Don’t Forget the Warm Up!
by Tyler Tice, PT, DPT, MS, ATC We all have busy schedules and it can be challenging to find time to get a good workout in. Between going to work, picking up the kids from practice, preparing dinner, and maintaining a clean household, some of us may feel that we only...
Words Matter: Patient Language In Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
by Tyler Tice, PT, DPT, MS, ATC Viewpoint Article backed by Research As physical therapists, we encounter many different types of people with various personalities and diverse backgrounds. These people come see us to move better and to feel better with the mindset...
Hip Osteoarthritis (OA): 2017 Clinical Practice Guidelines for Hip Pain and Mobility Deficits
Joseph Holmes, PT, DPT, FNCP, CDN Every few years a group of expert physical therapists gather together to review the latest evidence-based research on a given area. The expert group reviews the quality of published research and discusses the best and worst strategies...
Physical Therapy Interventions for Subacromial Impingement Syndrome
by Logan Swisher, PT, DPT What is subacromial impingement syndrome? Subacromial shoulder pain (SSP) is the clinical presentation of pain and/or impairment of shoulder movement and function, usually experienced during shoulder elevation and external rotation. There are...
Sleep Disturbance and Its Association with Pain Severity and Multisite Pain: A Prospective 10.7 Year Study
by Joseph Holmes, PT, DPT, CDN, FNCP Introduction For most of time it has been thought that increased pain levels lead to poor sleep, but the total body of research over the past decade is beginning to indicate increased pain and poor sleep is a bidirectional...
Is photobiomodulation therapy better than cryotherapy in muscle recovery after a high-intensity exercise? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial
by Gabrielle Herman, PT, DPT, CMPT Introduction Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is the application of laser light to a pathologic tissue or condition by a means of a low-powered laser and/or light emitting diodes. PBMT causes a...
Low Back Pain Lumbar Flexion-Based Program
by Sarah Voelkel Feierstein PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT Lumbar Flexion-Based Program Low back pain is the most common condition treated by physical therapists. Research shows that progressive endurance and fitness exercises are helpful to reduce pain and increase function in...
The Efficacy of Blood Flow Restricted Exercise
by Gabrielle Herman, PT, DPT, CMPT Introduction Skeletal muscle mass is a crucial factor for health, longevity, and maintaining the ability to complete activities of daily living, ambulate, and avoid falls. Muscle quantity and quality also directly impacts individuals...
Bilateral Improvements in Lower Extremity Function After Unilateral Balance Training in Individuals With Chronic Ankle Instability
by Lisa Jerry, SPT Introduction Lateral ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries for physically active individuals, occurring when the ankle rolls or gives out during activity. An ankle sprain can involve tearing of some or much of the ligament fibers of the...
Cold-water or partial-body cryotherapy? Comparison of physiological responses and recovery following muscle damage
by Sarah Voelkel Feierstein PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT Introduction For athletes, post-exercise cold therapy is a widely accepted recovery modality to decrease muscle soreness and muscle swelling, and facilitate a speedier recovery. Cold-water immersion (CWI) and partial-body...
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