September 30, 2020
"Sean, I'm your grandmother. Grandmothers don't do squats or those deadlift things. Do you remember how old I am?" My grandmother is 86 years old and recently had some health issues that resulted in her being severely deconditioned and weak. My amazing parents swooped in and started providing round the clock care for her. My grandmother (and I'm sure my parents) were eager for her to get better and back to her own home living independently. With that in mind, she started physical therapy with her loving grandson (me)...
September 18, 2020
Many people who are diagnosed with “bone on bone” changes ignore exercise treatment due to the belief it will damage their joints further, which is NOT TRUE. Patients should not live with years of knee pain managing only with medication use while waiting to get their joint replaced. They need help to manage it with movement, mobility, and strength...
July 30, 2020
Low Back Pain (LBP) is the most common type of pain experienced by people in the United States. It contributes significantly towards growing health care costs and overutilization of the medical system through invasive surgeries and prescription pain medication. Patients with chronic and acute low back pain are routinely referred for extensive diagnostic tests or given opioids as the first line of action. So what is the right first move?
June 29, 2020
With more people running, walking, and moving right now, we wanted to share a resource for those of you ramping up activity and looking for a new challenge. Welcome to our Zero to 5k program! Whether you are new to running or returning from injury or time off, a 5k can be a fun way to increase motivation and keep you excited to achieve a goal. Click here to read more...
May 28, 2020
If I were to show you a picture of a cell phone, could you tell me if the phone was ringing just by looking at the picture? Of course not! Identifying back pain with an MRI is very similar. We can’t identify the cause of low back pain by looking solely at an imaging image such as an MRI or X-Ray. A recent study studied a patient with chronic low back pain by watching the person get ten MRIs in ten different facilities throughout a three week period. The study found that throughout all ten reports, there was no single finding (1). So how do you know if an MRI is right for you?
May 14, 2020
The principle of being in balance is one of the most important aspects of life. Whether it be between your work and home life, homeostasis in the body, or in regards to a good balance in your diet. This principle of being in balance is just as important in your golf swing. Here are five exercises for increased mobility and stability in your golf swing...
April 29, 2020
Over the last couple of decades, there has been more and more push on getting youth athletes to play multiple sports. While it is true that if you practice one skill continuously, then you will eventually master it, but for a youth athlete, is this the best for their development? Here is some helpful information on the importance of multisport youth athletes >>
April 22, 2020
During my clinical rotation in San Francisco, I enjoyed munching on carrots during the day. Then a nagging pain on the right side of my jaw began when I ate any hard foods. I thought it would go away. I ate on the other side of my jaw, chopped up the carrots but nothing helped the nagging jaw pain. As a physical therapy student in my last year of my doctorate program, I began my research...
April 15, 2020
With more time at home and wanting to get out and exercise, many of us want to start up old exercise routines but are nervous about injuring yourself. With starting any exercise routine, you need to gradually build yourself up to build up strength and tolerance. These dynamic and static stretches will help you get back to running and prevent injuries >>
April 7, 2020
Are you working from your couch? With more orders and encouragement to stay at home, many of us have recently transitioned from working in an office to working from home. Here are some tips to set up a productive and ergonomic working environment >>
February 28, 2020
February is designated as American Heart Month, created to bring awareness to heart diseases that affect many Americans daily. According to the NCHS, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
November 25, 2019
No matter what you’re thankful for this Thanksgiving, remember to be thankful for yourself! So this holiday season, remember to take care of yourself by eating and exercising right. Here are some tips to stay happy and healthy over the holidays...
August 6, 2019
Does your backpack cause unnecessary pain? Learn 8 quick tips on backpack safety and posture to help you prevent back pain and injuries. Going back to school doesn't have to include going back to pain.
This is the first article in Athlon Physical Therapy's special blog series "A Lesson Plan on Back-to-School Health & Wellness."
March 22, 2019
Dealing with the pain and limited mobility associated with an injury or illness can be stressful for so many reasons. You might have questions like, “How long will I be sidelined?” and “What do I need to do to get better?” Or maybe you’re worried about how you’ll pick your children up from school, take a walk with your friends or prepare meals for your family.
These are all perfectly normal concerns. Luckily, there are some ways that you can gain control over the situation and ensure that you return to the activities you care most about—especially if physical therapy is part of your plan.
Over the years we have both needed physical therapy after various injuries and surgeries. Recently we were referred to Athlon by Carl’s surgeon and Gail’s primary healthcare provider. The care that we’ve received at Athlon has been excellent. The big difference we see when comparing Athlon to other therapists we have visited is the atmosphere and attitude of the entire staff. When you walk in you are greeted with a smile at the front desk and after a couple of visits, everyone knows your name. They greet you with a smile, a wave and a “Hi”! You feel like a member of the Athlon family and less like another patient. All the therapists and assistants show genuine interest in helping you understand your treatment and achieving your goals to improve your way of life. Gail will need physical therapy again soon for a hip replacement. She has requested Athlon be her therapist after her surgery.~ Carl & Gail