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Picture this – after several years of scheduling challenges, the stars finally aligned. My wife and I were able to take our two sons (ages 22 and 26) on a ski trip! It was family time that’s been long overdue. Our sons haven’t been skiing in over 7 years, and it had been a couple years for my wife and I as well. We were looking forward to getting back on the slopes as a family. To prepare, my wife, oldest son and I all spent several weeks in the gym getting ready to “tam...
Posted on 2017-02-08
So you just concluded a visit with your doctor.  You listened to them explain that you have a little arthritis in your back.  You returned home wondering… Just what does a “little” arthritis mean?  Am I going to be in pain for the rest of my life?   To answer concisely (and give you some good news), no- you will not always have pain!  Fully understanding why begs a third question: What is arthritis, anyways? Arthritis describes a variety of con...
Posted on 2016-10-20
What is Manual Therapy? How does it help my back stop hurting? Why are we talking about exercise when I am in pain?  These are some of the most common questions I deal with as a Physical Therapist.  Today, I’d like to make sure you have all the answers. Let’s get started! When talking about Manual Therapy, most people immediately picture the chiropractic “adjustment”.  However, many different (and often, gentler) forms of MT exist.  MT includes trea...
Posted on 2016-10-03
Will I Ever Get Off the Back Pain Merry-Go-Round? Many of you have experienced first hand how overwhelmingly difficult eliminating back pain for good can be. As a physical therapist, we often hear about failed attempts to get relief from different treatment options, including chiropractors, personal trainers, and even physical therapy.  I think the majority of the problem for these people is twofold.  The first problem comes from not identifying the root of what is causing the problem...
Posted on 2016-09-09
I've tried physical therapy. Why didn't it help?  There are many treatment options advertised for back pain, even within the field of physical therapy, but the proven, most effective, treatment options supported by extensive research are: Manual Therapy **** Traction This is where the importance of selecting a back pain specialist with extensive advanced education and experience combined with cutting edge equipment and technology comes into play.  I can't tell you how m...
Posted on 2016-08-18
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