30 Mar

5 Ways to Make Gardening Easier

Spring is finally here, and social distancing recommendations along with Governor Ned Lamont’s Stay Safe at Home executive order has made many people extra excited for the warm weather this year. Gardening is great whether you’ve always had a green thumb or you’re looking to find exciting new hobbies at home.  If you want to…

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04 Mar

Finding It Hard to Resist: The Benefits of Resistance Training

Resistance training bands are a safe and effective way of strengthening muscles in all patients. As physical therapists know quite well, resistance bands are perhaps the least expensive and most versatile exercise tools for improving muscle strength and flexibility. But what are the benefits of resistance bands? What Are Resistance Bands? These strips and loops…

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08 Nov

Ankle Injuries – From Minor Misstep to Chronic Condition

Ankle injuries can end up worse than one might think. While many might assume that something as seemingly minor as an ankle sprain poses little more than an insignificant inconvenience, there is growing evidence that ankle injuries (ranging from simple sprains to fractures) can present serious long-term consequences. It is important to bear in mind…

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08 Nov

What is Movement Diagnosis?

Movement diagnosis tends to slip under the radar. But what is movement diagnosis? Medical diagnoses don’t need much of an introduction. They’re what you get from your doctor when you’re sick. Examples would be influenza, diabetes, or hypertension. They describe the underlying problem that is causing your symptoms.  When people feel sick, they know they…

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02 Jun

ECRC Now Offering BIG – LSVT Program For Person’s With Parkinson’s Disease

ECRC Physical Therapy has the LSVT-BIG program. Clinician Audrey Traylor, P.T. of the ECRC Physical Therapy Office in Lisbon has an exciting new certification. Audrey is now a certified clinician of the LSVT-BIG treatment approach. LSVT-BIG is an intensive physical therapy program developed for the treatment of patients with Parkinson’s Disease, and other neurological conditions.…

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29 Dec

3 Signs of Shoulder Impingement you Shouldn’t Ignore

Shoulder impingement is a form of inflammation in a small part of your shoulder. It starts as a small sharp pain, but could be painful, stubborn, and downright debilitating. Common in athletes, impingement is caused by overuse. It is important to see a doctor as soon as you show signs of shoulder impingement, but what…

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29 Dec

BEST CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH LUMBAR FUSION

Lumbar fusion is a serious spinal surgery used to correct problems with vertebrae. Lumbar fusion surgery, done to eliminate pain or restore motion in the back, is common. It is the process of fusing vertebrae together to form into one bone. After going through intense surgery such as this, the healing process takes time. Although…

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29 Dec

IMMEDIATE IMAGING FOR LOW BACK PAIN DOESN’T IMPROVE OUTCOME

U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT ARTICLE: Using medical imaging on people who have low back pain that has no apparent underlying cause doesn’t improve clinical outcomes, says an article by US News & World Report based on a recent study in the Lancet. A systematic review of 6 RESEARCH STUDIES that included more than 1,800…

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29 Dec

PHYSICAL THERAPY AND THE CAMARADERIE OF HEALING

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Physical Therapy and the Camaraderie of Healing An article in Monday’s New York Times, titled “Physical Therapy and the Camaraderie of Healing,” captures the essence of the special relationship a physical therapist develops with his or her patient. This article dives into the undeniable bond that patients and physical therapists develop…

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29 Dec

PHYSICAL THERAPY VS. ARTHROSCOPIC KNEE SURGERY

THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE: Physical Therapy or Arthroscopic Knee Surgery? A new study questioning the usefulness of arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee should encourage patients to consider physical therapy as an effective non-surgical option, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). The study was published in the New England Journal…

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