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 were made directly with the […]

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 are coached on posture. It’s […]

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 that they now pay the […]

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 simple. Doing so can help […]

iPain: 5 ways to keep your mobile devices from being a pain in the neck

If you’re like most Americans (upwards of 90%, according to the Pew Research Center), you probably spend a good portion of your day glued to the screen of a mobile device. Ownership of smartphones, tablets, and e-readers has skyrocketed in recent years, ushering in major changes to the ways we live and work. But however much you may love your […]

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 LBP initially access health care […]

June PT Lecture Series – Masqueraders of Back Pain

Masqueraders of Back Pain – for PTs and other Health Care Providers 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 need to be aware of. When: Thursday, June 12th at 7pm Where: 77 Battery […]

Back Pain, Arthritis

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 significant wait to see the […]

Why Not a Longer Term Solution?

We were reading through “Diagnostic Testing and Treatment of Low Back Pain in United States Emergency Departments: A National Perspective” on MedScape and were struck by a couple items. “Diagnostic testing was performed in nearly 1 of every 2 patients with low back pain and opioids were administered to nearly two-thirds of the sample.” http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/732744_4 Most low back pain can be […]

The Woes of a Desk Jockey

In our years as physical therapists we’ve seen all kinds of injuries and heard all kinds of body-related complaints—some from accidents, some from surgery, and some resulting from extreme athletics. But there’s no athletic endeavor that is guaranteed to lead to injury quite like the Desk Jockey.  The wear and tear on the body of a Desk Jockey is highly underestimated […]