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Physical Therapy: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
Is an Inversion Table a Good Way to Reduce...
Inversion tables are devices to help with low back pain. But do they work?
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.
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.
What to Do When Low Back Pain Strikes
Where is low back pain felt? Explore the common symptoms of low back pain.
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.
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.
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.
These Lower Back Stretches Can Prevent Aches...
Exercises to stretch the lower back muscles are reviewed.
5 Ways to Help Injury-Proof Your Hips
Learn step by step instructions on how to perform challenging hip strengthening exercises.
5 Shoulder Problems That Need Physical Therapy
Learn about the causes of shoulder pain and how physical therapy can help treat shoulder pain.
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.
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.
18 Ankle Exercises to Promote Healing
A complete guide of ankle exercises for the injured ankle. Page 2.
4 Easy Stretches to Reduce Neck Tension
Four exercises to help gently stretch your neck muscles.
Learn the 92 Abbreviations Used by Physical...
The words behind abbreviations used in physical therapy are uncovered in this glossary.
How to Wear a Sling in 4 Easy Steps
Learn the proper way to put on and wear a shoulder sling.
Here's What Physical Therapy Is Like After a...
Learn how physical therapy can help improve mobility after a fracture.
5 Things You Can Expect During Physical Therapy...
Learn about the common causes of hip pain and how physical therapy can help.
Whiplash
Whiplash is the common term used for a hyperextension/hyperflexion injury to the neck. Learn the basics of whiplash and it's management.
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.
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.
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.
What to Expect From Physical Therapy for Knee...
Physical therapy can be helpful in treating knee pain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sternal Precautions after Open Heart Surgery
Learn about sternal precautions after open heart surgery.
Cervical Traction for Neck Pain
Learn about cervical traction use in physical therapy for the treatment of neck pain.
Here's the Most Important Part of Your Shoulder
The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that support the shoulder joint.
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.
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.
SLIDESHOW: 8 Stretches to Protect Your Back
Learn exercises to stretch the tight muscles of your back.
A Handy Guide to Find a Physical Therapy School...
Directory of physical therapy schools by state. Links to physical therapy school programs.
3 Common Questions About Scar Tissue Answered
Learn what scar tissue is and how physical therapy can help manage scar tissue.
The Best Exercises After Your Knee Arthroscopy
Four exercises to be performed initially after undergoing knee arthroscopy.
7 Stretching Tips From a Physical Therapist
Stretching is an important way to help prevent injury. Benefits and techniques of stretching are reviewed.
Assistance With Mobility in Physical Therapy
Understand the various levels of assistance required to maintain independent functional mobility.
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.
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.
Shoulder Stabilization Exercises
Learn about scapular stabilizations for your shoulder in this step-by-step-guide.
Here's How Electricity Can Strengthen Your...
Electrical stimulation is a physical therapy modality used to strengthen muscles and promote healing.
Keep Your Hips Healthy with These Beginner Hip...
By keeping your hips strong and mobile, hip pain can quickly be eliminated and you can quickly return to normal activity.
The 5 Most Common Types of Physical Therapy
Defines the major branches and areas of Physical Therapy.
How to Do a Piriformis Stretch
Easy ways to stretch the piriformis muscle.
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.
The 3 Best Stretches for Your Quads According...
Three easy exercises to stretch tight quadricep muscles.
How Do I Know If I Have a Frozen Shoulder?
Learn how your physical therapist or doctor diagnoses a frozen shoulder.
4 Ways to Strengthen Your Ankle Against Sprains
Learn exercises to increase the strength of the muscles around your ankles.
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.
What is Range of Motion?
Understand the different types of range of motion and how it is measured in physical therapy.
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.
These Are a Physical Therapist's Favorite Leg...
Stretching exercises for tight leg muscles are reviewed.
The 3 Best Exercises to Keep Your Hips Strong
A review of three exercises to strengthen the muscles of the hip.
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.
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 Pelvic Drop Exercise to Improve Hip Strength
Learn how to improve your hip strength with the pelvic drop exercise. Page 2.
Will Therapeutic Ultrasound Work for You?
Ultrasound is a common treatment used in physical therapy. But does ultrasound really help your condition?
Take a Moment to Learn About Your Gluteus...
Learn about the gluteus medius muscle and why it is important in physical therapy.
The Home Epley Maneuver to Treat BPPV
You can use the home Epley maneuver to help treat the dizziness and vertigo caused by BPPV.
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 shoulder active range of motion exercises with this step-by-step guide. Page 2.
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?
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.
When Can I Start Running After an Ankle Fracture?
If you have a broken ankle, when is it safe to start running again?
4 Important Ways to Protect Your Hip After...
Stretches for tight iliotibial bands.
The Simplest Way to Improve Your Posture
Learn how to attain and maintain proper posture to help treat low back pain.
The Most Common Cause of Knee Pain for Runners
Learn about patellofemoral stress syndrome, a common cause of knee pain.
4 Steps to Safely Walking With a Cane
How to walk safely with a cane on level surfaces.
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.
What's the Difference Between a Sprain and a...
A review of the difference between strains and sprains.
Shoulder Exercises After Arthroscopic Surgery
A review of four exercises that should be performed progressively after shoulder arthroscopy. 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.
