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Happy New Year

Happy New Year from all of us at Southwest Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. We hope that you had a great Holiday season and we wish you all the best for 2018. Welcome to the January newsletter NEW JANUARY ARTICLE. How Exercise Keeps Us Young. Ensuring that your body’s cells are young and healthy is one of the keys to staying young. Current research shows that there is a link between exercise and young, healthy cell DNA. The abbreviation DNA refers to deoxyribonucleic acid, which is th...
Posted on 2018-01-02

Speed of Rehab

When a patient begins rehab, one of the first questions I hear as a physical therapist is "how long is this going to take to get better?". After 23 years of practice,it has become evident that there are many variables involved. Below are 5 of the top factors that determine the speed of healing and the progress of rehab after injury or surgery. 1. EVERYONE RESPONDS TO PHYISICAL THERAPY DIFFERENTLY Physical therapy is as much about the mind as it is about the body. Some patients respond very wel...
Posted on 2017-11-20

What is your water consumption?

What is your water consumption?
We have all heard that drinking water is very important. During the winter months with the colder weather, we tend to not drink enough and can quickly become dehydrated. Over half of all Americans are chronically dehyrated and most of us even mistake our bodies need for thirst as hunger. Daily lack of water can cause a negative affect on the body in several different ways: Mild dehydration will slow down your metabolism as much as 3 of sufferers. Only a 2, breast cancer by 79 less li...
Posted on 2017-11-13

The amazing shoulder

The amazing shoulder
The human shoulder can do incredible things.It allows us to perform any and every overhead activity. It is the foundation of the upper limb that allows our hands to perform highly skilled activities such as paint, play a musical instrument, or accurately throw a ball.In this article, I would like to point out some characteristics that make the shoulder joint truly unique.      The shoulder joint is the most proximal or closest joint that connects the entire upper limb to the trun...
Posted on 2017-11-04

Injury and Proprioception

Injury and Proprioception
When you become a physical therapy patient, especially if your injury involves the lower limb, you will most likely hear the term PROPRIOCEPTION.In a nutshell, proprioception is your sense of position throughout your body.But, before we explore this exceptional phenomenon further, let me explain to you the "Nervous System 101": Your nervous system works similar to a phone system, but instead of people being at each end of the phone, there are receptors or "messengers" at each end communicating ...
Posted on 2017-10-30

Ice vs Heat

Friends, family, and patients all ask me what to use on their aching back. What to use on their sprained knee. What to use after surgery and for how long, and how many times per day. In this article, I hope to shed a little light on these questions.   The first thing we all need to understand is what heat and ice do to your body. Heat causes your blood vessels to dilate (get bigger) and cold packs cause your vessels to constrict(become narrower).Both heat and cold will relieve pain. This ...
Posted on 2017-10-23

Risk Factors Affecting LBP

While the ability to stand and function on two legs allows humans to excel at home, work, sport or play, it is also a set-up for failure at the foundation or hub of the body; the lower back. 1. POOR POSTURE- Whether you’re sitting, standing or sleeping, poor posture can accelerate the rate of onset of Low Back Pain, and problems. Correct posture involves one that maintains the 3 normal curves of the spine. Flexibility and strengthening exercises can help you maintain your proper posture t...
Posted on 2017-10-16
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