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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 […]

Tips For Back Pain in Pregnancy

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Tips For Back Pain in Pregnancy Being an active individual, I was very motivated to continue my regular exercise regime during my first pregnancy: running, yoga, kickboxing, volleyball.  I wanted to stay as active and strong as I could knowing how good this is for your body.  Well, that all went down the toilet the second I […]

How Do I Best Protect My Pitcher From a Tommy John Type Injury?

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How Do I Best Protect My Pitcher From a Tommy John Type Injury? 1. First begin with strengthening your shoulder blade muscles since that is the foundation of the arm. Rhomboids and middle trapezius are the most important. 2. Begin throwing slowly with 50-60 throws at 75% velocity for two weeks at three times per […]

Does Stretching Help Most Sports Injuries Recover?

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Does Stretching Help Most Sports Injuries Recover? According to Stacy Ingram PhD from the University of Minnesota, many times we are pulling on an injured, weakened tissue that is trying to heal (remodel) when we stretch a recently injured hamstring or Achilles. Given this, think through when considering injury recovery. Current research shows that we […]

The Difference Between A Sprain And A Strain

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Difference Between A Sprain And A Strain I often hear in the training room, “I sprained my hamstring.” This sentence is very confusing to me. Mostly, because you cannot sprain a muscle. The difference between a strain and a sprain is; one is an injury to ligaments and the other is an injury to muscles […]

What Can I Expect At My First Visit?

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What Can I Expect At My First Visit? Greetings! It’s Jen again. We get a lot of “ what can I expect at my first visit” (I know I appreciate knowing what is going to take place before an appointment so hopefully this will help you)questions so let me tell you what you can expect. […]

Pop Quiz: What Is An Occupational Therapist?

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Pop Quiz: What Is An Occupational Therapist? People ask me “What do you do at OSI as an Occupational therapist?“ I tell people I help people with Work Injury Management; helping injured workers bridge the gap between their course of PT/OT and return to work. “How do you do that?“ We see people who have […]

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