5 Exercise Tips for Osteoporosis, According to Physical Therapists
Thinning bones aren’t normal with age, although it’s very common and affects more than 40% of adults aged 50 or older. (1) Those beginning to lose bone density have a condition called osteopenia, which means that bones are weaker, but not brittle. If left untreated, it can progress to osteoporosis, a condition characterized by thin […]
What Do Physical Therapists Do?
Physical therapists have a broad skill set. They can rehabilitate sprained ankles, treat a burn wound, or help a premature baby learn how to regulate its vitals as it adapts to its surroundings. Physical therapists collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide treatment and get you moving. So if you get a physical therapy referral […]
Why is My Physical Therapist Performing Joint Mobilization?
You’re new to physical therapy for pain and stiffness in your shoulder. You’ve tried stretching independently, but the joint feels “stuck.” In an outpatient setting like JACO Rehab, your physical therapist will utilize a variety of techniques to help alleviate and resolve your pain and stiffness. This can range from stretching and strengthening exercises to […]
A Physical Therapy Massage: What Is It, Really?
Starting the rehabilitation process following an injury can be intimidating, especially when you’re in pain. Don’t worry! You and your physical therapist will collaborate in setting goals and creating a game plan to recover and prevent future injuries. At first, your therapist will be hands-on. As you progress, you’ll become more independent in your exercises […]
How Does My Body Change During Pregnancy?
Congratulations! You’re currently embarking on a tumultuous, but exciting pregnancy journey. As you can imagine, your body goes through a plethora of changes during this nine-month span, affecting everything from your physical appearance to your emotional disposition… and everything in between. But how much will these changes affect your physical ability? Can you still exercise? […]
Acute vs. Chronic Pain: What’s the Difference?
When you see a doctor or clinician about an injury, they all want to know details that help them develop the most thorough treatment plan for you. Chronicity, or how long you’ve had your injury, is one crucial detail. In physical therapy, knowing if your injury is short or long-term (acute or chronic) helps us […]
Physical Therapy for UCL Sprains and Tommy John Surgery
If you’re a fan of baseball, you have probably heard of Tommy John surgery, named after the famous baseball pitcher who first underwent the procedure in 1974. Tommy John surgery involves reconstruction of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) and is common in younger overhead athletes (especially pitchers), javelin throwers, and sometimes racquet sport athletes or […]
What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Have you ever struggled with incontinence? Pelvic pain? Discomfort during sex? Inability to tolerate a medical pelvic exam? Your pelvic floor, or the muscular sling that sits under your abdomen, might be the culprit. The pelvic floor has a significant impact on your daily activities. Just like other muscle groups in the body, the […]
Physical Therapy: What Are Red Flags?
Physical therapists are trained to screen and recognize a wide variety of conditions. Sometimes, we discover symptoms aren’t what they seem. If we find a “red flag,” we may refer you back to your doctor for further evaluation to make sure you’re receiving the right treatment for your condition. Not all red-flag symptoms indicate sinister […]
Five Things to Expect During a Physical Therapy Evaluation
Starting physical therapy can be scary, especially if you’re in pain. Will it hurt more? How do I prepare? We always get these questions, and we’re here to help! While we understand rehab can be intimidating, it can also be the beginning of an empowering journey. You and your physical therapist will work together to […]