How Activity & Physical Therapy Can Help Osteoarthritis

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Of the many ailments that can occur to the human knee, both mundane and severe, osteoarthritis is one that some skip over when considering the most tedious and frustrating issues. As anyone who has researched the illness or experienced it themselves, it can leave a person with an overwhelming feeling of pain, swelling, and stiffness […]

How to Treat Painful IT Band Syndrome

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IT Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common causes of leg and knee pain in athletes, especially runners. Unfortunately, it’s the kind of injury that really requires proactive treatment in order to really heal. Here are four important factors of an aggressive and proactive treatment plan to help your IT Band Syndrome heal […]

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 […]

5 Lower Body Exercises to Combat Knee Pain

In general, what I see in the clinic setting is that knee pain can come on without any specific injury. Typically if you are given a few exercises to improve your range of motion, and strengthen the proper muscles at your lower legs, hips, and core muscles, you can improve the way you stand, the […]

Pre-Op PT Reduces Total Cost Of Care Of Total Knee Replacement

Pre-Op PT Reduces Total Cost Of Care Of Total Knee Replacement I have recently seen an increase in total knee replacement patients within the past month.  Many of the difficulties with the increasing knee replacements are how quickly they are now discharged from hospital facilities, often within 3 days.  In my experiences patients are getting to outpatient […]

Do Female Athletes Experience More Knee Pain Than Males?

Do Female Athletes Experience More Knee Pain Than Males? Yep. Did you know that female athletes are up to 8 times more likely to experience knee pain, including tearing their ACL, vs male athletes?  Soccer and basketball players have some of the highest numbers and I wonder as Lacrosse becomes more popular for girls, if […]

St. Kate’s Athlete And Former OSI Patient Aspires To Become A Physical Therapist

(Above: Hannah Okerstrom playing soccer at St. Kates) St. Kate’s Athlete And Former OSI Patient Aspires To Become A Physical Therapist Hannah Okerstrom is an aspiring PT.  She was a 2013 graduate of Stillwater and is now attending St. Kates.  I have seen her throughout her high school athletic career (she was a varsity soccer, hockey player), for various […]

[Video] Athletic Taping For Patellar Instability

Athletic Taping For Patellar Instability Above is a simple video tutorial to help the viewer learn a little more about athletic taping for patellar instability. Here are some things you should know. Knee:  Elastikon for Patella instability: The knee, like any other joint, can become unstable for numerous reasons. The most common reason I see is […]

How To Tape a Knee With Kinesio

(Kinesio) How To Tape a Knee Kinesiotape is a tool that many healthcare providers (physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers) might turn to in supplementing an individuals’ rehab program. In the video above, you watched me tape a knee for patellar instability. I believe a thorough evaluation is the most critical step in the rehab […]

[Video] How To Tape a Knee With Kinesio

(Kinesio) How To Tape a Knee Kinesiotape is a tool that many healthcare providers (physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers) might turn to in supplementing an individuals’ rehab program. In the video above, you watched me tape a knee for patellar instability. I believe a thorough evaluation is the most critical step in the rehab […]