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The physical and hand therapists at OrthoCarolina work with each patient and develop a specific plan, leveraging a variety of treatment options to elevate the patient's ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Additionally, our physical therapists are often active in creating both fitness and wellness programs to encourage a healthier and more active lifestyle. 

    At-Home Olympic-Style Workouts

    In this series, we cover different Olympic events and relate them to upcoming spring sports with insight from OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Specialists.

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    What Is Tendinitis?

    Tendons, thick cords that connect your muscles to bones, are more important than you might realize. For people who have had tendinitis (also called tendonitis), inflammation of the tendons causes pain and swelling, sometimes severe, and can make it difficult to do the activities you love.

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    What You Need to Know about Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (Runner’s Knee)

    In the running community, patellofemoral pain syndrome (“PFPS”), or Runner’s Knee, has a reputation for being painful and frustrating.

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    Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Physical Therapy / Fitness & Training

    10 Stretches for Tight Hips

    Follow these 10 simple stretches to ease tight hip muscles and prevent injuries.

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    Blogs & News / Physical Therapy / Health at Home

    Arm Care FAQ for Baseball Athletes

    Common questions in arm care for baseball athletes. 

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    Blogs & News / Hand, Wrist & Elbow / Physical Therapy / Shoulder / Sports Medicine / Fitness & Training

    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.

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    3 Signs of an Overuse Injury

    Overuse injuries are extremely common and will happen to most people at some time or other. Recognizing the early signs of an overuse injury can help you avoid pain and excess downtime.

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    Orthopedic Library / General Orthopedics / Physical Therapy / Sports Medicine

    What Is Achilles Tendinitis & How Can I Prevent It?

    Achilles tendinitis/tendonitis is one of the most common running injuries that physical therapists see. It's also common in middle-aged people who play sports like tennis and basketball.

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    Orthopedic Library / Foot & Ankle / Physical & Hand Therapy / Physical Therapy

    What to Know About Exercising With Arthritis

    The pain and stiffness arthritis causes can make a workout seem beyond grasp, especially when the symptoms are so intense you feel more immobile than athletic.

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    Why Low-Impact Exercise is Important

    We live in the era of Crossfit, Zumba, and P90X so it is easy to overlook the benefits of low-impact exercise. Low impact does not mean low intensity -- here's why it's important.

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    Improving Balance for All Ages: Focusing on Ankle Stability

    Balance plays an important role in preventing injuries, maintaining mobility and supporting good posture. These simple stretches and exercises will help strengthen your ankle muscles to promote balance and coordination.

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    Blogs & News / Orthopedic Library / Foot & Ankle / Physical Therapy / Fitness & Training

    What You Need to Know About Dry Needling with Electrical Stimulation

    Dry needling is a physical therapy technique that uses thin needles to help relieve muscle inflammation. The addition of electrical stimulation can increase blood flow for enhanced and prolonged pain relief.

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    Orthopedic Library / Physical & Hand Therapy / Physical Therapy

    Scrape the Pain Away – Graston Technique

    Modeled from the centuries-old Chinese Gua Sha technique, the Graston Technique relies on a special stainless-steel tool and massage method to stimulate blood flow and promote healing.

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    Orthopedic Library / Physical & Hand Therapy / Physical Therapy

    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.

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    What Is IT Band Syndrome?

    Although IT band injuries come on quickly, they typically result from an existing muscle imbalance as opposed to an acute injury.

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    Orthopedic Library / Orthopedic Library / Knee / Physical Therapy

    How to Prepare for Race Training: Mobility Workouts, Warm-Ups & Cool Downs

    We often forget to consider what to do before launching a regimented training program. It’s important to incorporate mobility exercises and proper stretching both before and after excerise to make sure your body is primed for more intense workouts.

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    Foam Rolling the Tension Away After Sitting All Day

    Looking for ways to relieve tension after a long day in front of the screen or behind the wheel? Try using a foam roller. 

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    Back on Your Feet: Sciatic Pain Relief

    The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body, so it’s not surprising that when it flares up, it feels intense.

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    The Top 3 Ways to Spend Your Rest Day

    Rest days give your muscles time to heal from the stress of physical activity while giving your mind an opportunity to reset.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Stretching Guide to Ease Tight Muscles

    This downloadable stretching guide targets commonly tight muscles to help encourage good posture, enhance your range of motion, reduce the overuse of certain muscle groups, relieve discomfort and support quality rest.

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    Blogs & News / Physical Therapy / Health at Home

    Dive In: 11 Things to Know About Aquatic Therapy

    One of the biggest splashes in physical therapy in recent years is the evolution of aquatic therapy.

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    12 Ways to Strengthen Your Core

    Your core muscles are muscles that you can’t ‘see’, as opposed to muscles that are visible in shape beneath your skin.

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    5 Neck and Shoulder Stretches To help reduce soreness

    Finding yourself grabbing your neck and shoulders after a long day at work? Try these neck and shoulder stretches physical therapist-approved stretches.

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    Blogs & News / Physical Therapy / Shoulder / Spine / Sports Medicine / Everyday Ergonomics / Health at Home

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