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Physical Therapy a Good First Choice Before Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears

Why get surgery if you don’t need it? Those who experience nontraumatic rotator cuff tears, for example, would do just as well with "conservative treatment" such as physical therapy.

That's according to a study published in Bone and Joint Journal ("Treatment of nontraumatic rotator cuff tears: A randomised controlled trial with one-year clinical results" – January 2014), which found that patients who received physical therapy alone for rotator cuff tears showed similar rates of physical improvement and patient satisfaction to those who received arthroscopic surgery or open surgical repair, combined with physical therapy.

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Rise in Obesity More About Inactivity Than Caloric Intake

t's no news that Americans have become more obese during the past 15 years, but a new study adds an interesting perspective—the dramatic gains may be almost entirely due to lack of physical activity, and not an increase in caloric intake.
In an article e-published ahead of print in the American Journal of Medicine (abstract only available for free), researchers examined data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES) administered between 1988 and 2010. Much of what they discovered about rates of obesity, overweight, and abdominal obesity have been well-substantiated, but some twists to the story were uncovered when researchers looked at these data in terms of...

Study: Improving exercise and diet might help reduce dementia risk

Diet, Exercise and Dementia

In a groundbreaking study that looked at how diet, exercise and other non-drug interventions affect cognitive decline, researchers see some hope for relatively easy dementia-fighting strategies

Dr. Miia Kivipelto from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden knew that several studies have linked some lifestyle behaviors, such as exercise and a healthy diet, as well as being more socially active, to less cognitive decline and stronger scores on memory and organizational tests. But it wasn’t clear whether people who ate better, exercised more and had more friends also shared something else in common that could explain their ability to slow down dementia symptoms.

So Kivipelto...

Physical Therapy for Jaw Pain and Dizziness? Six Conditions You May Not Realize Physical Therapists Treat

Sports injuries, arthritis, low back pain – all well-known reasons to seek help from a physical therapist. But during National Physical Therapy Month, Athletico wants people to know about some unexpected ways a physical therapist can improve a person’s health, helping with conditions ranging from cancer treatment side effects to incontinence. Here are six health conditions that you may not know a physical therapist treats.

• Dizziness: A severe type of dizziness called vertigo causes a sudden spinning sensation that can be very debilitating. Most cases of vertigo are caused by an inner ear problem, and often can be eliminated in one as little as one session of physical therapy...

Introducing Dry Needling

Primacare now has TWO therapist who are certified in Dry Needling, Dr. Ram Shahani PT, DPT, OCS, MBA and Dr. Jital Pancholi PT, DPT.

What is Dry Needling?


Dry Needling is an integrative therapeutic modality for soft tissue dysfunction. Dry Needling treatment results in an anti-inflammatory immune reaction which leads to self-healing and internal balance. Needling reduces secretion of norepinephrine from sympathetic nerves which stimulates the adrenaline...

Vestibular Rehab…

Primacare Physical Therapy & wellness

It’s A Balancing Act-Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that hep control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, vestibular disorders can result. Symptoms may include vertigo, dizziness, and imbalance, among others listed here. Not all symptoms will be experienced by every person with an inner ear disorder, and other symptoms are...

About Physical Therapists

Physical therapists can help improve or restore the mobility you need to move forward with your life. If you are looking for a possible alternative to surgery and/or pain medication, consider a physical therapist.

Your Physical Therapist Can Help You With:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Fitness
  • Knee Pain
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Stroke
  • Sprains, strains, and fractures
  • And much more

What to Expect from a Physical Therapist...

Physical Therapist’s Guide to Chronic Pain Syndromes

Chronic pain is a condition that occurs when the brain concludes there is a threat to a person’s well-being based on the many signals it receives from the body. This condition can and often does occur independently of any actual body tissue damage (due to injury or illness), and beyond normal tissue healing time.
It is estimated that 116 million Americans have chronic pain each year. The cost in the United States is $560–$635 billion annually for medical treatment, lost work time, and lost wages.
The causes of chronic pain vary widely. While any condition can lead to chronic pain, there are certain medical conditions more likely to cause chronic pain. These include:

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The Role of Physical Therapists in The Treatment and Prevention of Obesity

More and more physical therapists are becoming Doctors in Physical Therapy as a result of our profession’s decision to go that route, I think it is important that we take a step up from what we are “used to doing” and start treating patients as a whole instead of just addressing their injuries. Fortunately, I am not alone in this view as more and more physical therapy clinics are taking on the wellness mantra in helping their patients not only recover from injury, but to also educate them about obesity and it’s treatment by living a healthier lifestyle.

Obesity is a condition we should all be addressing with our...

Inflammatory Arthritis

Inflammatory arthritis can have disabling effects on otherwise healthy adults and children. In both primary care and specialty settings, clinicians may face challenges when selecting effective treatments for patients experiencing the sequelae of inflammatory arthritis.

Inflammatory arthritis is characterized by inflammation of tissues surrounding the joints. Connective tissue diseases, crystal deposition diseases, infectious arthritis and spondyloarthropathies are...

Physical Therapist’s Guide to Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition causing heel pain. Supporting the arch, the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel to the ball of the foot, can become inflamed or can tear. You experience pain when you put weight on your foot—particularly when taking your first steps in the morning. The pain can be felt at the heel, or along the arch and the ball of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition. It occurs in as many as 2 million Americans per year and 10% of the population over their lifetimes.
Factors that contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Age (over 40 years)
  • A job, sport, or...

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