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Physical Therapy vs Opioids: When to Choose Physical Therapy for Pain Management

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Physical Therapy vs Opioids: When to Choose Physical Therapy for Pain Management

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States, even though “there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report.”In response to a growing opioid epidemic, the CDC released opioid prescription guidelines in March 2016. The guidelines recognize that prescription opioids are appropriate in certain cases, including cancer treatment, palliative care, and end-of-life care, and also in certain acute care situations, if properly dosed.But for other pain management, the CDC...

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10 Exercises To Do In the Pool

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10 Exercises To Do In the Pool

Pool Exercises Pool (aquatic) exercise provides many benefits, including an ideal environment to exercise throughout the year. The buoyancy of the water supports a portion of your body weight making it easier to move in the water and improve your flexibility. The water also provides resistance to movements, which helps to strengthen muscles. Pool exercises can also improve agility, balance, and cardiovascular fitness. Many types of conditions greatly benefit from pool exercise, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, joint replacements, neurological, and balance conditions. The pool...

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Physical Therapy Guide to Balance

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Physical Therapy Guide to Balance

Balance problems make it hard for people to maintain stable posture and stay upright when standing, walking, and even sitting. Balance problems are more common in older adults and are the most common reason they seek help from a doctor. If balance problems go untreated, they can lead to falls. Physical therapists can help people of all ages improve their balance. They perform balance testing and develop treatment plans that include physical activity to help improve the strength, stability, and movement of people with balance problems. Physical therapists are movement experts. They improve...

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Three Steps For Returning To Physical Activity After COVID-19

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Three Steps For Returning To Physical Activity After COVID-19

The following tips are designed to help people return to fitness after a typical case of COVID-19. Around 10% of people infected with COVID-19 will have problems that linger for months after the infection is gone. These individuals are called long-haulers, and the condition is known as “long COVID” or PASC, which stands for Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2. If you have symptoms of long COVID, contact your primary care doctor before starting an exercise program. Long COVID may include other health complications that require labs, tests, or imaging, before being referred...

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COVID and Physical Therapy

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Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is caused by a contagious virus called severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2. There is ongoing research about the lasting side effects of COVID-19, often referred to as “long COVID” or PASC, which stands for post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2. Long COVID is defined as anyone who hasn’t recovered after four weeks of illness. These individuals are sometimes called long haulers. Long COVID presents a serious threat to health and function — for some, long after the infection is gone.  Researchers estimate...

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Six Exercises to Promote Balance That You Can Do at Home

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Six Exercises to Promote Balance That You Can Do at Home

Falls are common in people over 65 years of age and can result in serious injury, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3 million older adults are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries each year. The average health care cost per fall is $35,000. Performing safe home exercises can help strengthen your lower body to promote balance and reduce your overall fall risk, among other health benefits. Always check with your health care provider before beginning a home exercise program. A physical therapist can evaluate your balance and recommend...

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Five Tips to Manage Chronic Pain

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1. Knowledge is power There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that understanding how pain works is a key strategy in managing it. Simply knowing the basics of how our brain and nerves work and their role in pain, can decrease your chance of developing chronic symptoms. 2. Keep moving (gradually and steadily) Living an active, healthy lifestyle not only improves our general well-being and health, but can also reduce our chances of developing chronic pain. Our body was built to move, and we need to understand that not all aches or soreness is cause for concern. 3. Spend time with a...

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Five Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

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Ensure that your body is ready to carry a baby by addressing before pregnancy any pain or problems associated with posture or weakness. Here are some physical therapist tips for helping to prepare your body for pregnancy and to guard against musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction during and after pregnancy. Strengthen your pelvic muscles. To strengthen your muscles, use pelvic floor contractions (commonly referred to as Kegels), which involve gently squeezing the sphincter muscles (rather than the buttocks and thighs). These tightening exercises help prevent leakage when a woman...

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5 Tips for Creating Good Habits While Toilet Training Your Child

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Toilet Training Toilet training is an important developmental milestone for children and is one of the first steps to becoming more self-sufficient. However, toilet training can be challenging for both children and their families. The following tips will help your child create good, lasting habits and avoid future bowel and bladder problems. Wait for it! Bowel and bladder development occurs around 18 months of age. Starting toilet training too early can create frustration and lead to poor habits or avoidance of toilet training altogether. It can also lead to bowel and bladder problems such...

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