Posts by Wright Physical Therapy

Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) – What is MDT?

MECHANICAL DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY (MDT) – WHAT IS MDT MDT is an acronym that represents “mechanical diagnosis and treatment”. It is often referred to in orthopedic physical medicine literature. MDT is a specific assessment and treatment algorithm that uses coordinated movement patterns to classify and improve mechanical derangements and dysfunctions. Mechanical pathologies account for ~80% of orthopedic conditions. Examples…

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Blood Flow Restriction

WHAT IS BLOOD FLOW RESTRICTION (BFR)? Blood Flow Restriction training (BFR) was first introduced in 1966, originally popularized as “Kaatsu training” before taking the general name of BFR. It was primarily used among powerlifters and bodybuilders to increase strength and muscle hypertrophy. However, in recent years, research supports the use of BFR in the rehabilitation…

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Sports Related Concussion (SRC)

WHAT ARE SPORTS RELATED CONCUSSION (SRC) SRC may be caused by either a direct blow to the head, face, or neck with an impulsive force transmitted to the head. It may result in neuropathological changes and results in a disturbance in the equilibrium of the brain and its synapsis. Eleven areas have been identified by…

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Knee Extension After A Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)

Knee Extension After A Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA)     Total knee arthroplasties (TKAs) are among the most common orthopedic procedures performed in the United States. In the U.S., approximately 700,000 TKAs are performed annually.1 Considering the aging of the “baby boomer” population, as well as other contributing factors, this number is expected to continue…

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Headaches Explained

UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY OF HEADACHES Headaches are generally classified in one of six major categories that include sinus, cluster, tension, migraine, TMJ and cervicogenic (neck) type headaches. Mechanical Physical Therapy is particularly successful at treating cervicogenic (neck), tension type and TMJ type headaches. Here is a brief overview of causes of headaches and an explanation…

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What is Dry Needling?

WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING Dry needling is a skilled intervention that creates a systemic response for the management of chronic and acute neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Dry needling utilizes sterile, single-use, thin filiform needles to penetrate the dermis. The effect is to stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points and connective tissues. We are enthusiastic that…

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Dynamic Throwing For Athletes

  BE READY BEFORE THROWING We have treated several baseball injuries throughout the years and a common theme to those injuries is that they did not properly warm-up before throwing.  Throwing can be a precariously dynamic movement and adds micro trauma to the body.  Throwing warm-up should be treated like any other dynamic activity (e.g.…

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Sports Related Concussion

Concussion in sports has become much more recognized, due in part to the media spotlight. In 2016 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 3.8 million concussions which equates to over 10,000 concussions daily. Many of these concussions are surprisingly not related to sporting activity. Common in each case is that the individual is…

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Back Pain Sufferers – You are not your MRI

GOOD NEWS FOR BACK PAIN SUFFERERS – YOU ARE NOT YOUR MRI Roughly 4 out of 5 people experience concerning back pain at some point in their lives. Being able to solve this pain and find relief can be challenging. Those who have experienced back pain can attest that it can quickly become debilitating such…

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Kinesiology Tape

WHAT IS KINESIOLOGY TAPE Kinesiology tape is an adhesive sports tape that is designed to be wearable for several days. The tape facilitates the body’s natural healing process while providing support to muscles, soft tissue, and joints without restricting range of motion. It is a tool that can be safely used in conjunction with other…

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