May 2017 - Orthopaedics Plus

10 Common Misconceptions About Pelvic Physical Therapy

I had never heard of pelvic physical therapy prior to beginning my doctoral program at Duke University. I remember very clearly when I first learned that some physical therapists did “that.” One of my fellow students had completed a small half-day observation at a local clinic, and excitedly told us all about his day watching the “Pelvic PTs.” We were blown away. We had always assumed physical therapists treated back pain, helped patients after surgery, worked with people who had strokes…but pelvic pain? Urinary incontinence? Sexual dysfunction? This was shocking and new. (more…)

Rehab for Faster Ankle Sprain Recovery

Almost everyone has experienced an ankle injury, from a mild strain to major ligament damage. Most sports participants will remember a time when they sprained their ankles. Once the injury has occurred, patients want to recover as quickly as possible. There’s no clear consensus on exactly how to recover from an ankle injury, but there are some common themes. Learn about the basic steps of ankle injury rehabilitation and when you can resume your normal activities. (more…)

10 Reasons Why Physical Therapy is Beneficial

Physical therapy helps people of all ages who have medical conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their regular ability to move and function.
A customized physical therapy program can help individuals return to their prior level of functioning, and encourage activities and lifestyle changes that can help prevent further injury and improve overall health and well being. Primary care doctors often refer patients to physical therapy at the first sign of a problem, since it is considered a conservative approach to managing problems. Wondering what makes physical therapy so important? Here are 10 ways it may benefit you: (more…)

Coping With Injury: The Psychology Of Being Sidelined

I love to run. Running offers me an adrenaline rush second to no other form of workout, and it maintains my cardiovascular fitness in ways other workouts don’t. Yes, I’m a CrossFit athlete, and CrossFit workouts are what I do most often. But, there are some days when a good run, even if a short one after my gym workout, is just what the doctor ordered. I lace up my shoes, grab my headphones, step outside, and let the soul feeding begin. (more…)