Success Story: Avoiding Back Surgery to Return to Marathons

November 20, 2014: Andrea Parada ran her first marathon in her 40s, pain free.  Months later, she could hardly get out of bed, get dressed, or brush her teeth without debilitating pain.

Andrea had suffered a herniated disc in her lower back. Initiatially, she had hoped it would get better on its own, but a few months later, after trying multiple treatment options, she worried that surgery may be her only option.  Not only did she want to return to a pain free life, she wanted to run marathons again.

In this episode, Andrea talks about her love for running, and how her painful injury almost jeapordized that and other aspects of her life. Joining her is her physical therapist, who specializes in running injury management. Not only did he help return her to a pain free life, but Andrea is running marathons again.

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Sports Psychology and Injury Rehabilitation

November 6, 2014: An athlete with a torn anterior cruciate ligament faces a daunting rehabilitation challenge, with or without surgery.  A significant amount of physical therapy is likely to be involved to regain strength and range of motion. But the athlete’s body might not be the only thing that could benefit from treatment. Their thoughts and emotions could need rehabilitation as well.

Recent studies suggest that fear of reinjury is commonly cited among knee injury patients who don’t return to their sport. The body may be willing, but the mind may not.

In this episode, a sports psychologist from the Ohio Center for Sports Psychology and a physical therapist from the Cleveland Clinic discuss how an athlete’s belief in his or her ability to recover from any injury, and their understanding of the process to get there, can be key to returning to sport.

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Childhood Obesity

October 24, 2014: America’s obesity epidemic provides staggering statistics, most alarming are those affecting children.

In the United States, 68% of adults are estimated to be overweight, with 36% falling in the obesity category. Roughly 16% of children age 6-19 are estimated to be obese, and so are at least 10% of children age 2-5. Approximately 325,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are attributed to obesity, which can contribute to an array of other health problems from cardiovascular disease and diabetes to loss of mobility and depression.

In this episode, a physical therapist discusses the impact of being overweight and obese for children, and specific programs designed to get them active, moving, and healthy.  She also addresses the dangers of being overweight children cleading to being overweight adults, and the associated health risks, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, loss of mobility, and depression.

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7 Myths About Physical Therapy

October 9, 2014: People everywhere experience the transformative effects physical therapy can have on their daily lives. In fact, as experts in the way the body moves, physical therapists help people of all ages and abilities reduce pain, improve or restore mobility, and stay active and fit throughout life. But there are some common misconceptions that often discourage people from visiting a physical therapist.

In celebration of National Physical Therapy Month during October, the American Physical Therapy Association addresses and debunks the top “7 Myths About Physical Therapy.” In this episode, a physical therapist addresses each of the 7 myths, and the actual facts, about physical therapy.

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Choosing Wisely: 5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question

September 18, 2014:  Choosing Wisely is a national campaign to promote conversations between health care providers and patients about utilizing the most appropriate tests and treatments, and avoiding care whose harm may outweigh the benefits.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) joined the campaign, initiated by the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, and created a list of “5 Things Physical Therapists and Patients Should Question.” In this episode, two physical therapists examine this list and discuss how this effort aims to educate consumers on health care procedures that tend to be done frequently, yet whose usefulness is called into question by evidence.

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Childhood Cancer and Physical Therapy

September 10, 2014: According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, approximatelyt 13,400 children between the ages of birth and 19 years of age are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States, and approximately one quarter of them will not survive the disease. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, during which supporters of the fight against childhood cancer are encouraged to wear gold ribbons.

One of the many who will “go gold” this month is Roya Giordano, whose 13-year-old son Mathias has osteosarcoma – a bone cancer that developed in his right leg.  In this episode, Roya shares her family’s journey with the disease, and talks about the special bond Mathias has developed with his physical therapist Mike Reing, PT, DPT, whose work with Mathias is all about preserving his quality of life.

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Back to School: Accessing Physical Therapy in the Classroom

August 28, 2014: For many kids, getting through the school day is only as challenging as the educational material.  But for some with special needs, simply navigating to and through the classroom is a challenge in and of itself.  Available to help them are health care professionals such as physical therapists. 

In this episode, a school-based physical therapist discusses her role working in schools and treating children with disabilities related to conditions such as muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome, and multiple sclerosis, among others. She also addresses how her goal isn’t simply to improve a child’s strength or range of motion but to enhance their function according to the specific needs of their school setting.

