17Jul, 2017

Flipping Knee Pain

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Knee pain is a common complaint in high level gymnastics. This sport demands high intensity with both training and competition. Most athletes cannot make it through a full career without any issues.  Fortunately, the science and knowledge regarding these injuries continues to improve. From my viewpoint as a physical therapist, gymnastics coach and retired competitive gymnast I see an opportunity to address the rate of injury and have a role in prevention. The most common knee pain in gymnasts is typically due to “over use”. Osgood Schlatter’s, jumper’s knee, patellar apophysitis and […]
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5Jul, 2017

Strava for the Brain

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Crashes stink. I recently had a little crash at the 9-5 Mountain bike race. I mainly landed on my shoulder and hip but I hit my head with enough force to hurt my neck too. It got me thinking about concussions and brain health. How would I know if I really hurt myself? There was a time years ago when people would joke about their concussions. They would say “Oh, I got hit so hard I didn’t know if I was mountain biking or kayaking.” Or stories of football players […]
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5Dec, 2016

Sawtooth Physical Therapy Staff and Facility Update

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December 5, 2016   I am very happy to give you an update on Sawtooth PT, staff and facilities. Our practice has grown steadily since it’s inception over 5 years ago. We have placed a premium on therapist directed care. We don’t employ technicians or even physical therapy assistants delivering care. We have made a huge effort to hire for and develop skills across the spectrum of therapy. Our specialties now include: sports, orthopedics, pelvic floor, vestibular and geriatrics. This year the facilities at Sawtooth PT have also grown considerably […]
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7May, 2015

Do I Have Medical Treatments and Cures That Will Accelerate Healing

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Do we have medical treatments and cures that will accelerate your body’s ability to heal faster than scientifically possible? We regularly get questions about certain new and novel treatments that are supposed to “have me back running in half the time” or “have me skiing after ligament injury weeks or months before the doctors told me to”. To answer the question simply, NO, we don’t have that. Unfortunately none of us can radically accelerate the body’s ability to heal, but we do have scientifically based techniques and systems for optimizing […]
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7May, 2014

Total Knee Replacement

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I frequently analyze and consider the structure and activity of my treatments. The first analysis that I make is “am I doing the right thing at the right time?” Total knee replacement is one condition that makes this question vital and important. In 22 years of treating this condition, I have found that therapy can greatly help or hinder someone’s outcome. My approach is to work in order on several things that are keys to success. First, I spend a long period of time addressing the edema and pain that occurs with […]
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5May, 2014

Your Physical Therapist

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At Sawtooth Physical Therapy we have many repeat customers. We frequently see people that have not needed treatment for years, though they know that they can still come back. They return because of familiarity and the knowledge that the level of care they receive here is top notch. Everyone who has been treated at Sawtooth PT can always return, always call with a question or stop in and ask us to look at something. The more of these people we see, the more we contribute to a sense of community […]
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3May, 2014

Iliotibial Band Mechanics

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Type in “iliotibial band” or “IT band” on Google. No, seriously, go ahead and Google it. What did you find? I can tell you. The vast majority of websites state that treatment for IT band issues is stretching. Why is that an issue? It seems logical. If it’s tight, then stretch it. The problem lies in that fact that the IT band becomes tight because of faulty mechanics in the lower extremity, not by simply being tight. A quick review of anatomy shows that two key muscles are responsible for […]
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25Apr, 2014

A Good Physical Therapist Starts with a Solid Foundation in Science

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I drove by Home Depot the other day and wondered what it would be like to own all the tools in the store. A thought then hit me:  If I owned every tool in the store I still wouldn’t be a craftsman.  I began to think about healthcare professionals who have or say that they have every technique, device or tool in the world.  They acquire every new thing that comes around.  Are they really craftsmen? Do they have the ability to use those tools?  Do they have a sense of the […]
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15Apr, 2014

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and Physical Therapy

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Pelvic floor disorders are a quiet epidemic in the lives of both men and women; a disorder that many are uncomfortable even mentioning to their doctors. Nearly one in four women has a pelvic floor disorder at any given time and approximately one in ten men experience symptoms related to pelvic floor dysfunction during their lifetime. Pelvic floor physical therapy is a growing field that addresses many of the problems related to pelvic floor dysfunction as well as offering preventative services such as helping pregnant women prepare for an easier […]
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