Avoiding Opioids for Back Pain

With a major settlement from three drug distributors and an opioid manufacturer reached just ahead of the first federal opioid trial this month, continued news coverage of opioid-related deaths, and new synthetic opioid drugs appearing across the country, opioids are still very much on the mind of may of us in the United States and

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Love Your Hands (You Only Have Two!)

In the online, internet-obsessed lives we lead today, having two pain-free hands at the ready is paramount. Our hands connect us to the world, provide the means for our sustenance and allow us to perform daily activities.  And, as those activities revolve more and more around computers, tablets and smartphones, many of us find that

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We’ve Got Your Back: Understanding (and Treating) Back Pain

Earlier this month, the Orthology team joined the Twin Cities YMCA at their annual ForeverWell event in Minneapolis, The Gathering, which brings together more than 1,000 YMCA members for a day of seminars, socializing and other activities. Twin Cities YMCA creates an incredible impact bringing communities together in healthy living, and we’re thrilled to be

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Navigating Musculoskeletal Care: What you need to know

When you can’t move without experiencing pain, even simple, everyday tasks can become daunting. And after days or weeks without relief, you might be ready to try anything that will make you feel better.  Common pain “solutions” A common treatment intervention for musculoskeletal pain—or pain in your bones, muscles, joints, cartilage, tendons or ligaments—is an

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Want to live longer? Move more.

We know that physical activity is good for us. It reduces the risk of diabetes, stroke and cardiovascular disease (all on the top-ten list of leading causes of death in the United States), lowers blood pressure, improves sleep quality and duration and boosts your mood. But did you know it can also help you live

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In pain? Start with your PT.

You shouldn’t skip your regular check-ups with a primary care provider. But if you aren’t considering a physical therapist as your first call when you experience a musculoskeletal issue—anything you feel in your joints, bones, muscles, ligaments or tendons—you’re likely making your path to recovery longer and more expensive than it could be. A recent

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Think you need imaging for your back pain? Think again.

If you suffer from back pain, you’re not alone—but you probably knew that already, considering the number of people who share the back pain experience. Here’s a look at the numbers: According to the World Health Organization, 60-70% of American adults will experience pain in their lifetime. More than 30% of American adults have experienced

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ACL Injury Prevention Programs: Orthology at Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Club

Youth sports play a critical role in children’s motor, social, and emotional development. Athletics give children an outlet to run, jump, play, interact with their peers, learn discipline, and experience joy. With an estimated 45 million children in organized sports, there is an increasing need for injury prevention programs to help youth athletes develop the

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HIIT Hounds: Staying at the Top of Your Game

Whether you’re a CrossFit connoisseur, an F45 fiend, OrangeTheory obsessed or dedicated to another High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) program entirely, it’s likely that someone you know has experienced pain caused by the combination of speed and free weights commonly seen in HIIT-based workouts.  When you’re focused on performing movements for speed, it’s easy even for

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Beat the Pain of Aging

As we get older, we often find we’re not able to move as freely as we did when we were younger. Our joints and muscles feel stiff and less flexible, and moving after sitting or laying down can be especially difficult.  Why is this?  As we age, our bones and muscles naturally tend to become

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