Physical Therapy

| Posted On Feb 02, 2017 | By:

Exercises to Help Prevent and Manage Sports Injuries

Are you a runner or do you frequently play sports like tennis, squash, or basketball? Do you often deal with an injury from your activity, or do you just want to learn more about how to prevent injury while being as active as possible? These exercises will help improve your stability and strength which are key to avoiding, preventing and managing injuries to the knee, hip, ankle or back as a result of recreational activity or a competitive sport.

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| Posted On Jan 31, 2017 | By:

Oh, My Aching Back! The Body Mechanics of Snow Removal

Winter weather in New England is unpredictable, to say the least. We can go from no snow in sight to 10 or more inches overnight. Dealing with snow storms – and more importantly, with snow removal – is a big challenge for most of us. To successfully clear a driveway or walkway, it often takes hours of shoveling to get the job done and can easily create lots of body aches and pains. Low back pain is a very common complaint post shoveling,

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| Posted On Jan 10, 2017 | By:

Vertigo

Experiencing vertigo for the first time can be a pretty scary event. Most people describe it as a strong spinning sensation or a feeling of light-headedness or being totally off-balance. Vertigo often stems from a problem with the vestibular system, our balance center which is located in the inner ear but deeper than our ear drum and the systems involved with hearing.

One of the most common causes of vertigo is called BPPV,

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| Posted On Oct 20, 2016 | By:

Should You Use Heat or Ice on an Injury?

Whether it’s at work, in the gym, at a medical appointment, or even at a party, that age-old question of whether to use heat or ice for an injury continues to be debated. And there’s good reason for the debate, as there is no one correct answer to the question – it depends on the injury in question.

Below I’ve described the physiological and therapeutic benefits of both heat and ice to help you decide which one might be most effective to use.

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| Posted On Aug 13, 2015 | By:

Physical Therapy at Harvard Vanguard

At Harvard Vanguard, we have highly-skilled physical therapists and physical therapy assistants who provide a range of services for children and adults at eight convenient locations in and around Boston.  We use a functionally-based approach to help individuals of all ages and all activity levels meet their goals, such as:

  • Recover from an injury, accident or surgery
  • Learn techniques to prevent injury or improve performance for recreational and professional sports
  • Return to a daily routine without pain and limitations

We pride ourselves on our highly-individualized approach to care.

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| Posted On Dec 16, 2013 | By:

Imaging tests for lower back pain:When you need them – and when you don’t

No matter how much you like snow, this past weekend’s storm certainly did challenge drivers on Saturday night and made for a messy clean-up on Sunday.  As a result, some people are unfortunately starting the week feeling the effect of the snow in the form of very acute back pain.

Back pain can be excruciating. So it seems that getting an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to find the cause would be a good idea.

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| Posted On Mar 28, 2013 | By:

A Pain in the Neck

As a physical therapist, I know that neck injuries, whether caused by something as severe as an accident or as seemingly innocuous as a simple at-home task, are no laughing matter and can cause neck pain and strain that interferes with your daily routine.

When you injure your neck, the pain can present itself in many ways.  Symptoms may range from a dull ache to a sporadic sharp pain located anywhere from the base of the skull to the shoulders and upper back. 

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| Posted On Sep 13, 2012 | By:

Frozen Shoulder

Have you had an annoying pain in your shoulder for weeks or months, but you cannot recall injuring yourself?  Are you unable to enjoy sports like tennis or golf because the pain and stiffness in your shoulder is getting worse? Is the pain beginning to keep you awake at night?  If any of this sounds familiar, you may have frozen shoulder.

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| Posted On Mar 02, 2012 | By:

Stand Up Straight! Improving Your Posture

Growing up, most of us were told at some point by our parents or grandparents to “Stand up straight!” or “Stop slouching!”  Although it might have felt like they were nagging, studies have shown that this was in fact excellent advice. There is a direct correlation between maintenance of proper posture and efficient body function throughout your daily activities and work tasks. Poor posture habits, such as slouching while standing or hunching over your computer at work,

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| Posted On Jul 07, 2011 | By:

ACL Injuries

The anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of four major knee ligaments.  Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that connect one bone to another. The ACL connects your thighbone (femur) to your shinbone (tibia) and helps stabilize your knee joint.  The ACL is therefore critical to stability; as a result, people who injure their ACL often complain of symptoms of their knee giving out from under them.  Many patients who sustain an ACL tear opt to have surgical treatment of this injury –

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