Joint pain from osteoarthritis? A whole new world of relief!

By Bobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP. MT, FAAOMPT
bobby@excelptmt.com

Imagine a world where joint pain from osteoarthritis has less to do with “overuse” or “wear and tear” of the joint and more to do with lack of exercise, a sedentary lifestyle, one’s diet and systemic inflammation. How would that impact you, your family and your lifestyle? Maybe instead of staying off those painful joints you would move more? Instead of chalking your pain up to “genetics” or “worn out joints” maybe you could have more control over your pain? Maybe you would start to look at your diet and what impact it has on systemic inflammation in your body? Maybe suddenly your whole perception of your joint pain would change? 

I am here to tell you that more and more high-level evidence is reporting that the old notion that osteoarthritis is solely a result of joint overuse is outdated and incorrect. Study after study shows that the world I asked you to imagine above is the world we live in. We should all jump for joy because that means we have more control over joint pain resulting from osteoarthritis than we ever thought before. That means that physical therapy, exercise, diet and overall lifestyle is more important than ever. 

Research has shown that recreational runners have a lower incidence of osteoarthritis compared with competitive runners and sedentary individuals. Research also shows that the link between obesity and osteoarthritis has more to do with inflamed adipose (fat) tissue, elevated cholesterol and lipids (fat) in the blood leading to systemic inflammation and perhaps less to do with increased joint loading. There is even a study that looked at obese mice and showed that running on a wheel in a cage, protected their joints instead of damaging them. The take home message of this study is that exercise alone, separate from the resulting weight loss, promoted joint health! 

If you suffer from joint pain resulting from osteoarthritis or unexplained joint pain, I strongly encourage you to make an appointment with a physical therapist. It might not only help your pain but change your whole life. 

Bobby Bemis, DPT, COMT, DIP. MT, FAAOMPT is a fellowship trained orthopedic physical therapist at Excel Physical Therapy in Bozeman, Montana.

WHAT IS DIRECT ACCESS AND WHY YOU SHOULD CARE?

By Jackie Oliver, DPT
jackie@excelptmt.com

Direct Access. It sounds like an exclusive VIP backstage pass but, in reality, it’s an all access pass for individuals to see their physical therapist without a doctor’s referral. That’s right, you don’t have to spend time and money to go see a doctor before seeking physical therapy treatment. 

A study done by GALLUP, asked individuals which profession was the safest and most effective for treating neck pain. Overwhelmingly people answered physical therapy.  Though surprisingly when asked what profession they sought treatment from first, only 6% said physical therapy.  Most went to their medical doctor first. 

A lot of people are not aware that physical therapy is a direct access profession. Direct access benefits you in many ways. It streamlines your care, by eliminating the time between a physician’s appointment and getting in to see your physical therapist. By seeing your physical therapist first, you can start to improve your function, decrease pain and restore quality of life without delay. Furthermore, you could save hundreds of dollars on care. Medical doctors may do x-rays or prescribe medications that can end up costing a lot of money but don’t really solve your problems. Physical therapy is a great alternative to dangerous opioids and is often more effective than opioids, and in some cases surgery. If you think that your injury or pain is musculoskeletal in nature, a physical therapist should be your first stop. This will promote optimal outcomes and recovery. 

Not sure if we can help? Physical therapists are highly-trained professionals that are well equipped to be able to recognize if a problem isn’t musculoskeletal in nature and, if necessary, able to refer you on to the proper health care professional to address your issue. Physical therapists are not meant to take the place the of physicians, in fact, we work very closely with them to optimize your care. Keep physical therapy in mind the next time you have an ache or a pain that just won’t go away. We can help get you back to doing what you love. 

Call us today to schedule a thorough physical therapy evaluation in our Bozeman or Manhattan office.

What's The Best Medicine For Your Back Pain?

By Jackie Oliver, DPT
jackie@excelptmt.com

It’s summer time and all you want to do is to be outside enjoying the weather and many outdoor activities that Bozeman has to offer. The only problem is, you have this nagging low back pain holding you back. You keep thinking, should I stay home and rest it or do you push forward and continue participating in the activities that you love? Will you hurt your back more if you charge full steam ahead? 

Statistics show that up to 80% of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. It is considered the leading cause of activity, limitation and work absence throughout much of the world. The good news is that most of the time, low back pain has a favorable diagnosis. The question remains, what do you do in the meantime? 

