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The Forgotten Condition That Could Be Causing Your Hip Pain

In Back Pain, Hip Pain, Physical Therapy, Uncategorized by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

Why Physical Examinations are Important Hip pain is commonly seen in physical therapy.  Hip pain could impact your ability to walk, golf, twist in the car, get out of the car, get out of a chair, and so on.  However, it might be somewhat surprising to find out that it can often be difficult to determine the cause of your hip pain.  This …

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The Crazy Thing Research is Telling Us About Spinal Stenosis

In Back Pain, Physical Therapy by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

Lumbar Stenosis is a radiographic diagnosis.  The word “lumbar” refers to the lower back and “stenosis” means “narrowing.”  Usually, when an x-ray or MRI finds that you have stenosis, it means that the passageways for nerves in your spine are smaller.  However, it is important to keep in mind that this narrowing can happen without pain.  It is common to …

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Part III: What Do Airplane Crashes Have to Do with Unnecessary Surgeries?

In Back Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Physical Therapy, Shoulder Pain, Uncategorized by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

The New Healthcare: A 3 Part Series I’m sure you remember it, even now.  Earlier this year, a woman was sitting in her seat on a Southwest airliner, a model known as the CFM56, when the window she was seated next to suddenly burst open.  She died.  It was the first in-flight fatality in the 47-year history of Southwest Airlines.  …

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Manual Therapy: What is it and Why Should You Care?

In Back Pain, Headache, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Physical Therapy by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

I’m just returning from a visit to the annual conference of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in Reno, Nevada.  The wonderful thing about the AAOMPT conference is that you’re constantly surrounded by physical therapists that have contributed so much to our profession and are on a continual journey of lifelong learning.  I’ve been to the conference …

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Part 2: Why Time Matters in Healthcare

In Back Pain, Headache, Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Neck Pain, Physical Therapy, Shoulder Pain by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

The New Healthcare: A 3 Part Series   Let me describe my last doctor’s visit. It was for what I thought was a trivial condition (I had a red patch of skin that hadn’t gone away for months) and so I went online and scheduled an appointment with a dermatologist.  I chose one that had signed a contract with my …

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What Everyone is Getting Wrong with Hip Bursitis

In Back Pain, Hip Pain, Knee Pain by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

If you’ve ever had sharp pain in the side of your hip upon taking a step, it’s possible that you’ve been told you had hip bursitis. But let’s get one thing straight: “hip bursitis” is an old-fashioned name. The condition is now being called “gluteal tendinopathy” or “greater trochanteric pain syndrome.” These newer names emphasize that the bursa isn’t the …

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Learn What Can Cause Back Pain

In Back Pain by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

What Causes Back Pain…and What Can Back Pain Cause? Low back pain is the most common cause of disability worldwide and nearly everyone has it at some point in their life.  One of the most common things people are worried about when they get back pain is what might be causing it.  This is understandable.  I’ve had back pain before …

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What Causes Low Back Pain Flare-ups?

In Back Pain by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

Most of us have wondered what caused our episode of back pain in hopes that we may prevent it in the future.  In fact, it is one of the most common questions I am asked and one of the most common search terms relating to back pain on the internet.   The New Research Lucky for us, a group of …