Archive for May 2015

PT Treatment for Breast Cancer

Broadly speaking, the role of the physical therapist in breast cancer can be divided into two parts: input immediately after surgery, and long term care input. Immediately after surgery Breast cancer surgery not only involves removal of the affected breast tissue, but can also include the nearby lymph nodes and some blood vessels as well.…

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Keep Your Bones Strong

Bone health is important. In our youth, the body makes new bone faster that it breaks down old bone, so your bone mass increases. As you grow older, you lose slightly more bones than you gain. Factors that Affect Bone Health Race, frame size and family history. Hormone levels. Physical activity level. The amount of…

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Getting the Most Out of Your PT Appointment

Making an appointment with your physical therapist usually means that you need to improve your physical stability. Once you set an appointment, make sure that you maximize it. These are some common guidelines that can help you make the most of your therapy appointment, whether at home, in a clinic or hospital. Wear comfortable clothes.…

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Knee Injuries – PT or Surgery?

According to latest news, patients who experience knee osteoarthritis are best treated by physical therapy rather than knee surgery. Studies show that physical therapy with comprehensive medical management has the same effect in relieving the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis as knee surgery. APTA President R. Scott Ward, PT, PhD said that “This study offers…

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Can Physical Therapy Help Treat Autism?

Autism is a disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive types of behavior. These impairments result in the inability to perform day to day functions and ‘fit in’ with society.   Physical therapy plays an important role in the management of children with autism, especially in the early years…

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JRA and Physical Therapy

Did you know that physical therapy can help kids with arthritis? Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA), also called Stills disease, is the most common form of arthritis seen in children and young adults. Children commonly complain of joint pain and stiffness, along with an occasional fever. How does physical therapy help? Physical therapists are trained experts…

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Pelvic Floor Exercises

By strengthening your pelvic floor, you can prevent such issues as incontinence or the involuntary loss of urine or feces and prolapse (caused by a lack of support for the bladder, bowel and uterus). Prolapse mainly occurs due to childbirth, aging, chronic cough, hormonal changes such as menopause, excessive straining due to constipation, constant lifting of heavy…

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Foods for Healthy Skin

Choosing the right food will help you have a healthy body inside and out. The saying “you are what you eat” is true, and we must be careful about the food we eat. Everything that enters your mouth should be beneficial to your health. Below are some foods that can help you have healthy skin: Antioxidant-rich…

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Living with Lupus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE (also known as Lupus), is an auto-immune disorder that affects the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, and other organs. The disease attacks healthy tissues, leading to chronic inflammation. Treatment depends on the extent of the disorder and the patient’s individual needs. Physical therapy plays a valuable role as part of a…

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