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Trading Opioids for Physical Therapy: There’s A Medication-Free Solution For You

Trading Opioids for Physical Therapy: There’s A Medication-Free Solution For You

Health content, knowledge, Pain, Treatment
Aging bones and bodies bring on a fragility that makes the elderly more susceptible to breaks, fractures, and surgeries. Many are offered opioid drugs as the best solution to deal with the unbearable pain that results. But more than 130 people die every day from opioid-related drug overdoses, creating an epidemic that is currently a national crisis. Is risking your health and life the only way to find relief from pain? Thankfully, it's not. Trading habit-forming prescription drugs like opioids for physical therapy may be the best swap you'll ever make for three reasons: 1. PT is a true treatment for pain. Opioids make you feel better because they interrupt pain signals to your brain. But they do nothing to actually heal your body and keep you from suffering in…
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Seniors Build Muscle Strength Through Resistance Training

Seniors Build Muscle Strength Through Resistance Training

Exercise, Health content, Prevention
The loss of strength is a common complaint among seniors. You're not imagining it; muscle strength begins to decline as early as age 30 and, after age 60, the annual rate of decline reaches 3-5%. So, if you're a senior adult, every single year you're losing up to 5 percent of your strength. No wonder you can't lift the way you used to! Two words: resistance training While aerobic exercise has many benefits for overall health, resistance training is the preferred exercise for specifically targeting the loss of muscle strength. Regular resistance training can delay or even reverse the generative loss of muscle mass and bone density, as well as joint dysfunction, that all contribute to the loss of strength. A study of exercise and physical activity in adults concludes,…
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Concussion Symptoms can Improve with Managed Exercise, Physical Therapy

Concussion Symptoms can Improve with Managed Exercise, Physical Therapy

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With high school sports starting up soon and NFL training camps in full swing, concussions are certain to ramp up within the mainstream consciousness.  And, while talk will often point to conventional wisdom which states that “time and rest” are the best and only options for recovery from concussion, Denver physical therapist Patrick Donovan says that studies now suggest managed exercise and movement can hasten recovery.  Concussion Treatment “It wasn’t very long ago when concussion sufferers were told not to move – to rest, with no exercise, until symptoms improved,” said Donovan, owner of Heather Lane Physical Therapy in Denver. “Today, while rest remains important, it’s become increasingly important to get moving with a careful, managed exercise program that can benefit recovery.”  In 2010, researchers at the University of Buffalo were the first to show that specialized exercise regimens can relieve…
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5 Powerful Truths About Sleep and Aging

5 Powerful Truths About Sleep and Aging

Health content, knowledge, Prevention
In today’s society, myths about sleep and aging are passed around more than gravy at a Thanksgiving dinner. Here’s the true scoop on sleeping when you’re older. 1. How does sleep change when you age? Common misconceptions would have you believe that the older you get, the less sleep you need. Although developing children need more sleep than average, sleep requirements for adults remain reasonably constant regardless of age.  What does change are circadian rhythms that help dictate sleep patterns. It’s not uncommon for older adults to sleep and wake earlier as biological clocks regulating internal rhythms shift.  2. Why do seniors have difficulty sleeping or falling asleep? The fragmented sleep often plaguing adults in their 60s and beyond can be due to a variety of factors. For instance, insomnia…
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I’m Over 60—is Urinary Incontinence Normal?

I’m Over 60—is Urinary Incontinence Normal?

Health content, knowledge
I'm Over 60—is Urinary Incontinence Normal? When you’re pregnant and experience urinary leaking, the cause is obvious, and you figure that everything concerning your health will go back to normal once the baby is out and no longer pressing on your bladder. Typically, that’s exactly what happens. But years later urinary incontinence (UI) can show up again—and this time there’s no baby to blame. You don’t want to stop drinking water or resort to wearing Depends. So what should you do? Although men and women of any age can experience urinary incontinence, reports show the highest incidence of UI occurring in women over 60. The University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences estimates that three times as many women as men experience urinary incontinence and that only 1 in…
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 Local PT Debunks 6 Common Back Pain Myths

