Nearly one in 10 Americans struggle with shoulder impingement pain on a regular basis. This shoulder injury usually stems from poor shoulder posture habits and overuse during activities where the arms are above the head, which causes frequent pinching of the rotator cuff tendon. Shoulder impingement causes pain and reduces the range of motion in…

We use our hands constantly throughout the day. This may be by typing on your computer at work, cooking dinner for your family, doing sports, and much more. According to statistics found on InnerBody, each hand consists of 27 bones. That is a lot of bones to take care of! These bones support the muscles…

We all deal with some form of bodily pain, to one extent or another. Between daily movement, sports activities and simply growing older, our bodies are under a lot of stress throughout our lives. Often, the results are painful movement and difficulty performing daily functions. Physical therapists can play a vital role in assisting with…

Most insurance plans pay for physical therapy services that are medically necessary.  However, to make sure that your treatment will be covered, it is best to check with your health insurance provider to see if they require a referral from your primary physician.   If your insurance company does require a referral, consider talking with…

Does your child suffer from orthopedic injuries such as fractures or sprains? Do you have a child who is diagnosed with autism, developmental delays or sensory motor impairment? You can help your child gain function, strength and confidence through pediatric physical therapy. Physical therapy can appear overwhelming for children at first, but it doesn’t have…

When asked why they do what they do, the speech therapists at Care First Rehab all said the same things.  Donna Richmond, CF Supervisor and Speech Therapist, shared, “We find this career to be meaningful and challenging.  I enjoy the flexibility and independence due to the variety of work settings and patients.” The Top 10…

Many people have heard of occupational therapy, or OT, but do not understand what it is all about.  The American Occupational Therapy Association defines occupational therapy as “The therapeutic use of work, self-care, and play activities to increase development and prevent disability.  It may include adaptation of a task or environment to achieve maximum independence…

Occupational therapy doesn’t have to be a tedious process. When occupational therapy feels more like fun than therapy, you’re more likely to maintain focus on the task so that your fine motor skills actually progress toward your goals more efficiently. The American Occupational Therapy Association outlines some of those goals and provides some tips at www.aota.org.  We would like…

Years of research prove that massage therapy helps with more than just relaxation. But if you are just beginning massage therapy and haven’t had much experience, you might be wondering what to expect.   What is the purpose of a Therapeutic Massage? The benefit of a therapeutic massage comes from the purpose of the massage….

You never really appreciate how much your knees do until you have knee pain. Whether you have a knee injury from a sports accident, osteoarthritis, an ACL tear or MCL sprain—or even if you’ve had knee replacement surgery, knee physical therapy can help you decrease pain, improve range of motion and strengthen your knee—if you do it…

When we think of Home Healthcare, we immediately think of a wide range of services provided in the home, that allows a person with Alzheimer’s or other dementia to stay in their home.  But In-Home Therapy is different.  Although, like Home Healthcare, Home Therapy is an outpatient visit in the comfort of your home rather…

Massage is a word that is typically associated with relaxation and a calming massage in a spa like setting. In recent years, massage has started to grow in the medical and physical therapy fields. What’s often overlooked is that massage can have medical benefits as well. Therapeutic, also known as medical massage, can be used…

In home physical therapy is not limited to star athletes and the elderly. There is a misconception that in order to receive physical therapy, you need to have a painful injury or be suffering from limited movement. In reality, everyone benefits from in home physical therapy. From children to athletes, office workers to the elderly,…

Waking up in the morning is already difficult enough for some people. Having plantar fasciitis can make getting up in the morning a painful and slow process. Plantar fasciitis is sharp pain in the heel that is usually at its worst in the mornings. Often, plantar fasciitis is only attributed to runners, hikers and other…

October is Physical Therapy Month, a time to celebrate all the good that physical therapy does for those suffering from pain. Pain can manifest in many different forms. Some pain is the result of a recent injury, while other pain is chronic pain that people live with each day. Many people take for granted the…

Physical and speech therapy make most people think of an office setting and sitting down with a physical therapist while working on therapy exercises. What if you do your therapy in the comfort of your home? That’s exactly what a lot of physical therapist are offering these days. Therapists are now coming into people’s home…

