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Preventing Spondylolysis in Young Athletes

September 9, 2017

Young athletes, especially gymnasts and football players, are at a higher risk of an injury called spondylolysis, a fractured vertebra in the back. It’s the most common cause of low back pain in young athletes. Young athletes are at a higher risk of this injury because they are often still growing. A growing spine may […]READ MORE

Top Stretches for Back Pain

August 8, 2017

Back pain is one of the most common ailments that American adults face, affecting millions of people every year. Most back pain can be treated without surgery or narcotic pain medicines. Stretches, rest, exercise, proper posture and over-the-counter pain relievers can help you achieve a stronger, less painful back. Physical therapists can help you improve […]READ MORE

What to Expect from Outpatient Physical Therapy

July 7, 2017

Physical therapist are trained professionals who help patients regain motion, strength and function after an injury, stroke or other health event. Physical therapists provide care in the hospital (inpatient) and at physical therapy and rehabilitations centers (outpatient). If you are attending outpatient physical therapy for the first time, you should: Dress to Move Physical therapy […]READ MORE

What is Cancer Rehabilitation

April 4, 2017

Many cancer patients going through treatment believe that nothing can be done for the side effects they are experiencing. At Bon Secours Physical Therapy, our Cancer Rehab program can help minimize these debilitating side effects which significantly impact patients’ daily lives. Side effects of chemotherapy and other cancer treatments include: Pain Fatigue and weakness Joint stiffness […]READ MORE

Exercise Can Improve Arthritis Pain

March 3, 2017

Arthritis pain can discourage you from doing one of the most effective things to reduce your symptoms  – exercise. It’s important to remember that staying physically active is key to improving your symptoms. Studies show that exercise reduces arthritis pain and helps people stay mobile, improving their mood and quality of life. Physical activity helps several types […]READ MORE

The Importance of Physical Therapy in Returning to Sport

October 10, 2016

This blog was written by Shawn Van Decker, PTA, CPT. Many athletes have been injured at some point during their athletic career. It’s just a part of playing sports. From ankle sprains to injuries that require surgery, no injury is too small to benefit from physical therapy. Yes, your ankle sprain will feel better with […]READ MORE

It’s Not Just a Bump on the Head – The Importance of Concussion Management

September 9, 2016

This blog was written by Rachel Rand, PT, DPT. The management of concussion is a constantly evolving topic.  Thankfully, in the last several years, there has been more focus than ever before on how to effectively identify and manage concussions, thanks to ongoing research regarding the long term effects of multiple concussions.  As a result, […]READ MORE

Physical Therapists Can Help Prevent Injury in Cheerleading

August 8, 2016

This blog was written by Kelly Boutchyard, PT, DPT | Kelly_Boutchyard@bshsi.org. Cheerleading has been around since the late 1800’s.  Starting as mainly a sideline event full of chants and leg kicks, it has evolved over the years into a highly competitive sport of its own.  Cheerleading is now filled with stunts, jumps, dance, and gymnastics-style tumbling.  […]READ MORE

PRI™ Exercise Spotlight: Left Stance in Left AF IR Position from the Left AIC Pattern

July 7, 2016

This blog was written by Lori Strobl, PT, DPT, PRC. When you are in our clinic at Watkins, you might see several patients doing some ‘strange’ exercises.  These exercises are techniques from Postural Restoration™.   With Postural Restoration™, we recognize fundamental asymmetries in the body, and attempt to get our clients into a state of “neutrality”. […]READ MORE

Using Biofeedback in Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

July 7, 2016

This blog was written by Robyn Lowry, PT, MSPT. Biofeedback is a fundamental tool for pelvic floor rehabilitation.   Biofeedback can be used for both strengthening weak pelvic floor muscles (up training) as well as training tight shortened overactive pelvic floor muscles to relax (down training).   Biofeedback is defined as “A training technique that enables an individual to […]READ MORE