Research shows that even though it might feel like you are doing your back a favor by taking a few rest days. In reality, you are doing yourself a disservice. It has been demonstrated that best rest after an acute onset of low back pain can lead to secondary complications such as depression, blood clots and decreased muscle tone. 

Studies show that moving is the best medicine for your low back. Early resumption of normal or vocational activities will help you get back on your feet sooner.  Promoting movement, such as stretching, while avoiding aggravating activities will help your back feel better. By incorporating low intensity, submaximal fitness and endurance type activities into your daily routine, you will help keep your back strong and decrease your chance of suffering from reoccurring low back pain. Specifically, exercises that target your core, low back and legs will help support your spine. 

The thing to remember is that there are many different causes of low back pain and many ways to treat it. If movement and exercise doesn’t decrease your low back pain and it continues to persist, a visit to your local physical therapist may be beneficial to help get you on the fast track to feeling better.

 

Jackie Oliver, DPT completed her Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jackie is a certified dry needling provider with advanced training from Evidence in Motion and KinetaCore. Jackie has an intense passion for helping and educating others as well as preventative medicine. Because of her college sports background, Jackie loves working with athletes and has experience with biomechanical training and injury prevention in sports. Prior to completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, Jackie played basketball for Carroll College in Helena, Montana, while also obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Science. Jackie was Academic All-American her last two years at Carroll. Jackie enjoys outdoor activities such as downhill skiing, trail running, disc golf and especially enjoys hiking with her husband and two dogs. 

Excel PT Running Camp 2017

By Tiffany Coletta
tiffany@excelptmt.com

​You are invited! Excel Physical Therapy is hosting our annual free Running Camp on Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8am-12pm. We offer this camp each year because we want to serve the community we love. 

 

This comprehensive workshop helps to ensure you are running correctly to avoid pain & injury. Excel Physical Therapy is hosting the running boot camp at our Bozeman location at 1125 West Kagy Blvd., Ste. 101A (corner of South 11th and Kagy). 

 

Our Running Specialist PT Team will guide 30 participants, ages 21+, through:

  • Topics will include: training principles, stretching and strengthening exercises to reduce the risk of injury, cadence training and balance.

  • Running Mechanics instruction on how to decrease impact and increase efficiency.

  • Special guest discussions with Haley Chura, professional triathlete and Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc, sports nutritionist.

  • How to choose the correct running shoes and other helpful running gear.

  • A local training run with our Running Specialist PT Team after the in-clinic sessions.

  • Q&A time with our running experts and special guests.

  • Attendees will receive a running training program from our Running Specialist PT Team. 

  • Raffle prizes include 2 entries for the Sweet Pea Run 5K. We are proud sponsors of the Big Sky Wind Drinker’s Sweet Pea Run! We have designed this running camp to help get you in top form for this Bozeman running tradition held in early August.

Presented by: 

Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS

with special guests from the Gallatin Valley sport and health community: Haley Chura, professional triathlete and Lindsay Kay Kordick, MS, RD, LN, EPc, sports nutritionist

Running Camp 2017
Running Camp 2017
Running Camp 2017

Excel PT Team to talk at Schnee's Foot Health Seminar, 4/14/2016, 7-8pm

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS
megan@excelptmt.com

Not sure why your feet are hurting? Or which kind of shoe will help? Join us at Schnee’s Boots Shoes & Outdoors, Thursday April 14th from 7-8pm for a Foot Health Seminar. Megan Peach, Chad Yoakam and Jason Lunden of Excel Physical Therapy will be discussing “Foot and Arch Myths and How They Impact Your Movement”. Special Guest, Scott McCoubrey of Scott Footwear. Bring your questions for Q&A after the talk. See you at Schnee’s Montana!

Prevention! See Us Before Your Injury

By Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS
megan@excelptmt.com

Why wait until after you are injured to see a physical therapist? Did you know that a great time to see a physical therapist is before you are injured? I recently evaluated a patient who wanted to see a physical therapist to learn a home exercise program to prevent future episodes of low back pain. (more…)

Injury Prevention in Nordic Skiing: Elbow & Shoulder Pain

By Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
jason@excelptmt.com

Due to the repetitive stress from poling, Nordic skiers can develop overuse injuries of both the elbow and/or the shoulder. The most common of these are medial epicondylitis and shoulder impingement syndrome.   The underlying cause of the development of these injuries is multi-factorial: poling technique, pole length, and poor strength and conditioning.  

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