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Cancer-Related Fatigue and Physical Therapy

June 15, 2017: The fatigue felt by people with cancer is so common that it has a name. Cancer-related fatigue isn’t unique to 1 type of cancer or cancer treatment, and it can occur even after treatment is complete. When cancer-related fatigue strikes, it’s often extremely debilitating, significantly impacting quality of life, and creating a level of fatigue that rest alone cannot address. Although it might seem counterintuitive, one of the most effective ways to manage cancer-related fatigue...


Rheumatoid Arthritis and Physical Therapy

May 31, 2017: Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes joint inflammation and pain. Unlike osteoarthritis, which is the result of wear and tear on a specific joint, the effects of rheumatoid arthritis can be felt across a person’s entire body. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical therapist discusses what we know about rheumatoid arthritis, which affects approximately 1% of Americans, and how to effectively manage its effects. Read more about rheumatoid...


Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee

May 11, 2017: Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects somewhere between 27 million and 30 million Americans. It’s a chronic condition that can cause pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis can make movement difficult, and yet one of the best ways to manage osteoarthritis is to move. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, we’ll talk about hip and knee osteoarthritis with physical therapist Mary Ann Wilmarth, who doesn’t just treat people with the condition, but lives with it...


Treatment of Core Muscle Injury (Don’t Call it Sports Hernia)

April 27, 2017: These days, whenever ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell meets an elite athlete who has undergone surgery to perform core muscle repair, she has a good idea about who might have performed the procedure. Dr. William Meyers has been at the forefront of core muscle injury treatment dating back to the late 1980s, when he pioneered efforts to diagnose and treat this problem that somehow gained popular awareness under a different and misleading name: sports hernia. In this episode...


Collaborative Care and Physical Therapy

April 13, 2017: As the lead team physician for the Washington Nationals and the head team physician for the Washington Redskins, Dr. Robin West, Chairman of Inova Sports Medicine, knows what good teamwork looks like – and not just on the field of play. To make sure that Nationals and Redskins players return from injury and avoid it in the first place, she constantly collaborates with other members of the health care team, including physical therapists, athletic trainers, surgeons, and more....


Concussion Awareness and Treatment

March 23, 2017: Public understanding of concussion risks has improved significantly in recent years, due in large part to increased media attention about head injuries in football. And while many Americans now know to take concussion symptoms seriously, most probably don’t know what to expect when it comes to concussion treatment and management. Treating concussions today is typically a collaborative effort, involving professionals from across health care settings. In this episode of Move...


Living with Cerebral Palsy

March 10, 2017: Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common motor disability in childhood. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each year about 10,000 babies born in the United States will develop cerebral palsy. CP is incurable and permanent, but it isn’t life threatening or progressive. It is incredibly unique to each individual. Some may be able to walk, while others cannot. Some have significant intellectual disabilities, and others are not affected in the same way. In...


Avoiding Dangerous Falls

February 23, 2017: It’s not often that physical therapists are mentioned in the same sentence as paratroopers, stunt professionals, and martial arts instructors, but that’s what happened in a January 2017 article from the New York Times titled “The Right Way to Fall.” According to the article, falls cause more than one-third of injury-related emergency room visits, and while avoiding falls in the first place is ideal, falling safely when gravity strikes is second best. In this episode of...


Running Mechanics and Physical Therapy

February 9, 2017: A recent New York Times article “How to Run Like a Girl,” explored the differences between women and men who run. Running mechanics is a new area of research. Much is still unknown, but this much is clear: women and men do tend to run differently. One of the experts featured in the story is physical therapist Blaise Williams, PT, PhD, who studies running mechanics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). In this episode of Move Forward Radio, Williams discusses how women...


Muscle Soreness: What's Normal? What's Not?

