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Participating in a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program will help decrease your shortness of breath and increase your ability to exercise. You may have heard that pulmonary rehabilitation is only for people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). We now know that people with other lung conditions such as pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, pre/post-transplant, and…

Physical therapy focuses on assisting a patient with body movement, and occupational therapy on helping a patient with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, walking and eating. The medical fields of physical therapy and occupational therapy sometimes overlap, but they are also distinctly different in their approach. Essentially, physical therapy treats people for…

January was declared by President Richard Nixon to be   National Blood Donor Month. It’s the perfect time to resolve to be a regular blood donor and help save lives.  According to the American Red Cross, about 38 percent of the U.S. population can donate blood — but only 10 percent actually do. Every time we…

When buying a gift or toy for a child, always read the label to make sure the toy is appropriate and safe for their age. You should consider the child’s temper, habits, and behavior before buying a new toy. Children, who can seem advanced compared to other children of their age, shouldn’t use toys meant…

Is what you believe you know about Physical Therapy even true? Let’s separate fact from fiction… What is PT anyway? “Physical therapy is a dynamic profession with an established theoretical and scientific base and widespread clinical applications in the restoration, maintenance, and promotion of optimal physical function.” American Physical Therapy Association So what does all…

Are you struggling with sitting in your chair all day long – working or attending online classes for school? Our bodies weren’t meant to be sitting around all day. Sitting at a desk and in a chair for many hours can cause many issues from high blood pressure to fat around the waist. Excessive sitting…

  Where can I find reliable information and timely updates about COVID-19? This continues to be a rapidly changing situation, the CDC provides regular updates and guidance. In addition, your local, county and state health departments’ sites are likely a good source for details about the latest developments close to home. Please visit Wake County’s…

October is National Physical Therapy Month. A physical therapist is a licensed professional and an expert in the management of the musculoskeletal system. In fact, in most cases, you can see a physical therapist without a referral, and it is very likely that your insurance company will pay for physical therapy services. As 2015 comes…

  Most people have heard about multiple sclerosis (MS), but don’t know much about this autoimmune disease. It’s a debilitating and progressive condition that affects the brain and spinal cord. Normally, nerves are encased in a thin and protective insulating coating called myelin. Multiple sclerosis causes the immune system to ‘turn on itself’ and eat…

  Millions of children suffer from a condition called Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Often referred to as clumsy child syndrome, it’s a serious and chronic neurological disorder that occurs when the brain is unable to relay messages to the body. The condition affects multiple areas of development and coordination. In fact, it can continue into…

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