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How Physical Therapists Manage Pain

As America combats a devastating opioid epidemic, safer, non-opioid treatments have never been of greater need. Physical therapy is among the safe, effective alternatives recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in guidelines urging the avoidance of opioids for most pain treatment. Where as opioids only mask the sensation...

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Physical Therapist’s Guide to Low Back Pain

If you have low back pain, you are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past 3 months. In most cases, low back pain is mild and disappears on its own. For some people, back pain can return or hang on, leading to a decrease in quality of life or even to disabil...

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Opioids Largely Ineffective for Low Back Pain

People with chronic low back pain might get "modest, short-term pain relief" from opioids. But when it comes to long-term treatment, evidence to support the effectiveness of opioids is "lacking." That's the conclusion of an analysis by JAMA Internal Medicine ("" - May 23, 2016), after reviewing the r...

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Get to know Courtney

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Vita family, Courtney P. Courtney graduated from The University Wisconsin - Milwaukee with a Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology. She loves athletics and especially enjoys fastpitch softball as she played collegiality.  Her background is varied, including an extremely valuable posi...

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Physical Therapist’s Guide to Osteoarthritis of the Knee

of the knee (knee OA) is the inflammation and degeneration of the bones that form the knee joint (osteo=bone, arthro=joint, itis=inflammation). The diagnosis of knee OA is based on 2 primary findings: radiographic evidence of changes in bone health (through medical images such as x-ray and MRI) and an individua...

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