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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.
6 Predictable Reasons You Have Lower Back Pain
Learn about the causes of low back pain and sciatica and how your physical therapist can help you manage your 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.
Acute Low back Pain? Try This First
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 Back Pain...
If you have low back pain, you can learn which exercises to do, and when to do them.
What to Do When Low Back Pain Strikes
Where is low back pain felt? Explore the common symptoms of low back pain.
Exercises to Keep Your Knees Healthy
Learn physical therapy exercises to maintain healthy knees.
Is an Inversion Table a Good Way to Reduce...
Inversion tables are devices to help with low back pain. But do they work?
6 Exercises to Stretch Tight Hamstrings
Learn easy physical therapy exercises to stretch tight hamstrings.
Try This Exercise Program to Treat Your Lumbar...
Here is a physical therapy exercise program to treat lumbar spinal stenosis.
How to Do a Piriformis Stretch
Easy ways to stretch the piriformis muscle.
5 Ways to Help Injury-Proof Your Hips
Learn step by step instructions on how to perform challenging hip strengthening exercises.
4 Ways to Triumph Over Vertigo
If you have BPPV, a type of vertigo, this step-by-step program of Brandt Daroff exercises may help decrease your symptoms.
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.
The 5 Best Stretches to Help Lower Back Pain
Treat your low back pain with simple to do physical therapy stretches and exercises.
Tackle Your Vertigo with the Home Epley Maneuver
You can use the home Epley maneuver to help treat the dizziness and vertigo caused by BPPV.
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.
Scar Tissue That I Wish You Saw: Here is How...
Learn how your physical therapist can help you manage scar tissue formation through the use of massage, stretching, and exercise.
The 5 Most Likely Causes of Your Hip Pain
A review of the many causes of hip pain.
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.
The Lower Back Stretches to Prevent Aches and...
Exercises to stretch the lower back muscles are reviewed.
4 Things You Should STOP Doing if You Have...
Here is what you should avoid and stop doing if you have lumbar spinal stenosis.
Strengthen Your Rotator Cuff Muscles with This...
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 Shoulder Problems That Need Physical Therapy
Learn about the causes of shoulder pain and how physical therapy can help treat shoulder pain.
How to Wear a Sling in 4 Easy Steps
Learn the proper way to put on and wear a shoulder sling.
What to Expect From Physical Therapy for Knee...
Physical therapy can be helpful in treating knee pain.
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.
5 Things You Can Expect During Physical Therapy...
Learn about the common causes of hip pain and how physical therapy can help.
Exercises to Keep Your Hips Strong and Mobile
Physical therapy exercises for your hips can help keep them strong and mobile and can help you avoid injury or hip pain.
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.
18 Ankle Exercises to Promote Healing
A complete guide of ankle exercises for the injured ankle.
4 Easy Stretches to Reduce Neck Tension
Four exercises to help gently stretch your neck muscles.
The Pelvic Drop Exercise to Improve Hip Strength
Learn how to properly perform the pelvic drop exercise to improve strength in your hips.
Here's What Physical Therapy Is Like After a...
Learn how physical therapy can help improve mobility after a fracture.
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.
How Does Your Physical Therapist Help with...
What is the definition of functional mobility? Learn the various levels of assistance required to maintain independent functional mobility.
3 Common Questions About Scar Tissue Answered
Learn what scar tissue is and how physical therapy can help manage scar tissue.
Shoulder Stabilization Exercises
Learn about scapular stabilizations for your shoulder in this step-by-step-guide.
SLIDESHOW: 8 Stretches to Protect Your Back
Learn exercises to stretch the tight muscles of your back.
What are Sternal Precautions and How Can My PT...
What are strenal precautions and how do I maintain them in cardiac rehabilitation and physical therapy?
Shoulder Special Tests
What are shoulder special tests are how are they performed in physical therapy to diagnose shoulder conditions?
5 Stretches You Should Do Every Single Morning
Stretching in the morning is a great way to "waken" up your muscles, and get them ready for the day.
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.
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.
Shoulder Active Range of Motion Exercises
Learn how to perform active range of motion exercises for your shoulder.
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.
The Simplest Ways to Improve Your Posture
Learn how to attain and maintain proper posture to help treat your low back pain and sciatica.
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.
What's the Difference Between a Sprain and a...
Learn how to tell the difference between a sprain versus a strain, and learn how your physical therapist treats strains and sprains.
The Best Exercises After Your Knee Arthroscopy
Four exercises to be performed initially after undergoing knee arthroscopy.
What is Range of Motion?
Understand the different types of range of motion and how it is measured in physical therapy.
The First Exercise You Should Try if You Have...
Try the standing lumbar extension exercise for lumbar spinal stenosis to see if you can rapidly eliminate your spinal stenosis symptoms.
These Are a Physical Therapist's Favorite Leg...
Stretching exercises for tight leg muscles are reviewed.
