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Celebrating Excellence: Ashley Brooks, OTR/L, CHT, BCPR, and the success of our Hand Therapy Fellowship Program

Celebrating Excellence: Ashley Brooks, OTR/L, CHT, BCPR, and the success of our Hand Therapy Fellowship Program

Explore how OrthoCarolina's Hand Therapy Fellowship program inspires occupational therapists like Ashley Brooks, who received the prestigious 2023 ASHT Emerging Hand Therapist Award. Discover the dedication and excellence that define our program.

OrthoCarolina: How to make the most out of physical therapy

How to Make the Most Out of Physical Therapy: 10 Tips

We sourced 10 well-rounded tips for making the most of your time in physical therapy.  That's physical therapy done better.

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Trigger Finger & Carpal Tunnel Prevention, Symptoms & Treatment

Simple, everyday choices can help relieve hand pain and prevent overuse injuries like trigger finger and carpal tunnel. Learn helpful tips, common symptoms to watch out for and what to expect if you're considering surgery. 

How to Treat & Prevent Common Basketball Injuries

How to Treat & Prevent Common Basketball Injuries

Basketball requires an athlete to run, jump and cut aggressively and consistently throughout gameplay. The quick change-of-direction movements and repetitive jumping pose a unique challenge on our lower extremities.

Muscle Pain | Stretching arms during a run outside

Does Dry Needling Hurt? 6 Things You Need to Know

For many patients, dry needling can reduce pain in just one session. We took a  look at six things to know about this physical therapy-delivered treatment that can address many musculoskeletal conditions.

Sore Muscles After a Workout: What's Normal & When to See a Specialist

Sore Muscles After a Workout: What's Normal & When to See a Specialist

Soreness is a normal response to exercise, but how do you know whether you’re experiencing standard post-workout muscle fatigue or something more worrisome? Find out why we experience post-workout soreness, what level of soreness is normal and how to relieve aching muscles after exercise.

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What Is Occupational Therapy & Who Is It For?

Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

How to Tackle Your First Solo Hike

How to Tackle Your First Solo Hike

Solo hiking can be a truly life-affirming experience —and may even inspire more solo adventures. Here's how to make sure you're prepared for a safe and memorable solo hike.

5 Ways to Fight Tech Neck

5 Ways to Fight Tech Neck

Poor posture and spending so much time on our devices (phones, computers, tablets, and more) can contribute to pain and weakness of the neck, upper back and thumbs (aka “tech neck”).

OrthoCarolina virtual therapy and virtual appointments

Virtual Therapy: What to Expect

Through virtual therapy, patients can progress toward their physical or hand-therapy and pain-management goals with support from their therapist, all while minimizing social contact.

How Physical Therapy Supports Your Long-Term Health

How Physical Therapy Supports Your Long-Term Health

Whether preventing or rehabilitating an injury or other physical condition, physical therapy plays an important part in long-term health. Physical therapists use exercise, massage, stretching and other techniques to help patients of all ages improve mobility, manage pain and restore proper function.

Stretches for Runners | Stretching before and after running

Stretches for Runners: How to Warm Up & Cool Down

How you prime your body for a run and how you recover afterward influence your overall performance. PTA Mary Jean McKinnon explains dynamic and static stretches to enhance your next run.

Running | Change up your running routine | OrthoCarolina

How to Spice Up Your Running Routine

Whether you log 2 or 20 miles, changing up your running or jogging routine will keep your workouts effective, interesting and even fun.

Exercises to combat low-back and pelvic pain during pregnancy

Safe Exercises to Combat Low-Back & Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Routine exercise may help prepare muscles for childbirth and prevent or lessen back and pelvic pain commonly experienced during pregnancy.

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Let It Go – 7 Yoga Poses to De-stress & Recenter

With so many changes ongoing in our communities, you may have started to notice subsequent stress in your body. It’s important to take time to focus inward with compassion to reduce stress and recenter.

Older Woman Doing Yoga and Meditating Indoors

Deep Breathing for Pain Control & Relaxation

Diaphragmatic breathing is a deep-breathing exercise that can relieve stress, lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate and more.

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The Hip, Getting Older and Running

Many active Americans worry about the impact of exercise on their hips. Chris Dollar, PT, DPT, talks about the hip and how it ages with you.