3 Exercises to Keep Your Knees Healthy and Strong
Specific exercises to help maintain strong and mobile knee joints.
Find Out What Could Be Causing Your Shoulder Pain
Common causes of shoulder pain and shoulder dysfunction.
Tendon Gliding Exercises for Carpal Tunnel...
Learn how to perform tendon gliding exercises for carpal tunnel syndrome.
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.
Goniometer
Learn what a goniometer is, a device that is often used in the world of physical therapy.
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.
The Simple Stretch to Prevent Carpal Tunnel...
exercises to help reduce the pain experienced by carpal tunnel syndrome.
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.
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.
Here's What Happens After You've Dislocated...
Learn about what to expect from physical therapy after a shoulder dislocation.
4 steps in cardiac rehab to help get your life...
Learn about the four phase of cardiac rehabilitation.
What You Should Know About Physical Therapy...
Physical therapists may have one or more of these degrees.
Stair Climbing Basics
Learn how to safely and correctly walk up and down stairs on an injured leg.
How to Find a Physical Therapist
In need of a physical therapist? Here's where to look and what specialties to consider.
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.
Exercises After Hip Replacement
Learn what exercises should be performed to rehabilitate after hip replacement surgery.
Favorite Leg Strengthening Exercises
Physical therapy is an important part of many surgery recoveries. Here, exercises to strengthen leg muscles after surgery are reviewed.
Understanding Weight Bearing Restrictions After...
Weight bearing restrictions are reviewed.
Protect Your Hammies! Common Injuries in...
Learn all about the hamstring muscles, common hamstring injuries, and ways to keep your hamstrings healthy.
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.
Thigh Muscle Stretches
Three useful stretches for the thigh muscles are reviewed.
The Flexion Rotation Exercise for Low Back Pain
Learn how to perform the flexion rotation exercise to help treat your low back pain.
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.
5 Ways to Protect Your Plantar Fascia
Several stretching exercises for plantar fasciitis are reviewed.
Back Exercises
Back pain affects four out of five adults at least once in their lifetime. Exercises that stretch and strengthening the muscles of the back can help prevent back injuries. Page 2.
7 Reasons You Might Have Lower Back Pain
There are many causes of back pain. Find out what most commonly results in this symptom.
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.
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.
Wolff's Law
Definition of Wolff's Law and its application in physical therapy.
Quite Possibly the Best Iliotibial Band Stretch
Learn how to manage iliotibial band friction syndrome with this effective stretch.
Physical Therapy for Iliotibial Band Friction...
Phyiscal Therapy treatment strategies for ili0tibial band friction syndrome (ITBS).
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.
The Fukuda Stepping Test
Learn how to perform the Fukuda Stepping Test to assess your vestibular function.
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.
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.
Types of Electrical Stimulation Used in...
Various types of electrical stimulation are used for different purposes in physical therapy.
What Is Physical Therapy?
Find out how a physical therapist can help you, and what happens during physical therapy.
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.
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
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.
Ankle Sprain Stretches
Dorsi Flexion for Ankle Injuries
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.
Had a total knee replacment? Here's what...
Learn what to expect from physical therapy after a total knee replacement surgery.
Make Your Own Shoulder Pulleys
A do-it-yourself homemade shoulder pulley system to help improve your shoulder range of motion. Page 6.
Phonophoresis in Physical Therapy
Phonophoresis is used in physical therapy to help decrease inflammation and pain after injury. But does phonophoresis 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.
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.
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.
Iontophoresis in Physical Therapy
Learn about iontophoresis, a form of electrical stimulation often used in physical therapy.
Learn the 7 things you should NEVER say to your...
What things should you NOT say to your physical therapist?
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.
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.
Elbow Exercises
A review of exercises to strengthen the muscles of the elbow joint.
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
Whirlpool Use in Physical Therapy
Learn about whirlpools and how they are used in physical therapy.
The Fastest Guide to Understanding Your Knee...
A brief overview and description of the human knee joint.
Tips to Prevent Back Pain While Traveling
Learn a few easy tips on how to prevent back pain while traveling.
A Guide to Ankle Injuries and Rehabilitation
Learn more about common ankle injuries and exercises to rehab ankle disorders.
The Slouch-Overcorrect Exercise for Posture
Learn how to perform the slouch overcorrect procedure to attain and maintain proper posture.
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.
The Gait Cycle
The gait cycle is used to describe the complex activity of walking.
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.
Spinal Stenosis
Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal. This can result in back pain and muscle weakness.
Maximum Heart Rate
Learn to calculate your maximum heart rate and use it to find your exercise target heart rate.
This Is What's in Your Ankle
A brief review of the ligaments of the ankle.
Facet Arthropathy - A Cause of Back Pain
Facet arthropathy describes a condition when arthritis develops in the joints of the spine resulting in back pain.
Types of Canes
A review of the different types of walking canes available will help you decided what cane is best for you.
Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition involving the vertebrae and discs of the neck.
3 Stretches to Protect Your Groin
Groin strains can be prevented by stretching the adductor muscles of the thigh.
Try this simple ice bottle massage to treat...
Learn how to do the ice bottle massage to help decrease foot pain from plantar fasciitis.
Grab a Towel for This Satisfying Chest Stretch
Learn how to stretch the pectoral muscles in the chest with a towel.
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.
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