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We run to get into shape.  But do we get into shape so we can run?  Running can be a great activity for conditioning, weight loss or stress relief. But there are very few activities we do as human beings that have such a repetitive nature and can take a little problem and turn it...
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Hip surgeries come in all different shapes and sizes: from total hip replacements to removal of spurs and repairs of labral tears or fractures.  They can all be scary, but are nowadays some of the easiest to recover from.  The hip joint is the deepest and most stable of the ball and socket joints, and...
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          Dr. Kristal Nelson PT Board Certified Sports PT Recently I wrote an article entitled Busting the Myths of Tennis Elbow. In this companion article, where we are focusing on the recovery process, I’m offering up some practical advice to help solve the frustrating problem that is tennis elbow so you...
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          Dr. Kristal Nelson PT Board Certified Sports PT You know how frustrating and debilitating “tennis elbow” can be. Much of the frustration stems from misinformation and myths that are passed through the internet and other sources. I also think the medical community has let us down in explaining what this...
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For many people with aches and pains, the first stop on the road to recovery is their primary care doctor’s office. After all, family doctors are who we defer to on most medical concerns. A sore neck or back can indeed be scary, and it’s worth seeking medical advice before proceeding. In many cases, a...
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A concussion is a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, usually induced by traumatic biomechanical forces. It is a functional, rather than structural, injury that results from shear stress to brain tissue caused by rotational or angular forces—direct impact to the head is not required. What does that mean? It makes a concussion more complex...
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Most people have heard of TMJ or TMD. What a lot of people don’t know is that a physical therapist can help people who are having symptoms of TMD or TMJ pain. TMD, or tempormandibular dysfunction, is a relatively common problem that is most often associated with pain in the jaw, but has other symptoms...
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By definition, vertigo is a sensation of feeling off balance or dizzy. Most of us have felt dizziness or know someone who has. There are many descriptions of dizziness such as: feeling like you are on a boat, rocking, swimmy headed or feeling like the room is spinning. It can be short lived and simply...
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Chris could barely walk. In September 2016, his back problems got so bad he had trouble doing anything. His back had been causing problems since 2015. At that time, Chris visited a physical therapist along with many doctors, eventually learning he has degenerative disc disease in his lower lumbar. His earlier visits to a physical...
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By Dr. Kristal Nelson PT, SCS Board Certified Sports PT Can Exercise Prevent Higher Healthcare Costs? Or has it become a risk factor? Numerous studies have emerged claiming exercise can prevent higher healthcare costs. I certainly agree. However, for those who are driven, exercise may have become more like a “sport” in which we compete for...
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