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Snowboarding – Conditioning and Training for Injury Prevention

Although snowboarding can be sometimes thought of as a “relatively new” sport in comparison to alpine skiing, the number of snowboarders in the USA has been rising steadily and catching up to skiers. During the 2012/2013 season, there were an estimated 7.3 million snowboarders compared to 8.2 million skiers at US resorts.1 However, even though […]

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Industry Topic – Year in Review

2014 was a big year for the profession of physical therapy. As the profession and healthcare in general continue to evolve, many important changes take place on a yearly basis. Here are some of the important changes and updates in the world of PT this year: Direct Access: As of July 1st, 2014, Michigan was […]

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Winter Slips and Falls

This time of year, when the sidewalks and roads tend to become ice-covered after recent snowfalls and colder temperatures, our attention turns towards falling and especially the risk of falls in older adults. A study in Sweden, the land of ice and snow for a good portion of the year, found that over 50% of […]

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In-House News: Dave’s Retirement

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 Tomsic Physical Therapy. His contributions to […]

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Industry Topic: New Mandate of Continuing Competency Requirements

\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 to assist you to the […]

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Running: Conditioning and Training for Injury Prevention

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 weather for granted. You still […]

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Football Conditioning, Training and FMS™ for injury prevention

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 the yard, the importance of […]

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

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 pain: a systematic review. Phys Ther. 2012;92(5):652-665. Clinical Bottom Line: […]

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So It’s Time for Cross-Training

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 do I actually DO when […]

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“My back hurts. Should I get an MRI?”

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 imaging studies performed. An […]

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