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 […]

Opioids and Prince…What Were His (and Your) Options?

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There are of course legitimate arguments on both sides of the discussion on whether health care reform is working or not. Just last week I listened to a news radio station discussing how U.S. health care costs are rising faster than the consumer price index and the middle class is yet again getting squeezed with […]

Top 5 Exercises To Strengthen Your Core

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In my 24 years of practice in Sports Medicine I have treated a variety of hip, knee, foot, and low back pain clients, and though the body parts may differ, the one common weakness they have is the core. When the core is weak, other muscles need to compensate which leads to poor posture, changes in […]

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 […]

Is Your Smartphone Causing Your Neck Pain?

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In this high tech world we are living in, we are dependent on our phones, tablets, and laptops. We don’t leave home without them.  It is a great convenience and allows us to access information in seconds, however it also puts your body in prolonged positions that stress your muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue structures. It can also cause […]

Zach Parise Says “NO” To Back Surgery: Here’s What You Can You Learn From His Experience

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Afflicted with back pain and severe leg numbness and tingling, Zach Parise played the majority of the late winter/early spring season injured. It wasn’t until April 5th when a particular hit put him on the injured reserve. Multiple Star Tribune articles reported that Zach suffered from a herniated disk (which is a very common injury […]

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 […]

Staff Stories: 8 Years At OSI

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It’s hard for me to believe that I’m coming up on my 8-year anniversary with OSI. When I started I was fresh out of college, about to get married and move out on my own for the first time. I had a friend that worked at the West Saint Paul office who recommended me come […]

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