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By Christopher Ferlo, PT, Milford, PA Center Many women with breast cancer will have surgery, such as breast biopsy, lymph node biopsy/removal, breast conserving surgery (lumpectomy), mastectomy or breast reconstruction. As vital as these surgeries are in the fight against breast cancer, they can have negative consequences of their own for which physical therapy can provide a […]

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By Casondra Mortimer, DPT, Harrisonburg, VA Center TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, which connects one side of your mandible (lower jaw) to your skull. Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) is the umbrella term used to describe what happens when the joint and/or muscles used for chewing become inflamed, stuck or painful. TMD affects more females than males and […]

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By Nicholas Maggio, PT, DPT, Lancaster, PA Center What manifests as a headache actually could be coming from your neck. It’s what is known as a cervicogenic headache. Luckily, cervicogenic headaches can be reduced, eliminated, or prevented with physical therapy exercises at home. A cervicogenic headache is specifically when your upper cervical spine – your neck –sends […]

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By Scott Dunham, PT, Richmond, KY Center Age, gender, training methods and sleep patterns influence sports performance and risk of injury. However, nutrition often is an overlooked factor. Research shows that with proper nutrition, an athlete can minimize injury risk despite the other external factors. However, a recent study of athletes and training professionals found them to […]

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By Andrew Ryan, DPT, 2018 OCS Resident, Salem, OH Center Musculoskeletal (MSK) pain affects the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Low back pain is the most common form, affecting up to 40 percent of Americans. Other common MSK-related pain manifests in necks, knees and jaws specifically or as widespread body aches. It hurts plenty of […]

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CHOOSE PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR SAFE PAIN MANAGEMENT No one wants to live in pain. But no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. Since 1999, Americans have increasingly been prescribed opioids- painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Opana, and methadone, and combination drugs like Percocet. In some situations prescription opioids […]

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