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Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist

Nancy Whelan,PT is the owner and director of the West Palm Beach Physical Therapy Center. She has 31 years of experience in the practice of Physical Therapy.

physical therapy after knee replacement
Total knee replacements are one of the most common orthopedic procedures performed on older adults. From 1979 to 2002, the number of total knee replacements (TKR) among people age 65 and older increased approximately eightfold; performed more frequently on women than men. Because this procedure is so common, research has proven that Physical Therapy is mandatory for proper, FULL recovery. As a Physical Therapist Assistant, I have found that most people who decide to have this joint replacement are very unaware of what recovery and therapy will be like post-surgery. The first few days of recovery should include gentle range of motion...

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Why are headaches so common, and how can they be so debilitating? Most headaches are grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache,” meaning that the primary source of the headache is Why we get bad headaches coming from the cervical spine. Whip lash injuries, disc diseases, and progressive arthritis can cause long lasting headaches. The cervical spine would need to be treated to reduce the head pain associated with these causes.

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Loss of balance can be a very disabling problem, especially for the elderly. Current research shows that one out of older people balancingthree older adults, age 65 and older, fall each year. Falls are the most common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions each year.

As we age the risk factors associated with falls become more apparent.  Muscle weakness, vision problems, side affects to certain medications, low blood pressure, diabetes, and environmental hazards, like throw rugs and even pets, can increase an individual’s risk for falls. 

what to do about shoulder pain
Amateur or professional athletes who play tennis or baseball often need the help of physical therapists because of shoulder injuries. Often the shoulder injury is characterized by pain and weakness in the shoulder girdle, difficulty lifting the arm out to the side, and difficulty sleeping on that shoulder.   Continuing to use the arm may present more pain and cause the patient to react by starting to hunch his/her shoulders forward as if in a fetal position. This can aggravate the pain and a bad cycle can begin if the shoulder isn't properly treated by a physical therapist. Injections by orthopedists...
core strengthening exercises for your back
Abdominal strengthening You’ve associated it with lying on your back and doing the dreaded crunches! When I have seen people do this in the gym, often they strain their necks once their abdominal is fatigued and their form goes out the window. If their hands are behind their head, they are pulling their necks forward, rather than contracting their abdomens. If you have back problems, lying on your back doing crunches might not be the safest way to build up those core muscles.  Core strengthening is essential to good posture, strength in any kind of arm or leg swing while participating in...

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