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23 07, 2017

Sports Medicine Again Because It’s Important

By | July 23rd, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|50 Comments

Sports medicine is a topic worth revisiting. As I suggested last year when I first wrote about it (read it here: https://physicaltherapytucson.com/sports-medicine-what-is-it/), the term can be quite misleading. Societies in our ancient history recognized how exercise and health were connected. Greece, Italy, and China are among the countries that recognized this intersection. In the United States, it was not until the 1950s that organizations began to get on board with the idea that physical movement and overall healthcare had a place together. Sports Medicine in the USA In 1950, the National Athletic Trainers Association was founded. In 1954, The American [...]

6 05, 2017

Piriformis Syndrome and Your Butt

By | May 6th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|49 Comments

Chances are you have heard the term "piriformis syndrome" if you’re reading our blog right now. It’s a lovely term to describe a not-so-lovely assortment of symptoms. Bear with me here: the piriformis muscle alone isn’t a problem. It’s a small, flat, pyramid-shaped muscle (piri-pyramid, formis-shape) located in the general area of your pelvis and your hip joint. It lies almost parallel to your gluteus maximus (The large muscle affectionately called, among other things, your butt). It’s a muscle that is important for flexibility and to assist the entire group of muscles and tendons in the hip area. When this [...]

10 04, 2017

Occupational Athletes – Preventing and Treating Injuries

By | April 10th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|52 Comments

Occupational Athletes - Preventing and Treating Injuries Occupational athletes. Using the term occupational athletes implies that our discussion today is about people who play pro sports. It is not - at least not for the purposes of this article. Think, for a moment, about the work you do every day. Then consider this: did you have to pass a physical agility or endurance test to get hired? You know who you are. This article is for anyone who can answer 'yes' to the above question. We will talk about other types of occupations and those physical therapy needs in a [...]

7 03, 2017

Repetitive Motion Injuries

By | March 7th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|48 Comments

Repetitive Motion Injuries or Occupational Overuse Injuries Repetitive motion injuries are injuries we tend not to think about, especially if it's one that happens gradually. It is also (usually) hardly noticeable when our bodies are at rest. It’s important, though, not to ignore the effects of repetitive tasks on our overall function. If you work in an industry or at a specific job that requires you to do the same physical motions with your body over and over, chances are, over time, you may experience what professionals like to call, “repetitive motion syndrome”. While there are common terms to describe [...]

1 02, 2017

Physical Therapy and Pain (Part Deux)

By | February 1st, 2017|Health, Physical Therapy|58 Comments

Physical Therapy and Pain (Part Deux) I know that talking about addiction to pain medication is all the rage these days. There is a reason for that: people are dying. In fact, people close to me have had their lives changed dramatically because of opioid abuse and addiction.  I urge you to share the information below with as many people as possible. People need to know that pills and shots and patches aren’t the only way. The medical community knows how pain can limit your ability to do things. (If you suffer from chronic pain, I am sure you do [...]

20 01, 2017

Vestibular Disorders – What are they?

By | January 20th, 2017|Health, Physical Therapy|53 Comments

Vestibular Disorders - What are they? You might not think physical therapy is a service that could do anything to help you when you are having trouble with dizziness, nausea, or balance, things that fall in the vestibular disorders category (try standing on one foot for a few seconds and think about how long  you can do that without falling over). Physical therapy, surprisingly, can have a profound effect for the better when a person is struggling with these issues. If you have been diagnosed with a vestibular disorder, you may already know what this means. To learn a bit more [...]

9 01, 2017

Falls and Older Adults

By | January 9th, 2017|Physical Therapy|203 Comments

Falls and Older Adults There is a reason we are discussing falls this week. It is a problem that is unlikely to go away as we age. In 2011, a study was performed that reviewed the number of falls resulting in injury in the United States. Almost 23,000 people over the age of 65 died and 2.4 million were treated in emergency departments because of falls. You might not know that many falls are due to hazards in the home that are easy to overlook and simple to fix . At the end of this article, we will offer you [...]

1 12, 2016

Is a Physical Therapy Referral Required?

By | December 1st, 2016|Blog, Health, Physical Therapy|57 Comments

Is a Physical Therapy Referral Required? Need a Physical Therapy Referral? Maaaaaaaybe. (No. The answer is no. ) Like many things in healthcare, the answer to this question ought to be simple. But this is American healthcare we're talking about, so buckle up...this might take a minute. In Arizona (where we are located), a person seeking physical therapy services is NOT required to get a physician referral prior to receiving physical therapy. This is true no matter what insurance company you use.  It is a state law. (The insurance companies who insure people in Arizona must comply). Of course, if [...]

14 11, 2016

Meet Our New Sponsored Motocross Athlete Cody Briner

By | November 14th, 2016|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|60 Comments

Meet Our New Sponsored Motocross Athlete Cody Briner Cody Briner is a motocross athlete who knows how important it is to keep your body in its best condition. He has won the CMC Arizona Championship 3 years in a row -450 Pro- and has been participating in the sport for about ten years. Cody’s grandfather introduced him to motocross and he has been hooked ever since. For those who are not familiar with the sport, Cody says, “Motocross athletes always joke that it's the "most physically demanding sport on the planet. "You're on top of a 225lb machine trying to [...]

31 10, 2016

Physical Therapy and Shoulders

By | October 31st, 2016|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|44 Comments

Physical Therapy and Shoulders One of the areas we use constantly and often without thinking are shoulders. Like many other areas of our amazing bodies (ok mine isn't amazing, yours might be), it is a delicate and precise intersection of several moving parts. All of those parts are subject to wear and tear and stress.  Movements that are outside the scope of that joint's ability are called injuries. This article will describe how physical therapy and shoulders go hand in hand. As we talk about the parts of our bodies most affected by age and overuse, its important to remember as [...]

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