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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 When Low Back Pain Suddenly 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 Back Pain...
If you have low back pain, you can learn which exercises to do, and when to do them.
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.
Is an Inversion Table a Good Way to Reduce...
Inversion tables are devices to help with low back pain. But do they work?
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.
4 Easy Stretches to Reduce Neck Tension
Four exercises to help gently stretch your neck muscles.
What to Do When Low Back Pain Strikes
Where is low back pain felt? Explore the common symptoms of low back pain.
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.
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.
4 Things You Should STOP Doing if You Have...
Here is what you should avoid and stop doing if you have lumbar spinal stenosis.
Try This Exercise Program to Treat Your Lumbar...
Here is a physical therapy exercise program to treat lumbar spinal stenosis.
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.
How to Do a Piriformis Stretch
Easy ways to stretch the piriformis muscle.
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 Lower Back Stretches to Prevent Aches and...
Exercises to stretch the lower back muscles are reviewed.
The 5 Most Likely Causes of Your Hip Pain
A review of the many causes of hip pain.
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.
How to Wear a Sling in 4 Easy Steps
Learn the proper way to put on and wear a shoulder sling.
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.
The 5 Best Stretches to Help Lower Back Pain
Learn easy stretches to prevent low back pain.
5 Ways to Help Injury-Proof Your Hips
Learn step by step instructions on how to perform challenging hip strengthening exercises.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What to Expect From Physical Therapy for Knee...
Physical therapy can be helpful in treating knee pain.
SLIDESHOW: 8 Stretches to Protect Your Back
Learn exercises to stretch the tight muscles of your back.
Here's What Physical Therapy Is Like After a...
Learn how physical therapy can help improve mobility after a fracture.
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.
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 After an...
If you have a broken ankle, physical therapy may help decrease pain and swelling and improve strength and mobility.
Shoulder Stabilization Exercises
Learn about scapular stabilizations for your shoulder in this step-by-step-guide.
Learn the 92 Abbreviations Used by Physical...
The words behind abbreviations used in physical therapy are uncovered in this glossary.
18 Ankle Exercises to Promote Healing
A complete guide of ankle exercises for the injured ankle.
5 Things You Can Expect During Physical Therapy...
Learn about the common causes of hip pain and how physical therapy can help.
Sternal Precautions after Open Heart Surgery
Learn about sternal precautions after open heart surgery.
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 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.
Shoulder Active Range of Motion Exercises
Learn how to perform active range of motion exercises for your shoulder.
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.
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.
The Pelvic Drop Exercise to Improve Hip Strength
Learn how to properly perform the pelvic drop exercise to improve strength in your hips.
3 Common Questions About Scar Tissue Answered
Learn what scar tissue is and how physical therapy can help manage scar tissue.
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 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 Best Exercises After Your Knee Arthroscopy
Four exercises to be performed initially after undergoing knee arthroscopy.
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.
Assistance With Mobility in Physical Therapy
Understand the various levels of assistance required to maintain independent functional mobility.
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.
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.
Find Out What Could Be Causing Your Shoulder Pain
Common causes of shoulder pain and shoulder dysfunction.
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.
These Are a Physical Therapist's Favorite Leg...
Stretching exercises for tight leg muscles are reviewed.
Here's the Most Important Part of Your Shoulder
The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that support the shoulder 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.
What is Range of Motion?
Understand the different types of range of motion and how it is measured in physical therapy.
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.
Cervical Traction for Neck Pain
Learn about cervical traction use in physical therapy for the treatment of neck pain.
A Handy Guide to Find a Physical Therapy School...
Directory of physical therapy schools by state. Links to physical therapy school programs.
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.
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 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.
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.
Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis is a degenerative condition involving the vertebrae and discs of the neck.
3 Exercises to Keep Your Knees Healthy and Strong
Specific exercises to help maintain strong and mobile knee joints.
What's the Difference Between a Sprain and a...
A review of the difference between strains and sprains.
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.
Learn what a goniometer is, a device that is often used in the world of physical therapy.
7 Reasons You Might Have Lower Back Pain
There are many causes of back pain. Find out what most commonly results in this symptom.
The 5 Most Common Types of Physical Therapy
Defines the major branches and areas of Physical Therapy.
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.
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.
When Can I Start Running After an Ankle Fracture?
If you have a broken ankle, when is it safe to start running again?
How Do I Know If I Have a Frozen Shoulder?
Learn how your physical therapist or doctor diagnoses a frozen shoulder.
The 3 Best Stretches for Your Quads According...
A slideshow of Quadricep info and stretches. page 1.
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.
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.
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.
Shoulder Exercises After Arthroscopic Surgery
A review of four exercises that should be performed progressively after shoulder arthroscopy.
Here's How Electricity Can Strengthen Your...
Electrical stimulation is a physical therapy modality used to strengthen muscles and promote healing.
