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Ed Deboo, PT, along with two other Bellingham Physical Therapists were profiled in the “Northwest Health” magazine.

“Ed Deboo, PT, doesn’t want to fix people. He wants them to fix themselves. ‘I don’t want you to come in and watch you ride my bike,’ he says.‘I help to facilitate the healing process and remove roadblocks, but you own your own health.’

To read the entire article and view the pictures, please click here to download the NW Health PDF

What’s new in the literature?

I will often come across an article that I think my patients would be interested in. I have included a short summary and then cited the source if someone was interested in the entire article. Enjoy!

Improve your spinal rotation with this simple, yet effective exercise

We need plenty of spinal rotation for higher level dynamic activities.  Try this simple exercise to gain flexibility and let me know if you have any questions,

Thanks,

Ed Deboo, PT

Bellingham,  Washington, Physical Therapy

Is your thoracic spine up to the challenge?

Having a mobile thoracic spine is essential for high level, dynamic exercises that require your spine to bend, rotate, and extend.

Check out the video below to see if your thoracic spine stacks up,

let me know if you have any questions,

Thanks,

Ed Deboo, PT

Bellingham Physical Therapy

How to treat outer (lateral) foot pain

Outer foot or lateral foot pain can have multiple causes, but a common factor is tightness of the cuboid and 5 th metatarsal joints.  Watch the video below to learn simple ways to mobilize and treat your own cuboid and help your foot pain.  Please let me know if you have any questions or comments,

Thanks,

Ed Deboo, PT

Bellingham,  Physical Therapy

Valuable life lesson for young athletes and social media

Another hard, but valuable lesson learned from sports about conduct and consequences

 

Thanks for watching,

Ed Deboo, PT

Bellingham, Physical Therapy

 

PT video: exercises for upper trap, shoulder, and neck tightness

Chronic neck and shoulder tightness can often be helped with simple postural exercises, check out the video below.  Let me know if you have any questions ~thanks,

Ed Deboo, PT

Physical Therapy,  Bellingham, WA

Does running increase your chance of hip and knee arthritis?

 

48 year old patient with knee pain, who likes to play basketball, was advised by his trainer to stop running/playing hoops since this would accelerate his arthritis.  So the question is

 

“Does running really increase your chances of developing knee and hip osteoarthritis?”

 

When you look at the research, the answer has much to do with the intensity and frequency of running. The benefits of running are numerous and include cardiovascular fitness, healthy bones, improved lung capacity, helps with weight loss, and brain health.  

 

The results of a study published in the June edition of the Journal of Physical Therapy concluded the following good news:

 

Recreational runners (2-3 times per week) actually had a much lower incidence of hip and knee arthritis as compared to sedentary folk who didn’t run (3% vs 10%). Although the study did find a higher correlation of hip and knee arthritis with those high intensity runners who ran more than 57 miles per week.  

 

Once again, mom was right: Most things done in moderation are good for us! Keep running, just cut down the mileage.

Questions? Just ask

Ed Deboo, PT

Physical Therapy, Bellingham, Washington

 

PT video: Safely transfer to the floor for Seniors and Parkinson’s patients

Learn how to safely transfer on the floor to do your exercises.  Getting on the floor is a very functional activity that we often take for granted.  Please let me know if you have any questions,

Ed Deboo, PT

Physical Therapy, Bellingham, WA

Do you exercise hard? Then what you should know about Rhabdomyolysis

 

Do you know what  Rhabdomyolysis is? If you exercise hard you should.

We all know the benefits of regular exercise, but can we get too much of a good thing?  The answer is yes.  To simplify matters, let’s explain what happens when we workout. When we exercise hard, we break down muscle tissue (part of the soreness we feel after exercise) then we rest and recover and the muscle comes back stronger and that is how we gain strength.

Now what happens if we work out excessively, with not enough recovery time between exercises sessions? Rhabdomyolysis is a condition characterized by the excessive breakdown of muscle that causes a release of both myoglobin and creatine kinase into the blood. However, the body’s ability to “clear” this excessive myoglobin is limited and the excess is filtered by the kidneys which can cause an obstruction or renal dysfunction that requires immediate medical attention.

Symptoms of Rhabdomyolysis include extreme muscle soreness and swelling, weakness,  dark, discolored urine, and excessive levels of CK (creatine kinase) in the blood (measured by a blood test).

Treatment includes immediate medical attention, increasing fluid intake, rest,  and possibly IV fluids.  Remember, you probably need a solid 48 hours between high intensity, work to failure workouts.  Let me know if you have any questions,

Have a great weekend, 

Ed Deboo, PT

Physical Therapy, Bellingham, WA

Use Chair Squats to help with hip and knee strength.

Try using chair squats to rehab your leg or hip injury,  easy to modify, and safe to try.  Let me know if you have any questions,

Enjoy!

Ed Deboo, PT

Physical Therapy, Bellingham, WA

PT video: How to fit and use a cane

Not sure if you are using your cane the right way?  Check out this short video just to be safe…

Let me know if you have any questions ~ Thanks,

Ed Deboo, PT

Physical Therapy, Bellingham, WA