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The Body System You Didn’t Know You Had

In Physical Therapy by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

Growing up, many of you most likely learned about body systems. There is the cardiovascular system, which pumps blood and delivers vital nutrients throughout the body. There is the neurological system, which in a way is like a large computer and electrical system that controls activity of various organs. There is the musculoskeletal system, which allows us to move about …

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What is a Meniscus Injury?

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

The meniscus is a piece of cartilaginous tissue that exists between your femur and tibia right at the joint line. There are actually two parts – the medial and lateral meniscus. Together, these pieces of cartilage help to distribute forces in the knee, stabilize the knee, and provide some information about knee position in space. There is some evidence that …

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Are Meniscus Tears a Serious Injury?

In Knee Pain by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

One of the most common things we see in our clinic is knee pain. Acute knee injuries are usually swollen, warm, stiff, painful. It may be difficult to put weight on your knee or bend it. We often are asked whether the knee injury means surgery is needed and what the prognosis is for the knee pain resolving over time. …

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Knee OA? New study Confirms PT is Better than Shots

In Uncategorized by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

Shots Are Common – But Should They Be? If you have knee OA in the US, you have about 50% chance of getting an injection.1  Despite exercise being the most recommended treatment for knee OA, only about 10% of people ever get referred to a physical therapist.  In fact, the use of PT declined between 2007 and 2015.2 In my clinical practice, …

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Knee Arthritis? Study Shows You Have a Very Good Shot at Avoiding Surgery with Physical Therapy

In Uncategorized by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

If you have osteoarthritis (OA), you know that learning about it and what it means for you can be confusing.  Often, the x-ray is reviewed and minimal advice on how to proceed and what the outcomes mean for you are given.  If you’re smart enough to ask, you might find out that about 1 in 4 people having knee replacement surgery (the …