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Odd Nerve Pains

Nerve pain can be elusive.  Nerves can be aggravated by muscle and joint inflammation, they can be damaged by trauma, and they can loose their elasticity as well.  Nerves can give pain, numbness, tingling, dull ache or even sharp pains.  Nerves need to stretch and...

How Poor Posture Affects Shoulder Pain

So, first I want you to reach overhead in a slouched posture, look how far your arm goes up.  Now, stand up straight, head high, chest up and tight core, then reach up overhead. Does your arm move about 30 to 40 degrees more when you actually use good posture? I see...

What is a Lordosis?

Basically a lordosis is an excessive curvature of the back, sometimes called sway back.   Why is this bad for you? Structurally, this is like trying to load a spring, but it has too much stress in one area and bends too much.   Or, if the spring is slightly misaligned...

More about knee pain in teenage girls

This is the second of a two-part blog post. So, as a PT, it is really easy to look at a teenage girl’s overall posture and the length of her muscles and foot position.  All of these play a role in teenage knee pain.  Sometimes we see flat feet or excessive...

Knee pain in teenage girls

So, I was just discussing with one of my patients the incidence of medial knee pain in teenage girls.  Now, keep in mind this is my own opinion over the course of my 28 years in practice as a PT and I have not researched this topic, its just an observation form...

Spring comes early for runners

Winter never happened here in North Idaho.  We have had almost 12 weeks of dry unseasonably warm weather and now, I have mountain lillies coming up in my planter beds. Normally that happens in late April.  Ski season is basically over and now I see people buzzing...
Were you in an accident? Chances are you have whiplash.

Were you in an accident? Chances are you have whiplash.

Recently a few friends have been in motor vehicle accidents incurring bad injuries to their necks.  The neck is a fragile area not well protected by a seat belt.  Any blunt force to your car is amplified into your neck area through an acceleration/deceleration moment...

A Brief History of Physical Therapy

The history of physical therapy (PT) reaches back into the time of Hippocrates.  Massage and hydrotherapy were treatments of choice.  Profession groups of physiotherapy in England date back to 1894 when the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy was started. In the United...