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When you go through an airport, you are usually screened either with a metal detector, which will sound an alarm if you’ve had a joint replacement, a pat-down or with an imaging machine. If you have a choice, choose the imaging machine, as it clearly shows that you have a metal implant and...

OPTM has had the good fortune to have a very special education program presented by the co-directors of the ...

Here’s the wind-up and the pitch, ouch!  Chronic overuse injuries are occurring more frequently in youth sports. Conditioning and training errors, year round training in one sport, longer competitive seasons combined with rapidly changing physical...

Happy New YearsOPTM wishes you the best of health and peace in 2012.  We have been very fortunate to be associated with a very fine medical community and we count our blessing for this good fortune. Together, we have improved the lives of many others. Who could have it...

OPTM specializes in motor control re-education, specific rehabilitation of neuro-mechanical injuries, developing independent care programs, and returning people to their regular...

Patellofemoral Pain Patellofemoral (PF) pain is a common problem affecting 25- 34% of the population. It is a very difficult condition for clinicians and affects both...

Posterior thigh pain is a common complaint in active patients under 55 years old. They often describe a pain that has been present for many months. These patients may try self-treating the symptoms with hamstring strengthening and stretching exercises which actually exacerbates the posterior...

Stabilization exercises have become common to the prescription for treating low back pain. Strengthening the muscles of the mid-section and lower extremities is the keystone to these programs. The perspective of this approach to treatment has become very mechanical and disregards the...

A very common concern that we hear about from people regards the ergonomics of their daily activities. This includes working at a desk, lifting, reading, standing and many other tasks. There are four general rules for the protection of joints and soft tissues that can be helpful for any activity...

Balanced as an important component of rehabilitation protocols focussing on the trunk and lower extremities. Balance deficits can have a major impact on health and well being, particularly in the elderly. 40% of women over 50 will incur a...

The goal of every rehabilitation program is to educate people how to control their body. This includes how to avoid painful activities, instruction in body mechanics and proper performance of a dynamic control exercise program to enhance ...

Developed by Joseph Pilates nearly a century ago, Pilates exercise has evolved into one of the premier forms of integrated physical conditioning, combining specific strengthening of the trunk musculature which current research has verified as the most effective form of spinal stabilization, with...

The World Health Organization and the United Nations have dedicated this decade to improving the musculo-skeletal health in the world. The World Bank of Global Burden of Disease Project found that...

Recent research of strength training across age groups has found that individuals of all ages achieve gains in functional capacity, strength, and general health. Muscle imbalances and poor dynamic control are associated with musculoskeletal injuries. Over 3,000,000 injuries to young people occur...

The health of our bones is a hot topic. How can we keep our bones strong and what makes them weak? Genetics determines about 80% of our bone structure, the remaining 20% can be controlled by diet and exercise. Currently, we have an epidemic of poor dietary and activity habits. We cannot change...

Shoul der pain is the 3rd most common musculo-skeletal disorder. This percentage and severity increases as one moves on in...

Neck injuries are common, disabling, and costly. Approximately 54% of individuals have experienced neck pain within the last 6 months. Studies have shown that the incidence of neck pain may be increasing. The cost of neck injuries is high, with neck pain ranking second only to low back pain in...

Here’s the wind-up and the pitch, ouch! Chronic overuse injuries are occurring more frequently in youth sports. Conditioning and training errors, year round training in one sport, longer competitive seasons combined with rapidly changing physical characteristics are contributing factors....

Knee injuries have dramatically increased in the last 30 years. Anterior cruciate ligament injuries, specifically, have become an epidemic. There are approximately 95,000 ACL injuries annually. 38,000 of which occur in young females. They...

Low back pain continues to pervade our world regardless of all of the attempts to cure the problem. Evidence indicates that for all of the new treatments developed for this condition, the problem continues to plaque our world. Treatment approaches and social behavioral changes should be based...

Is your body ready for action after a winter of rest? OPTM would like to help you proactively care for your health. We specialize in biomechanical examinations with instructions for proper training techniques. Summer is here and with it brings...

Arthritis is one of the most prevalent chronic health problems and our nation’s leading cause of disability. In 2006, arthritis affected an estimated 46 million people, required 39 million visits to a physician and cost the US economy $86.2 billion. Women are more affected than men and...

Annually, 50% of American men and women have significant foot pain from various causes. OPTM physical therapists are well aware of the mechanics of the lower extremity, preventative techniques that can be taught to every person, and care of...

One of the more frequent questions asked in the physical therapy clinic after a knee surgery is, “Will I be able to run again?” The more important question to be asked is, “Should I return to running and what program do I need to follow to prevent against future...

Ankle sprains account for approximately 35% of all sports injuries and cost 2 billion dollars annually to treat. 80% of those injured will have a recurrent sprain within 12 months and 40% will have persistent pain and instability. This persistent disability has been named chronic ankle...