Can Surgery INCREASE Your Risk Of Getting Arthritis?

Here’s What You Should Know… The meniscus is a cartilage cushion between your femur (big leg bone) and tibia (smaller leg bone) The meniscus can get damaged or torn in traumatic and sports related injuries or it can get “worn down” resulting in a tear from chronic degeneration Surgery is a typical course of action […]

Do You Have A Wristband Activity Tracker?

Lately I’ve noticed that more and more of my physical therapy patients are wearing activity tracker wristbands. Devices like Jawbone and FitBit. You may have seen them too… Or maybe you OWN one. Today I came across a journal article that examines the automated feedback provided by these devices and the behavior change techniques associated with […]

Great News For Runners!

HERE’S WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW… Running – as a physical activity – is associated with benefits like improved heart health If you don’t already have knee arthritis then running is a safe activity (i.e. it doesn’t appear to be harmful to the knees) Runners DO have other injuries to worry about Improved biomechanics (aka running […]

Robot Helps Humans Regain Ability To Walk

I’ve been working as an outpatient physical therapist for well over 15 years. As such I haven’t worked with any patients that are recovering from a stroke or spinal cord injury in quite a while. But I read this article today and had to write a post on it. Because this is just cool…! This […]

Suffer From Hip or Knee Arthritis?

Here’s What You Should Know… DO go and see your doctor and get your usual care ALSO go see a physical therapist that specializes in manual therapy and therapeutic exercise The combination of these forms of care are very effective at helping to decrease pain and dysfunction caused by hip and knee osteoarthritis A Typical […]

Physical Exercise For A Better Brain

Science proves once again that if you want to improve your brain functioning then you gotta exercise. In this most recent study (1) the participants were “older adults” – ages 65 to 76 or so. The findings showed that all forms of physical activity done over the course of an 8 week period improved cognitive […]