 Local PT Debunks 6 Common Back Pain Myths

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Despite being one of the top causes of disability in the U.S., affecting around eight in 10 people in their lifetimes, back pain is an ailment often misunderstood by those affected, says Denver physical therapist Patrick Donovan.   Such misconceptions, Dr. Donovan adds, can cause those suffering from back pain to seek solutions, potential treatment paths, and even lifestyle alterations that aren’t necessarily in their best interests.   “Back pain can be as frustrating. It can become debilitating and we quickly seek out any and all treatments,” said Dr. Donovan, owner of Heather Lane Physical Therapy in Denver. “This can lead a person down paths that don’t result in the best outcomes and most necessary evidence-based treatments.”   Such paths, Dr. Donovan points out, can sometimes lead to treatments that are more expensive or personally invasive – and perhaps even unnecessary – such as MRIs and surgery.   “MRIs, surgery, medication … these are last resort-type treatments,” Dr. Donovan says. “Most common back pain issues will go away on their own in a few days. And even when they don’t, most remaining cases can be successfully resolved less…
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Denver Wellness: 7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

Denver Wellness: 7 Fitness Tips for Summer Vacation Travel

Exercise
It’s vacation season, and for many that means visiting faraway friends, exploring new places and possibly even crossing some things of the ol’ bucket list. Unfortunately, traveling often also means lots of sitting, interrupted sleep patterns due to time zone changes, unhealthy eating, and workout routines that are sporadic, if not nonexistent. According to Denver physical therapist Dr. Patrick Donovan, however, travel doesn’t have to be synonymous with unhealthy habits and a lack of exercise. “Vacations are a time to reboot mentally while reconnecting with friends and family, but this doesn’t have to happen at the expense of your health,” said Dr. Donovan, owner of Heather Lane Physical Therapy in Denver. “With just a little forethought and planning, you can stay active and healthy throughout your trip, whether it ‘s…
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Denver Wellness: Tips for Reducing, Managing Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Denver Wellness: Tips for Reducing, Managing Plantar Fasciitis Pain

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Studies show about three-quarters of all Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. Of them, more than 2 million people who seek treatment each year will learn they suffer from an overuse condition called plantar fasciitis.  Fortunately, according to Denver physical therapist Dr. Patrick Donovan, most cases of plantar fasciitis are both manageable and treatable.  “Plantar fasciitis will typically present itself as sharp pain in the heel or in the arch of the foot, most often when you’re taking the first steps of the day,” said Dr. Donovan, owner of Heather Lane Physical Therapy in Denver. “The pain is the result of your plantar fascia – the thick band of tissue connecting your heel to the ball of your foot – becoming inflamed due to overuse.”  The inflammation that causes plantar fasciitis can come from a sudden…
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Denver Wellness: How to Talk Positively About Exercise with Your Kids

Denver Wellness: How to Talk Positively About Exercise with Your Kids

Exercise
All kids need exercise. Stacks of scientific research through the years support the myriad ways exercise helps young bodies and minds as they develop and grow. It’s important, then, for parents to encourage their children to be active and develop healthful habits as they grow and develop. During such conversations, Denver physical therapist Dr. Patrick Donovan says setting a positive tone is paramount. “Learning the values of good fitness and nutrition should be a confidence-building exercise for kids and adolescents,” said Dr. Donovan, owner of Heather Lane Physical Therapy in Denver. “We don’t want them to feel like they’re being shamed or criticized. Rather, the goal should be to focus on the positive – on health, on fun, on long-term benefits and on being part of the journey together.” Such…
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Jump into March Madness Mindful of Jumper’s Knee, says Denver PT

Jump into March Madness Mindful of Jumper’s Knee, says Denver PT

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As a large portion of the nation’s attention turns to the “March Madness” NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in the coming days, Denver physical therapist Patrick Donovan says now is an ideal time to educate fans, young competitors and even blue-collar workers about an injury prevalent in jump-heavy activities: jumper’s knee. Among the most common injuries in sports, jumper’s knee is an overuse injury that can develop when one repeatedly jumps and lands heavily. Known in the medical community as patellar tendonitis, it affects 25 to 32 percent of basketball players and 30 to 51 percent of all volleyball players, according to a 2009 review. “Jumper’s knee develops when the patella tendon – the tendon that connects your kneecap to your shinbone – becomes overstressed,” said Dr. Donovan, owner of Heather…
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