September 17, 2015: If you’ve ever pulled your bike out of the garage for the first time all summer and then gone on a long ride, or if you’ve ever hit the weight room hard on January 1, trying to achieve a year’s worth of fitness goals in single day, you’ve probably experienced delayed onset muscle soreness, otherwise known as DOMS. It's a long name for something that's quite common, and also preventable. In today's episode of Move Forward Radio, the director of research at the Nicholas...


Chronic Disease and Prevention

September 3, 2015: Chronic diseases are widespread in this country, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost half of adults have at least one chronic health condition, and a quarter of adults have two or more. Chronic diseases are also often deadly – responsible for seven of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., and expensive – accounting for 86% of our nation’s total health care costs. The good news is chronic diseases are largely preventable. In today’s...


Amy Rodriguez on the Physical Challenges of Pregnancy and Childbirth

August 20, 2015: This summer, the United States Women’s National Team clinched the World Cup trophy with a 5-2 win over Japan. As the team hoisted the trophy at the end of the match, forward Amy Rodriguez was in middle of it all, celebrating with her teammates. Not only did this moment allow Amy to add a World Cup title along side her two Olympic gold medals, but it was made sweeter because of her well-earned return to the team roster after having a baby not quite two years earlier....


Total Knee Replacement: A Storybook Approach

August 6, 2015: The number of total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries has more than tripled over the past two decades. Despite the growing popularity of the procedure and the improved outcomes, TKR is an invasive and expensive procedure. One physical therapist has watched patients and families struggling to cope with the information overload that accompanies TKR surgery, and decided there had to be a better way to prepare families and improve expectations. To fill that void, she has written a...


What Physical Therapists Tell Their Friends

July 23, 2015: In the July 2015 issue of Redbook magazine several physical therapists were asked to share the advice they give their friends. The answers were diverse; from encouraging children to try multiple sports, rather than specializing at a young age; to reminding women that a physical therapist can help them strengthen pelvic floor muscles to avoid problems like urinary incontinence. In this episode, Move Forward Radio follows Redbook’s lead. Over the course of this episode you’ll...


Juvenile Arthritis

July 2, 2015: July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. The word “arthritis” might call to mind images of older adults, and with good reason – aging is a primary cause of osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 27 million Americans. But arthritis isn’t exclusive to adults, children can develop arthritis as well. Juvenile arthritis isn’t a specific condition but an umbrella term that includes numerous types and subtypes. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical therapist will...


Total Shoulder Replacement

June 18, 2015: Total shoulder replacements aren’t nearly as common as knee and hip replacements, but they can be an effective treatment option for patients dealing with osteoarthritis, among other conditions, when more conservative treatments fail. In this episode we'll talk with a physical therapist about what physical therapy before and after total shoulder replacement looks like. And we will also talk to one of her patients, who suffered through shoulder pain for so long that surgery...


Vestibular Rehabilitation

June 4, 2015: Falls are one of the leading causes of injury for older Americans, and vestibular system disorders are a leading cause of balance problems, which often lead to falls. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical therapist describes not only how our vestibular system works but also how problems with the vestibular system can be treated through physical therapy. He also discusses how vestibular rehabilitation is a rapidly evolving, even being offered to elite athletes who...


Treatment for Spinal Stenosis: Comparing Physical Therapy and Surgery

May 21, 2015: Spinal stenosis is a degenerative disease that causes a narrowing within vertebrae of the spinal column that results in pressure on the spinal cord. And while it may sound like a serious problem in need of an invasive medical procedure (such as surgery), a recently published study in the the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that surgery should be considered only when other more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, fail. In this episode, we’ll talk to one of...


Stroke: Awareness, Prevention, and Recovery

May 7, 2015: The third leading cause of death in the United States is stroke. And those fortunate enough to survive a stroke often face problems with mobility, speech, balance, weakness, and memory loss, among other symptoms. Fortunately, depending on the severity of the stroke and the health of the individual – many of these side effects can be effectively treated by a physical therapist. In this episode of Move Forward Radio, a physical therapist addresses all aspects of strokes, including...


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