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The Side Plank: how to do it

Research has shown that by improving core strength through exercise, you may be able to reduce your chance of lower back pain and strength.  Weak abdominal muscles are often common as we become more “mature” and sometimes sedentary. The Side plank is a great exercise for increasing both core and hip strength, check out the […]

Is physical therapy needed after lumbar fusion? Well, it depends….

I was just asked again over the weekend from a friend of mine who had a one level lumbar spine fusion if PT is needed after surgery to help with recovery.  I asked him what his doctor had advised him and his reply from his surgeon was  “well, I don’t think you need PT, just don’t bend, […]

Total Knee Replacement Patients: Don’t stop doing your exercises!

A study followed 48 men and women for 10 months after they had a unilateral knee replacement.  The researchers found that overall pain levels were significantly lower, but that the effected leg still demonstrated 14% weakness in muscle strength as compared to the non-surgical leg.  What this means is that those individuals still had trouble […]