Getting the most out of CSM: Tips to improve your experience

The Combined Sections Meeting is a conference of much opportunity. Be sure to make the most of it by considering these key tips!

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome: A Quick Reference

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is a common problem for which many patients seek medical treatment. This quick reference provides an overview of its presentation and what research says about examination and treatment.

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Five Important Tips for New Grad Therapists

Becoming a great clinician is often regarded as a marathon, not a sprint. It takes time. Here are five key tips to help get you there.

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What is Triple Extension?

Triple extension is a common technique that is performed on a day-to-day basis, especially in the sports population. But what goes into a triple extension and how can it be performed with other activities? 

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How to Hip Hinge Effectively

Low back pain is a serious affliction that affects many. Learning how to hip hinge can be a powerful tool in both rehabilitation and prevention!

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Experiences and Advice from an NBA Physical Therapist: Interview with Dr. Steve Short

Dr. Steve Short, PT, DPT, SCS, CSCS, the Team Physical Therapist and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Denver Nuggets, provides some insights about his experiences working in professional basketball.

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How to Effectively Treat Lateral Ankle Sprains

Lateral ankle sprains are a common injury that many people encounter whether playing sports or even walking around in high heels. Here is a brief write-up explaining the anatomy behind a lateral ankle sprain and effective interventions that can be done. 

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Pass the CSCS: Study Schedule & Questions Answered

The information you learn studying to become a CSCS provides a foundational understanding of basic strength and conditioning principles. This brief write-up is for anyone interested in taking the certification exam.

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Why You Need To Encourage & Represent Wellness as a PT

Many healthcare professionals, including physical therapists, are needed to lead and develop health promotion plans and strategies. We are in an excellent position to make a profound impact. 

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Adolescent Athletes: Don't Forget the Growth Plates

Overuse injuries are common in youth sports. Special considerations must be made when evaluating and treating adolescent athletes with chronic overuse injuries whose bodies have not fully matured. One such consideration is the presence of growth plate injuries.

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Why You Need To LOAD and CHALLENGE Your Older Patients

With age comes many co-morbidities and declines in function, but it doesn't have to be that way! With the world's population getting older, knowing how to prescribe exercise appropriately to facilitate independence and improve quality of life becomes much more important.

Here are 4 solid reasons why challenging exercise is important in this patient group!

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An Intro to Tissue Healing & Adaptation

When deciding which exercises are most appropriate for specific patients given their diagnosis, it's important to understand the physiological process of tissue healing and their adaptation towards stress. This short introduction will provide a brief overview of the essential concepts that must be considered when deciding when to progress an exercise based on when the injury occurred. 

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A Visual Aid to Maitland's Oscillatory Mobilizations

Maitland's oscillatory mobilizations are a hands-on intervention used by physical therapists and many other practitioners in order to address muscle spasm, decrease pain, and increase a joint's range of motion.

The following video demonstrates how a group of stacked sponges can assist in visualizing each grade in Maitland's technique.

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Improve Foot Clearance in Neuro Patients with Ace Wrap

Ace wrap is not just reserved for immobilizing injured joints or holding hot/cold packs in place. It can also be a powerful tool in the world of neurorehabilitation in order to facilitate more effective sessions of gait training.

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Six Effective Exercises To Target Your Glutes

The gluteal muscles play a powerful role in the world of rehabilitation and fitness. Determining which exercises target which muscles is important in obtaining the right outcome. Here are some great choices that can be used!

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Why Having A Student Loan Repayment Strategy Is Critical For Physical Therapists

When speaking with student physical therapists and clinicians about their student loans, we at FitBUX stress the importance of developing a strategy.  If there is only one thing you remember from this article about strategy, it is this: IF YOU MANAGE YOUR RISK, YOUR RETURN WILL BE THERE.  This means if you develop a strategy which will mitigate the risk to your overall financial situation, things are likely to work out in the end.

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Lessons Learned From a New Grad About Student Loans

Student loans. Did you cringe a little at the sight of those two words? They are a topic that is near and dear to the hearts of most physical therapy students and physical therapists. As a recent graduate, tackling student loans certainly seemed a daunting task to me. Since I know that I am not alone in feeling a bit overwhelmed when trying to figure out how to go about paying student loans, I wanted to share my experience as an encouragement to others.

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Text Neck and Other 'Awkward' Postures: Visually painful but not the cause of pain

People walk around with some very unique postures. We see it every day. But are certain postures 'bad' for you? Are they the cause of neck or back pain? Take a look at this post and see what the research has to say. Included is some commentary on applying this research to a clinical environment.

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Working "The Core" - Exercises With Highest EMG Activity

Finding exercises to workout "the core" can be difficult depending on which muscles you want to focus on. In this write-up, it'll reveal a variety of different exercises that can target those specific muscles! 

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Unilateral vs. Bilateral Training: Is One Better?

Unilateral movements are incorporated in exercise programs in rehabilitation settings, strength and conditioning settings, as well as in all settings in between. The use of unilateral exercises instead of, or in addition to, bilateral exercises is justified in many different ways, such as training specificity, training the smaller “stabilizer” muscles, and that fancy term called “bilateral force deficit.” Still, others contend that unilateral movements have no additional benefit when compared to bilateral movements or even produce inferior results.

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