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Is an Inversion Table a Good Way to Reduce...
Inversion tables are devices to help with low back pain. But do they work?
10 Things to Stop Doing if You Have Low Back Pain
Learn the 10 things you should stop doing now to help treat your low back pain.
These Lower Back Stretches Can Prevent Aches...
Exercises to stretch the lower back muscles are reviewed.
4 Effective Ways to Stretch Your Hamstrings
Tight hamstring muscles are very common due to desk jobs. Learn four easy hamstring stretches to lengthen tight hamstring muscles today.
What to Do When Low Back Pain Strikes
Where is low back pain felt? Explore the common symptoms of low back pain.
3 Common Causes of Sciatica and How to Treat It
Sciatica results in low back pain that radiates down the leg. Learn the common causes and treatment options for sciatica.
What to Do First When Lower Back Pain Strikes
If you have a sudden onset of low back pain or leg pain, learn what to do first to start treating your problem.
5 Exercises to Do (In Order) to Treat Your Back...
If you have low back pain, you can learn which exercises to do, and when to do them.
The 5 Best Stretches to Help Lower Back Pain
Learn easy stretches to prevent low back pain.
What Scar Tissue Is and 4 Ways to Manage It
Learn how your physical therapist can help you manage scar tissue formation through the use of massage, stretching, and exercise.
What to Expect From Physical Therapy After an...
If you have a broken ankle, physical therapy may help decrease pain and swelling and improve strength and mobility.
4 Ways to Triumph Over Vertigo
Step two of the Brandt Daroff exercises to treat BPPV. From a sitting position, quickly lie on one side.
The Best Exercises for Strong, Sexy Quads
The quadriceps (or quads) describe the four muscles located on the front of the thigh. Learn a few easy exercises to strengthen the quad muscles of the legs.
5 Things You Can Expect During Physical Therapy...
Learn about the common causes of hip pain and how physical therapy can help.
4 Easy Stretches to Reduce Neck Tension
Four exercises to help gently stretch your neck muscles.
Here's What Physical Therapy Looks Like for a...
A torn shoulder labrum may require physical therapy to help improve your ability to fully move your arm.
Learn the 92 Abbreviations Used by Physical...
The words behind abbreviations used in physical therapy are uncovered in this glossary.
Do You Need a Physical Therapist for Your Lower...
Article about low back pain symptoms, physical therapy for low back pain, and exercises for low back pain.
5 Shoulder Problems That Need Physical Therapy
Learn about the causes of shoulder pain and how physical therapy can help treat shoulder pain.
What to Expect From Physical Therapy for Knee...
Physical therapy can be helpful in treating knee pain.
How to Wear a Sling in 4 Easy Steps
Learn the proper way to put on and wear a shoulder sling.
Sternal Precautions after Open Heart Surgery
Learn about sternal precautions after open heart surgery.
Here's What Physical Therapy Is Like After a...
Learn how physical therapy can help improve mobility after a fracture.
Do You Need a Knee Brace Now?
Do you need a brace after a knee injury or knee surgery? Learn more about knee braces and how to choose the right brace for you.
What are the Quadriceps Muscles?
Learn about the quadriceps muscles in the front of your thigh and common injuries that can occur to the quadriceps muscles. Discover exercises that you can do to help keep your quadriceps muscles healthy.
Sciatica with Pain on One Side of Your Back?...
Learn to treat your own low back pain and sciatica with the lumbar side glide exercise.
Cervical Traction for Neck Pain
Learn about cervical traction use in physical therapy for the treatment of neck pain.
The Best Exercises After Your Knee Arthroscopy
Four exercises to be performed initially after undergoing knee arthroscopy.
18 Ankle Exercises to Promote Healing
A complete guide of ankle exercises for the injured ankle. Page 2.
How to Get Back to Normal After an Elbow Fracture
An elbow fracture can cause severe loss of mobility in your arm. Physical therapy can help you return to normal activity and function after an elbow fracture.
Here's the Most Important Part of Your Shoulder
The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that support the shoulder joint.
3 Common Questions About Scar Tissue Answered
Learn what scar tissue is and how physical therapy can help manage scar tissue.
The Flexion Rotation Exercise for Low Back Pain
Learn how to perform the flexion rotation exercise to help treat your low back pain.
A Handy Guide to Find a Physical Therapy School...
Directory of physical therapy schools by state. Links to physical therapy school programs.
8 Ways Your Shoulder Pain Can Get Tested
Learn about the special tests for the shoulder that your physical therapist may perform to help diagnose your painful shoulder condition.
Take These 5 Steps First if You Have a Frozen...
If you have a frozen shoulder, learn what you should do and what you should avoid to regain normal mobility and function.
This Is Physical Therapy After a Proximal...
