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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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Study: Direct Access to Physical Therapy Lowers Cost, Speeds Recovery

In Physical Therapy by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

From new patient phone calls to current patients wanting to be seen for another musculoskeletal condition, one of the most common misconceptions we see in our practice is the issue of direct access. If you know that you’ll end up in physical therapy, or that you have a problem that physical therapists treat, can you just go straight to it? …

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COVID-19 is Still Here. Is Telehealth Really an Effective Option?

In Physical Therapy by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

In March, we all retreated into our homes as the time of stay-at-home orders and quarantine began. If you’re like me, you thought, “Surely, this will all be over in a month. Everyone will do what’s in the best interest of others, and we’ll get through this – America always does!” Unfortunately, the post is being written nearly half a …

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More Frequent Physical Therapy Reaps Benefits for Spinal Stenosis

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

We’ve written a lot about spinal stenosis. It’s a condition that we see often and care about improving in our community. In fact, we’re currently running two ongoing research studies on spinal stenosis (send us a message below for more info).   Physical Therapy Can Help Spinal Stenosis? If you have spinal stenosis, you may be wondering how to treat it. …

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Is Low Back Pain in Dancers a Major Problem?

In Uncategorized by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

How Common is Low Back Pain? Low back pain is the most common cause of disability worldwide, and the number of people in the United States that report having it in the past month is somewhere near 1 out of 4.  Dancing is a rigorous sport. Male dancers often have to lift females over their heads or in awkward positions, and …

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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 …

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Top 3 Things to Keep You Cycling Longer

In Uncategorized by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

Cycling is big in Tucson. We have the weather, the roads, and the people to make it enjoyable. Before you get out there this winter, take a look at the top three things you can do to ensure that you can rack up the miles without tallying up your aching body parts. 1 – Don’t increase your mileage too quickly.  …

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Physical Therapy First for Low Back Pain Reduces Opioid Prescriptions by 85%

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

Background Low back pain is really common.  In fact, almost everyone has low back pain at some point in their life, and about 1 in 4 people you know have had low back pain in the past 3 months.  With low back pain being so common, it’s important to have information about the best place to start care when your …

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What Everyone With Spinal Stenosis Needs to Know: Mike’s Story

In Uncategorized by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

What is Spinal Stenosis? “Stenosis” means “narrowing,” and basically refers to the process of certain holes in your spine getting narrower, usually as we age.  Spinal nerves, which branch and travel down your leg, have to exit from these holes in your spine.  A hole getting narrow simply means the nerve has less space to move, not that the nerve is getting …