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How to Use Personal Injury Protection aka PIP Insurance for Physical Therapy Treatment After a Car Accident – Seattle

How to Use Personal Injury Protection aka PIP Insurance for Physical Therapy Injury Treatment After a Car Accident – Seattle   What is PIP insurance?   Auto insurance has been around in some shape or form since the late 1800s to protect your investment in your vehicle. While your collision and comprehensive coverage insure the… 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 »

TMJ: Helpful exercises for TMD and jaw pain

TMD: Diagnosis and Treatment Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) is a common condition affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and impairing functions such as opening and closing of the jaw, chewing, and talking. The TMJ, located in front of the ear, is a sliding hinge joint, with attachments from the chewing muscles as well as neck muscles. TMD… Read more »

Quick and Easy Tests for Shoulder Impingement

Shoulder Impingement: Diagnosis and Treatment What is shoulder impingement? Shoulder impingement is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in both the general and athletic populations. The prevalence of shoulder impingement is exemplified by the number of different names associated with this diagnosis: Swimmer’s shoulder, Painter’s shoulder, Subacromial impingement syndrome are a few…. Read more »

Tech Office Worker Ergonomics

Tech Office Worker Ergonomics Sustained postures for any given task, be it lifting, biking, driving, or working at a computer, can overload the bodies biomechanical tolerance if not properly dosed. By: Dustin Steffan, DPT Sustained postures for any given task, be it lifting, biking, driving, or working at a computer, can overload the bodies biomechanical… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Whiplash

Whiplash occurs during a forceful forward and backward or side to side movement of the neck. Whiplash most often occurs during a motor vehicle accident, but can also happen during a sports injury or other trauma Symptoms can start immediately after whiplash occurs, or up to several days following the incident Common symptoms of whiplash… Read more »

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

The thoracic outlet is home to a bundle of nerves, a vein, and an artery travelling from the neck toward the shoulder. The borders of the thoracic outlet include the anterior and middle scalene muscles, the first rib, and the collar bone. When the neurovascular structures become compromised within this outlet, the umbrella term is… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff is a set of four muscles that attach from the shoulder blade into the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. These muscles provide the primary stabilizing force to the shoulder, which is otherwise built for mobility. Because of the dynamic nature of the shoulder, the rotator cuff is vulnerable to injury… Read more »

Torn Meniscus Injury

What is the meniscus? The meniscus is a C-shaped structure in the knee. There is a medial are a lateral meniscus that function to provide cushioning to the knee and to support rotational movements. It is a very commonly injured structure. Tears of the meniscus can occur in a variety of orientations (as pictured below)… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Lumbar Disc Injury

The lumbar (low back) disc acts as a spacer between the bony segments of your spine. The disc serves as shock absorption for your spine, and allows range of motion through your back. The disc consists of firm outer layer called the annulus, and gel-like inner material called the nucleus pulposus.   With normal wear… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Hip Impingement

Hip impingement is a structural or mechanical disorder of the hip. The hip joint is made up of the femoral head (ball) and the acetabulum (socket). An impingement condition occurs when the ball does not glide smoothly within the socket. This may be due a structural variation in the shape of the bones, or due… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder (aka adhesive capsulitis) is a condition of the shoulder in which the shoulder capsule – the connective tissue that surrounds the joint – becomes inflamed and fibrotic, leading to pain, joint stiffness, and loss of functional movement of the shoulder. Little is known about the underlying cause of frozen shoulder, however some factors… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Knee Fat Pad Impingement

Knee Fat Pad Impingement Infrapatellar fat pad (aka Hoffa’s fat pad): A fluid filled sack that sits below the patella, and can be felt on either side of the patellar tendon (the patellar tendon connects the patella to the tibia). When inflamed, the infrapatellar fat pad can be pinched between the patella and the femur,… Read more »

Facet Joint Pain

Facet joint: The facet joints are small joints that link adjacent vertebrae of your spine. There are two facet joints to each pairing of vertebrae (right and left), and you have facet joints at every level of the spine, with the exception of the top-most vertebrae connecting your head to your spine. Injury: Facets can… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Disc Hydration

Intervertebral discs act as spacers between the vertebrae of your spine The disc is made up of two parts: the nucleus is the viscous center of the disc, and the annulus are the fibrous rings on the outside of the disc The nucleus is made up of about 85% water, and the annulus is about… Read more »

Let’s Talk: Total Knee Replacement

So you just had a total knee replacement: Congratulations on your brand-new knee! You’ve taken a big step to managing your stubborn knee pain. However, a total knee replacement is an invasive surgery, and it’s helpful to know what to expect and how to manage your symptoms after surgery. Here are some tips to be… Read more »

Let’s Talk: Total Hip Replacement

So you just had a total hip replacement: Congratulations on your brand-new hip! You’ve taken a big step to managing your stubborn hip pain. However, a total hip replacement is an invasive surgery, and it’s helpful to know what to expect and how to manage your symptoms after surgery. Here are some tips to be… Read more »

How to stay safe, have fun, and minimizing injury risk on the ski hill Partnering with Steven’s Pass Ski Patrol

How to stay safe, have fun, and minimizing injury risk on the ski hill Partnering with Steven’s Pass Ski Patrol By Kristen Vaughan, DPT After an early season teaser that got all of the powder hounds drooling, we now all wait in anticipation for the heart of the season to commence and take what days… Read more »

Diastasis Rectus

Diastasis Rectus: What is it? How can it be treated?   What is it? A diastasis rectus occurs when the muscles of the rectus abdominus split at the linea alba, their connection down the middle of the abdomen. The most common cause of a diastasis rectus is pregnancy, with studies showing that 98-100% of women… Read more »