Tuesday, July 11, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. -- Donna Shell never thought she would get to the point where she could exercise while battling breast cancer.

Shell, 72, was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in 2014. She had a lumpectomy and then radiation. After doing an MRI, doctors discovered the cancer had spread to her bones.

"I couldn't walk after the surgery (lumpectomy). I was in excruciating pain," she said. "You're just so depressed. Cancer is a bummer."

Despite her pain, her doctor referred her to physical therapy.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

It is important to stretch after exercising because cardio and strength training exercises tighten your muscles. However, stretching on a regular basis, not necessarily following exercise, can be very beneficial too.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

(KUTV) Physical therapy isn’t just for adults. While it can help when recovering from injury or surgery, it is also useful for young children. For babies with a condition called torticollis, physical therapy can help then overcome it.

“Torticollis is defined as tightness in one of the neck muscles,” said Kelly Warner, a pediatric physical therapist with Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Nearly 80 percent of Americans will have back pain sometime in their life. The majority of these cases resolve in less than a month with no serious complications. However, once you have back pain, you are at greater risk for recurrence. Establishing a definitive medical diagnosis has been shown to be nearly impossible. Most people over 35 have degenerative changes on X-rays and 50 to 75 percent of us have positive findings on MRI. A decision to proceed with surgery based on these tests has been shown to lead to poor results.

Friday, July 15, 2016

As physical therapists from time to time we may be confronted by a patient who is resistant to the idea of being involved with exercise. When those times occur I want you to be prepared by giving them solid evidence as to why exercise is so important, starting with this. After age 45, muscle strength declines 8-10% every decade of life and can decline as much as 30% in the eighth decade of life if an individual is not involved with resistance exercise.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Injury Prevention 101

Summer is a time to have fun and spend time outdoors. It is an opportunity to enjoy the sunshine. It's a time when you can go out for a walk and take in everything that nature has to offer. The weather encourages you to be active and venture outside.

The only caveat with outdoor activities is the risk of injuries due to twists, turns, and falls, among other reasons. The good news is that these injuries can be easily prevented with the advice of a physiotherapist.

A Safe, Fun Summer

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

When pain strikes, it can leave you scrambling for the most effective way to put it to rest. For most people, it has become second nature to head over to the medicine cabinet and search for a solution. While this has grown to be instinctive, there are much better options available, with physical therapy topping the list. Unlike medication, physical therapy works to improve your body’s wellbeing, not merely mask the discomfort you’re feeling.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Got a nagging ache? Recovering from a sprain? The person you most want to talk to is a physical therapist: They improve bodies for a living. They know an important secret: strength training. Research suggests that not only is strength training the best way to knock out pain, but like a magic pill it can also prevent pain in the first place.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016


Ensure that your body is ready to carry a baby by addressing before pregnancy any pain or problems associated with posture or weakness. Here are some physical therapist tips for helping to prepare your body for pregnancy and to guard against musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction during and after it.