Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Blog

The two most commonly performed total joint replacement surgeries are total hip replacements and total knee replacements. These surgeries involve creating an artificial joint and inserting it into the area where the natural joint previously was. Total joint replacements are generally performed as a last case scenario for most patients. This usually happens due to years of arthritis causing pain making it difficult for the patient to use the affected knee or hip.When having a joint replaced, phys… Read More

Shoulder injury is a very broad topic that covers many different diagnoses from a simple shoulder impingement to a rotator cuff surgical repair. We treat all shoulder injuries here at Arvada Sport and Spine Group with a sports medicine approach so physical therapy to rehab a shoulder injury here involves not just looking at the shoulder joint, but looking at how the entire body works together as one unit.The shoulder is comprised of many joints, but I like to break it down into the two basic joi… Read More

The number of pregnant women who experience back pain is between 50 to 70 percent. Although the reasons for back pain may vary from patient to patient, the cause generally stems from one of the following sources: an increase in hormones, added stress, a change in the body's center of gravity, additional weight gain, and diminished posture. Women searching for ways to cope with their pregnancy-related musculoskeletal pains may be unaware that four of these five listed factors can be directly addr… Read More

What's the first thing you do when you feel a headache coming on? I'm guessing reach in the medicine cabinet for a bottle of pills. Truth is, you can keep pumping your body full of medications to mask the symptoms, or you can take action and see a physical therapist or chiropractor to cut off the problem at the source.Now, of course, there are many different kinds of headaches: Migraines, headaches from a cold or flu, sinus headaches, and tension headaches. Most headaches are harmless and reso… Read More

By the NumbersMore than 50% of people involved in a motor vehicle accident receive a diagnosis of whiplash. 15%-40% of these people that have acute neck pain following the collision will go on to develop chronic neck pain down the road. Symptoms may not appear immediately following a car accident, but instead may slowly worsen days or weeks following the collision. Symptoms left untreated may intensify over time causing joint degeneration, arthritis, and irreversible changes in the body.How to… Read More

It's that time of year again. Summer vacation is over and the kids are going back to school. Every child, from your petite kindergartener to your senior high school football player, is going to be headed up the front steps of their school with one thing in common: They'll be wearing a backpack. Now of course the contents of these backpacks will vary greatly between children of different ages and grades. Some will have more crayons and snacks while others will be carrying heavy geometry and his… Read More

As a former sufferer from medial meniscus tear related pain and limitations, I took a special interest in this piece. It's been a decade since my sports injury and subsequent knee surgery. Ten years ago I was a scared, nervous, overwhelmed patient and today I'm luckily in a position where I can educate and help those who are now in the position I was back then. Pretty cool stuff. So let's get into it, shall we? To cut or not to cut The age old question is always in front of us whenever we exp… Read More

We've probably all sprained our ankle at least once in our lives. The truth is about 7 in every 1000 active people will sprain their ankle this year. Most commonly people say they "rolled" their ankle, but what really happens is classified as a sprain. What happens when we roll our ankle is the ligaments that support our ankle get quickly overstretched, resulting in a sprain of those ligaments. There are different levels of sprains ranging from a slight overstretch to a complete tear. Most comm… Read More

Sorry this has been so long in the making, we've been lucky to be too busy in the clinic to blog lately - a good problem to have! A few weekends ago Dr. Welling and I made the trek up north to Laramie on campus at the University of Wyoming to learn about an exciting treatment concept called FAKTR where we both completed our certification and officially became Certified FAKTR Providers. (wild applause) (loud cheers) (more applause). Oh, thank you, thank you, you're all too kind! FAKTR,… Read More

When I was asked to write a piece on a recent story about a man who was hospitalized and diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis, I decided to take the topic one step further. Instead of just talking about one guy and one condition, I figured this would be a great opportunity to cover a broader topic and discuss the Do's and Don'ts of beginning a new exercise program or increasing the intensity of your current program. So first off, since I was kindly asked, let's talk about this wild story. A man named … Read More