Tennis Elbow and the Tyler Twist
Lateral epicondylosis, also known as "tennis elbow" is a common condition that is characterized by painful inflammation of the outside of the elbow, forearm, and hand. What is the Tyler Twist? The Tyler Twist is an evidence-based intervention for tennis elbow that is friendly for patients to complete at home with limited equipment options. The...
Optimize Your Physical Therapy Appointments
Beginning Physical Therapy can feel daunting. AOPT is here to help with tips and tricks that will help you succeed in and outside of our clinic.How to Communicate with Your Therapist When you go in for your initial evaluation, share! The more information and medical history you can share with your therapist, the more insight...
Sleep – the key to recovery
According to the CDC, 1 in 3 Americans do not get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is a condition with serious health consequences. As you go through the process of physical therapy, sleep is paramount to the healing process.What is Sleep Deprivation? Sleep deprivation is not a medical condition but rather a state of being. It...
How to Avoid Injury During the Holidays
Around the holidays in the winter, you may be doing tasks that are less common for you in your everyday life. Stay healthy and strong during the holiday season with some tips from our physical therapists.Low Back Pain According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 15,000 injuries in November and December are related to holiday...
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...