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  • 10/14/15--06:47: Shin Injuries in Runners
  • Shin injuries in runners are both common and frustrating. What is often called “shin splints” is actually a broad term (like runner’s knee) to describe several potential diagnoses. In mild cases, the pain is rather broad and may not limit activity, while in severe cases the shin pain may become pin-pointed and increase with not […]

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    “My name is Molly, I am 22 years old and I have lived in pain every day since high school. I have three protruding disks in my thoracic spine due to sports. I received three cortisone shots in each disk, but it only helped for a day or two, and medication barely helps at all. […]

    The post OPTA Patient Spotlight: Molly appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Meet Bill. Bill is my friend and former patient who is 90 years old. He was married for 65 years, had a successful sales career, and has seen more change than most of us can fathom. He’s still driving, able to walk without an assistive device, can get up from the ground, and even golf […]

    The post Lift Heavy Things to #AgeWell appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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  • 10/21/15--06:21: OPTA Patient Spotlight: Beth
  • “I am a PT and I have been inspired in a manner in which can’t fully be understood or appreciated by others. Here’s my story! While working in an inpatient rehab setting with clients of various ages; up to 105, I was involved in a motorcycle accident resulting in a multitude of injuries. Admittedly, I […]

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    Instead of resigning yourself to age when you wake up in the morning, challenge yourself to defy your age by taking care of your body. More physicians are moving to a preventative medicine model focused on treating the body when it’s healthy to avoid illness. Physical therapy, exercise, and nutrition are all forms of preventative […]

    The post Age Healthily with These 5 Tips appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    “When I met Attiah (Tia) she was a 19-year-old bilateral above knee amputee starting the home health portion of her rehabilitation process. She had already spent months in the hospital and rehabilitation facilities trying to heal her internal wounds from a car accident caused by another young man’s negligent driving. When I would arrive for […]

    The post Physical Therapist Michelle Taylor Shares a Patient Story That Has Inspired Her appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Now that we are settling into the New Year, it’s a great time to think about all that 2016 can bring. Get back to the activities you love this year with the help of physical therapy.   A trained physical therapist can target problem areas, help you understand your injury, pain or discomfort, and guide […]

    The post Start the New Year off Right with Physical Therapy appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Kristin Holbrook, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS is the Athletic Reconditioning Specialist and Physical Therapist for Olympic Sports at The Ohio State University. She’s been involved with the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) since she was a student, and by the age of twenty-five, served on OPTA’s Board of Directors. You may have seen Braxton Miller’s […]

    The post Kristin Holbrook interview at the Ohio State University appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Pregnancy is an immensely joyous experience for many women. However, it can also sometimes come with health concerns – and without the right help, it can be a time of remarkable discomfort. For example, pregnancy can lead to issues affecting posture, flexibility, and muscle strength.   Luckily, by understanding what’s causing your pain and the […]

    The post Pregnancy Pains: Causes, Solutions, and Comprehensive Relief appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Pregnancy can lead to pains in nearly every part of a woman’s body. Specifically, the majority of women experience leg cramps, joint issues, and back discomfort. A healthcare provider can help you identify what’s causing this pain and how you can recover, which could include physical therapy. These treatments and some simple exercises can prepare […]

    The post Physical Therapy and Pregnancy appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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  • 03/29/16--19:09: Coming Full Circle
  • It seems as if I’ve come full circle—my physical therapy journey started because of an injury I sustained while running, and my journey concludes with my recovery race in the books. After getting the all clear last fall to run again, I registered for the Disney Princess Half Marathon. I always do best when I […]

    The post Coming Full Circle appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    I’ve been running marathons almost half my life. Over the past 17 years I’ve run 31 marathons and have been able to do this with the help of not one, not two, but three physical therapists. I’ve been a runner since middle school. I was a junior in high school when I first found out […]

    The post A Boston Marathon Runner’s Story: Physical Therapy Saved My Running and My Sanity appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Opioid abuse is a serious and growing threat, inhibiting true healing. Each year, opioid abuse and addiction progressively plagues Americans suffering from chronic pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released guidelines which recommend non-drug approaches, such as physical therapy, over long-term or high-dosage use of addictive prescription painkillers. Physical therapists know that […]

    The post Combating Opioid Addiction with Physical Therapy appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Need some holiday cooking inspiration? The members and staff from the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA) kicked in and shared some of their favorite holiday recipes. Some are healthy, some aren’t so much, but all are delicious. Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday season and healthy New Year! White Chocolate Cranberry & Pistachio Bark Victoria Gresh […]

    The post 9 Delicious Holiday Recipes From OPTA appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Chronic pain affects over 100 million people in America each year. We define chronic pain as pain that lasts for months, and even years in some cases. Many chronic pains can be traced to previous injury areas, certain medical conditions, and in some cases no root problem can be traced at all. Physical therapists play […]

    The post 5 Techniques Physical Therapists Use to Treat Chronic Back Pain appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Opioid abuse and addiction has been on a steady increase for many years in the states and around the world. In 2014 alone, US pharmacies dispensed 245 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, nearly enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills. Therapeutic alternatives such as physical therapy, have taken a […]

    The post Source Causes of Opioid Abuse: The link between chronic pain and opioid dependency and addiction. appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Chronic pain is a chief adversary of a physical therapists practice, and is increasing in Americans every year. 30% of American adults suffer from some form of acute or chronic pain, and that number jumps to 40% among older adults. Therapeutic alternatives such as physical therapy, have taken a backseat to the opioid prescriptions to […]

    The post 5 Superfoods that Reduce Chronic Pain appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Many women often wonder whether their bodies will ever be what it was before they gave birth to their little bundle of joy. We’re here to tell you that it can. Pregnancy can take a toll on a women’s body. Everything from pelvic and core issues, to general muscle degeneration from lack of normal movement, […]

    The post Top 5 Post Pregnancy Exercises To Get Your Body Back To Pre-Pregnancy Form appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    It goes without saying, the popularity of yoga in the past decade has blossomed. Around 80 million Americans were estimated to have tried yoga last year, and by 2016, there were nearly 37 million yoga practitioners in America. This is up from 20 million Americans just three years earlier. Why Yoga There are many different […]

    The post Using Yoga to Enhance Physical Therapy: Therapeutic Pain Management appeared first on Make PT Happen.


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    Opioid addiction in America, and particularly in Ohio, has come to the forefront in national media in the last year. Awareness of the opioid epidemic has been a major focus within the government, and in many rural areas in Ohio, opioid addiction has hit a tipping point. The sad, but real truth is that the […]

    The post 4 Staggering Statistics about Opioid Addiction in America: The Physical Therapy Remedy appeared first on Make PT Happen.