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We want to help with your musculoskeletal patients.

We exist to get people better and make happy patients. To that end, we want to help PCPs with their musculoskeletal patients. In Wales they are piloting placement of physiotherapists directly into general practices. Results from the nine-month trial in four practices found a 16% reduction in referrals to hospital-based services. And nearly 2,000 appointments…
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Exercise? Really?

We Love Our Hearts, but What About Our Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes? While the expert recommendation has long been 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week to stay healthy, does it matter if these minutes are crammed into one or two days or spread throughout the week? A…
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Can you fix a disk herniation without surgery?

In "Resolution of Lumbar Disk Herniation without Surgery", by Jennifer Hong, M.D., and Perry A. Ball, M.D. published in April 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine, they show remarkable resolution of the injury in this case study. [caption id="attachment_2827" align="alignright" width="351"] Before and After films from the actual study.[/caption] The follow up MRI was…
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Do You Have Low Back Pain? Physical Therapy Can Help!

You've likely already seen the statistics on low back pain. Up to 80% of us will have an episode of back pain at some point in our lives. For many people this pain doesn't go away and may become chronic or recurring. Low back pain is the main cause of disability worldwide and leads to…
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Your Best Advice for Neck & Upper Back Pain

The short answer? Sit up straight! Yesterday we saw 2 CHP officers sitting at a table outside Peet's, looking at their phones. Their posture was horrible. And we see that all the time. The thing that made this stand out was that they were in uniform, with their motorcycles parked nearby. As motorcycle officers, they…
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The Schedule Online Button

We recently added and updated our home page scheduling option so that it goes straight to our actual availability on ScheduleDoc. The response has been great! It seems that you don't want to fill out a form, but you do want to see what's available. We know your schedule changes often and your time is…
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Employers are the New Payers & They Can Save (lots of) $$$

Employers are they new health insurers. There has been an unheralded shift over the past years as more US employees are covered under employer self-funded insurance programs. That means that the employer does not pay a premium to an insurance carrier to assume the risks of paying for employee and dependent health care costs, but…
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Hot Job – Physical Therapist Orthopedic Resident – San Francisco

Physical Therapist Orthopedic Resident - San Francisco We've got a great opportunity for a Physical Therapist Orthopedic Clinical Resident in San Francisco. Ideal location!  San Francisco is a vibrant and beautiful city with unique neighborhoods, each with their own flavor. It's on the cutting edge of research and technology with a strong outdoor culture. If…
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Simple Tricks for Making Work More Comfortable With the Science of Ergonomics

In an ideal world, your office should be a place of comfort, productivity, and creative problem solving. But for many people, an improper computer setup can instead lead to stress and pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and extremities. Luckily, if you don’t have any existing problems, creating a healthy, ergonomic workstation can be pretty…
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Back Pain…

Low back pain (LBP) accounts for 2.5% to 3% of all physician visits in the United States.1-3 Annual direct health care costs were estimated at more than 85 billion dollars nationally in 2005, up 65% from 1997.4 The prevalence of chronic, disabling LBP is increasing, despite increasing spending on the problem.4, 5 Most patients with…
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Physical Therapy As Effective As Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears

A recent study from Finland asserts that when it comes to treatment of nontraumatic rotator cuff tears, physical therapy alone produces results equal to those produced by arthroscopic surgery and open surgical repair. According to the study's authors, follow-ups of 167 shoulders treated show that "conservative treatment should be considered as the primary treatment for…
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June PT Lecture Series – Masqueraders of Back Pain

Masqueraders of Back Pain - for PTs and other Health Care Providers [caption id="attachment_2471" align="alignleft" width="150"] Payal Bhandari, MD[/caption] Back pain is the second most common symptom-related reason for clinician visits in the United States. Although 60% of cases are mechanical in nature, learn about the other 40% of cases caused by medical emergencies you…
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Top Reasons People Visit Their Doctor – Skin, Joints & Back Pain

The Mayo Clinic recently posted the top 10 reasons people visit their doctor's office. The three leading reasons people visit their health-care providers were skin problems, joint disorders and back pain. With the advent of direct access to physical therapists in California, it makes sense to consider when to see who, especially if there is a…
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Bend. Twist. Lift. Back Pain?

"You can bend. You can twist. You can lift. But you can't do all three at once." (Back Pain!) - Drew Magary Drew writes a compelling story about back pain from a normal person's perspective. We happen to agree with most of it. We tend to use a little bit different language, but he's offering some…
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What Do You Know About Physical Therapy?

PT (Physical Therapy) has shown great benefit on many fronts in returning people to optimal function, getting them out of pain, saving health care dollars, and even preventing injuries & re-injuries. Often people don't know much about PT though, until they absolutely need it and are referred by another health care provider. This is mainly…
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Run Clinic

Our Run Clinic with One Medical is happening for the first time January 21. Appointments start at 4pm. Do you want to increase your mileage, improve your speed, train for a marathon, or just make sure you're on the right track? Give us a call at 415.593.2532. The Run Clinic lasts about 1 hour 20…
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3 Basic Running Shoe Types

There are 3 main shoe types for running, with any number of hybrids. The type that is best for you depends on how your feet and how they move when you run. All 3 types come in many different brands. Brand is usually not nearly as important as fit and type. The team at the…
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Shoulder Arthritis

We looked up shoulder arthritis on the web, as our upcoming lecture series for PTs and other medical professionals will be focusing on common shoulder problems and arthritis. Here are a few of the things we found, and hopefully some elucidation and clarification of some of the common information found on the web. One definition…
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1 in 3 Adults Over 65 Falls Each Year

"Each year, one in every three adults age 65 and older falls. Falls can cause moderate to severe injuries, such as hip fractures and head traumas, and can increase the risk of early death. Fortunately, falls are a public health problem that is largely preventable." - CDC http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html This is a frightening statistic, but one…
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