Monthly Archives: February 2017

Manual Therapy and Exercise the Best Treatment Option for Neck Pain following Whiplash

Each year, two million Americans suffer from whiplash associated disorders (WAD) secondary to motor vehicle accidents. Studies using high-speed cameras and sophisticated crash dummies have determined that rear impact car accidents cause the lower cervical vertebrae (lower bones in the neck) to be forced into a position of hyperextension (movement of the vertebrae backward) while […]

When does the risk for ACL injury occur in young female athletes?

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) knee injuries, in twisting and cutting sports, has become well recognized and documented in the medical literature and in physical clinics throughout the country. ACL injuries are 4-6 times more frequent in female athletes than in male athletes playing the same sports. The ACL ligament is one of four ligaments that […]

Ankle Sprains: Improved Outcomes through Physical Therapy and Bracing

Ankle injuries are common in running and jumping sports, with ankle sprains being the most common orthopedic injury in basketball players. In a study of NCAA Division 1 athletes, it was determined that 27% of all musculoskeletal injuries occur in the ankle. Many of these ankle injuries result in considerable missed time from sports and […]

Aquatic Therapy: Faster Recovery for Total Knee Replacements

Aquatic therapy is quickly becoming well known for its amazing effects on decreasing pain, speeding recovery and improving function. Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. New research shows that starting aquatic therapy sooner makes a difference for total knee replacements. A recent German study, involved […]

Aquatic Therapy: Faster Recovery for Total Hip Replacements

There are 120,000 hip replacement surgeries done each year in the United States (NIH). The fastest way to recover from hip replacement surgery is to begin the rehabilitation process as soon as possible. Often, pain levels and healing time impact the ability to start physical therapy. However, aquatic therapy can be the first integral step […]

Aquatic Therapy: An Alternative to Pain Medication

Aquatic therapy is quickly becoming well known for its amazing effects on decreasing pain, speeding recovery and improving function. Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. The water provides buoyancy and hydrostatic pressure. The buoyancy of the water decreases weight bearing by up to 90% when […]