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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 […]

Physical Therapy Post-Cancer Treatment

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Cancer and the treatments patients receive can cause many physical problems. Did you know physical therapists can help people manage post-cancer health issues, improve health and function, and help with return to work and other activities? Some side effects from Cancer treatments include: Fatigue Numbness in feet and hands Muscle weakness Joint stiffness Loss of endurance Loss of strength Loss […]

Don’t Let Your New Pain Become a Chronic Condition

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We all have had injuries in our lives, some more than others, but many of these injuries go through the normal tissue healing and remodeling process.  After time, the pain from the initial injury subsides and goes away.  Pain is a good thing when a new injury occurs because it lets us know that an […]

Why Doing Squats is Important for Your Health

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One thing I get told by a lot of my patients is “I don’t squat” or “I was told not to squat.” Well, unless you have an injury or other medical condition you do in fact squat, and you do it multiple times a day even if you don’t realize it. Whether you want to […]

The Opioid Epidemic Affects Pain Management in Minnesota

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Unless you’ve been avoiding the news over the past year, you have likely heard about the opioid epidemic that is swiftly affecting the United States. Unfortunately, no state or city is completely immune to the effects of this, and Minnesota is definitely being hit hard by this issue. According to the Centers for Disease Control […]

How to Bounce Back from a Sports Injury

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Suffering a sports injury can be a challenging and frustrating thing to go through. The experience of getting injured can sometimes have more of an impact on you than you might think. Once you’ve seen a medical professional to confirm your injury diagnosis, here are things you can do to help you through the recovery […]

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