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Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

Did you know that October is National Physical Therapy Month? Established in 1981 by the National Physical Therapy Association (APTA), this month is a time to raise awareness about how these professionals help us live better lives. Physical therapists and assistants help people with injuries and disabilities improve their mobility and manage pain. They play

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What can physical therapy do for fibromyalgia?
What can physical therapy do for fibromyalgia?

An estimated 4 million people in the U.S. are living with a condition that causes them pain and hinders their quality of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain all over the body, sleep problems, fatigue and emotional and mental distress. Other common symptoms

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Flu: What can you do to keep yourself safe?
Flu: What can you do to keep yourself safe?

The 2017-2018 flu season was a rough one. There were a total of 19,398 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations reported between October 1, 2017 and February 10, 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of those cases, the highest rate of hospitalization was among adults 65 and older. Flu season exacting a heavier

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Six ways to make yard work smarter, not harder
Six ways to make yard work smarter, not harder

Autumn is officially here and it’s time for milder temperatures and falling leaves. Doing yard work can be a rewarding pastime that help keep you and your lawn in shape. Working outside is a form of low impact cardiovascular exercise. In addition to burning calories, it can help older adults improve hand strength, lower stress,

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Knowing your risk can help with managing arthritis
Knowing your risk can help with managing arthritis

According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans and is one of the most common causes of disability. Arthritis is the common term to describe about 100 conditions that cause joint pain or joint disease. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, especially among older people. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative

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Going away for rehab? Here’s what you need
Going away for rehab? Here’s what you need

After surgery, an illness or accident, rehabilitation is an important part of getting on the path to recovery. Inpatient rehabilitation may be recommended if you are not able to recover at home or need access to a physician’s care. While living at an inpatient rehab, you will receive regular therapy, usually 1 ½ to 3

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There’s hope for age-related muscle loss
There’s hope for age-related muscle loss

If you’re over the age of 30, more than likely you have already been experiencing significant muscle loss. Sarcopenia or the progressive loss of muscle mass due to aging is a common and natural occurrence. According to Harvard University, people begin to lose as much as 3 to 5 percent of muscle per decade after

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How physical therapy can benefit lymphedema
How physical therapy can benefit lymphedema

Winding through almost our entire body, the lymphatic system balances fluids and waste materials and produces infection-fighting white blood cells. When this system is working properly, lymphatic fluids enter and leave tissues without notice. However, damage to the lymphatic system causes fluid build-up that can lead to long-term physical problems for people. Lymphedema is fluid

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12 questions you should ask while touring an inpatient rehabilitation facility
12 questions you should ask while touring an inpatient rehabilitation facility

If you have suffered a serious debilitating illness, injury or recently had surgery, you may be considering inpatient rehabilitation to help get you on the path to recovery. It’s helpful to do your research before choosing a facility. An onsite tour can be useful in giving you hands-on information about a potential rehab program and

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Beyond hot flashes: How to take care of yourself in post-menopause
Beyond hot flashes: How to take care of yourself in post-menopause

The start of menopause may signal the end of a woman’s reproductive years, but it also heralds the arrival of a new part of her life. Post-menopause means a woman has been free from having a menstrual cycle for at least 12 months. There may be several changes to her body during this time, including

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