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.
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.
What to Expect from Physical Therapy for...
What can you expect from physical therapy for patellofemoral stress syndrome (PFSS), or runner's knee?
7 Stretching Tips From a Physical Therapist
Stretching is an important way to help prevent injury. Benefits and techniques of stretching are reviewed.
Exercises After Hip Replacement
Learn what exercises should be performed to rehabilitate after hip replacement surgery.
6 Types of Electrical Stimulation Used in PT...
Various types of electrical stimulation are used for different purposes in physical therapy.
DIY Cervical Roll to Manage Neck Pain While You...
Learn how to make a cervical roll out of a towel. If your neck pain is causing you to lose sleep, you may benefit from a cervical roll to support your neck.
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.
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.
4 Mistakes You May be Making While Wearing a...
Learn how to avoid common problems when wearing your shoulder sling.
The Simplest Way to Improve Your Posture
Learn how to attain and maintain proper posture to help treat low back pain.
Take a Moment to Learn About Your Gluteus...
Learn about the gluteus medius muscle and why it is important in physical therapy.
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.
The Most Popular Physical Therapy Memes on the...
Physical therapy memes are everywhere on the internet.
4 Important Ways to Protect Your Hip After...
Stretches for tight iliotibial bands.
4 Steps to Safely Walking With a Cane
How to walk safely with a cane on level surfaces.
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.
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.
Spinal Stenosis Defined
Spinal stenosis refers to a narrowing of the spinal canal. This can result in back pain and muscle weakness.
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.
Get Started Treating Your Frozen Shoulder with...
Start treating your frozen shoulder with this step-by-step physical therapy exercise program.
Iontophoresis in Physical Therapy
Learn about iontophoresis, a form of electrical stimulation often used in physical therapy.
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.
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?
5 Ways to Protect Your Plantar Fascia
Several stretching exercises for plantar fasciitis are reviewed.
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.
McKenzie Exercises Your Physical Therapist Uses...
What are McKenzie exercises for low back pain and sciatica? Your physical therapist can teach you how to properly perform McKenzie exercises.
Learn the 7 things you should NEVER say to your...
What things should you NOT say to your physical therapist?
The 3 Best Exercises to Keep Your Hips Strong
A review of three exercises to strengthen the muscles of the hip.
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.
What Is Physical Therapy?
Find out how a physical therapist can help you, and what happens during physical therapy.
Had a total knee replacment? Here's what...
Learn what to expect from physical therapy after a total knee replacement surgery.
Stair Climbing Basics
Learn how to safely and correctly walk up and down stairs on an injured leg.
Straight Leg Raising Exercise Progression after...
Add resistance to your straight leg raises the proper way while protecting your knee.
4 Ways to Strengthen Your Ankle Against Sprains
Learn exercises to increase the strength of the muscles around your ankles.
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?
Protect Your Hammies! Common Injuries in...
Learn all about the hamstring muscles, common hamstring injuries, and ways to keep your hamstrings healthy.
Will Therapeutic Ultrasound Work for You?
Ultrasound is a common treatment used in physical therapy. But does ultrasound really help your condition?
Physical Therapy Exercise Program after Lumbar...
Learn a typical exercise program in physical therapy after a lumbar laminectomy and discectomy.
Understanding Weight Bearing Restrictions After...
Weight bearing restrictions are reviewed.
Here's What Happens After You've Dislocated...
Learn about what to expect from physical therapy after a shoulder dislocation.
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.
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.
Wrist Strengthening Exercises
Learn how to strengthen your wrist muscles with this step-by-step wrist exercise program.
Quite Possibly the Best Iliotibial Band Stretch
Learn how to manage iliotibial band friction syndrome with this effective stretch.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Adjust a Cane
Learn how to properly adjust a cane to the proper height.
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.
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.
Ankle Sprain Stretches
Gentle exercises to increase motion after ankle sprains are reviewed.
Piriformis Syndrome
Piriformis syndrome occurs when the piriformis muscles compresses and irritates the sciatic nerve.
The Slouch-Overcorrect Exercise for Posture
Learn how to perform the slouch overcorrect procedure to attain and maintain proper posture.
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.
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 Flexion Rotation Exercise for Low Back Pain
Learn how to perform the flexion rotation exercise to help treat your low back pain.
If your neck pain prevents you from sleeping, a...
If neck pain prevents you from sleeping, you may benefit from a cervical roll to support your neck.
Activity Restrictions After Total Hip Replacement
After a total hip replacement there are several activities that should be avoided to prevent hip dislocation.
Whirlpool Use in Physical Therapy
Learn about whirlpools and how they are used in physical therapy.
5 Tips to Treat Sudden Onset Neck Pain
If you have developed a sudden onset of acute neck pain, follow these steps to begin self-management of your symptoms.
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.
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.
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.

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