A fracture of your arm bone near the shoulder may require physical therapy to help improve normal arm function.
4 Stretches for Your Knees
Performing knee stretches can help protect your knees from injury. Learn easy exercises to stretch the muscles and tendons around the knee joint.
7 Stretching Tips From a Physical Therapist
Stretching is an important way to help prevent injury. Benefits and techniques of stretching are reviewed.
Shoulder Rotator Cuff Strengthening Exercises...
Start strengthening your rotator cuff muscles in your shoulder to help prevent shoulder pain and dysfunction or to regain normal motion after injury or surgery.
5 Ways to Help Injury-Proof Your Hips
Learn step by step instructions on how to perform challenging hip strengthening exercises.
Here's How Electricity Can Strengthen Your...
Electrical stimulation is a physical therapy modality used to strengthen muscles and promote healing.
5 Different Ways Physical Therapists Treat...
Physical therapy modalities are a variety of treatment tools used by therapists to decrease pain, inflammation, and treat muscle strains.
SLIDESHOW: 8 Stretches to Protect Your Back
Learn exercises to stretch the tight muscles of your back.
Here's How to Really Measure Your Strength
Measuring the strength of your muscles can help your physical therapist determine the best treatment for you.
Will Therapeutic Ultrasound Work for You?
Ultrasound is a common treatment used in physical therapy. But does ultrasound really help your condition?
Tendon Gliding Exercises for Carpal Tunnel...
Learn how to perfrom tendon glides for carpal tunnel syndrome.
The Weird Ways Ultrasound Can Treat Your Injuries
Learn what therapeutic ultrasound is and how it is used as part of a physical therapy program.
Assistance With Mobility in Physical Therapy
Understand the various levels of assistance required to maintain independent functional mobility.
How to Get Better After Your Boxer's Fracture
A boxer's fracture in the hand can limit your function and normal mobility. Learn how physical therapy can help after suffering a boxer's fracture.
The Home Epley Maneuver to Treat BPPV
You can use the home Epley maneuver to help treat the dizziness and vertigo caused by BPPV.
Iontophoresis in Physical Therapy
Learn about iontophoresis, a form of electrical stimulation often used in physical therapy.
These Are a Physical Therapist's Favorite Leg...
Stretching exercises for tight leg muscles are reviewed.
3 Ways to Protect Your Rotator Cuff From Injury
Strengthening exercises for the rotator cuff muscles, which help lift your arm as well as rotate it away from your body.
The Most Common Cause of Knee Pain for Runners
Learn about patellofemoral stress syndrome, a common cause of knee pain.
The 5 Most Common Types of Physical Therapy
Defines the major branches and areas of Physical Therapy.
Shoulder Stabilization Exercises
Learn about scapular stabilizations for your shoulder in this step-by-step-guide.
The Simplest Way to Improve Your Posture
Learn how to attain and maintain proper posture to help treat low back pain.
How Do I Know If I Have a Frozen Shoulder?
Learn how your physical therapist or doctor diagnoses a frozen shoulder.
Exercises for Healthy Hips
By keeping your hips strong and mobile, hip pain can quickly be eliminated and you can quickly return to normal activity.
What is Range of Motion?
Understand the different types of range of motion and how it is measured in physical therapy.
The 3 Best Exercises to Keep Your Hips Strong
A review of three exercises to strengthen the muscles of the hip.
The 3 Best Stretches for Your Quads According...
Three easy exercises to stretch tight quadricep muscles.
How to Do a Piriformis Stretch
Easy ways to stretch the piriformis muscle.
5 Stretches You Should Do Every Single Morning
1)Sit on the edge of your bed with your feet on the floor. 2)Bend over, reaching your hands toward your
What's the Difference Between a Sprain and a...
A review of the difference between strains and sprains.
The Pelvic Drop Exercise to Improve Hip Strength
Learn how to improve your hip strength with the pelvic drop exercise. Page 2.
8 Common Ways Physical Therapists Will Treat...
Treatments and modalities commonly used by physical therapists and physical therapy assistants to help decrease pain, increase strength and motion, and improve functional mobility.
4 Steps to Safely Walking With a Cane
How to walk safely with a cane on level surfaces.
3 Exercises to Keep Your Knees Healthy and Strong
Specific exercises to help maintain strong and mobile knee joints.
If You Have Neck Pain, Physical Therapy Can Help
Learn how physical therapy can help you eliminate your neck pain and return to normal acitvity function.
Hip Weakness May Contribute to Knee Pain
Learn how your hip controls the position of your knee and how hip weakness may be causing your knee pain.
The Simple Stretch to Prevent Carpal Tunnel...
exercises to help reduce the pain experienced by carpal tunnel syndrome.
