We get skiers back on the mountain.

One of the most gratifying things we do as physical therapists is to get people back to doing things that they had not been able to do for some time because of injury or illness. This case illustrates how a little creativity and tapping into the patient’s own skill set can result in innovative solutions to challenging problems. Challenge: Our patient, who is an avid skier, fell awkwardly and sustained a spiral fracture of his fibula, prematurely ending his season. He had surgery about a week later, and the fracture was repaired with a plate and several screws. He went through rehab throughout the spring, and by the time summer arrived he was feeling well with minimal pain and dysfunction in his ankle. With the onset of the ski season this year, the patient headed back to the ski hill to make some early-season turns. Having not tried on his ski [...]

By |2018-11-15T01:31:58+00:00November 15th, 2018|Case Study|0 Comments

How can meditation posture increase back and knee pain?

We’ve seen a sharp rise in those interested in practicing mindfulness and meditation as an effective way to reduce stress and improve our general health. Sometimes, however, we are seeing an unintended consequence of meditation practice: an increase in back and knee pain. Challenge: This week, one of my patients had asked me how I could help her alleviate back and left knee pain she was experiencing while sitting in her crossed-legged seated meditation posture. It was an interesting inquiry, and I was anxious to help. I asked her to duplicate her meditation posture for me, and I took a close look at her sitting position on the floor. Her hips were raised slightly on a small pillow, and she was sitting up very tall. So tall, in fact, that her middle and lower back position was causing her to over-activate her back muscles. Her back muscles were in a [...]

By |2018-11-02T01:42:48+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Case Study|0 Comments

My head is spinning: Treating vertigo with physical therapy

Vertigo refers to the sensation of motion – a whirling and loss of balance. Vertigo sufferers feel that they or their surroundings are spinning, even if perfectly still. If you experience vertigo regularly, you are not alone. It’s an extremely common condition, especially as we age. This sensation is highly disturbing and upsetting. Also, vertigo increases fall risk and the serious injuries associated with falls. Vertigo varies in intensity from person to person. For some, the sensation is so debilitating that it can spur a trip the nearest emergency room. Others deal with this sensation as a benign, but chronic, annoyance. Those with vertigo often experience dizziness, and sometimes, nausea. Often, vertigo starts immediately following a head movement, and it doesn’t take much. Just turning in bed or tilting back the head can trigger episodic vertigo. Many vertigo sufferers have sought out medical care to address their problems, often without [...]

By |2018-08-03T23:33:06+00:00August 1st, 2018|Physical Therapy, Vertigo|0 Comments

Bringing knowledge from Timberlane PT over the globe.

I was especially busy this fall and winter.  As many of you know, over the years, I developed a strong personal interest and expertise in helping treat lymphedema and other complications that arise following mastectomies or lumpectomies, and have been recognized internationally in this critical sub-specialty related to post-breast cancer surgery. In September, 2017, I was invited to be the keynote speaker for the Japanese National Lymphedema Conference in Osaka Japan. During my trip, I had the opportunity to travel to five other Japanese cities and present my clinical experiences and treatment recommendations to a variety of healthcare professionals. The following month, In October , I took another overseas flight – this time to attend the International Society of Lymphedema Conference in Barcelona, Spain to share expertise with  Dr. Tobias Bertsch, Senior Physician for the Földi Clinic Hinterzarten, European Centre for Lymphology, in Germany, a world-renowned reference clinic for patients [...]

By |2018-08-01T19:11:00+00:00August 1st, 2018|Physical Therapy|0 Comments

Functional Movement Screens Can Help Avoid Spring Sports Injuries

Athletes, especially non-elite recreational athletes (most of us!) usually take their movements for granted and rarely consider how their movements during exercising impacts performance. After years of similar workouts, athletes incorrect movement patterns become habitual, and just because you've been doing something for years, doesn't make it right.  Incorrect movement patterns are often the reason behind stagnant performance. They put a ceiling on your potential. Even worse, incorrect movements often typically performed contribute to injury. Those of us who are "injury prone" often move incorrectly. Strength and flexibility exercises sometimes are just not enough. A Functional Movement Screen (FMS) can make all the difference. An FMS assesses a wide variety of interconnected body movements and evaluates an athletes' musculoskeletal system in action. AnFMS not only helps athletes maximize their performance, but it also objectively determines when an injured athlete can safely return to a sport with a low risk of [...]

By |2018-05-23T20:46:48+00:00May 1st, 2018|FMS|0 Comments