Is Aquatic Therapy Right For You?

  No matter your age, nearly anyone can benefit from aquatic therapy and exercise. The benefits from exercising in the water range from better circulation to reduced anxiety. Why exercise in warm water? In a warm water environment, you can work on stretching, balance, strength and posture. Warm water can help decrease pain and even…
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4 “Need to Know” Facts About Hip Osteoarthritis and 3 Hip Strengthening Exercises

  Do you know anyone with hip pain? Chances are you, or someone you know, experiences hip pain. Studies show that up to 28% of people over the age of 45 have hip pain with evidence of osteoarthritis1. Hip pain can cause difficulty walking, climbing stairs, getting out of a chair, squatting, and a myriad…
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6 Questions to Help Determine if an Ankle Sprain is More Serious

  An ankle sprain is a very common injury. When the ankle is twisted or rolled, ligaments of the foot and ankle can be overstretched leading to pain, swelling, and difficulty walking.   Here are 4 fun facts about ankle sprains (1):   ·       Those that play indoor, or court sports are more likely to sprain…
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4 Tips to Avoid Back Pain While Traveling

  If you’re a frequent traveler, it’s very likely you’ve experienced some type of back pain. From walking (or running) across terminals to sitting uncomfortably in between two strangers for hours –– traveling often leads to sore muscles in your back.  To help you during your next trip, our physical therapists put together these four…
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5 Keys To Understanding Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) And How To Treat It

  Ever have pain on the outside of the elbow? How about pain in the elbow while swinging a racquet or hammer or even just gripping? If you have, chances are high that you are a part of the 1-3% of people that have had “tennis elbow”1. Tennis elbow is the common name for lateral…
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6 Types Of Low Back Pain…What you Need To Know

Low back pain is a very common condition. Almost everyone will have low back pain at some point during their life time (2). Low back pain can be caused by many different structures in the back and often it can be difficult to identify which specific structure is causing the pain, even with expensive high-tech equipment. Without…
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Wonder Why Physical Therapists Spend So Much Time On A Computer? Here’s Why

Ever wonder why your therapist spends so much time on the computer? Annoyed by the paperwork that is required of you? It is all part of the system. The health care system that is. The one thing that has proven consistently true over the 9 years I have worked as a therapist is that taking…
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How to Prepare for Your First Physical Therapy Appointment

When you arrive to your first physical therapy visit at Wenger Physical Therapy, you should expect that a physical therapist would be examining, evaluating, and treating your pain or injury. Your physical therapist’s overall goal is to maintain, restore, or improve your movement and help reduce any pain that you’re experiencing. Here in Minnesota, and…
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Top 5 Critical Secrets of Core Stability

  To understand the secrets of core stability, first we need to understand what it is and how it works. You can think of the core like a cylinder, it has a top, bottom, and a continuous side. Most people think about the six pack abs when they think about the core, but the muscles…
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High Doses of Vitamin D: A Risk for Seniors

Is there really such thing as “too much of a good thing”? According to new research, when it comes to vitamin D, there is. A recent study, which was published in the January issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, showed too much vitamin D could actually negate its positive health effects. More specifically, too much of…
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