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What the Numbers Say About Low Back pain

What the Numbers Say About Low Back pain

You’ve had lower back pain for two weeks, so finally you decide that enough is enough and make an appointment with your doctor. Your doctor’s decision about what to do next can have a big impact on how quickly your back pain resolves. Research has shown that some courses of action work better than others.

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Muscle Soreness: What’s Good, What’s Not?

Muscle Soreness: What’s Good, What’s Not?

I’ve seen dozens of runners from the cross-country team at Boulder High grimace, shiver and squeal as they stand in an ice bath, hoping to stop muscle soreness after a particularly grueling workout. All that pain for nothing. Too bad they don’t know it won’t help. There are some things you can do for delayed

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posture blog

The Straight Scoop on Posture

My father, a physical therapist, father used to have me walk around with both arms behind my back – my left hand holding my right elbow – because he was tired of telling me to stand up straight. He learned during PT school way back in the early 50s, that bad posture caused pain and

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Handling a Heat Wave

Handling a Heat Wave

Getting overheated while working out can really ruin your day, maybe your life. That sounds dramatic, but it’s something to think about when temperatures climb. How do you know when you’re getting overheated? Overheating – or thermal strain – feels exhausting. You may be going your usual pace or even slower than normal but you

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Three Myths about Running Shoes

Three Myths about Running Shoes

As PTs we are often asked to recommend running shoes for patients. So before you go to the running store, consider this: Myth #1: Preventing injury is a matter of finding the right shoe. There is no shoe that magically prevents injury. And no one shoe is great for everyone. So at the running store, run long

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Keeping Young Athletes Healthy

Keeping Young Athletes Healthy

Over the last three decades, the intensity of children’s sports has changed. In the Front Range, whole catalogs are devoted to sports camps. Club sports are proliferating and, in a community where physical activity is highly valued, competition to excel is huge. Parents are hiring personal coaches and trainers to help their children in the

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