupuncture needles for the […]

Why Are My Joint Problems On One Side Of My Body?

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Why Are My Joint Problems On One Side Of My Body? As a Physical Therapist I am often asked the question, why are my problems on one side of my body? My personal response includes information on our bodies Anatomy (our body parts), Physiology (how we work) and Kinesiology (how we move). Physical Therapists are […]

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