Here's How Your PT Measures Your Strength
Learn the muscle strength scale. Measuring the strength of your muscles can help your physical therapist determine the best treatment for you.
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.
5 Easy Stretches You Can Do with a Towel or...
Learn how to perform five important stretching exercises with just a towel, your belt, or a strap.
Here's How Electricity Is Used in Physical...
Electrical stimulation is a physical therapy modality used to improve muscle function, decrease pain, and promote healing.
Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition involving the vertebrae and discs of the neck.
The 4 Rotator Cuff Muscles and Their Function
What are the muscles of the rotator cuff and how do the rotator cuff muscles support your shoulder?
7 Reasons You Might Have Lower Back Pain
There are many causes of back pain. Find out what most commonly results in this symptom.
This is How Your Physical Therapist Uses...
You may benefit from cervical traction in physical therapy to treat neck pain.
Find Out What Could Be Causing Your Shoulder Pain
Common causes of shoulder pain and shoulder dysfunction.
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.
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.
10 Pre-Op Exercises to Help You Prepare for...
Learn physical therapy exercises to do before your total knee replacement surgery to help maximize your outcome after the procedure.
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.
4 Exercises to Correct Foot Drop and Anterior...
Follow this step-by-step exercise program to strengthen your anterior tibialis muscle and correct your foot drop.
Spinal Stenosis Defined
Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal. This can result in back pain and muscle weakness.
The Slouch-Overcorrect Exercise for Posture
Learn how to perform the slouch overcorrect procedure to attain and maintain proper posture.
What Is Physical Therapy?
Find out how a physical therapist can help you, and what happens during physical therapy.
Do these 7 things to help care for heel pain...
Learn these self-care strategies to help manage the foot and heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
The 5 Most Common Types of Physical Therapy
Defines the major branches and areas of Physical Therapy.
What to Expect from Physical Therapy for Lumbar...
Learn about lumbar spinal stenosis and how physical therapy can help treat your symptoms of spinal stenosis.
A Handy Guide to Find a Physical Therapy School...
Directory of physical therapy schools by state. Links to physical therapy school programs.
A total knee replacement protocol can help...
Learn what to expect from physical therapy week-by-week after your total knee replacement surgery in with this total knee replacement post-operative protocol.
7 Stretching Tips From a Physical Therapist
Stretching is an important way to help prevent injury. Benefits and techniques of stretching are reviewed.
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.
Take These 6 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.
Modalities Physical Therapists Use to Treat...
Physical therapy modalities are a variety of treatment tools used by physical therapists to decrease pain, inflammation, and treat muscle strains.
If you have vertigo caused by BPPV, you may...
Learn how to perform the Semont maneuver to treat the symptoms of dizziness and vertigo caused by BPPV.
Treat Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome with Tendon...
A step-by-step exercise program to help decrease the pain and tingling associated with carpal tunnel syndrome and to help prevent future problems.
When Can I Start Running After an Ankle Fracture?
If you have a broken ankle, when is it safe to start running again?
Effective Stretches for the Muscles around Your...
Performing knee stretches can help protect your knees from injury. Learn easy exercises to stretch the muscles and tendons around the knee joint.
4 steps in cardiac rehab to help get your life...
Learn about the four phase of cardiac rehabilitation.
Can You Ride a Bicycle after Total Knee...
Is riding a bicycle after a total knee replacement possible? Learn about biking after knee replacement surgery.
How to Get Better After Your Boxer's Fracture
Learn how physical therapy can help restore mobility in your hand and wrist after suffering a boxer's fracture.
Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons, structures that attatch muscle to bone. Overuse is the most common cause of tendonitis. Treating tendonitis often involves resting the involved muscle.
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.
Quite Possible the Simplest and Most Effect...
What stretch should you do for foot pain and plantar fasciitis? Learn this easy to do heel stretch for plantar fascia and foot pain.
The First Steps You Should Take to Treat Your...
First steps to take to start treating your lumbar spinal stenosis.
5 Ways to Protect Your Plantar Fascia
Several stretching exercises for plantar fasciitis are reviewed.
Had a total knee replacment? Here's what...
Learn what to expect from physical therapy after a total knee replacement surgery.
The 3 Best Stretches for Your Quads According...
A slideshow of Quadricep info and stretches. page 1.
The Best Exercises to Improve Your Balance
Learn how to perform advanced balance exercises with this step-by-step balance and proprioception exercise program.
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?
4 Ways to Strengthen Your Ankle
Learn physical therapy exercises to strengthen the muscles around your ankles.
3 Motions That You Need to Monitor after Total...
After a total hip replacement there are several activities that should be avoided to prevent hip dislocation.
What to Expect from Physical Therapy for...
What can you expect from physical therapy for patellofemoral stress syndrome (PFSS), or runner's knee?