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Success Story: Overcoming a Lifelong Disability to Become a Professional Cyclist

August 15, 2014: Hit by a car while riding his bike at the of 14, Tim Haitz was critically injured, spending days in a coma, weeks in the Intensive Care Unit, and months in traction.  He didn’t stand and bare weight for almost 10 months after his accident.

After the accident, his life as he knew it had changed. Never properly rehabilitating his injuries, he went on to live a life of dysfunction and pain. It wasn’t until his late 30’s when he began to work with a physical therapist that his life would change course yet again, but for the better. He overcame his disabilities to become a professional cyclist, and was so inspired the impact of his physical therapist, he returned to school to become a physical therapist.

In today’s episode, he and his physical therapist discuss the complexities of overcoming those injuries, and what Tim has achieved.

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Infantile Scoliosis and Pediatric Physical Therapy

August 5, 2014: By the time Linda Cook took her 10-month old son Evan to his 4-month check-up, she was convinced he had scoliosis. Evan was having trouble breathing, he was losing strength and range of motion, and he had a noticeable hump around his ribs. Tests confirmed that Linda was right.

In this episode, Linda discusses what a rare condition infantile scoliosis is, what it’s like to be part of her son’s physical therapy team, and the big gains her little patient is making. Evan’s pediatric physical therapist joins her.

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Success Story: Overcoming Scoliosis and Degenerative Disk Disease

July 17, 2014: Back pain is common, but for Barbara Jones, it created a domino effect that affected her whole body.  As a teenager, she had rod fusion surgery to address a severe case of scoliosis. Years later, she had back surgery again to address symptoms of degenerative disk disease.

In this episode, she and her physical therapist discuss how these conditions didn’t just affect her back, but her whole body. She had severe tightness throughout her whole body that affected her mobility and ability to exercise, and ultimately caused her to tear a rotator cuff. 

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Total Knee Replacement

July 3, 2014: As many Americans look to maintain healthy and active lifestyles up to and through their retirement years, some are finding their knees are struggling to keep up. Wear and tear can lead to osteoarthritis, which can lead to debilitating pain. And increasingly, people are turning to knee replacement surgery to help solve this problem.

In this episode, orthopedic surgeon Brian Burnikel, MD, and physical therapist Jackie DelGiorno, PT, DPT, OCS, discuss what patients face when they elect to get a total knee replacement – from the crucial pre-operative conditioning, to the surgery itself, to the almost immediate physical therapy that follows, and the long-term prognosis.

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Take the Challenge to Keep Kids Fit This Summer

June 19, 2014: With warmer weather and summer vacation here, parents are looking for ways to keep their children active over the summer. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and its Section on Pediatrics are encouraging the whole family to get involved in physical activity with its “Summer Fit Family Challenge.”

In this episode, physical therapist Joe Schreiber discusses the importance of keeping kids active, and how the “challenge” helps families achieve the 60 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous physical activity recommended for children each day by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Total Hip Replacement

June 5, 2014: While it is estimated that 25% of people may develop hip osteoarthritis by age 85, an increasing number of Americans are not waiting that long to address painful hip joints. Total hip replacement surgeries are growing in popularity to meet the needs of an aging, yet active, Baby Boomer population.

In today’s episode, Mary Milidonis, PT, PhD, discusses the symptoms that may lead to total hip replacement, and the recovery process after surgery.

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Preventing ACL Injuries in Youth Athletes

May 22, 2014: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are becoming increasingly common among youth athletes and can lead to arthritis of the knee later in life. But a recent clinical report in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, notes that the risk for ACL injuries can be significantly reduced with a simple neuromuscular training program.

In this episode, Julie Eibensteiner, PT, DPT, CSCS, who has worked with numerous college and elite soccer players both as a physical therapist and as a coach, discusses ACL injuries and gives advice to parents about ways to reduce the risk of these knee injuries for their children.

Read more about ACL tears and tips on preventing knee injuries at MoveForwardPT.com. 

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Avoiding Baseball Injuries

May 8, 2014: Baseball may seem like a game with lots of standing around, but between those moments of calm it includes athletes moving with great speed and force — throwing, swinging, fielding, and running the bases.

In today’s episode, physical therapist Sue Falsone, who served as the head trainer and physical therapist for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2012 and 2013 seasons, provides a glimpse of how baseball players cope with the rigors of the game at the professional level. She also speculates on whether the early single-sport specialization of many youth athletes could be contributing to the recent rash of severe elbow injuries in Major League Baseball.

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