What Physical Therapy Can Do For Arthritis

Posted September 26, 2022 | Elite PT News

Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the joints. It can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling. The hips, knees, hands, and spine are the most commonly affected joints. Arthritis is not a single disease but an umbrella term that includes a variety of different types. Some of the more common examples are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

While physical therapy might not be the first treatment you think of for arthritis, it probably should be. A lot of people with arthritis choose to use medication to manage their pain, stop activities that hurt, and wait for things to get bad enough to have a joint replacement. But this isn't a great plan - all medications have side effects, even over the counter ones. Reducing activity leads to muscle atrophy and even stiffer joints. Even though joint replacement surgery usually has good outcomes, it does come with its own set of risks and a painful recovery.

Do YOU know WHY you have low back pain?

Posted February 27, 2022 | Elite PT News

Is the source of your low back pain a mystery? You’re not alone: Nine out of 10 patients don't know the primary cause of their back pain. The problem is that most people seek treatment after they’ve begun exhibiting symptoms of back pain. While this may seem logical on the surface, we’re here to tell you that there’s a better way.

The key is to go to a physical therapist before you begin to see the signs and symptoms of back pain. I’m sure that right about now you’re asking, “Why would I do that?” One, because physical therapists are trained to recognize the physical dysfunctions that may one day lead to back pain. And two, because eight out of 10 Americans suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives, so the chances are good that you could become a statistic one day.

You might be thinking to yourself, “now I know I should see a physical therapist before I am in pain, but what if I am in pain RIGHT NOW?” You are in luck! Our team at Elite Spine & Extremity Physical Therapy consists of all Doctorate trained Physical Therapists who are well versed in assessing your low back and/or sciatic pain, determining the root cause of your problem, and helping you determine the best route of care for you. If this interests you, contact us now!

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Click here for more information on how annual check ups can help deter common recurrent orthopedic problems like low back pain!

More information below on how annual checkups can help deter common recurrent orthopedic problems like low back pain!

Statement on Preparations for the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted March 16, 2020 | Elite PT News

Like most other businesses, organizations, and government agencies, our management team at Elite Spine & Extremity Physical Therapy has been diligently monitoring the developing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).


Not all Exercises are Created Equal

Posted September 16, 2019 | Elite PT News

The role of "patient-specific" exercises in managing LBP is controversial. Some people believe that any exercise is good for low back pain, while others believe that the direction and type of exercise prescribed can make a difference in recovery time and pain modification. 

While general exercise is not bad at all for most conditions, there may be situations where being more specific may be a good thing. 

So why should you care about specific exercise?

Are You A Passive Patient or an Active Consumer of Healthcare?

Posted July 29, 2019 | Elite PT News

Think about the last time you made a big purchase, say $1,000 or more. Did you go out and buy the first thing you saw? Take one recommendation from somebody? Or did you research it, learn some things, compare it to other options, and select something that was right for you? Most people tend to be educated and research large purchases like cars, televisions, or the newest iphone. So why do we so often fail to do this with healthcare? By becoming more educated healthcare consumers we can go from passive patients who take the first recommendation that comes from a practitioner to an active consumer who weighs options and makes choices. Here are some questions to talk through with your practitioner the next time a healthcare decision comes up.

Patients Should Be More Educated Healthcare Consumers

Posted July 22, 2019 | Elite PT News

Most people spend a lot of time researching and weighing options for a large purchase or a decision like changing a job. When it comes to healthcare, however most people don't do much research or consider options at all. A 2010 Gallup poll showed that 70% of people feel confident in their doctor's advice and don't feel the need to do their own research or get a second opinion.

Value Based Care

Posted June 19, 2019 | Elite PT News

VBC means a reorganization of systems around the needs of the patient, necessitating shifts in perspective and culture. Switching medical provision to teams and units that integrate the full cycle of care together is another key element. The integrated practice units (IPUs) are a group of wards that care for patients with similar clinical needs.

A switch to patient-focus drives benefits that patients can see. Sixty-seven percent of Leaders said patients were more satisfied with their care in the past year, versus 39% of Followers; 70% of Leaders said patients reported a better quality of life than a year ago, compared to 46% of Followers.

PT Can Prevent Unnecessary Surgery

Posted June 14, 2019 | Elite PT News

Recent research is showing that surgery might not be needed as often as we think. A large review estimates that 10% to 20% of surgeries might be unnecessary. The reasons for so many unneeded surgeries being performed are varied, but the most common are that more conservative options aren't tried first, or lack of knowledge by the patient and health care team.

For musculoskeletal problems like back and joint pain, sprains, and strains, seeing your PT before a surgeon can help keep you out of the operating room and get you back to life without surgery. Studies have shown that physical therapy can be just as good if not better than surgery for a multitude of conditions and carries less risk. Some examples would include rotator cuff tears, meniscal tears, spinal stenosis, low back pain, and osteoarthritis.

Physical therapy can't fix every problem, and for some patients surgery IS the best choice. However, research is showing that surgery isn't a cure-all, and is sometimes very risky. In most cases, starting with physical therapy is the right choice, and for many patients, PT is the only treatment necessary.

We are MIA for the Dr. Stuart McGill Courses

Posted March 27, 2019 | Elite PT News

From Thursday March 28th to Sunday March 31st, we will be out of the office at the Stuart McGill course! Check out below for more infromation. 

Abnormal Findings on Magnetic Resonance Images of the Cervical Spines in 1211 Asymptomatic Subjects

Posted March 24, 2019 | Elite PT News

"Neurological symptoms and abnormal findings on MR images are keys to diagnose the spinal diseases. To determine the significance of MRI abnormalities, we must take into account the (1) frequency and (2) spectrum of structural abnormalities, which may be asymptomatic. However, no large-scale study has documented abnormal findings of the cervical spine on MR image in asymptomatic subjects."

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