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Step by Step

By Diane Gubisch, PHD, OTR/L

For the last few months, “Pat” has been coming to Occupational Therapy to increase strength, range of motion, balance, fine motor and gross motor coordination…

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Reluctant Patient

By Diane Gubisch, PHD, OTR/L

A very active 74-year-old patient came in for Occupational Therapy with partial rotator cuff tear from unknown origin, with a look on her face that said…

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Pain Free

By Diane Gubisch, PHD, OTR/L

Mrs W. was referred to Occupational Therapy for a right rotator cuff tear and decreased independence with bathing, dressing, and housekeeping due to limited right shoulder movement.

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Big Smile

By Diane Gubisch, PHD, OTR/L

After several strokes, Mr. D, was referred to Occupational Therapy for weakness in his left arm and leg, decreased dynamic standing balance, decreased activity tolerance, cognitive deficits, decreased motor planning.

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 The Artist

By Diane Gubisch, PHD, OTR/L

I had the pleasure of spending every Friday with a bright, energic, and imaginative 5-year-old being seen in Occupational Therapy for weakness, decreased gross motor coordination.

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Role of Occupational Therapy in Outpatient Orthopedics

BY GLORIA, OTR/L

Occupational therapy (OT) is a profession that helps patients across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (also known as occupations).

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Headache or Pain in the Neck?

neckBy Jennifer Gordon, MSPT, CLT

Have you ever noticed the tension in your head and neck at the end of a long week at the office?  It may start as some soreness in your upper shoulders or the neck, or it may start as a headache. You grab an advil which helps temporarily, but you can’t help but notice that your neck feels sore to the touch and your upper back feels stiff. What is going on here?

You may be suffering from cervicogenic headaches, migraine, or tension headaches.  Cervicogenic headaches originate in the musculoskeletal structures of the cervical spine (neck) and may radiate into the head, face, shoulder, shoulder blade and arm.

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Plantar Fasciitis

PlantarBy Jamila Rawlings Logan, MSPT

It started with that morning when you awakened from your sleep to walk to the restroom. The pain in your foot was dull or sharp but definitely not how you felt the day before. As you continued to get ready for the morning, you noticed the pain in your foot was much less intense or non-existent and proceeded with your day.

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OT’s Role in Neuro Rehabilitation

neuroBy Gloria Rinonos, MS, OTR/L

The role of occupational therapists (OTs) is to improve health and participation of clients through engagement in occupation, which includes activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, rest, education, work, play, leisure and social participation (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2018). In a neuro rehabilitation setting, occupational therapists can treat a wide variety of conditions including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, etc.

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Tendonitis of the Elbow

elbowBy Sohaila Mosaddegh PT, DPT, CEO

Elbow pain usually isn’t serious, but because you use your elbow in so many ways, elbow pain can definitely affect your life. Your elbow is a complex joint that allows you to extend and flex your forearm and rotate your hand and forearm.

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Alleviate Future Back Problem

lowBy Sohaila Mosaddegh PT, DPT, CEO

Low back pain affects up to 80% of working age people at some time in their lives, though most will recover, low back pain can be recurring.and some people will continue to suffer from some degree of pain.

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Knee Osteoarthritis

By Quiana P. Roberts, PT, DPT

Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, is a disease caused by the breakdown and subsequent loss of cartilage in a joint.  Cartilage is a tissue that acts as a cushion to reduce friction or rubbing, between the bones of a joint

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SUCCESS with VERTIGO TREATMENT


By Sohaila Mosaddegh PT, DPT, CEO

The Vestibular Disorders Association estimates that 42% of the adult population reports episodes of dizziness or vertigo to their physicians and that I 85% of those cases vestibular dysfunction causes the patient’s problems.  The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements.  If disease or injury damages these processing area, vestibular disorders can result.  Vestibular disorders can also result from or be worsened by genetic or environmental conditions, or occur for unknown reasons.

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Impingement Syndrome

By Quiana P. Roberts, PT, DPT

Impingement syndrome, or subacromial impingement syndrome, is one of the most common shoulder impairments.  It can be caused by degeneration of or overuse injury to the rotator cuff tendons and bursae.

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Effects of PT on Opioid Addiction

opioidBy Kaila Jordan | Summer Internship

Opioid Addiction occurs when a person becomes reliant or dependent on an opiate substance; normally seen in the form of painkillers. [1] People can become addicted to opioids whether the drugs were prescribed to them or not. In this case, they are using a drug just to get high. While others are prescribed drugs for the pain and get addicted to the way the substance makes their pain seemingly disappear.

 

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ACL Injuries In Young Athletes

workoutAn ACL injury is the tearing of the anterior cruciate (pronounced KROOshe-ate) ligament, inside your knee joint. An ACL injury most commonly occurs during sports that involve sudden stops and changes in direction-such as basketball, soccer, tennis, and volleyball.

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Physical Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis (OA)

boostWhat is Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a major cause of disability in the ageing population with its prevalence increasing and consequences significantly impacting society.1About one tenth of the world’s population aged over 60 years is estimated to have symptomatic problems that could be attributed to osteoarthritis

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Exercise and Fibromyalgia

Lydia Peters, PT, DPT

Fibromyalgia is a common musculoskeletal disorder usually affecting women age 40-75 years old.1 The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) describes it as “a chronic, painful, non-inflammatory syndrome involving muscles rather than joints” 1 With the many symptoms associated with this condition; sleep disorders, deep burning ache, mood disorders, and fatigue, their quality of life can be affected, and many times diminished

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Stop Enduring Your Dizziness

DizzinessBy Jamila Rawlings Logan MSPT

How long will you put up with feeling like the room is spinning? How many years will you walk around not turning your head? How much more sleep will you lose because if you lie flat on the bed you become dizzy? More than 42% of the US population complains at least once in their lifetime of dizziness.

 

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