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Tension-type headaches are headaches related to muscle trigger points or muscle tenderness in the head and neck and are the most common type of headache in adults. In our Boulder physical therapy practice, we utilize hands-on techniques addressing muscles and joints of the upper cervical region for headaches. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis (Jiang...

Thoracic manipulation by Physical Therapists has previously been shown to improve pain and function in patients with elbow, shoulder, and neck pain. Authors continue to research the mechanisms behind its’ effectiveness including a beneficial cascade of events in the peripheral and central nervous system, as well as, a possible biomechanical change in the spinal joints....

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently reviewed the evidence on the utilization of spinal manipulation for patients with acute back pain.  Authors reported moderate evidence to support its’ use to both decrease pain and improve function.  The majority of research on spinal manipulation is currently being performed by Physical Therapists to determine best...

There are few areas of Physical Therapy practice more controversial than the SI Joint.  Disagreements exist among clinicians and researchers on the diagnosis and treatment of this joint.  Many commonly used clinical examination and even medical diagnostic procedures’ false positive and negative rates make accurate diagnosis difficult.  Conversely, clusters of examination findings remain the clinical...

photo credit: ptonice.com 1.  You have taken numerous continuing education courses in your career, how did the completion of the fellowship advance your clinical and teaching goals? The more I practice our craft the more I believe the big variable is selecting the right intervention, far more so than the nuances of that intervention delivery. ...

Low back pain is the second most common reason patients seek care from their primary care physician.  In addition, it is one of the most common reasons people seek care at our Boulder Physical Therapy practice.  Due to its’ high incidence in the population, low back pain has become a significant financial burden on our...

Spinal manipulation is one of the oldest treatments in recorded history and is presented utilized by multiple professions including Physical Therapy.  Physical Therapists perform spinal manipulation for patients suffering from head aches, shoulder, neck, pelvic, or low back pain.  The mechanisms behind the pain relief found with this treatment are currently being investigated, but we...