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The majority of patients presenting to our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics have used internet search engines on their symptoms.  Looking for quick answers they have asked questions on their diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options including Physical Therapy.  The internet remains a fantastic tool for free information given its’ seemingly endless webpages...

In Colorado patients have direct access to their Physical Therapist and do not require a physician referral to begin treatment.  This healthcare pathway is associated with improved health care outcomes and lower health costs compared to seeing a physician first.  Seeing a physician first has been associated with early imaging, specialist referrals, and medications which...

Cycling is a very popular outdoor activity in Colorado and one of the most common reasons cyclists are seen at our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics. Patellofemoral pain, or pain in the front of the knee, is the most commonly reported source of knee pain in cyclists. Cycling is typically thought of...

Do you have low back pain? At our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics we often examine your hip mobility even though your low back is your area of complaint. Adjacent areas to the back, including the hip, can influence how we move and perform each day. A recent study investigated the relationship...

Muscular or myofascial pain is one of the most common sources of pain in body. We commonly treat this type of pain with multiple interventions, including manual therapy, dry needling, and exercise, in our Boulder Physical Therapy and Lafayette Physical Therapy clinics. Our patients often ask about the indications and benefits of using a hand...

Chronic low back pain can be a debilitating condition and has the potential to affect anyone. In our Boulder Physical Therapy practice, Yoga can be a cost-effective way to help reduce low back pain. This is not just something that makes intuitive sense but has been demonstrated in rigorous scientific studies that provide hard numbers...

  Tennis elbow, also known as lateral epicondylalgia is the most common reason for elbow pain and 2nd most common overuse injury in the arm after the shoulder. Lateral elbow pain was previously described as an inflammatory condition, but we now know this condition affects the muscles’ common insertion point where the tendon meets the...

Dry needling is a common physical therapy treatment intervention in our Boulder Physical Therapy practice for patients with musculoskeletal pain. It involves the insertion of a thin monofilament needle into a muscle. Dry needling has been proven effective in reducing pain, changing the status of trigger points, improving muscular blood flow, and has been suggested...

Ultrasound is a therapeutic modality designed to attempt to warm injured tissues, increase circulation, and reduce pain through transmission of sound waves into the body. Initially utilized in middle of the 20th century and likely reaching its’ peak use in the 90s before President Clinton signed the balanced budget act (which included enforcement of Medicare...