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how to manage injury while on vacation

Tips for Traveling with an Injury

We’ve had a family vacation planned for over a year. The airplane tickets are purchased with no insurance because I’m sure nothing will go wrong! The hotel is booked, and we are stoked because it has a pool (the kids love to swim). I’ve even been going to the tanning bed so I don’t burn…

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knee arthroplasty

Returning to Golf Following Knee Arthroplasty

Golf is a popular sport, especially among older adults. However, this age period also represents a time when osteoarthritis (OA) can impede mobility and function, even during participation in low-impact activities such as golf. In many cases, patients who have severe OA will undergo total knee arthroplasty (TKA) with the intent of returning to recreational…

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causes of low back pain

Low Back Pain – Do I Need Physical Therapy?

Want to hear something CRAZY?!?! It’s recorded that 8 out of 10 Americans suffer from low back and/or neck pain at some point in their lives (APTA). That’s a little discouraging, right? Well, the good news is 100% of Physical Therapists know how to prevent and treat it. Don’t worry, we have your back (pun…

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Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the ulnar nerve as it passes through the inside of the elbow, an area often referred to as the “funny bone.” At this site, the ulnar nerve lies next to the bone, with little padding over it, and is susceptible to pressure. CAUSES Overuse: Repetitive bending of…

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shoulder girdle

Corrective Shoulder Girdle Exercises for Competitive Swimmers

Many sports lead to distinctive changes in an athlete’s postural alignment as a result of over-development in select muscle groups and flexibility changes at the involved joint structures. This is frequently observed in swimmers. Swimming requires strong adductor and internal rotator muscles of the shoulder, which can protract the shoulder girdle and may lead to…

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tennis elbow

Tennis Elbow Symptoms and Causes

Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis (epi-con-dy-li-tis), is a painful condition which occurs when the tendons on the outside of your elbow are overloaded with mechanical stresses. This is usually caused by repetitive motions of the wrist and arm. Symptoms of tennis elbow? Symptoms develop gradually, beginning as mild and slowly worsening over weeks…

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carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a common condition that is caused by compression of the median nerve as it travels through a narrow passageway in the wrist, which is formed by wrist bones on the bottom and a band of connective tissue on the top. Typical Causes:    Repetitive gripping over a sustained period. Swelling after…

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Video: Strengthening Exercises for Hikers

It’s time to get outside and enjoy some exercise in the sun! Because of our beautiful landscape, a very popular activity in the Pacific Northwest is hiking. Within Portland and the surrounding areas there are hundreds of trails which offer a fun getaway for hikers of all skill levels. To help ensure you are safe…

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Video: Thoracic Mobility

Thoracic mobility is important for many things, including: proper posture, efficient upper limb movement, and safely rotating the trunk without straining the low back. Watch this video then attempt these simple exercises if you are suffering from poor upper back (thoracic) mobility.

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Video: Correct Posture with Upper Back Strength

Look around.. I bet you will see more people with slouched backs and forward shoulders than people who are in a tall, open chested and upright position. Am I right? Poor posture is very common, and it leads to many injuries, including: Chronic Back Pain Subluxations (Slipped Discs) Kyphosis (Hump Back) Sciatica Neck Pain Shoulder…

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