What is a Physical Therapist?

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Also commonly referred to as a PT, a physical therapist works in the healthcare industry. Physical therapists typically evaluate and treat patients with physical symptoms/conditions. As stated by the American Physical Therapy Association, a physical therapist “examines, diagnoses, and evaluates the extent of physical problems requiring physical therapy interventions, and treats patients who are suffering […]

How Do We Stay Active and Fit at OSI Stillwater?

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As physical therapists, we help people start moving and keep moving. We preach staying fit, healthy, and active. But do we practice what we preach? We can all make excuses for being “too busy,” but the fact is- it should be on the top of the priority list. Exercise and activity can be different for […]

6 Foods That Ease Arthritis Pain

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Did you know that there are foods out there that can help reduce arthritis pain? Scientists have been diving into research to determine if there is a proven link between food and pain reduction. While it hasn’t been proven just yet many people suffering with arthritis report a definite decrease in their pain after eating […]

Anterior Cruciate Ligament: ACL Tears 101

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What is the ACL? The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, exists from the front of the medial femoral condyle and passes through the middle of the knee between the tibia plateaus. The ACL’s main job is to prevent the thighbone, or your femur, from sliding backwards on your tibia and preventing the tibia from sliding […]

Occupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy

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If you’ve never been prescribed physical or occupational therapy before, you may not know the difference between the two. The practices are very different, but can help treat similar conditions in different ways. Many patients may benefit from both physical and occupational therapy in order to get back to their maximum potential. What is occupational […]

Is Yoga Too Hard on My Shoulders?

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It can be! How old are you? Have you had shoulder surgery? Please consider advice from your Physical Therapist on this matter. General guideline that I use as a practicing  PT for 39 years is that if you are > 45 yr old and have had any shoulder symptoms then don’t do down dog.  It […]

Preventing Injuries During Your Weekend Workout

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It can be tempting to pack your weekends with a ton of outdoor activities after working all week, but are you doing too much? If you’re planning on activities like bicycling, jogging, or playing a weekend co-ed league for your favorite sport, be aware of your risk for an injury.  Many of the injuries that […]

5 Tips for Healthy Bones

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As you get older, your bones start to lose their density and can make you more prone to injury. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can halt the thinning bones, or osteopenia, and prevent osteoporosis. Tip #1: Eat calcium-rich foods or take supplements Dairy products and fish like salmon and sardines are high in […]

Common Causes & Treatment for Shoulder Pain

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Shoulder pain can make it pretty difficult to carry out everyday tasks, like getting dressed or even bathing. But how do you know what is causing your pain? Here are three common causes of shoulder pain and how to treat them. Rotator cuff injuries The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that […]

Quick Exercises You Can Do at Home

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Do you often find yourself with a little extra time before going to work? Or some down time leading up to dinner? You could spend this time sitting around getting some extra rest, or you do something both convenient and quick while also remaining healthy for your body in the long run: a short exercise. […]

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