Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain Management

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has been on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. According to CDC statistics over 116 million American adults annually experience chronic pain. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts longer than 3 months. The cost of dealing with chronic pain and the opioid epidemic is estimated at approximately $600 billion annually. While opioid treatment can be necessary in certain cases like cancer treatment, hospice care, and for other acute conditions, it has not been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic pain. Read More …

The basics of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy at Advanced and Preferred Physical Therapy can benefit people of all ages and covers a variety of specializations including impairments of the upper extremity (hand to shoulder), pediatrics and caregiver/family education. Occupational Therapy can help people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations) including helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Read More …

Concussions: We Treat That.

“Recently, I was watching ESPN’s First Take, a sports talk show, and they were discussing a recent concussion sustained by the Pittsburgh Steeler’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. These shows are designed to provoke discussion and disagreement, but usually, this disagreement occurs with opinions, not facts. In this episode, the hosts Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith discussed the status of the Steeler’s franchise quarterback. “He’s had concussions before,” Kellerman said. “You know what the rehab is for concussions? Nothing! There’s no rehab for concussions!” Smith’s response was equally as concerning. “There’s concussion protocol, and that’s it.” Kellerman further perpetuates the falsehood by stating, “What are you going to do about a concussion? Yeah, wait, go through the protocol. What does that mean? Oh, don’t do anything, hope your brain heals.” The reality is that physical therapists can undoubtedly treat many of the symptoms experienced with a concussion.

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What is spinal stenosis and how is it treated?

What is spinal stenosis and how is it treated?
Spinal stenosis occurs most often in the low back and neck when degenerative changes happen at the discs and areas of the bones that make up the spine. This can additionally cause bone spurs, put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that branch off this area due to narrowing of the spinal canal. Symptoms of stenosis can include numbness or tingling sensations down the legs or arms depending on the level of the spine affected such as cervical or lumbar areas, also pain or difficulty with walking or exercising, and weakness.

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