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The Benefits of Exercise on Brain Health

In this episode of Move Forward Radio, physical therapist and neuroscientist Joyce Gomes-Osman discusses her latest research about overall physical activity on brain health. She and her research associates have concluded that when it comes to brain health, the overall and cumulative effect of physical activity is what’s most important. https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/benefits-of-exercise-on-brain-health


2 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects somewhere between 27 million and 30 million Americans. It’s a chronic condition that can cause pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis can make movement difficult, and yet one of the best ways to manage osteoarthritis is to move. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, we’ll talk about hip and knee osteoarthritis with physical therapist Mary Ann Wilmarth, who doesn’t just treat people with the condition, but lives with it too. http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/osteoarthritis-of-hip-knee


9 May 2017

Rank #2

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Acute Care Physical Therapy

February 4, 2015: There are numerous reasons someone can be admitted to an acute care hospital, such as an injury that require emergency care, or a planned surgery. Whatever the case, a patient in an acute care setting is going to encounter numerous medical professionals, at least one of which is likely to be a physical therapist. What’s the role of an acute care physical therapist? In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical therapist will describe and highlight some of the benefits of physical therapy for the acute care setting, not just for rehabilitation but also prehabilitation. Download the podcast on iTunes. Learn more about physical therapy at MoveForwardPT.com.

4 Feb 2016

Rank #3

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Headaches and Physical Therapy

There are headaches and then there are HEADACHES. Listen as physical therapist Denise Schneider discusses the more serious types of headaches—what causes them, the red flags that indicate their seriousness, how physical therapy can help, and the primary elements and possible duration of treatment. https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/headaches-physical-therapy


7 Feb 2019

Rank #4

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Living With Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Victoria Graham attempts to go through each day with the positivity of a beauty pageant champion, which makes sense because she is one. But hidden behind that smile and positive attitude is almost constant pain. Victoria has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, or EDS, which affects her body’s connective tissues, causing dangerously flexible joints and fragile skin. http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/living-with-ehlers-danlos-syndrome


9 Aug 2017

Rank #5

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Overcoming Severe Pain, IT Band Syndrome, and a Labrum Tear

A physically active young woman with a common overuse injury among runners and a tear in the cartilage in her hip turns to physical therapy after years of trying everything to get better. https://www.choosept.com/radio/detail/success-story-overcoming-severe-pain-it-band-syndr


2 Jan 2020

Rank #6

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Rotator Cuff Injuries: Symptoms & Treatment

January 10, 2013: Rotator cuff injuries are common and can range widely in terms of severity. Fittingly, the treatment of rotator cuff injuries can vary, too. In this episode, Dr. Richard Hawkins and physical therapist Chuck Thigpen discuss the varied symptoms and treatments for rotator cuff injuries, including the role of physical therapy. Subscribe to Move Forward Radio podcasts on iTunes. To learn more about physical therapy, visit MoveForwardPT.com.  

10 Jan 2013

Rank #7

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Understanding Pain

April 10, 2014: Everybody experiences pain at some point, so everyone knows pain.  But understanding pain is a different matter. In today’s episode, two physical therapists discuss where pain comes from and how it works. These are important concepts because research suggests that simply understanding pain can improve an individual’s ability to manage pain, and reduce its negative impact on daily life. Read more about understanding pain, and the 9 Things You Should Know About Pain at MoveForwardPT.com. Subscribe to Move Forward Radio podcasts on iTunes.

10 Apr 2014

Rank #8

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Avoiding Muscle Atrophy When Injured

In this episode of MoveForward Radio, physical therapist Ryan Balmes addresses injury recovery and its effects on muscle mass, and what is needed to return to full recovery.  (March 2018) https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/coming-soon-avoiding-muscle-atrophy-when-injured


8 Mar 2018

Rank #9

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Female Athlete Triad

February 27, 2014: For female athletes, intense exercise and training can sometimes lead to a trio of distinct interrelated conditions known collectively as the Female Athlete Triad, or Triad for short, which can have immediate and lasting effects if untreated. It involves menstrual dysfunction, reduced bone mineral density, and energy deficiency related to disordered eating and insufficient nutrition. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Dr. Kelly Waicus, MD, CAQSM, and physical therapist Laura Stanley, PT, DPT, SCS, discuss how to identify, treat, and prevent the Triad. The Triad sometimes goes unrecognized and untreated because symptoms can range from mild to severe, and because it is related to issues many female athletes may be unwilling to discuss: body image and menstrual abnormality. Subscribe to Move Forward Radio podcasts on iTunes. To learn more about the Female Athlete Triad and physical therapy, visit MoveForwardPT.com

27 Feb 2014

Rank #10

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Sports Psychology and Injury Rehabilitation

November 6, 2014: An athlete with a torn anterior cruciate ligament faces a daunting rehabilitation challenge, with or without surgery.  A significant amount of physical therapy is likely to be involved to regain strength and range of motion. But the athlete’s body might not be the only thing that could benefit from treatment. Their thoughts and emotions could need rehabilitation as well. Recent studies suggest that fear of reinjury is commonly cited among knee injury patients who don’t return to their sport. The body may be willing, but the mind may not. In this episode, a sports psychologist from the Ohio Center for Sports Psychology and a physical therapist from the Cleveland Clinic discuss how an athlete’s belief in his or her ability to recover from any injury, and their understanding of the process to get there, can be key to returning to sport. To learn more about physical therapy, visit MoveForwardPT.com. Subscribe to Move Forward Radio podcasts on iTunes.

