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Can we prevent injuries?

Can we prevent injuries?

September 29, 2020
“Don’t lift with your back rounded or you will hurt yourself!” I cannot begin to estimate the number of times I told a patient to avoid rounding their low back or flexing their lumbar spine the first few years of...
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Decreasing Muscle Soreness After Exercise

Decreasing Muscle Soreness After Exercise

September 24, 2020
Delayed onset muscle soreness – more commonly known as DOMS – is the prototypical soreness experienced after exercise. Have you ever been told “no pain, no gain?” This statement is simply untrue. You don’t need to experience pain during or...
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The Art of the Clinical Debate

The Art of the Clinical Debate

September 22, 2020
Punching People in the Face with Facts Doesn’t Work Allow me to paint a picture of a typical clinical debate. After spending hours the previous weekend thoroughly reviewing the literature on the best approach for managing high ankle sprains, you...
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Building Muscle in Old Age

Building Muscle in Old Age

September 21, 2020
Recent research shows elderly and very elderly individuals can successfully build muscle with proper exercise. Building muscle is for more than preparing for beach season or making a medium size t-shirt look like a smedium. Building muscle provides a foundation...
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How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?

How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need?

September 15, 2020
I cringe every time I hear the phrase “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” and fortunately, that reaction is becoming more common. Over the past 5–10 years, sleep has been getting a lot more attention. While we may, for the most...
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What is prehabilitation and why is it important?

What is prehabilitation and why is it important?

September 11, 2020
Your surgery is scheduled, and you are eager to get it over with. You have been instructed on the post-operative process, including the need for rehabilitation. Your surgeon explains that following the surgery, you will need physical therapy to restore...
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Reversibility principle: How true is “use it or lose it” in patient care?

Reversibility principle: How true is “use it or lose it” in patient care?

September 8, 2020
It is highly likely you have heard these words at some point in your life. While the statement typically concerns exercise and activity, on occasion, it is in reference to mental processes as well. The saying refers to the reversibility...
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Importance of Early Physical Therapy Consultation

Importance of Early Physical Therapy Consultation

September 3, 2020
When should you see someone for low back pain? This is a tricky question as it comes with the big “it depends” tag attached. Studies show that up to 90% of low back pain resolves on its own. On the...
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How can physical therapists effectively develop a prognosis?

How can physical therapists effectively develop a prognosis?

September 1, 2020
Building a plan of care (POC) and developing a prognosis are tricky endeavors. It is a combination of art and science that necessitates a clinician to consider a variety of factors that contribute to the patient’s presentation and their goals....
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