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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 …

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WATCH: A “5/10” to Pain-Free in 15 minutes

In Uncategorized by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

It’s one of the questions we get all the time. “What happens in physical therapy?” All day long in our Oro Valley clinic, we hear people say “I didn’t know this type of physical therapy existed,” or “I had no idea that this is what happened in physical therapy – if I’d known I would have come a lot sooner!” …

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All You Need to Know About Physical Therapy Education

In Physical Therapy by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

It’s one of the most common questions we are asked: what does it take to become a physical therapist?  Few people know what PT education consists of and what separates physical therapists from other professions.  Here’s a quick overview. Getting into PT school It’s not easy.  Physical therapy programs are graduate programs, meaning they require the applicant to have taken …

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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 Should Know About Shoulder Pain

In Neck Pain, Physical Therapy, Shoulder Pain by Seth Peterson, Physical Therapist Oro Valley

If you’ve ever had shoulder pain, and I have, you know how it can ruin your day.  It can stop you from sleeping, brushing your teeth, showering, putting on clothes, drinking coffee, driving, working, exercising, and on again.  Shoulder pain is one of the most common things seen in physical therapy, but one that few people truly understand.  My hope …

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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 …