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Orthopedic Conditions

Orthopedic Pathologies that Conditionally Respond Well to Physical Therapy Applied to ages 8-100 Pre and Post Surgical Lumbar Injuries: Posterior Derangements (Disc Bulge) Lumbar Dysfunctions (Adaptive Shortening) Adherent Nerve Root Radicular Symptoms (Sciatica) Lumbar Instability (Weakness...

Optimal Tissue Loading

2 MODELS OF LOADING TISSUE – Tissue loading is one of the key variables that can be modified in rehabilitation. From more passive loading of tissues (i.e. manual therapy) to the most active approaches (i.e. max effort...

4 Snow Shoveling Techniques to Prevent Low Back Injuries

1. WARM UP THOROUGHLY – Cold, tight muscles are more prone to injury than warmed up, flexible muscles.  Do your back a favor by warming up for five to ten minutes before shoveling or any strenuous activity. Get your...

How to Choose a Physical Therapist

Physical therapists (PTs) are highly-educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility – in many cases without surgery and often reducing the need for long-term use of prescription...

The P.O.L.I.C.E. Principle

What is the P.O.L.I.C.E. principle? P.O.L.I.C.E. stands for Protect, Optimal Load, Ice, Compress, Elevate. This physical therapy procedure is a great way to decrease pain and help to heal. It's one of the most highly recommended...

Clinical practice guidelines for acute lateral ankle sprain and ankle instability

Understanding where to turn when your ankle is injured can be confusing and challenging. That is why we summarize as much as we can for you regarding up-to-date rehab principles. The following is a recent journal...

An Expert Guide to Low Back Pain

LOW BACK PAIN A Powerful Expert Guide Skip to the Bottom for Summary of What to Do About Your Back Pain ALL TOO COMMON OCCURRENCE Daily, I see patients who are concerned about the course they should...

Why Using a Shoulder/Sports Specialist Could Save Your Shoulder

SHOULDER TROM – Not a futuristic prosthetic, but a rehab acronym that represents“TOTAL RANGE OF MOTION” It has long been thought in the medical community that a shoulder internal rotation ROM deficit can  lead to injury...

Creep – A Health Lesson you Don’t Want to Miss

WHAT DOES CREEP MEAN Let’s be honest, when you hear the word creep, you aren’t thinking of mechanical term associations like “cold flow”. After this important subject investigation on creep loading, I hope you will think...

Can Weather Changes Be Predicted by Pain?

The news staff at KMVT recently asked me to interview for a news story on the effects of weather changes on pain. (It airs July 23, 2014 on KMVT in Twin Falls if you would like to...