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5 Tips for a Great Backpacking Pack Fit

5 Tips for a Great Backpacking Pack Fit Let’s start out by saying, we have all been there…you know the 1 hour into the trail and the weird pressure points and pains start to make their way onto your body and you can’t believe you’ve only been hiking for 1 hour, when it feels like… Read more »

Climbing Finger Pulley Injury

Climbing Finger Pulley Injury: Rehab and Splint Applications What is a Pulley Injury from Rock Climbing? Pulleys in our fingers act much like the eyelets on a fishing rod. They work to keep the tendons that flex our fingers close to the bone, to create a mechanical advantage and limit “bowstringing” of the tendon on… Read more »

Five Tips to Find Quality Physical Therapy Near Me

I need physical therapy, how do I find the best PT near me? In some cases, people go to see their doctor because of aches and pains or an injury and they are referred to physical therapy. Sometimes, people just know when they need to see a PT. Fortunately, Washington State is one of the… Read more »

Late To The Party: Climbing Hard-ish While Starting as an Adult

A PT’s Perspective On Training Who Is This Guy? What began as a summertime diversion until the next snowboard season has turned into a full blown passion.  I didn’t start climbing until I was 30 but have since jumped in with both feet.  It feels weird and braggy to say but I was able to… Read more »

Navigating Online Climbing Training Platforms  

A PT’s Guide to Getting Started   What Is Out There?   A ton!  Climbing is more popular than ever and people are serious about their performance.  Reflecting that is the volume of plans, platforms, and companies offering their training services.  It ranges from slick, app based, professionally individualized assessment with loads of data gathered… Read more »

Why is the World Spinning?  BPPV and Positional Dizziness  

Understand BPPV, Learn BPPV “exercises”, and Overcome Vertigo When Lying Down or Getting Up.-     What is BPPV?    BPPV stands for Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo.  It is also referred to simply as “positional vertigo” and is the name of a condition which causes temporary episodes of dizziness with certain head movements.  The problem originates… Read more »

Blood Flow Restriction: A New & Exciting Physical Therapy and Training Tool

Is Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Training For Me?   What Is BFR?   Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a technique that was developed in Japan in the 1960’s. Since the mid 2000’s BFR has been popularized in weightlifting circles and seen extensive use in professional sports. Blood flow restriction training involves the use of… Read more »

A Climber’s Guide to Blood Flow Restriction Training

Getting Back On The Rock Sooner What Is Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)? Blood flow restriction training involves the use of straps or bands placed at the upper arm or thigh. These bands are tightened to partially limit blood flow, and are worn during a set of exercises. By using BFR clients are able to see… Read more »

3 Exercises for Neck Pain after a Recent Whiplash Injury

3 Exercises for Neck Pain after a Recent Whiplash Injury Before starting any exercise routine you should check in with your physician to be sure it is safe to exercise. This blog post describes some red flags that are important to address prior to starting an exercise routine for your neck.  If you think you… Read more »

Frequently Asked Questions about Telehealth Physical Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions about Telehealth Physical Therapy What is Telehealth Physical Therapy?   Will Telehealth Physical Therapy replace in-person visits at Union Physical Therapy? What kind of conditions can be treated via Telehealth Physical Therapy? Can I have a new patient evaluation via Telehealth Physical Therapy? Where does my visit take place? Is it secure?… Read more »

PT Pro-Tips for Returning to Your Favorite Mountain Activities

This week, Washingtonians rejoice as access to many of our favorite state lands open up for the first time after closing down due to precautions surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic.   The collective glee is palpable as antsy recreationists, athletes and mountain-lovers return to the trails, waterways, and parks that they love. Meanwhile my PT colleagues and… Read more »

Still suffering from neck pain after a car accident?

Three Exercises to Address Chronic Neck Pain After Whiplash Injury   The exercises noted in this blog post should not be a substitution for a quality physical therapy assessment. If you have long-standing pain or disability after an injury to the neck you should see a physical therapist. Prior to starting an exercise routine you… Read more »

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Is a Standing Desk Right for Me?

