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9 Things You Should Know About Pain

1. Pain is output from the brain While we used to believe that pain originated within the tissues of our body, we now understand that pain does not exist until the brain determines it does. The brain uses a virtual "road map" to direct an output of pain to tissues that it suspects may be in danger. This process acts as a means of communica...

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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 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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May 12, 2016 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

First, a little bit of education... Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that affects approximately 10 million Americans and is more commonly diagnosed in women. Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, widespread pain that extends over large areas of the body. Unfortunately, Fibromyalgia also presents with a wide variety of other symptoms, including fatig...

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The Art of Shoulder Maintenance

Given that I wanted to take a time to write about a question patients frequently ask relating to shoulder pain, rotator cuff tears and why am I in therapy if my is torn? First off let me talk about the shoulder as a joint. It is a very poorly constructed joint with respect to stability, however it is a very functional joint in that we have tons o...

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Trigger Point Dry Needling at Vita Physical Therapy

  Trigger point dry needling is a treatment technique that has rapidly increased in popularity within the physical therapy community. Dry needling is used to restore function and decrease pain. Injury or repetitive micro trauma to the body can result in trigger points, which can be simply described as a painful area within the muscle. Chemica...

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Mens Health Month

Statistics reveal that on average men live approximately 5 years less than their female counterparts....

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Could YOU Benefit from Dry Needling?

If you have pain, have increased your training intensity, or have tender knots in your muscles the answer is YES! The use of dry needling is based on concepts of muscle referral dating back over 500 years. When muscles are over worked or sustain injury they develop trigger points.  are tight bands in the muscle that may cause pain. This pain cou...

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