6 Types of Electrical Stimulation Used in PT...
Various types of electrical stimulation are used for different purposes in physical therapy.
The 3 Best Exercises to Keep Your Hips Strong
A review of three exercises to strengthen the muscles of the hip.
Exercises After Hip Replacement
Learn what exercises should be performed to rehabilitate after hip replacement surgery.
The Fukuda Stepping Test
Learn how to perform the Fukuda Stepping Test to assess your vestibular function.
What is Wolff's Law and How is it Used During...
What is Wolff's Law and how does it apply to physical therapy during rehab after injury or illness?
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.
Will Therapeutic Ultrasound Work for You?
Does ultrasound therapy really work and is ultrasound a necessary treatment in a physical therapy program?
Shoulder Exercises After Arthroscopic Surgery
A review of four exercises that should be performed progressively after shoulder arthroscopy.
The Most Popular Physical Therapy Memes on the...
Physical therapy memes are everywhere on the internet.
Common Causes of Foot Pain
With over 26 bones and 6 ligaments, there are quite a few structures in the foot that can be damaged. Learn the most common causes of foot pain.
Learn how to use kinesiology tape to treat your...
You can use kinesiology tape to help treat your foot pain that occurs with plantar fasciitis.
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.
Stair Climbing Basics
Learn how to safely and correctly walk up and down stairs on an injured leg.
How Do I Know If I Have a Frozen Shoulder?
Learn how your physical therapist or doctor diagnoses a frozen shoulder.
Here's What Happens After You've Dislocated...
Learn about what to expect from physical therapy after a shoulder dislocation.
3 Exercises to Do (in Order) to Properly...
Learn how to properly progress low back flexion exercises for back pain, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease.
4 Steps to Safely Walking With a Cane
How to walk safely with a cane on level surfaces.
This Is How Your Physical Therapist Measures...
Learn what a goniometer is, a device that is often used in the world of physical therapy.
Wrist Strengthening Exercises
Learn how to strengthen your wrist muscles with this step-by-step wrist exercise program.
Favorite Leg Strengthening Exercises
Physical therapy is an important part of many surgery recoveries. Here, exercises to strengthen leg muscles after surgery are reviewed.
Take a Moment to Learn About Your Gluteus...
Learn about the gluteus medius muscle and why it is important in physical therapy.
Physical Therapy Exercise Program after Lumbar...
Learn a typical exercise program in physical therapy after a lumbar laminectomy and discectomy.
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.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Is PT or Surgery Your...
Physical therapy for lumbar spinal stenosis yields similar outcomes when compared with surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis.
Is Pain in the Front of Your Leg Shin Splints,...
Pain in the front of your leg may be shin splints, but there are other causes of leg and shin pain.
Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscles compresses and irritates the sciatic nerve.
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.
6 Bad Excuses for Not Doing Your PT Exercises
If you didn't do your physical therapy home exercise program, don't use a lame excuse.
Leave the R.I.C.E. treatment behind for acute...
If you have suffered an acute musculoskeletal injury, you may benefit from the P.O.L.I.C.E. principle to treat sprains and strains.
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.
4 Mistakes You May be Making While Wearing a...
Learn how to avoid common problems when wearing your shoulder sling.
Iontophoresis in Physical Therapy
Learn about iontophoresis, a form of electrical stimulation often used in physical therapy.
5 Reasons to Choose PT over Inversion Tables...
Do inversion tables really work? 5 reasons why physical therapy is superior to inversion tables for treating back pain and sciatica.
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.
How to Find the Best Physical Therapist for...
Learn how to find a physical therapist and to locate the best PT for your specific condition.
Physical Therapy for Iliotibial Band Friction...
Phyiscal Therapy treatment strategies for ili0tibial band friction syndrome (ITBS).
Try this simple ice bottle massage to treat...
Learn how to do the ice bottle massage to help decrease foot pain from plantar fasciitis.
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?
How to Adjust a Cane
Learn how to properly adjust a cane to the proper height.
What You Should Know About Physical Therapy...
Physical therapists may have one or more of these degrees.
Understanding Weight Bearing Restrictions After...
Weight bearing restrictions are reviewed.
Make Your Own Shoulder Pulleys
Learn how to make your own shoulder pulleys so you can perform shoulder range of motion exercises at home.
The Simple Stretch to Prevent Carpal Tunnel...
exercises to help reduce the pain experienced by carpal tunnel syndrome.
Get Started Treating Your Frozen Shoulder with...
Start treating your frozen shoulder with this step-by-step physical therapy exercise program.
The Easiest Exercise to Improve the Way Your...
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.
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.
Review of Over-The-Door Shoulder Pulleys
Learn about over-the-door shoulder pulleys and how they are used in physical therapy.
6 Simple Tricks to Sit with Excellent Posture
Your physical therapist can teach you specific strategies to attain and maintain proper posture to help combat back, neck, and shoulder pain.
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 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.

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