6 Things to Stop Doing if You Have Neck Pain
Your physical therapist can teach you what to avoid and stop doing if you have neck pain.
The Gluteus Medius Muscle
Learn about the gluteus medius muscle and why it is important in physical therapy.
What You Should Know About Physical Therapy...
Physical therapists may have one or more of these degrees.
4 Ways to Strengthen Your Ankle Against Sprains
Learn exercises to increase the strength of the muscles around your ankles.
Does Spinal Decompression Help Low Back Pain?
Spinal decompression for low back pain has been advertised as a new breakthrough in the treatment of low back pain. Does it really help low back pain?
The Hidden Link Between Your Back and Your Knee...
Most people assume if they have knee pain the problem is due to a problem with the knee joint. This is not always the case! While the discomfort can be due to a knee condition, often it is the result of a disc protrusion in the back.
Shoulder Exercises After Arthroscopic Surgery
A review of four exercises that should be performed progressively after shoulder arthroscopy. Page 2.
The 5 Most Likely Causes of Your Hip Pain
A review of the many causes of hip pain.
Shoulder Active Range of Motion Exercises
Learn how to perform active range of motion exercises for your shoulder.
Goniometer
Learn what a goniometer is, a device that is often used in the world of physical therapy.
Find Out What Could Be Causing Your Shoulder Pain
Common causes of shoulder pain and shoulder dysfunction.
Stair Climbing Basics
Learn how to safely and correctly walk up and down stairs on an injured leg.
4 Important Ways to Protect Your Hip After...
Stretches for tight iliotibial bands.
Understanding Weight Bearing Restrictions After...
Weight bearing restrictions are reviewed.
5 Ways to Protect Your Plantar Fascia
Several stretching exercises for plantar fasciitis are reviewed.
Quite Possibly the Best Iliotibial Band Stretch
Learn how to manage iliotibial band friction syndrome with this effective stretch.
Favorite Leg Strengthening Exercises
Physical therapy is an important part of many surgery recoveries. Here, exercises to strengthen leg muscles after surgery are reviewed.
If you have had low back surgery, learn how...
Physical therapy after lumbar laminectomy and discectomy surgery can help you improve your mobility and strength quickly and safely.
Shoulder Painful Arc When Lifting Up Arm
A painful arc can be a sign of shoulder impingement. Learn about how physical therapy can help if you have a painful arc in your shoulder.
What Is Physical Therapy?
Find out how a physical therapist can help you, and what happens during physical therapy.
4 steps in cardiac rehab to help get your life...
Learn about the four phase of cardiac rehabilitation.
The 2 Best Stretches for Your Calves
The calf muscle (gastrocnemius) is the large muscle in the back of the leg. It's primary action is to plantar flex the ankle, a motion that points the toes.
Over-the-Door-Traction for Neck Pain
Learn about over-the-door traction and how it can be used to treat neck pain and cervical radiculopathy in your physical therapy.
Protect Your Hammies! Common Injuries in...
Learn all about the hamstring muscles, common hamstring injuries, and ways to keep your hamstrings healthy.
Here's What Happens After You've Dislocated...
Learn about what to expect from physical therapy after a shoulder dislocation.
Your Guide to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex regional pain syndrome, or CRPS, is a painful condition that affects the arms or legs after some form of injury has occurred
5 Things to Do NOW to Manage Your Vertigo
If you develop vertigo and dizziness associated with BPPV, follow these steps to help decrease your symptoms and return to normal activities and function.
Physical Therapy for Iliotibial Band Friction...
Phyiscal Therapy treatment strategies for ili0tibial band friction syndrome (ITBS).
The Fukuda Stepping Test
Learn how to perform the Fukuda Stepping Test to assess your vestibular function.
Types of Electrical Stimulation Used in...
Various types of electrical stimulation are used for different purposes in physical therapy.
When Can I Start Running After an Ankle Fracture?
If you have a broken ankle, when is it safe to start running again?
Can I Ride a Bicycle after Total Knee...
Is riding a bicycle after a total knee replacement possible? Learn about biking after knee replacement surgery.
Patella Dislocation Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can help decrease the pain associated with a dislocated patella. Learn how to best treat a dislocated patella and how to prevent future episodes.
7 Reasons You Might Have Lower Back Pain
There are many causes of back pain. Find out what most commonly results in this symptom.
Physical Therapy after a Jones Fracture
A Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal can be a painful injury that limits your ability to walk. Physical therapy can help you return to normal function after a Jones fracture.
Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition involving the vertebrae and discs of the neck.
Exercises After Hip Replacement
Learn what exercises should be performed to rehabilitate after hip replacement surgery.
The Gait Cycle
The gait cycle is used to describe the complex activity of walking.
How to Adjust a Cane
Learn how to properly adjust a cane to the proper height.
