Winter Injury Prevention Guide

Dated on: 07/06/2020 | Post By: orthobethesda

It's rather unfortunate that many people suffer needlessly from winter injuries that could easily be prevented. With following these simple winter injury prevention tips, you can enjoy a safe winter season instead of lying down in a recovery bed. Take time to read these helpful tips to prevent injuries in winter from the orthopedic experts at OrthoBethesda. Avoid Shoveling Injuries It's possible to injure the muscles and ligaments of the lower back or shoulders while shoveling snow. Without taking adequate precautions, people can exhaust themselves and suffer from hypothermia and heart strain. To reduce the likelihood of shoveling injuries, you [ ... ]

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What to Wear to Your Physical Therapy Appointment

Dated on: 05/18/2020 | Post By: orthobethesda

If you’re going to see your physical therapist, then you may wonder what clothes you should put on. While there's no dress code established for patients who need physical therapy, some types of clothing will help your treatment while others won’t benefit you at all. What to Wear to Your First Physical Therapy Appointment Get ready to move a lot during the first physical therapy session. Ensure you put on clothing you can move freely in. When you’re choosing your clothing for your physical therapy session, you also need to consider the part of your body the therapist will work [ ... ]

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How to Become a Physical Therapy Assistant

Dated on: 05/04/2020 | Post By: orthobethesda

If you love being active and have a passion for helping others recover from an injury and regain their fitness, then you should consider becoming a physical therapist assistant (PTA). This is a rewarding job that’s currently in very high demand. Here are some reasons why you should choose this career and tips on how to become a PTA. Why Become a Physical Therapist Assistant? A PTA is one of the best healthcare support roles. A therapist assistant helps patients using exercise, movement and an understanding of the body’s anatomy to regain strength, improve mobility and relieve pain. Physical therapist [ ... ]

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How Long Does Hip Replacement Surgery Take?

Dated on: 04/20/2020 | Post By: orthobethesda

"How long does a hip replacement last?" is one of the most frequently asked questions by patients. Most patients are concerned about the amount of time they’ll be under the influence of anesthesia and the length of time for recovery. The truth is that with improved regional anesthetic techniques, you may not need general anesthesia during the surgical procedure. Here’s a guide to what goes on during a typical hip replacement surgery. How Long Is Hip Replacement Surgery? Typically, hip replacement surgery takes two hours. However, your operation's timeframe depends on the severity of your condition and any complications that [ ... ]

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How Much Does Physical Therapy Cost?

Dated on: 04/06/2020 | Post By: orthobethesda

If you need relief from chronic pain or you’re experiencing limited mobility in any of your joints, a physical therapist (PT) can hasten your recovery. You may also receive a referral to a PT after going through a surgical procedure. The cost of physical therapy varies depending on whether you pay your therapist directly or your health insurance covers the treatment. The price for physical therapy usually includes the cost of initial assessment, the cost of using special equipment and the type of condition being treated. You’ll also need to know the total number of therapy sessions your therapist offers [ ... ]

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How to Prevent ACL Injuries

Dated on: 03/16/2020 | Post By: orthobethesda

Thousands of ACL injuries occur across the United States — mainly among athletes. But if you learn effective ACL injury prevention methods, you may avoid intense pain, enjoy a full sports season and prevent a rigorous procedure. At OrthoBethesda, we’re active promoters of preventive sports medicine, and that's why we’ve taken time to answer these commonly asked questions about ACL injury prevention. Can ACL Injuries Be Prevented? Yes, ACL injuries can be prevented. These injuries are debilitating, and they often occur in sports involving pivoting, landing and a sudden change of direction such as football, soccer, basketball and skiing. Thankfully, [ ... ]

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What Makes a Good Physical Therapist?

Dated on: 02/17/2020 | Post By: orthobethesda

A physical therapist helps you relieve pain, restore mobility and restore the function of any injured part of your body. Therapists play an important role in reducing the time needed for recovery. To be a good physical therapist, you need to be kind and patient, as well as credible, humble and accountable. If you’re recovering from a muscle or skeletal injury, you’ll be spending a substantial amount of time with your therapist, so you want to work with one that has a pleasing personality. With the large number of physical therapists available today, it's essential to know how to pick [ ... ]

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10 Steps to Achieving Better Posture

Dated on: 01/20/2020 | Post By: orthobethesda

There are many benefits of good posture, like helping you avoid back and neck pain. Improving your posture also enhances circulation and digestion while allowing you to breathe properly. At OrthoBethesda, we sometimes receive inquiries for posture surgery. But we prefer to help you learn how to achieve better posture through physical therapy and good posture exercises. Patients who learn how to obtain better posture this way won’t need surgical procedures. Here are 10 of the steps you can take to achieve great posture starting today: 1. Use a Standing Desk Avoid sitting down for long hours. If you work [ ... ]

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How to Prevent Dance-Related Injuries

Dated on: 01/06/2020 | Post By: orthobethesda

Dancing is fun, exciting and requires strength and flexibility. Without the proper skills and dexterity, a dancer can become injured. Whether you love dancing, are a parent of a dancer or are a trainer, it's important to know the most common injuries and how to prevent them during dance training or live performances. What Are the Most Common Dance Injuries? The most common dance injuries involve the lower back, leg, ankle and foot, and occur due to overuse of muscles and joints. The six injuries that are most common in ballet and other forms of dance are: Knee injuries Hip injuries [ ... ]

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