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In-House News: Dave’s Retirement

By: Laura Wenger, PT, DPT With the end of 2014 comes the end of an era for physical therapy in Durango. Dave Rakita, PT, OCS, Cert. MDT, is retiring as of January 1st, 2015. As Durango’s longest practicing Physical Therapist, we are all going to miss him and his wealth of experience here at Rakita […]

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Industry Topic: New Mandate of Continuing Competency Requirements

By: Laura Wenger, PT, DPT Have you ever wondered what your physical therapist does when they aren’t working with you to help you feel and move better? Well, besides the necessary outdoor playtime that all of us thrive on, we work hard to stay fresh and up to date with the latest research and techniques […]

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Running: Conditioning and Training for Injury Prevention

By: Laura Wenger, PT, DPT This time of year, the weather is just about right for running–not so hot that you feel you might faint on a steep uphill, and not so chilly that you need to don multiple layers that will inevitably be peeled off as you warm up. But, don’t take the ideal […]

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Football Conditioning, Training and FMS™ for injury prevention

By Laura Wenger, PT, DPT It’s football season, which means that as the leaves begin to fall, Saturdays and Sundays are becoming filled with more time in front of the television to cheer on your favorite teams. Whether you or a family member are playing football recreationally, competitively, or simply just tossing the ball in […]

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Critically Appraised Topic (CAT): Back Pain and the Efficacy of the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Management

Prepared by David Rakita, PT, OCS, Cert MDT   Clinical Question: For patients with low back pain, is using the principle of Directional Preference through the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Management efficacious?   Citation: Surkitt LD, Ford JJ, Hahne AJ, Pizzari T, McMeeken JM. Efficacy of directional preference management for low back […]

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So It’s Time for Cross-Training

By Steve Stockhausen PT, DPT For years the term “cross-training” has been tossed around in athletic and sports communities, in regards to off-season or winter fitness planning. “Cross-training” is touted as a way to decrease injury risk, build an aerobic base, improve strength and flexibility and to stave off boredom. That all sounds fantastic…but what […]

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“My back hurts. Should I get an MRI?”

Contributed by Stephen Stockhausen PT, DPT This is a very common question I often get from my patients.  They have come in for a Physical Therapy evaluation, and in the course fo the exam they ask about imaging. Here are a few keys to keep in mind if you are a back pain sufferer and considering having […]

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Why Physical Therapy is Worth Paying Your Deductible For

Stephen Stockhausen recommended this article, written by a good friend of his. Please click on the link below (or copy and paste the url into your browser) to be directed to the original article: https://chandlerpt.net/why-physical-therapy-is-worth-paying-your-deductible-for/

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Runners Knee – the long but successful road to recovery

Exactly one year ago I underwent a surgical procedure to alleviate a long standing, and rather severe case, of Illiotibial Band Syndrome, or runners knee. This is a very common injury involving a pathologic tightening of the illiotibial band (ITB) causing sharp pain in the outside of the effected knee, likely due to a hip […]

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Physical Therapy In The National News

Nice to see some recognition for physical therapy in the national media. US News discusses the benefits of physical therapy before injections or surgery. The physical therapist is highly skilled in all musculoskeletal conditions, and is ready to get athletes (especially runners) back in action. Read the article here: https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2013/10/07/physical-therapy-for-running-injuries Be proactive and get a […]

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