Physical Therapy

| Posted On Jun 14, 2018 | By:

Diagnosing and Treating Shin Splints

Running is a popular sport or form of exercise for millions of people around the world. Although running has plenty of health benefits, it’s also associated with various injuries. One common injury I see in runners is medial tibial stress syndrome, more commonly known as shin splints. Shin splints can also occur in people who are participating in other high impact sports such as basketball, soccer, jumping or gymnastics.

Shin splints are an overuse injury that is characterized by a throbbing or aching pain along the front or inside edge of the shinbone (tibia).

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| Posted On Apr 25, 2018 | By:

The Smart Way to Use Smartwatches

Smartwatches have definitely become one of those “must-have” items of late and are very popular gifts. If you either just got a smartwatch as a gift, bought one, or are thinking of getting one for yourself, very common questions you may have are: “But now what?” “What can it do and what can’t it do?” and “With all the choices which one should I choose?”

First, a smartwatch is a wearable extension of your smartphone that can alert you to phone calls,

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| Posted On Apr 09, 2018 | By:

Get a Workout at Your Desk

If you sit at a desk all day for work, you may be all too familiar with how you feel when you (finally) stand up. A stiff neck, stiff joints, leg muscles that need a good stretch, even aching back muscles – your entire musculoskeletal system can be impacted by too much sitting.

The fact is that the body likes to move, and any prolonged static positions – like sitting in front of your computer for long periods of time – are not good for keeping the muscles limber and loose.

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| Posted On Feb 14, 2018 | By:

A Headache That’s a Pain in the Neck

If you sit at a desk all day working at a computer and start to notice frequent headaches, you may have what’s known as a cervicogenic headache. These headaches have nothing to do with eye strain but rather are caused by nerves and muscles of the neck and spine that have been aggravated by posture or perhaps an injury.

The source of a headache can sometimes be tricky to pinpoint given there are more than 150 unique kinds of headaches,

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| 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 home, at work, or in the gym, 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 we describe 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 Atrius Health

At Atrius Health, 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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