The Great Heat versus Ice Debate

December 1st, 2018

by Karen McDonald, PT, MDT Heat and ice are used frequently to relieve pain for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Heat produces many desirable benefits including an increase in local blood flow, an analgesic effect on pain nerve endings, and a relaxation of muscles around a given joint. Heating pads, hot showers, and warm tubs/whirlpools

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Exercise Helps Breast Cancer Patients

December 1st, 2018

by Karen McDonald, PT, MDT Not counting some types of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the U.S., regardless of race or ethnicity. According to the Center of Disease Control, 210,203 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. The good news is that improvements in detection are helping

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Rotator Cuff 101

November 25th, 2018

The shoulder is a complex joint with many working parts. The rotator cuff is one of the most important for proper shoulder function. Perhaps you’ve heard mention in the media of a professional athlete suffering an injury involving the cuff. Or maybe you or a family member has been unlucky enough to have found yourself

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