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Can lifting weights improve bone density at your hips?

A study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (Kerr, D., Ackland, T., Maslen, B., Morton, A., & Prince, R. (1 January 2001) titled Resistance Training over 2 years increases bone mass in calcium-replete postmenopausal women reported the results for 126 postmenopausal women over 2 years whose calcium intake met the current standard: one group […]

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A “Multifaceted” Approach to Back Pain

Do you feel as though you need to turn your entire body to look to one side? Do you wake up with pain in the base of your head and upper back, pain that only gets worse after long car rides or working at a desk all day? Is there an unexplained ringing in your […]

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Shrug Off Your Shoulder Pain

Pain across the shoulder blades or weakness in the upper arms could be symptoms of C5 radiculopathy, a condition caused by the malfunction of a nerve in the neck that affects the shoulders and arms. Symptoms include pain of the shoulders and upper arms, and weakness in those areas, especially when you attempt movement. The […]

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Are epidural steroid injections safe?

Recent studies have called into question use of epidural steroid injections (ESI) for patients with spinal stenosis. Some patients, whether they required surgery or responded to non-surgical care (i.e. chiropractic, physical therapy, acupuncture, etc.) have seen better long-term outcomes without ESI. (Spine. February 15, 2013, volume 38-Issue 4, pp. 279-291). Two key findings: For all patients in […]

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Balancing Life and Low Back Pain

Low back pain is common and can result from overuse, muscle strain or injury. It is one of the leading causes of job-related disability and missed work in the United States and is considered chronic when it lasts for more than 12 weeks. One study suggests that trunk balance exercises are especially important for treating […]

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Fighting Arthritis? Strengthen Your Muscles

Arthritis may be a joint disease, but strengthening the muscles is an important component in its treatment. That is because a leading cause of limited movement in people with arthritis—especially, for instance, knee arthritis—is the weakening of surrounding muscles, rather than pain, dysfunction or abnormalities in the joint itself. This raises an important question: Is […]

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Balance Extraordinaire

At Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ we consistently improve our patient’s ability to function in both the athlete and non-athlete.  Once an awhile I like to highlight the combination of an individuals unique skills of speed,agility, balance,and coordination.   Follow this video of an incredibly talented Scotish trick biker named Danny MacAskill!. As an […]

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Which one of these is a McKenzie Spine Exercise?

Which one of these is a McKenzie Spine Exercise?  Answer: All of them! Many patients have asked “I was told to do McKenzie exercises for my lower back and leg pain.  What is a McKenzie exercise?” Simple Answer: Which ever one reduces or eliminates your pain. If your Physical Therapy prescription for a spinal problem […]

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Does this person have low back pain?

Is this person experiencing low back pain? Image provided by Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy.  JOSPT 2010;40(5):324. doi10.2519/2010.0407. When my patients in Paramus and Ridgewood tell me they are nervous about their MRI results.   I often have to reassure my patients that every physical therapist or physician must match the MRI with […]

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Backpack Safety from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

As a orthopedic and sports physical therapist in Paramus, NJ one of our goals is the prevention of orthopedic and sports related injuries.  Through educating our patients on the factors that can lead to these injuries it allows the patient to decrease the chance of occurrence and pursue life or sports with greater ease .  […]

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