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May is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome/Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder Awareness Month

Learning the basics starts with learning a few acronyms — Generalized Joint Hypermobility (GJH) Medically, GJH is defined by scoring above a certain threshold on a test called the Beighton Scale.  The Beighton Scale includes assessment of flexibility of the fingers, thumb/wrist, elbows, knees, and hips/back.  GJH often coincides with being considered very flexible or […]

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Safe Hiking This Spring

  The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer, and the mountains are calling. Before you hit the trails this spring, keep the following tips in mind to ensure a good start to your hiking season. Physical Preparation It’s a good idea to perform a few weeks of pre-season exercise to get ready […]

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Dancing and Your Brain

  We all know that exercise is important for maintaining our physical health and function as we age. But did you know that certain types of exercise also help maintain your brain? This month we will look at some of the cognitive benefits of dancing. Get ready to kick up your heels! The Brain Changes […]

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Physical Therapy and Hip Osteoarthritis

  Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common condition that can affect many joints in the body. It is often seen on x-rays as narrowing of the joint space. Sometimes bone spurs are present. Often the lining of the joint is inflamed. This can cause significant pain and difficulty performing daily activities. If this condition is affecting […]

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Wintertime Fall Prevention

With the build-up of snow and ice on the roads and sidewalks, slipping and falling becomes a real concern for many people during the winter. Although we haven’t had much snow yet, it’s always a good idea to be prepared. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about fall prevention before the snow flies. […]

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Staying Active This Winter

As the days get shorter and the weather gets colder it’s normal to fall into hibernation mode. Many of us struggle to remain active during the winter months. Colder temperatures along with snow and ice can make outdoor exercise a dangerous undertaking. Still, we know that it is important to maintain physical fitness through all […]

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Ski Season in the Rockies

  It’s time to get your skis, snowboards, boots and bindings tuned up! Dig out your favorite jacket and gloves because ski season is almost here! Your gear may be ready for the slopes, but what about you? Are YOU ready for the slopes? Are you having any issues with your knees, hips, feet, shoulders […]

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National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month “My knee hurts when I go down stairs.” “I can’t reach behind my back without my shoulder hurting.” “I have constant back pain.” Do any of these statements apply to you? These are common problems that cause people to seek medical treatment. Pain can be debilitating and can cause […]

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National Balance Awareness Month

By the Numbers September is National Balance Awareness Month. Every year millions of older adults fall. In fact, more than one in four people over age 65 will fall every year. Less than 50% of those people will report falling to their doctors. Falls have a significant impact on the individual, their families and the […]

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Common Jaw Exercises in the Treatment of TMJ Dysfunction

What is TMJ Dysfunction? The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is formed by your jaw bone (mandible) and skull (temporal bone). Dysfunction of this joint is common and results in a variety of symptoms. People with TMJ dysfunction may experience: headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, earaches and/or ringing, and at times difficulty opening the mouth. Joint […]

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