The Joint Ventures' Blog

I'm A Runner...What Can Physical Therapy Do For Me?

Friday, March 31, 2017

One of the things that always strikes me is the number of people who accept pain without trying to find a solution for the problem!  I've had conversations that include something like, “My knees hurt because I am getting older.” Or, “I have trouble on stairs because I'm a runner.” Another favorite is, “Sometimes I have pain, but a PT is just going to tell me not to run, so I haven’t tried that.” Or, “I'm in great shape!  I run 5x a week. I'm just working on setting a new personal best – no way a PT can help me!”‚Äč 

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Stretching Before Running

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Starting at a young age, all athletes, including runners, are encouraged to stretch before they begin playing a sport, participating in a practice, or just going out for a leisurely jog.  These days, the questions I receive from my clients are, “Do I really have to stretch?” and also “When am I supposed to stretch, before or after my run?” Stretching in regards to running and injury prevention is a debatable topic, but hopefully the following recommendations will provide some general guidelines when it comes to stretching and running. 

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The 122nd Boston Marathon is Approaching

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

In just over a month, many of our friends, family, and co-workers will be running in the 122nd Boston Marathon. Each year as the thousands go by, I get caught up in the courage, conviction, and dedication I see on the faces of all the runners. Each year Joint Ventures becomes more involved with the Boston Marathon, mostly through participation with Coach John Furey's runners.  For some, it will be their first marathon, while for others they're working to improve on a best time. For any runner training to run 26.2 miles, there is an overload of information on how to properly train, but here are a few basic, but important tips! 

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Patellofemoral pain syndrome

Monday, February 06, 2017

With spring hopefully around the corner, you’re getting in shape for running season. Or if you’re a hardy New Englander, you’re out there in any type of weather and are training for the spring races. A common running injury is called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It is caused by an abnormality in the way the patella (kneecap) moves over the end of the femur (thigh bone).  

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Why Do I have Knee Pain?

Monday, February 06, 2017

One caveat before you go any further....this article is being written with the assumption that you have functional knees with no tears, loose bodies, or large cartilage defects directly affecting your knees’ function.  If you have a generally “healthy” knee and are a relatively healthy person who continues to get knee pain that doesn't seem to go away, your answer might lie above and below. 

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Your first visit at Joint Ventures

Monday, February 06, 2017

Thank you for choosing Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness to provide your physical therapy care. We are excited to help you get better.  There are some things that you can do before your first visit to be prepared and to help your appointment go smoothly and efficiently. It will speed up the registration process and allow you to maximize the time spent with your therapist.  Below is a check list of things to help get you ready for your first visit.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Before your first appointment, you will get the following emails from Joint Ventures:

 

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Physical Therapy Specialties

Monday, February 06, 2017

Herniated discs, sprained ankles, and shoulder tendinitis are all diagnoses people think of as injuries that a physical therapist might treat. While these common musculoskeletal conditions do frequently require physical therapy, you may not be aware of some of these lesser known conditions within the scope of practice of a physical therapist: 

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New Year, New You FREE Pilates Event

Monday, January 09, 2017
 

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New Years Resolutions 2017

Monday, January 09, 2017

In the season of resolution making, it is important to spend a bit of time reflecting on what real changes would benefit an individual’s health and wellness. Studies have found that people are successful with resolutions in the first two weeks, derail by February, and are right back where they started come December. Why is this? Americans are known for their lack of moderation when it comes to choices. When making resolutions for 2017, remember that “bigger isn’t always better” and set yourself up for success by resisting the urge to create lofty goals that you “should” do. 

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Planning for Your Physical Therapy Expenses in 2017

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

With deductibles on the rise (255% in the last ten years!), Joint Ventures aims to educate and prepare each of our patients for the financial aspect of their care.  My name is Kim and as your Director of Billing here at Joint Ventures Physical Therapy and Fitness, I think it's important to educate and advise you on how to keep your balance low as we transition into a new calendar year.  While some may be quite ready to bid the year 2016 adieu, there are a few things I’d like you to keep in mind! 

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