What is Telehealth?
Telehealth allows health care professionals to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients at a distance using technology. The AOPT family is offering this option to patients that need treatment but cannot safely or comfortably enter our office. We can bring the clinic to your very own living room!Common Telehealth Services Provided by Physical Therapists Orthopedic Physical...
Pediatric Occupational Therapy: What is Visual Perception?
What is Visual Perception? Visual perception is a broad term used to define how the brain processes visual stimuli. It is distinct from “ visual acuity”, which simply refers to the sharpness to which the eyes can perceive an image, in that visual perception allows a person to recognize and identify shapes, objects, and colors,...
What is…Trigger Finger?
What is Trigger Finger? The tendons that run into the fingers have protective sheaths around them. When the “tendon sheaths” become irritated and inflamed it can make it difficult for the tendon to glide when we close and open our hands. Patients with trigger finger will report finger stiffness, popping or clicking, locking in a...
Knee Pain and Physical Therapy
Knee pain can occur as the result of many different issues, including trauma, overuse injury, a direct blow to the knee, or sudden movements that cause increased stress to the knee preventing you from being able to participate in daily activities.The Importance of Physical Therapy A recent study performed by Graff, et al. has demonstrated...
Shoulder Labrum Tears
Shoulder labrum tears can often be the cause of an unstable shoulder. The labrum is a cartilage ring that surrounds the shoulder joint forming the capsule or “socket” portion of the joint. Injuries to this structure can either be caused by some sort of trauma or by tearing due to repetitive motions. Cause There are...
Physical Therapy and Total Knee Replacements
Did you know the knee is the most commonly replaced joint? A total knee replacement (arthroplasty) is often done in response to arthritis or malalignment in the knee when conservative treatment fails.Reasons for a Total Knee Replacement In most cases, a total knee replacement is done due to one of the following conditions: Osteoarthritis Rheumatoid...
The Role of Physical Therapy in Workers Compensation Injuries
Being injured is never ideal but getting injured at work can be an extra headache. Physical therapy is the first step on your road to recovery so you can return to work pain-free as soon as possible!Common Workplace Injuries Although it is more common to see workers compensation injuries in more physically demanding jobs, they...
Ankle Sprains: What You Need to Know
Ankle sprains are very common injuries – almost everyone has experienced one at some point in their life. They are especially common among athletes and it is important that these injuries are treated and rehabilitated properly to avoid reoccurrence or development of a chronic injury.Types of Ankle Sprains Inversion ankle sprains are the most common...
Concussion Awareness
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury most often caused by a blow to the head, face, or neck. Football and soccer are some of the sports where concussions occur most prevalently, and it is very important that they are diagnosed and treated properly. If you suspect you have sustained a concussion it is...
Why Physical Therapy is Important Following a Hip Replacement
A total hip replacement (arthroplasty) is a common surgical intervention used in response to arthritis or fracture of the hip when conservative treatments fail. Following a hip replacement, physical therapy is a vital part of recovery to ensure that full function can be restored.Cause There are many conditions where a total hip replacement may be...