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Having Knee or Ankle Pain? See a Physical Therapist First!

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In my practice as a Physical Therapist, I commonly see people with knee and ankle pains.  These pains could be due to any number of reasons, but often the pains are due to some kind of musculoskeletal issue – a sprain or a strain, poor strength or balance, or even a more chronic issue like […]

6 Facts About Blood Pressure That You Should Know

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May is National Blood Pressure Month! We feel it’s extremely important for you to understand the basics about blood pressure. So we’ve put together a quick run-down of some of the important things you should know. Fact #1: Blood pressure is important. It is the force of blood against the walls of your arteries. Blood […]

The Dynamic Duo: Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant

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When you go to the doctor or dentist, you have a team of professionals who serve you. Your physical therapy experience is no different.  A team approach of a Physical Therapist (PT) and a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) is always better and here’s why:  Both the PT and PTA must successfully complete their accredited programs and both […]

Take Your Spring Eating Routine from Drab to FAB

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It’s very common to eat a little heavier during the colder months. So things like soup, meat and potatoes, comfort foods like casserole typically have the spotlight because they keep our bellies full and bodies warm. However, now that warmer months are officially here, you’re probably starting (or ready) to make some adjustments to your […]

Thank You Letter: Perspective From a PT Student

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As part of the rigorous Doctorate of Physical Therapy curriculum, physical therapy students are required to complete 3-5 clinical internships at various clinics, hospitals, nursing homes and other rehabilitation centers for 6-12 weeks in each setting. Students are assigned to a clinical instructor/preceptor (“CI” for short) who serves as a mentor during their clinical rotation. […]

What is Occupational Therapy? | National OT Month

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month! So we wanted to help everyone understand what this therapy is, and how it’s different from physical therapy. The purpose of occupational therapy is to help people do the things they want and need to do on a daily basis. Whether it’s returning to a normal day at home, […]

Quick Facts About Physical Therapy School

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PT Education Requirements 4 years of undergraduate study and 3 years of graduate school Some programs offer a 3 + 3 accelerated degree Most programs have a research component Clinical rotations/Internships (varies by school) 40-46 weeks Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) – All PT programs are now Doctorate programs.  Individuals are no longer able to […]

Update on Returning to Sports After Having an ACL Reconstruction

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I have been a practicing Physical Therapist for 20 years in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine and have helped rehab my share of athletes after having their ACL reconstructed.  I recently went to a continuing education course talking about updates on the topic of how to better return our athletes to their sports after having […]

Advice on Preventing an ACL Tear

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Okay, we have to get something off our chest first before we begin. Preventing ACL tears (or any injury) completely is close to impossible. But, now that we’ve addressed the elephant in the room, we want to talk about some ways to help prevent an ACL tear. Your ACL is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament in […]

Ladies, Don’t Ignore Your Next Backache!

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Hi, this is Vicki! I am an active woman in her, well let’s say over 55, but not 60. I work with weights and love the elliptical and I might as well mention that I exercise on a regular basis and have for many years. I am writing this to reach out to other women […]

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