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 that we can impact positively. […]

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 […]

Does Medicare cover maintenance therapy when my condition is not going to improve?

There remains some confusion around Medicare’s coverage of maintenance physical therapy. The general idea is that if a skilled service is required to prevent decline in a person’s condition, then the service is now covered under Medicare. The following is from the Center for Medicare Advocacy website: SERVICES FOR BENEFICIARIES WITH CHRONIC CONDITIONS A chronic condition requiring skilled care services […]

Awesome Apps for the New Year!

Below is a compilation of apps we, at San Francisco Sport and Spine Physical Therapy have used or had recommended that work well and align with what we do to get people better and help them stay that way! If you have a particular favorite, please email sturdy@sfsspt.com with your suggestion. MyFitnessPal — calorie and exercise tracker http://www.myfitnesspal.com/ The Habit […]

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 […]

5 Ways to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is very common. The daily demands on your body can cause muscle weakness in the lower back. Sitting continuously all day, improper posture, and limited physical activities are some of the contributing factors. Here are some tips to help you overcome and prevent lower back pain. 1) Maintain good flexibility.  Regular stretching helps keep muscles flexible. They can […]

Is Barefoot Best? The Truth About Running Techniques

In my work as a physical therapist, runners come to me all the time with questions about which running techniques are best. Usually they are struggling with injuries and they’ve heard about the latest, greatest technique on the Web or from their running buddy. They’re hoping that if they change their shoes or the way their foot strikes the ground […]