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Locked Jaw? Physical Therapy Can Help!

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Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is an affliction that affects the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ), the joint that governs jaw movement. The condition is relatively common, and often resolves itself without intervention. However, in some cases, TMD may require professional care to resolve jaw dysfunction. While the causes of TMD are difficult to identify, psychological stress and […]

To Crunch or Not to Crunch? DRA and Abdominal Exercise

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Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA) is a widening of the gap between the two sides of the rectus abdominis muscle (RA) during and after pregnancy. The RA is the long muscle running from the rib cage to the pelvis that forms the coveted “six pack” that so many fitness enthusiasts strive for. The two sides of […]

MRI After Ultrasound: Is It Really Necessary?

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Imaging technology for musculoskeletal injuries has been a game changer for practitioners whose treatment approaches depend on being able to see beneath the surface. Over the past several decades, MRI has been the imaging tool of choice due to its ability to provide clear still shots of ligaments, muscles, tendons and bones to reveal the […]

Planks and Crunches for Abdominal Diastasis: Totally Tabu, or OK for You?

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Abdominal diastasis, known clinically as diastasis recti abdominis, or DRA, is the separation that occurs along the midline of the rectus abdominis, or RA (the six-pack muscle) during and after pregnancy. As the fetus grows, the linea alba, the connective fascial tissue that binds the right and left halves of the RA, thins and stretches […]

Can MRI Predict Low Back Pain?

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Low back pain is one of the most common medical complaints of adults world-wide, yet it is often non-specific in nature, meaning that specific structural causes are often difficult to detect. Moreover, low back pain often comes and goes, or worsens and gets better, without explanation. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is often used in the […]

Making the Cut: Does C-Section Incision Type Matter?

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Whether a Caesarian section is planned or unexpected, it is a serious and invasive intervention for the otherwise natural biological process of childbirth. For all expectant mothers, pregnancy is disfiguring, and a C-section even more so. While the delivery of a healthy baby is paramount, surgeons who perform C-sections should consider the implications of an […]

Are the Side Effects of Sitting a Threat to Your Health?

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In the Age of Technology, most humans are spending increasingly less time on our feet, and increasingly more hours in some sort of sitting posture. Driving, working on a computer, being entertained and becoming educated all entail long bouts of sitting with few interludes of standing, walking or large muscle movement of any kind. While […]

Do Orthopedic Surgeries Really Work? Reality vs Perception

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When you are suffering from ongoing debilitating joint pain, surgery may seem like a quick, easy and permanent solution that will make it all go away. But the truth is that many orthopedic surgeries fall short of the mark, sometimes doing more harm than good, and often delaying the recovery process for patients seeking to […]

Understanding Abdominal Diastasis: What to do, and what to avoid

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Abdominal diastasis, the separation of the rectus abdominis (six-pack) muscle along the linea alba ligament, is most commonly seen in pregnant and post-partum women. However, diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) can also occur in people who are overweight and obese, and in people who do strenuous work. It can even occur in fit populations where the […]

The Foot Core System: Understanding the Function of Your Fabulous Feet

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When you stop to think about all the work your feet do from day to day, you cannot help but wonder at their amazing strength. If you play sports or do high intensity fitness activities, you should have an even greater appreciation for your foot’s ability to withstand high force loads and produce its own […]

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