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Snow Shovelers

ALEXANDRIA, VA — With weather experts predicting a repeat of last winter’s colder-than-normal temperatures and heavy snowfalls in many parts of the U.S., the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Obesity

Physical Therapists Give Kids and Parents Tips for Avoiding the Obesity Trap

Computer Kids

Computer Kids May Face Long-Term Injuries If Not Properly Monitored

ALEXANDRIA, VA, August 22, 2001 ¾ It’s a running joke that if you have a problem with your computer the best person to ask for help is a kid. Yet kids who spend a lot of time using computers may be headed for long-term health problems unless they change the way they use this technology, warns the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Snowboarding

Snowboarders Seek Greater Thrills and Take Greater Risks

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Once the exclusive territory of teenage daredevils, snowboarding is now a mainstream sport as well as a booming industry. Snowboarders of all ages account for about 30 percent of all skiing lift tickets and season passes sold in the United States, making snowboarding the fastest-growing winter sport. However, as the popularity of snowboarding increases, so does the potential for injuries.

Arthritis

Almost all of us know someone who has been affected by arthritis or a related condition. Ironically, arthritis is so commonplace that we sometimes underestimate its seriousness as a threat to the public health. According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people 15 years of age and older.

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Tottering on Heels

Physical Therapists Say Tottering on High Heels Puts Women at Risk for Foot and Back Problems

Breast Cancer

Physical Therapists Key in Ongoing Care of Women Living with Breast Cancer

Rotator Cuff Tears

Nobody wants a torn anything, let alone a torn shoulder cuff. It is pretty common to hear “I tore my rotator cuff” in a passing conversation about aches and pains with your friends or co-worker. The cuff is a group of muscles and their tendons that work to stabilize the shoulder joint. They originate on the shoulder blade and insert (end) on the top of the shoulder joint.

Abs

The America Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recommends choosing exercises that work all of the muscles of the torso: rectus abdominis (crunches and reverse crunches), obliques (half twists/ rotations), transverse abdominis (plank and V-situp) and back (plank). Follow these basics to get the most out of your abdominal workout:

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Taking Care of Your Back

By standing on their 'hind' legs, human beings freed their hands for work and gained the dexterity to create civilizations. Since ancient days, though, people have paid the price of walking erect...with their backs.

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Tips from the Experts

Tips from the Experts

Sciatica


Millions of people suffer from low back pain each day. Most are between the ages of 30 and 50, and many endure not only back pain, but also severe pain or numbness running into one or both legs. The result: loss of activity, inability to work and inability to participate in the activities we enjoy most. It is estimated that some 80 to 90% of Americans will suffer from back pain during their lifetime, about 50% of which will have more than one episode. Often times, you will hear the name “Sciatica” associated with this pain, and rightly so.

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