Is a standing desk right for me? A standing desk is a workstation that allows you stand to do your computer job rather than sitting.  Optimally, the desk is adjustable so you can sit or stand while working.  These types of desks have become more popular lately.   Is sitting really that bad? The answer… Read more »

Treat Your Cervicogenic Headache at Home

What is Cervicogenic headache? As the name might suggest a cervicogenic headache is pain in the head that starts in or is referred from the neck.  Cervicogenic headache is common after whiplash injury, with up to 53% of headache after accident related to the neck. How can I tell if I have cervicogenic headache? How… Read more »

Elbow Pain – Quick, Easy Diagnosis and Focused Exercise

Elbow pain: Diagnosis and Treatment What are the causes of medial and lateral elbow pain? Elbow pain comes in 2 major flavors: medial and lateral elbow pain, that is, pain on the inside or the outside of the elbow. There is a general rule in the medical world: the more names there are for a… Read more »

Climbing Grip Choice and Injury

Climbing Grip Choice and Injury   By: Dustin Steffan, DPT Hand injuries, specifically pulley injuries, are common amongst climbers. Pulley injuries are slow to heal and often responsible for a great deal of missed climbing time. Grip choice can have a dramatic impact on this type of injury. One element at play is the choice… Read more »

When to Seek Care

When to Seek Care   By: Kristen Vaughan, DPT It’s summertime in the Northwest and we at Union PT hope that you are getting out to enjoy the bounty that the PNW has to offer. Longer days and nicer weather allow us to do more of the activities we love, but can also open up… Read more »

Physical Therapy after ACL Repair/Injury

Physical Therapy after ACL Repair/Injury   By: Dustin Steffan, DPT The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of many ligaments that provide structural support to the knee. The ACL specifically controls anterior movement of the tibia on the femur and is important for knee stability especially with activities requiring sprinting and quick changes in direction…. Read more »

Lumbar Disc Herniation

Lumbar Disc Herniation   By: Dustin Steffan, DPT The diagnosis of a lumbar disc injury can be both intimidating and confusing. The healing process is generally a long one, but there are a number of treatment options available. The first choice to be made is whether to pursue conservative management or surgical intervention. Timing of… Read more »

Manual Therapy

What is Manual Therapy? Why is Manual Therapy Important? Why I’m a Manual Therapist   By: Sarah Kaiser, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT   What is manual therapy? Manual therapy is, at its most basic, hands on treatment of the musculoskeletal system. At its most complicated, it is assessment and treatment of what can be very nuanced… Read more »

Manual Therapy and Prolotherapy for Spondylolisthesis: A Patient’s Story.

I recently received an email from a patient expressing gratitude for the role I played in his recovery story. I asked him to share his story for other patients facing the same questions he had regarding the use of of prolotherapy for a dynamic spondylolisthesis, whether he could return to high level activity without a… Read more »

6 Reasons We Should be Squatting in Physical Therapy

6 Reasons We Should be Squatting in Physical Therapy What is wrong with Squatting? As a physical therapist who treats several patients with hip pain, I have noticed that I have been prescribing the squat for these individuals more and more.  As I have done so, it has become clear to me that many people… Read more »

Union PT to host "Integrating the Neurologic and Orthopedic Management of Dizziness and Vertigo" April 25th – 26th

Union Physical Therapy in a partnership with Cascade Dizziness and Balance Rehabilitation will be hosting “Integrating the Neurologic and Orthopedic Management of Dizziness and Vertigo”  on April 25th – 26th at Union PT in Seattle, Wa.. The course will start at 3:00 PM on the 25th and will cover a comprehensive review of assessment and… Read more »

Is CrossFit Safe?

If you ask any CrossFitter about CrossFit, they will tell you how much they love it, how much it has changed their life, how they’ve improved and benefited over time, and how they just cannot get enough.  However, as a physical therapist, one of the most common conversations I have with people – patients, other… Read more »

Top down and bottom up

When I went on some of my first interviews as a new grad, one of the most common things to talk about in an interview was weather I took a “bottom up” or a  “top down” approach to treating lower extremity injuries. Bottom up refers to the theory that how the foot hits the ground… Read more »