Workstation Ergonomics

Physical therapists treat many patients each year for conditions involving neck and shoulder pain, low back pain, and wrist/forearm pain.  Many times it is related to overuse of muscles in the same  positions (repetitive use injuries) or to the setup of a person’s  workspace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 1.8 million workers are affected by musculoskeletal …Read More >

Preventing ACL Injuries in Girls

You hear it all the time. Another girl tore her ACL.  It’s becoming an epidemic. But what is an ACL?  Why do girls have 2-8 times higher ACL rupture rates?2  Most  importantly, can we do anything to lower their risk? The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is a band of connective tissue within the knee joint that helps to stabilize …Read More >

Potty Training

Before your child is even ready to use the toilet, you can “start” potty training.  Let your child watch you use the toilet.  Although the bathroom may be your sanctuary, the one spot you get 2 minutes of peace, letting your child watch you go and verbally explaining what’s happening is incredibly helpful.  Be explicit and go through every step …Read More >

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Disorders

The challenges of getting a child to eat can sometimes be daunting. It may simply be due to pure stubbornness, or a symptom of a feeding or swallowing disorder. Pediatric feeding disorders include  difficulty moving food to the mouth and getting ready to suck, chew, or swallow the food.   Children with feeding or swallowing problems exhibit a variety of symptoms …Read More >

Topics in Women’s Health – Incontinence

Although urinary incontinence is a common complaint in women, it is one that is usually easily treatable.  It has been shown in numerous studies that incontinence issues affect up to 25% of American women.  Amanda Blaz, DPT is urging women who suffer from this widespread disorder to consider a non-invasive examination and treatment from a physical therapist.  The incontinence program …Read More >

Early Language and Literacy

The development of early language and literacy (reading and writing) begins in the first 3 years of life.  A child’s interaction with adults in their lives and with books, paper and pencils/crayons provides the foundation for development of language, reading, and writing. Learning these skills is a continuous process that develops through social experiences. This process builds as children develop …Read More >

Topics in Physical Therapy — Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become more fragile and are more likely to break. In people with low bone  density, more bone is removed than replaced, and these  people are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis and fractures.  Fractures occur most in the hip, back (spine), and wrist.1 Osteoporosis can be prevented, diagnosed, and treated  before a fracture …Read More >

Why Seeing A Speech Pathologist After a Concussion May Be Beneficial For Your Child

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the brain is damaged suddenly by an external force. A TBI can result from the skull being penetrated or pierced by an object or when the head is forcefully struck by or hits an object.  The severity of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe and is dependent upon the damage done to …Read More >