When you hear the term tennis elbow you may think this topic is only relevant to those who play tennis or other sports. In reality, anyone can get the shooting pain that’s associated with tennis elbow. Dealing daily with pain in your elbow can hinder movement in your arm and make everyday tasks, such as…

If you’re subscribing to the old adage of “grin and bear it” when it comes to an injury, you’re not doing yourself any favors. The pain will most likely get worse. Researchers say that over time, putting up with chronic pain will develop into more serious issues. And now that summer is upon us, you’ll…

Shoulder pain is a problem for many people. It can restrict the movement in your arms and cause pain when performing certain everyday tasks such as lifting your arms above your head, reaching sideways, reaching forward, and more. There are a variety of shoulder rehab exercises you can do to help prevent and relieve the…

Do you have an old injury that left you inactive and in pain over the winter?  Have you just learned to work around it and tough it out? You deserve to feel better. Without professional therapy assistance, you may not heal properly and might even feel worse or do more damage. Physical therapy can help…

With this physical therapy exercise of the month we will focus on hip exercises and how to reduce pain associated with hip injuries. In order to reduce hip pain, it’s important to build strength and flexibility. Hips are large, weight bearing bones that are put under stress each day. Due to this constant stress, hip…

The fall sports season is upon us.  Many students and weekend athletes are excited about the prospects of playing their favorite sport.  Before you jump into action, you may want to visit a physical therapist for ideas on how to reduce your risk of injury or re-injury. Although most athletes return to their sports three…

August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month!  To celebrate, we are sharing some little known facts eye care for children and infants. Most parents don’t know that children should have their first eye exam when they’re only 6 months old. “I’ve seen many times where diagnosing and treating an eye disorder early in life meant…

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Movement is one of the primary functions of your body during the day. You move to walk, stand, sit and do a variety of daily activities. It’s what keeps you healthy by preventing diseases such as obesity and heart disease. This is why pain-free movement is vital to our lives. When you deal with recent…

Think it’s too late to “reinvent” yourself? Think again. According to Carolyn Worthington, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Magazine and executive director of Healthy Aging®, “it’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, passion, or hobby.” Worthington is the creator of September is Healthy Aging® Month, an annual health observance designed to…

If you or a member of your family needs physical therapy to recover from an injury or manage a condition, you need to know how to find a great physical therapist – one who clicks with you. If you have a good relationship with your physical therapist, you’ll feel more motivated to actively participate in…

When your doctor prescribes working with a physical therapist after an injury, surgery or illness, your first question is often how quickly you will recover. Although this depends greatly on the condition being treated, there are many things you can do to speed up your recovery and increase the effectiveness of your physical therapy program….

Since May is “Better Hearing and Speech Month”, we’re focusing on some reasons successful people seek speech therapy. Stuttering Many teens and adults who stutter become anxious simply because they stutter.  They often feel bad about their speech difficulty and experience anxiety, avoidance, low self-esteem and embarrassment. Some stuttering symptoms are obvious to others and…

Why You Shouldn’t Overdue It We have all heard the phrase ‘No pain, no gain’. When it comes to the human body, discomfort is acceptable, but pain is not. In fact, there is a threshold of pain tolerance that is unique to each individual. It’s important to understand and respect this limit. When the body is pushed past this ‘breaking…

The hip is an important weight bearing joint in the human body. Repetitive stress to the femur (thigh bone) over time can lead to the formation of cracks in the hip joint, which is the junction of the pelvis and the femur. For most individuals, simple cracks can heal over time without the need for…

It is common knowledge that physical therapy helps with relief of pain and improvement of function. In fact, it helps improve mobility, increase strength, reduce swelling and empowers individuals to live healthy, productive lives. Here are ten things you probably did not know about physical therapy: Can be used by athletes to enhance performance at…

During the holidays I always love spending time with my extended family and the grandparents. It’s not unusual to have older relatives struggling with hearing loss and if you do have a family member with this, you know that the whole family struggles right along with them.  Consider these tips developed with special speech therapy…

An ankle injury occurs when the joint is twisted, turned, sprained or strained. In the acute stages, rest and ice can bring relief. The joint is often elevated to control swelling and you can use compression wraps to reduce swelling further. Pain, swelling, and bruising are the hallmarks of a sprain. You might be inclined…

 

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