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One day, I was hired to open a Physical Therapy clinic for a physician-owned practice. I soon realized that I was walking into an empty shell. After managing PT clinics for 10 years, I had never started a clinic totally from scratch but it was an exciting challenge. I soon realized that finding what I needed all in one place was even more challenging.I created a list of everything that I needed and soon that list continued to grow as I remembered some items that I had forgotten.  There was much more that was needed then I had originally thought when I first...

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As a personal trainer and fitness instructor for many years, there is one area of the body where common injuries occur, “the ankle”.  Not all ankle injuries occur during exercise or physical activity. They can happen stepping off of a curb onto the street. And not all ankle injuries are the same, ranging from mild to severe.  For example, the most common ankle injury is an inversion ankle sprain which can happen to the average person who is not exercising at all. It occurs when the ankle twists into an inverted state or rolls inward causing the lateral ligaments outside...

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Here are some suggestions and thoughts that I can share from my experience working as a Physical Therapist in an orthopedic setting for several years. Knee injury prevention is a topic that should be more widely discussed publicly. We always focus on treating injuries, illnesses and conditions in the health field, but prevention is the best way to keep staying active and live a healthy lifestyle. Always warm up before any sport or exercise: If you are about to play any sport, don’t without a warmup. Increased blood flow and body temperature loosens up your muscles and joints for better...

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A Baker’s or Popliteal cyst can be described as a condition whereby the knee produces too much synovial fluid in an area in the back of the knee causing pain, inflammation and sometimes difficulty bending and extending your knee. When the pressure builds up, fluid is pushed into the back of the knee creating a lump or cyst. It is a condition prevalent in those who have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and is also prevalent in children. In fact, a lot people with arthritis walk around with a Baker’s cyst and don’t even know it because they are symptom-free.  Sometimes, the cyst...

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As a Physical Therapist, I hear it all the time.  “My friend Jim got a total knee replacement and is already back playing golf in a month.” So, you decide to get the surgery.  Immediately afterwards you are feeling sore, stiff and having a difficult time moving around, getting out of bed, and just walking in general. You are surprised that it’s this difficult after the surgery. Your friend made such a quick recovery. “Why am I in so much pain? Why am I having such a hard time moving around?” In my professional career, I try to educate first....

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