Plantar Fasciitis – What you need to know

In this post, I want to give a fly by on what I consider to be the high points of a conversation on plantar fasciitis (PF) or heel pain. I want to give some common areas of misunderstanding on proper (improper?) management, and introduce a better way of evaluating and treating  PF. First, let’s consider…

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Headache? It’s likely from your neck

We get referrals from Neurologists, Family Practice MDs, PAs, and CNPs every week to evaluate and treat patients dealing with headaches, dizziness, feeling somewhat lightheaded or just “off.” Sometimes headaches are very clearly cervicogenic, meaning neck related . But sometimes it’s not quite so obvious. Hence why they made a trip to the neurologist first,…

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Why NOT to rest after an injury

Is rest is best? How soon should you see a PT after an injury?   Well obviously if you look like Kermit here it might pay off to lay low for a bit. But even then, it should be relative rest. Purposeful rest. Meaning, if I hurt my back shoveling, I should rest… FROM SHOVELING.…

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How can PT help ______? (You asked!)

  We often get asked questions like, “If it’s torn, how could PT help?” Or, “If I have arthritis, what can you do about that?” Good questions! And we have answers! Seeing a Physical Therapist may be exactly what you need for your torn meniscus or arthritic knee, herniated disc, labral tear, you name it.…

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3 exercises for low back pain

Our PTs have seen thousands of people for low back pain. That means A LOT of histories taken, goals discussed, evals done, plans made to figure out how to get from point A to point B. Painful to pain free. No matter what is going on with a lumbar spine (ie: “I have a bad…

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Re-thinking the Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Pain

Old habits die hard. Improperly diagnosing and treating shoulder pain is just one of those things. Let me explain. If you are reading this, and have no shoulder pain, you get recruited for an MRI study. 100 other people do the same. Remember, your group has no shoulder pain.  Your results are interpreted and measured…

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What do our DPTs do after hours?

We brought Dr. Jake Wendland (our DPT at the Fergus location) down to Alex the other night to catch up and have some Wings. I had no intention (nor did he) of filming anything, but midway through the “assessment/treatment” I realized I should give an insider look at what we do! Brief background: Jake said…

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Best Neck Exercise Ever

  Let me explain. . . You’re looking at a phone, tablet or computer if you’re viewing this, right? And no matter if you’re sitting, standing, or laying down, you’re LOOKING down. Your head is tipped forward slightly, out in front of your body. It’s ok, you’re normal. On average, people spend 11 hours a…

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