6 Nov 2014

Rank #11

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Treatment for Spinal Stenosis: Comparing Physical Therapy and Surgery

May 21, 2015: Spinal stenosis is a degenerative disease that causes a narrowing within vertebrae of the spinal column that results in pressure on the spinal cord. And while it may sound like a serious problem in need of an invasive medical procedure (such as surgery), a recently published study in the the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that surgery should be considered only when other more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, fail. In this episode, we’ll talk to one of the authors of the study, physical therapist Anthony Delitto, PT, PhD, FAPTA, of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, about treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis and what patients need to know about options to avoid going under the knife. Download the podcast on iTunes. Read more about spinal stenosis on MoveForwardPT.com.

21 May 2015

Rank #12

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Meniscal Tears & Knee Osteoarthritis: Surgery vs Therapy

May 2, 2013: In this episode, a physical therapist discusses the findings of a recently published study from the New England Journal of Medicine about the need for (or lack of) surgery for meniscal tears and osteoarthritis of the knee. In many cases, she explains, physical therapy alone is proving as effective as surgery combined with physical therapy. Never miss an episode!  Subscribe to Move Forward Radio podcasts on iTunes. To learn more about physical therapy, visit MoveForwardPT.com.

2 May 2013

Rank #13

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Muscle Soreness: What’s Normal? What’s Not?

September 17, 2015: If you’ve ever pulled your bike out of the garage for the first time all summer and then gone on a long ride, or if you’ve ever hit the weight room hard on January 1, trying to achieve a year’s worth of fitness goals in single day, you’ve probably experienced delayed onset muscle soreness, otherwise known as DOMS. It’s a long name for something that’s quite common, and also preventable. In today’s episode of Move Forward Radio, the director of research at the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in New York, shares his perspective on the effectiveness of many current treatments for DOMS and his predictions for possible prevention methods in the future. Download the podcast on iTunes. Learn more about physical therapy at MoveForwardPT.com.

17 Sep 2015

Rank #14

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Blood Flow Restriction Training and Physical Therapy

January 21, 2015: Improving strength is a typical component of physical rehabilitation after injury. But often standing in the way of all the muscle building necessary to recover from an injury is the injury itself. While working at Brooke Army Medical Center, physical therapist Johnny Owens, MPT, saw wounded warriors who needed to improve strength in injured limbs without further compromising vulnerable joints or soft tissue. So he and his colleagues began experimenting with a relatively new treatment method that’s gaining in popularity: blood flow restriction training, or BFR. The technique, which involves applying a tourniquet to an injured limb to partially restrict blood flow, allows patients to make greater strength gains while lifting lighter loads, thereby reducing the overall stress placed on the limb. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Johnny Owens, MPT, describes how blood flow restriction training works, shares his vision for the potential of the technique within health care, and discusses where research is ongoing. Download the podcast on iTunes. Learn more about physical therapy at MoveForwardPT.com. 

21 Jan 2016

Rank #15

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Success Story: Overcoming Arthritis of the Neck

October 24, 2013: The pain and discomfort from his arthritis of the neck was constant for Barry Cunha, a dentist from Lexington, Massachusetts.  He had been suffereing for so long, he had begrudgingly accepted the headaches and steady diet of aspirin.  After being convinced by his daughter to try physical therapy, the results were immediate and noticeable.  In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Cunha and his physical therapist discuss the manual therapy that brought him back to a pain free life.  Subscribe to Move Forward Radio podcasts on iTunes. To learn more about physical therapy, visit MoveForwardPT.com.

24 Oct 2013

Rank #16

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Parkinson Disease and the Role of Physical Therapy

April 18, 2013, 2013: April is the National Parkinson Foundation’s Parkinson’s Awareness Month. In this episode, physical therapist Terry Ellis underlines the vital role of physical activity in the lives of those with Parkinson disease, which is the second most common degenerative brain disorder after Alzheimer disease. Although there isn’t a cure for Parkinson disease, studies suggest that exercise programs initiated immediately after diagnosis can have a profound effect on the symptoms and side effects of the disease. Subscribe to Move Forward Radio podcasts on iTunes. To learn more about physical therapy, visit MoveForwardPT.com.

18 Apr 2013

Rank #17

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Foot Health: Avoiding Pain and Injury

Chris Neville, PT, PhD, discusses what the latest science reveals about the state of foot and ankle health, the importance of choosing proper footwear, and what you can be doing right now to ensure your feet and ankles are strong, healthy, and equipped to continue moving you through life. https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Radio/Detail/foot-health-avoiding-pain-injury


11 Jul 2019

Rank #18

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Total Hip Replacement

June 5, 2014: While it is estimated that 25% of people may develop hip osteoarthritis by age 85, an increasing number of Americans are not waiting that long to address painful hip joints. Total hip replacement surgeries are growing in popularity to meet the needs of an aging, yet active, Baby Boomer population. In today’s episode, Mary Milidonis, PT, PhD, discusses the symptoms that may lead to total hip replacement, and the recovery process after surgery. Read more about Total Hip Replacement and Osteoarthritis of the Hip at MoveForwardPT.com. Subscribe to Move Forward Radio podcasts on iTunes.

5 Jun 2014

Rank #19