The Joint Ventures' Blog

From Foodies To Nappers: How PT Can Help With Your Jaw Pain

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Every month at Joint Ventures, we focus on a different clinical topic to dive into more deeply.  We find it helps us better educate our patients regarding a certain condition or abnormal movement pattern. This month, we're talking about the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). 

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10 Myths About Your Pelvic Floor

Thursday, January 31, 2019

When your pelvic floor muscles don't work right, it's not “normal” and it's definitely not something you should accept as "happening with age" or "after the birth of a child". Here are a few common pelvic floor myths we’ve encountered:  

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How To Keep Yourself Safe While Shoveling This Winter

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

It’s that time of year again! It is now officially winter and, while we have had a few small snow storms, a bigger one is likely coming our way sooner rather than later. If recent years are any indication, we likely have more than a few storms that will bring us significant amounts of snow. No one knows just how much snow we can expect, but it is probably safe to say there will be a need for some snow shoveling soon.

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Do You Have Low Back Pain When You Bend Forward?

Monday, January 07, 2019


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Could You Get To The Pointe?

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

With the holiday season right around the corner, a lot of us will have visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads. Did you ever stop to think – “how exactly does a Sugar Plum dance?” Look no further than the Sugar Plum Fairy in any rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” and you will see a magical world of sweets come to life through ballet. Behind all the magic is years of practice and a few things physical therapists can look at to determine if a dancer is ready to take on this challenging role.  

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Are We Fostering Good Emotional Health for Our Athletes?

Monday, October 22, 2018

Whether your athlete is an elementary school soccer player or a collegiate hockey player, athletes are constantly in situations that can foster a high amount of anxiety and stress. According to Merriam Webster, anxiety is defined as “an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physical signs (such as tension, sweating, and increased pulse rate); by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat; and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it.” What this means for athletes is that a game, event, or competition may elicit a level of fear, doubt, and stress that can directly affect their ability to perform.

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Why You Shouldn't Have Knee Pain

Monday, September 24, 2018

Maybe a better question to start with is "Why do you have knee pain?"  The short answer to this question is - repetitive strain and weakness; however, the longer answer takes more reading of important information! 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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A Common Pain In The Neck

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

As a physical therapist, I find myself answering questions about the hot topics in the rehabilitation world. The topics can range from Michael Phelps' use of cupping, to the use of dry needling for low back pain. ‘Sitting is the new smoking’ is a phrase that has been credited to Dr. James Levine, a professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and since has gained popularity as something I often get asked about. That phrase is based off, and backed by, multiple studies including a recent one conducted by Diaz KM, et al in 2017. The study concluded that the total volume of sedentary time, and its accrual in prolonged, uninterrupted bouts, are associated with all-cause mortality. In plain English, the longer you stay in a seated position, the increased your risk is of an early death. That's a huge finding!  But have no fear, there are a few steps in between sitting and death! 

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So Much More Than Kegels

Friday, July 27, 2018

Most patients don’t even know they have pelvic floor muscles, much less that there is physical therapy to treat them. 

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Age Strong

Thursday, June 28, 2018

We have mentioned in previous posts how words matter a lot, and the language we use shapes the reality of our bodies and health. This is no different than the narrative that is commonly spoken in our society about aging. Statements like, “I am just getting old” and, “it’s due to old age” are so frequently used that most people don’t even realize they are saying it. The phrase, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, has become a part of our vernacular to excuse someone’s habits and behavior patterns without any hope to change.  

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