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Back Surgery and PT

Back surgery is often a last resort for patients who have already tried many different treatment options for pain relief. Our physical therapists are trained to help manage your pain and rebuild strength following back surgery. Think of it this way: When you have back...

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Why You Should Get an Annual PT Exam

When most people think of physical therapy, they think of recovering from various injuries or accidents. While physical therapy can help you recover from injuries, there is another useful aspect of this incredible field. Your overall health can be greatly improved if...

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Foot Strengthening

Did you know that your feet need training and conditioning, just like the rest of your body? If you participate in sports or live an active lifestyle, your feet can absorb a lot of impact. When your feet aren’t strong or if they become injured, you may experience more...

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Physical Therapy and Brain Injury

When an accident or event disrupts the way the brain functions, it is called a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The most common causes of TBIs include car accidents, falls, and blows to the head in sports. People ages 15-19 have a higher risk of TBI because of sports...

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Yard Work & Proper Lifting Techniques

It’s the time of year when the weather is warm and many people spend part of their day outside caring for their yard. While gardening and caring for your yard can be rewarding, the back pain that often accompanies this type of work can be debilitating. Gardening can...

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Ice Vs Heat

Using ice and heat can be a great way to treat an injury. The question is, when do you use ice versus when to use heat? Learning the function of each and how they effect your body can help you decide which form of therapy will help you heal the quickest and lower your...

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Physical Therapy for Pregnant Women

Did you know that physical therapy can be incredibly useful if you’re pregnant? Being pregnant can be quite strenuous on your body and it can help to know some exercises to maintain mobility, flexibility, and strength. There are many reasons why you may want to...

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Benefits of Ice Baths

Taking the plunge into an ice bath may not be something you want to do, but it could be what your body needs. Many professional athletes use this method to keep their competitive edge during their season. Ice baths don’t benefit only professional athletes however,...

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Wrists at Work

Many people have desk jobs that require them to be working on a computer for hours at a time. If you’re not careful, this can take a toll on your body. Repetitive motions associated with a desk job, like typing, can cause your wrists to weaken and create stiffness in...

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Headaches and PT

Frequent Headaches? We Can Help! Headaches are one of the most common health problems. There can be many reasons why you may be experiencing headaches, which can make it frustrating to manage them. While most headaches are harmless, severe headaches can interfere with...

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A Balancing Act

According to the CDC, more than one third of US adults 65 and older fall each year. 20% to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries. Our physical therapists can help reduce the risk and prevent falls. What can physical therapists do to help increase...

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Biking to a Better You

Biking is one of the best exercises you can do. Why? Because it’s low impact, great for cardio, and fun! Many of our physical therapists enjoy biking in their free time because it allows them to explore new areas while getting their recommended daily amount of...

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Neck Pain and Physical Therapy

According to the CDC, over 54% of U.S. adults will experience neck pain in the following year. Oftentimes neck pain is located in one spot and goes away without treatment within a few days or weeks. In some cases the pain becomes constant or radiates into other body...

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Stretching

Stretching before and after working out is often forgotten to anyone returning to an exercise regimen. Many people don’t think they have time to stretch the right way or they just don’t know how to do it properly. In this blog post, we’ll give you a quick overview of...

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Lifting Weights

Resistance or strength training is a great way to build muscle and tone. It can help increase your metabolism and burn calories, long after you have stopped working out. Equipment There are a few different kinds of equipment to help you with strength training: Free...

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Sciatic Nerve Pain

Many people often complain about their sciatic nerve pain, but have no idea where the sciatic nerve is actually located or what it actually does. Simply stated, nerves help transmit signals to and from the brain and the rest of the body. The sciatic nerve is the...

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Dry Needling

RPT is proud to offer a new physical therapy treatment option known as dry needling. This treatment is based on Western medicine techniques and musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. This non-surgical technique for treating pain was first proposed by medical doctors...

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Nutrition and Our Bodies

Because March is Nutrition Month, we wanted to share some simple nutrition tips for a healthy, active lifestyle. Nutrition is important because it can affect your body in positive or negative ways. When we eat healthy foods, our bodies become stronger and we have more...

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Carpal Tunnel

Carpal tunnel syndrome can strike at any time. WebMD defines this syndrome as “numbness, tingling, weakness, and other problems in your hand because of pressure on the median nerve in your wrist.” These symptoms often will occur because of repetitive motion of the...

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Athletic Training

March is National Athletic Training Month! An athlete is defined as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Under that definition, there are countless...

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Physical Therapy After a Stroke

Physical Therapy after a Stroke Every year in the US, two-thirds of individuals who suffer a stroke survive and need rehabilitation. Having a stroke can affect the speed of actions, changes in depth perception, range of motion and strength which can severely limit...

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Physical Therapy: Why We Do It

Our Physical Therapy Team   When people hear us use the word “physical therapy”, they often believe that our services are limited to sports injuries and athletic training. Physical therapy can mean a lot more than simply overcoming injuries or strengthening muscles to...

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Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff (not “rotary cup”) in your shoulder is made up of a group of tendons and muscles. These tendons and muscles help connect the shoulder blade to the upper arm. (Photo Credit: WebMd) The tendons and muscles all begin on the shoulder blade and attach at...

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Kinesio Tape

Have you ever noticed athletes wearing different colored tape on their backs, legs, and arms? Did you know that those strips of tape are placed on certain muscles for a reason? This technique is known as Kinesio taping. Kinesio Tex tape is made of 100% elastic fibers...

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