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Author Archives: The Orthopedic Institute

My aching back!

by Nate Christopher, MPT at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health “I have sciatica” or a “pinched nerve” are words that are often heard in medical and physical therapy clinics. Sciatica is a general term that refers to pain that radiates into the buttocks, possibly down the thigh, and sometimes even into the lower leg …read more.

Stay Independent – Reducing Fall Risk

 By Samantha Jordan, DPT, OCS, CSCS & Julie Tashner, MPT – Physical Therapists at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health Falls are the main reason older adults lose their independence. Each year one-third of the population over 65 years old experience a fall. As fall-related injuries result in 30 billion dollars of direct and indirect …read more.

Why is my hand numb?

by Phil Burr, PA-C at  The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health You wake up in the middle of the night, and it feels like your hand is numb and tingling. You shake your hand to wake it up, and it goes away. You fall back asleep and don’t think much about it until you’re driving …read more.

A little physical therapy to avoid surgery

By Samantha Jordan DPT, OCS, CSCS – Physical Therapist at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health Jim Hying of Muscoda, Wisconsin had been dealing with pain in his lower back off and on since the 80s. At 75 years old, he’d tried everything he could think of the help alleviate the, sometimes severe, back pain. …read more.

COMMUNICATION CATASTROPHE

By Jodi Knight, MS CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist at Southwest Health School’s out for summer! Are you worried about your kiddo losing his/her speech and language skills over the summer months? Have no fear; there is a new speech therapist in town! So many parents worry about skills lost over summer break and for good reason. …read more.

Common mistakes in running form AND how to fix them.

By Samantha Jordan, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Physical Therapist at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health Running is one of the most popular leisure activities in the United States. And as such, injuries are a common occurrence. Injuries occur due to the repetitiveness of the activity as well as training errors. Improving your running technique can …read more.

Ouch! I twisted my Ankle…

By Phil Burr, PA-C at The Orthopedic Institute at Southwest Health Almost everybody, at some point in their lives will experience the pain and frustration of a twisted ankle. And you’ll struggle with questions like “Is it broken or just sprained?” “Should I go to the doctor or just ice it?” “How am I gonna …read more.