60% off running evaluations for the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Half Marathon

4 weeks to go until the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Half Marathon!   Are you ready? Distance running can be an hazardous sport. You wouldn’t think it would be, but our bodies were not designed to run 13.1 to 26.2 miles at one time, let alone train at high mileage for weeks or months on … Read more60% off running evaluations for the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Half Marathon

Things you need to know BEFORE having a total knee replacement

Are you considering a total knee replacement? If so, make sure to read this article first. We now have enough information to reasonably predict which patients are at higher risk for having a poor outcome following total knee replacement. Overall, total knee replacement is an incredibly successful surgery, but about 10% of patients are dissatisfied … Read moreThings you need to know BEFORE having a total knee replacement

5 mindfulness strategies you can use to improve pain, health, and happiness

We live in a busy world.  Stress is everywhere and between taking care of yourself, your home, your job, and possibly a spouse, children, and/or parents, it’s easy to get caught up in rushing from one responsibility to then next and lose track of the moments.  However, doing so releases your body’s natural stress hormone, … Read more5 mindfulness strategies you can use to improve pain, health, and happiness

Low Back Pain by the Numbers

Low back pain is incredibly common, affecting upto 80% of Americans in their lifetime.  This has created a 100-billion dollar per year industry focused on treating it.  Yet despite advanced imaging technology, surgical techniques, and vast numbers of new drugs targeted at treating pain, inflammation, nerve irritability and more, the prevalence of low back pain has continued to rise.  Below is an infographic summarizing some mind-blowing statistics about the cost, both financially and in terms of lives lost caused from back pain.   

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Fortunately, a recent study has shown that physical therapy is equally effective and less risky than surgery for treating lumbar spinal stenosis, a common diagnosis for which people may choose to have back surgery.  Additionally, the risks of using opioids include high misuse or abuse potential, negative side effects, and risk of death from overdose.  Thus the American Physical Therapy Association has started a campaign to #ChoosePT, a safer, less expensive, and equally effective option to treating low back pain and other chronic pain.  

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Help Medicare Beneficiaries Improve Access to Physical Therapy

The US Congress failed to act to extend the Medicare exceptions process for physical therapy prior to December 31, 2017.  As a result, a hard cap of $2010 will be in place for all Medicare Part B beneficiaries for COMBINED physical therapy and speech therapy.  At around $100 per visit, that is a limit of … Read moreHelp Medicare Beneficiaries Improve Access to Physical Therapy