Wolff's Law
Definition of Wolff's Law and its application in physical therapy.
Learn how to properly fit your knee brace after...
Learn how to properly fit and wear a knee brace after injury or after knee surgery.
Does TENS Really Help to Decrease Pain?
TENS is a form of electrical stimulation commonly used to treat chronic pain. But does TENS really work?
Do you have shoulder pain due to impingement?...
You can perform Neer's test to determine if rotator cuff impingement is causing your shoulder pain.
Here's What PT for a Broken Collar Bone Looks...
Physical therapy for a broken clavicle can help improve range of motion and strength to maximize functional mobility.
Had a total knee replacment? Here's what...
Learn what to expect from physical therapy after a total knee replacement surgery.
The Alfredson Protocol can help you correctly...
Learn the Alfredson Protocol, a method of using eccentric exercises to help treat problems with your Achilles' tendon.
Kegels Exercises for Before and After Pregnancy
Kegels are important exercises to perform after pregnancy. These exercises strengthen the muscles of your pelvic floor and help to prevent incontinence and prolapse after delivery.
Make a cervical roll to help support your neck...
If your neck pain is causing you to lose sleep, you may benefit from a cervical roll to support your neck. Learn how to make a cervical roll out of a towel.
The Slouch-Overcorrect Exercise for Posture
Learn how to perform the slouch overcorrect procedure to attain and maintain proper posture.
How to Find a Physical Therapist
In need of a physical therapist? Here's where to look and what specialties to consider.
Types of Canes
A review of the different types of walking canes available will help you decided what cane is best for you.
Exercises to Minimize or Prevent Back Pain
Strengthening and stretching back, stomach, and thigh muscles, can help you reduce or prevent problems with back pain.
The Fastest Guide to Understanding Your Knee...
A brief overview and description of the human knee joint.
Single Leg Hop Testing
Learn to perform the single leg hop test to assess your ability to return to high level sports after knee injury.
How To The Straight Leg Raise
Straight leg raises is an excellent exercise that helps strengthen the hip joint.
Motivational and Inspirational Quotes in...
Do you have an inspirational quote to share for others in physical therapy?
Phonophoresis in Physical Therapy
Phonophoresis is used in physical therapy to help decrease inflammation and pain after injury. But does phonophoresis really work?
Make Your Own Shoulder Pulleys
A do-it-yourself homemade shoulder pulley system to help improve your shoulder range of motion. Page 6.
Aquatic Therapy
Aquatic therapy or pool therapy consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. It is a beneficial form of therapy that is useful for a variety of medical conditions. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and exercise performance.
Thigh Muscle Stretches
Three useful stretches for the thigh muscles are reviewed.
The Towel Shoulder Rotation Stretch
Improve your rotator cuff flexibility and shoulder mobility with this step-by-step guide to the towel shoulder rotation stretch.
Whirlpool Use in Physical Therapy
Learn about whirlpools and how they are used in physical therapy.
Choose and Use the Proper Quad Cane
Quad canes aid mobility and walking during and after physical therapy. Learn how to choose, size, and properly use a quad cane.
Learn how to test if you have a rotator cuff...
If you have shoulder pain and suspect a rotator cuff tear, the drop arm test is a simple way to assess a possible rotator cuff tear.
Ankle Sprain Stretches
Plantar flexion for ankle injuries.
Activity Restrictions After Total Hip Replacement
After a total hip replacement there are several activities that should be avoided to prevent hip dislocation.
Physical Therapy after a Lisfranc Fracture and...
Learn about the Lisfranc fracture of the foot and how physical therapy can help after you have had a Lisfranc fracture or dislocation.
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy is a health care specialty involved with evaluating, diagnosing, and treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
This Is What's in Your Ankle
A brief review of the ligaments of the ankle.
What is a BAPS Board?
Learn what a BAPS board is and how it is used in physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Perform These Self-Assisted Neck Stretches
Four gentle neck stretches to loosen tight muscles of the neck are reviewed.
Common Fractures of the Leg, Ankle, and Foot
Learn about common hip, leg, ankle, and foot fractures that are often treated by physical therapists.
Low Back Flexion Exercise
If you have back pain, the low back flexion exercise may be right for you to help you decrease your pain and improve your low back mobility.
Elbow Exercises
A review of exercises to strengthen the muscles of the elbow joint.
The Towel Calf Stretch
Learn how to use a towel or a belt to help stretch your calf muscles in the back of your legs.
Partial knee replacement? Physical therapy can...
If you have had a partial knee replacement surgery, you may benefit from physical therapy to help guide you through your rehabilitation.
Treating a Colles' Fracture With Physical Therapy
A Colles' fracture is a common type of wrist fracture. Learn how physical therapy can help improve mobility and function after a Colles' fracture.
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