Ergonomics and the holidays

Keeping Jolly: Why Ergonomics Might Be the Best Holiday Gift This Year

Santa and his merry little elves may be nimble and quick, but the holiday season brings with it less frequently recognized hazards that could potentially have you muttering Bah-humbug

Pump the Brakes on Bake Pain

Put the Brakes on Back Pain

Sitting in the carpool line to pick up your kids can drive your body crazy — literally.

Foam Rolling for Patients

Foam Rolling Tips from the Pros

Foam rolling can help runners relax tight muscles and increase flexibility. These exercises target specific muscle groups for runners.

Ergonomics in the Studio with Radio's Matt & Ramona

Ergonomics in the Studio with Radio's Matt & Ramona

OrthoCarolina sends a physical therapist to help 107.9 The Link's Matt & Ramona get more comfortable in the studio with these ergonomics tips.

Tips for Safe Winter Running

Tips for Safe Winter Running

Running in the winter can be an exhilarating challenge. But it also presents unique challenges and can add a higher risk for injuries.

Sitting all day

Sitting All Day? Try These 5 Gentle Stretches to Relieve Pain

Activities and professions that require a lot of sitting can also result in a lot of pain. At the end of your day, try these stretches to get those sore muscles moving.

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How a Year of Pilates Shaved 15 Seconds Off My Mile Pace

After OC Physical Therapist Assistant Mary Jean followed through on a year of Pilates classes, she looks back at the results she’s seen, including a 15-second reduction in her mile pace.

Charlotte Ballet

Giving it a Whirl: a Ballet Dancer’s Quest to Rehab in Time for the Ultimate Holiday Performance

To Mia, dancing The Nutcracker is an obligatory part of the holiday season. At 16 years old, she dances five days a week for 20 hours a week. She will do anything to stay on her toes and one day dance in New York. 

Ramblin' Rose - Spin Triathlon

8 Reasons to Sign Up for a Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon

Ramblin’ Rose Triathlon training lays a foundation for success in any sport.

Winter Camping around Charlotte

6 Top Spots for Winter Camping in and Around Charlotte

Drive 40-minutes southwest of downtown for Charlotte’s one and only peak-bagging challenge, with the best city skyline views in the region.

Latta Nature Center

An Insider's Guide to Charlotte's Latta Nature Center and Preserve

The Latta plantation is now a living history site surrounded by a 1,600-acre nature preserve.

Running while pregnant

Running While Pregnant: What to Know

Exercise and running has always played a big part in Kathleen White’s life. So when Kathleen, a physical therapist, became pregnant, she was even more motivated to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle for herself, as well as her baby.


Thoughts After My First Pilates Class

Trying new things can be hard, but variety is what makes life interesting right? Not too long ago, I decided to try out Pilates for the first time.

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Stuck at a Desk? Sneaky Ways to Fit in a Workout

Just because you're stuck at a desk doesn't mean you can't fit exercise into your day.

Gluteus Medius pain - orthopedic stretches

If You Sit at a Desk All Day, You may start Feeling Gluteus Medius Pain

Modern culture and lifestyle often means that many of us sit…sometimes almost all day. Whether in the office, in traffic, at home or just relaxing, sitting frequently can weaken an important muscle – the gluteus medius.

Massage Therapist from OrthoCarolina

Things that move properly shouldn’t hurt

The benefits of manual therapy combined with exercise

OC Loves to Run

Meet Katie. OC Loves To Run

Katie White, Physical Therapist and Clinical Manager

Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic Headaches: Long name; treatable problem

Most of us have had a headache before and know that they are…well, a headache.

Diagram of Properly sitting for work

Do you get back pain from sitting at your desk?

Ergonomics and the “90-90-90 Position”: Why ‘how’ you sit is so important

OrthoCarolina Runners

OrthoCarolina Running Tips: Increasing Your Running Mileage Safely

When runners begin increasing their mileage, it is important to do so in a calculated manner to avoid overuse injuries.

FREE After-Hours Orthopedic Assistance

For acute orthopedic injuries after scheduled clinic and urgent care hours, please utilize the HURT! App, in partnership with OrthoCarolina, for fast free access to orthopedic advice with a response time of ~4 minutes. Download here.