Thursday September 8, 2016

Physical therapy more effective than drugs for chronic pain

During a time when health care professionals and researchers are seriously reevaluating the effectiveness and safety of prescription drug use for chronic pain, Portage physical therapist Jordan Hove emphasizes that physical therapy has long been considered a safer, cheaper and more effective treatment for such conditions this as we begin Pain Awareness Month, an annual September effort by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA).

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Thursday August 4, 2016

Parents: Be aware of the signs of sports injuries

As student-athletes head back to the practice fields late this summer, injuries are going to happen. Despite concerted efforts to reduce and prevent sports injuries, Baraboo physical therapist Jamie Bockhop pointed out that it’s impossible to eliminate them from sports.

So in order to ensure injuries are diagnosed and treated quickly, before they worsen, Bockhop said it’s paramount parents and guardians are able to quickly identify the signs of possible injury ailments that aren’t always obvious during practice or competition, but which may manifest later on at home.

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Tuesday July 12, 2016

Physical exercise essential for strong mind

While a relationship between the body and mind has long been theorized 1st century Roman poet Juvenal once suggested people should pray for mens sana in corpore sano¬Ě (a sound mind in a sound body) over power and wealth Baraboo physical therapist Bryan Cummings points out that today, a physiological connection between physical exercise and improved memory has been well-documented scientifically.

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Monday June 6, 2016

Sore knees, hips or back? Check your feet!

Those who experience pain in their backs, hips or knees while walking, running, working or exercising may find that the source of their discomfort resides much lower in their bodies perhaps in their feet, said Baraboo physical therapist Bryan Cummings, co-owner of New Life Physical Therapy.

Made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments, the feet are complex structures designed for shock absorption and propulsion. Any functional deficiencies within the feet can negatively affect muscles and joints up through the legs and into the back.

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Tuesday May 10, 2016

Repetitive use injuries common with new parents

While injuries such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow known as repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are often linked to an occupation or some type of sports or recreation activity, local physical therapist Kris Hellenbrand, PT points out that the physical rigors of parenting can often lead to a similar level of pain and discomfort.

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