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1st Mar

2016

My early career mentor and friend Ola Grimsby for decades used the phrase “motion is life”, to articulate the ultimate goal of orthopedic manual physical therapy: to restore normal human movements.  The vast majority of patients who come to ...

1st Jan

2016

Tendinopathy (often referred to as tendinitis) is one of the most common disorders treated in physical therapy, and occurs almost universally in many sports.  Today we know that the mechanism of injury is often a strain overload on the tendon, but there ...

1st Nov

2015

Anterior cruciate ligament tears, or ACL tears, are dreaded injuries, and unfortunately commonly occurring in many sports.  Recent data furthermore indicate that these injuries are dramatically increasing, especially in girls and women.  Kevin Wilks, ...

1st Sep

2015

Although orthopedic surgeons typically recommend low impact exercise after knee and hip replacement surgery, a trend exists to allow patients to return to more intense forms of exercise.  Whereas the American Knee Society members in 1999 included 12 ...

1st Jul

2015

I hope you enjoyed a nice 4th of July weekend. Many people are now looking forward to exercise, after some big barbeque meals. Yoga has become a progressively more popular form of exercise, including for the aging population.  Applied appropriately, it ...

1st May

2015

In health care today, the term Evidence Based Medicine, is being used frequently, and demanded by the industry and insurance companies, to justify our use of treatment methods.  In the field of orthopedic physical therapy, there is now a growing and ...

1st Mar

2015

It is known that muscle power, which is the product between force and movement speed, is a better predictor of functional performance and fall risk, than maximal muscle strength.  This is in particular true in the elderly.  Fall avoidance maneuvers, ...

1st Dec

2014

In the August, 2014 newsletter, I briefly discussed what Orthopedic Manual Therapy means, and what makes a physical therapist qualified to practice it. Today I will expand a bit on the topic, by explaining a few key ways that skilled orthopedic manual ...

1st Nov

2014

In our clinic, we see patients every day, whose main complaint is hip pain. For any treatment intervention to be effective, including physical therapy, it is essential to first establish a correct diagnosis, and then apply the optimal treatment form and ...

1st Oct

2014

Overuse injuries to the Achilles tendon are common.  The resulting pain may occur in the mid-portion of the tendon, or at its attachment onto the back of the heel.  The latter is referred to as the insertion of the tendon, and the overuse injury is ...