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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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