Category Archives: Physical Therapy

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How Physical Therapy Can Help with Shortness of Breath Associated with COPD and Congestive Heart Failure

The average number of breaths taken per minute in a healthy individual is 12 to 20 breaths per minute. It is calculated by watching the number of times the chest rises and falls within a one-minute time interval.  Illnesses such as congestive heart failure, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and/or asthma can negatively impact


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Are your hamstrings actually tight?

Has anyone ever asked you to “touch your toes?” This has always been the benchmark to determine if your hamstrings are tight. But in actuality, is this testing your hamstrings? To determine this, first we have to look at the motion itself. The motion is accomplished by stretching both the legs and the lower back.


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Physical Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition affecting movement and general motor function. It affects millions of Americans every year and can have profound effects on daily living in social, economical, physical, mental, and emotional ways for both the patient and family. While there is no existing cure for Parksinson’s, the effects and progression


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Balance and Physical Therapy

Balance problems are one of many reasons that patients come into physical therapy clinics. Balance problems make it difficult for people to maintain stable and upright positions when performing activities that involve standing, walking, and even sitting. Unfortunately, as you get older, your risk for a balance problem raises exponentially; 75% of Americans older than


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Balance Training with Video Games

Most people know that physical therapy is often used to treat conditions that cause pain in just about all areas of the body. It is prescribed as a treatment following an injury in order to restore normal function. However, another major condition for which physical therapy is used is balance training. There are a myriad


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Pain in the shoulder. Muscular male body. Handsome bodybuilder posing on gray background with red dot

Repair of the Rotator Cuff

The shoulder, or glenohumeral joint, is a ball-in-socket joint where the glenoid of the scapula joins with the head of the humerus. The motion is controlled mainly by the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is made up of 4 separated muscles that each provides a slightly different function. The muscles are as follows: Supraspinatus- abduction


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Nurse Assessing Stroke Victim By Raising Arms

Basics of Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)

Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) also known as “Stroke” happens when there is an interruption in the brain’s blood circulation (ischemia) or there is destruction or death of surrounding brain tissue (infarct) . CVA happens when there is prolonged ischemia to an artery within the brain. This, depending on the size of the affected area in the


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