Avoid Surgery with Physical Therapy

Posted May 16, 2023 | Health & Wellness Blog

While there are some circumstances where surgical intervention is appropriate, many can—and should—be treated through alternative methods like physical therapy.

How Elite PT Tackles Low Back Pain

Posted April 13, 2023 | Health & Wellness Blog

Low back pain is one of the most common medical conditions with roughly 80% of adults experiencing some form of low back pain in their lifetime with a high chance of recurrence. Thankfully, for a vast majority of those individuals, the pain self resolves. But for many that pain can persist and really start to negatively impact their daily lives.

The Four Stages of Rehabilitation

Posted March 14, 2023 | Health & Wellness Blog

While there’s no end all be all way that works for everyone when it comes to the management and treatment of pain, at Elite PT we generally focus on four stages of rehabilitation—relief, recovery, return, and performance.

Understanding Low Back Pain and Sciatica

Posted February 16, 2023 | Health & Wellness Blog

When it comes to low back back—as with most ailments—understanding your condition as well as its causes are crucial to the recovery process.

What Physical Therapy Can Do For Arthritis

Posted September 26, 2022 | Health & Wellness Blog

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.

What is nerve pain?

Posted July 24, 2022 | Health & Wellness Blog

Nerve pain is a common symptom of many conditions, including injury and disease. Nerve pain can be mild or severe, short-term or chronic. It can affect one nerve or several at once and can vary in intensity from one person to another based on factors like overall health, activity level, genetics, and more. The good news is that there are many treatments available for the various types of nerve pain—from nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to acupuncture—and you may find relief with some simple lifestyle changes too!

Do YOU know WHY you have low back pain?

Posted February 27, 2022 | Health & Wellness Blog

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.

Questions about Value Base Health Care

Posted January 10, 2020 | Health & Wellness Blog

Value Based Health Care has been a hot topic for some time in the world of health policy, and political debates. Regardless of the thoughts on how health care should be payed for, shouldn't it be easy for medical practitioners to provide Value Based Care? 

Check out the linked video for some important questions and answers about the challenges of providing Value Based Health care. 

Recommended Treatments for Low Back Pain

Posted September 23, 2019 | Health & Wellness Blog

Over any 3-month period about 25% of Americans will have low back pain. It is the top cause of disability around the world.

Unfortunately, even though low back pain is common, treatment for low back pain often fails to reflect evidence-based guidelines, leading to overtreatment—including unnecessary surgery or opioid prescription.

So what are the best approaches for back pain?

In March 2018, The Lancet noted that the guidelines are evolving: now there is "less emphasis on pharmacological and surgical treatments" and greater emphasis on "self-management, physical and psychological therapies, and some form of complementary medicine."

Not all Exercises are Created Equal

Posted September 16, 2019 | Health & Wellness Blog

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?

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