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Does your medical insurance have your best interest in mind?

Does your medical insurance have your best interest in mind?

In our physical therapy office, we see patients every day, who come in with serious pain and injuries, and they want the best in care for themselves. Our patients also pay a lot for their insurance and they want to be able to use what they’ve paid for. This makes complete sense and I would want to do the same thing. However, most are finding out that after paying so much every month for their insurance, they also have a high co-payment every time they see a doctor or a physical therapist. When coming to physical therapy, their co-pay is categorized as a specialist visit, which makes the visit more costly.  The normal co-pay these days average $30 to $40 per visit, but we are seeing absurd co-pays of up to $60 – $75/ visit, which is higher than our […]

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ACL Injury Prevention Tips and Exercises

ACL Injury Prevention Tips and Exercises

Not one athlete I’ve spoken with has ever stated that they would like to have an injury and become sidelined. One of the most common injuries I’ve seen in the past is a sprain to ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). This is a ligament within the knee that prevents anterior translation of the tibia on the femur or lower leg on the thighbone. The ACL can become torn, also known as a sprain, from forces put on the lower leg pushing it forward. These forces can be from other players who fall onto the leg or hit the leg from behind or from the outer side of the leg. Force can come from your own movements, sudden stopping, landing on an extended leg, and quick shifting/accelerating from side to side. So, is there anything you can do to help prevent this […]

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Obesity in Our Children, Who Wants To Do Something?

Obesity in Our Children, Who Wants To Do Something?

Remember when you were a kid, playing outside all day long, all weekend long!  At school, going outside for recess and playing for 30 to 45 minutes; then, coming home and playing for hours, every day.  Have you noticed a change in the amount of physical activity in our children lately? Do you ever remember seeing a vending machine in your school when you were a kid?  I remember visiting the water fountain a lot, but not a soda or snack machine.  How about all the sweet snack foods and candy that we see at the store, in the office, and during parties.   This food seems to be abundant and always in reach, even when were trying to be good. The two leading causes in childhood obesity are decreased physical activity and the over indulgence of food that has a […]

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Common Overuse Injuries Attributed to Cycling, and Ways to Minimize These Injuries

  Listed are a few of the most common overuse injuries associated with cycling long distances. Cervical and upper back pain. Low back pain. Strains and sprains of the calf muscles. Achilles and Patella tendinitis. Strains of the quadriceps and hamstring muscles. Each of these will be discussed with suggestions of bike fitting, staying fit throughout the year, warm ups and stretches. Cervical and upper back pain can occur from the forward angle that your body is in while riding. This position puts your head forward of your shoulders rather than above the shoulders, thus causing your cervical paraspinals and upper traps to work very hard. So, what can we do about it? Let’s start with bike fit options: A bike position that is aggressive, meaning lowered handle bars (short stem) and the seat is set back, can cause you […]

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Physical Therapy, an Alternative to the High Risks of Methadone

Physical Therapy, an Alternative to the High Risks of Methadone. An investigative report published February 2003, in the New York Times, highlights the alarming increase in methadone prescriptions for the treatment of chronic spinal pain. The result has been a shocking increase in methadone related deaths. Sept. 30, 2009, Methadone deaths have risen sevenfold in less than a decade, according to a government report that largely blames the increase on the growing use of methadone for pain relief.  In addition, drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States. Drugs exceeded motor vehicle accidents as a cause of death in 2009, killing at least 37,485 people nationwide, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Drug enforcement Administration noted that from 1998 to 2006, the number of methadone prescriptions increased by 700 percent. […]

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Strategies for Healthy Weight Loss

Set Realistic Goals The foundation of every successful weight loss program remains a healthy, calorie-controlled diet combined with exercise. For successful, long-term weight loss, you must make permanent changes in your lifestyle and health habits. It may seem obvious to set realistic weight loss goals, but do you really know what’s realistic? Over the long term, it’s best to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds a week, To lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, through a lower calorie diet and regular exercise. Enjoy Healthier Foods In particular, get your weight loss started by eating a healthy breakfast every day; eating at least four servings of vegetables and three servings of fruits daily; and using healthy fats, such as olive oil and vegetable oils. In […]

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The Negative Effects of Not Exercising and Inactivity

I think that we’ve all been there before; the decision on whether to exercise or not to exercise. The excuses that I’ve made or have heard in the past range from “I don’t have time in my day to do this” – “My Schedule is too busy” – “I’m tired” – “I’m over weight” or I’m out of shape and I won’t ‘fit in’ at the gym.” An inactive lifestyle leads to a gradual decline in many important markers for cardiovascular health, such as heart disease, hypertension, increased cholesterol, lower HDLs, and decreased efficiency of the muscles absorbing oxygen. These alone should motivate most people to get up off of their chairs, or COUCHES, and get out and be more active!! It’s a personal choice on whether you’re going to do something about it or not.  Let me share some […]

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Wearable fitness Technology – What are the options, benefits, and potential for overuse?

There are two technologies on the market that fall under the wearable fitness/ health category. There is the health monitoring devices: Numera’s wearable mobile device, Zephyr Technology’s BioHarness, and Avery Dennison’s wearable patch. And there are the personal wearable fitness devices: Apple watch, Basis Peak, Garmin, and the Jawbone, just to name a few. This market is still young and the number of devices will increase significantly, along with the advancement in technology, in the near future. There are clear benefits to this technology. So, lets look into the benefits and lets also look into the potential these devices have for overuse injuries. The health monitoring devices perform many functions for personal and health care reasons. The Numera device is a wearable mobile device that provides a two-way, hands-free communication, GPS location tracking, and a fall detection mechanism which can […]

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What You Need To Know About Balance and Falls

Falls among the elderly are prevalent, dangerous, and can diminish their ability to lead an active and independent life. About one in three seniors above age 65, and nearly one in two seniors over age 80, will fall at least once this year, many times with disastrous consequences. I have seen falls result in bruising, fractures to the wrist and arm, hip fracture, and even concussion. The intent of this article is to inform our community on the risks of falls, ideas to stay active, a simple way to test your balance, and treatment options when you find your balance is poor.  I would rather educate and treat preventatively, than see someone fall and hurt them self.   Risk Factors associated with falls: Increasing age Decreased activity levels Difficulty with balance or walking Leg or trunk weakness Poor vision, sensation, […]

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects millions of people in the united states and can cause pain in every joint in the body. However, the major joints affected the most are the hips, knees, and shoulders.  When the joint looses cartilage, the underlying osteochonral bone can become exposed. Thus, reducing the slippery surface provided by the cartilage, and now you have a bone on bone situation, which increases the friction at the joint. The most predisposing factor for OA is age. The condition primarily affects the middle-aged to elderly population, most often over 60 years (J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2009:39 (4) A1-A25). When the joint becomes painful and/or swollen, the person tends to reduce demand on that joint by compensating their movement.  This causes several issues: decreased mobility of the joint, decreased synovial (lubricant) production, decreased strength and stability around the joint, […]

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