Foot Pain? Docs Should Ask About Knee and Hip Pain Too

Researchers suggest a significant association exists between foot pain and knee or hip pain.  The results advocate for a change in how patients with lower extremity pain are evaluated.  Studying the interaction between the knee and the foot, or the hip and the foot is very important because it’s a kinetic chain.  The kinetic chain, the notion that the body’s joints and segments have an effect on one another during movement, can play a key role in pain.  Leigh ankle flexion

The correlated and compensatory posture and movement theory may explain how multi-joint arthritis develops, as well as other abnormalities and associated pains that can result from overuse or trauma to one or more structures in the kinetic chain.

A change in the paradigm of how patients with lower extremity pain should be evaluated clinically.  The basic physical examination and patients’ history remain important in identifying pain and related patterns in patients.

Dr. Leigh Roberts is a foot and ankle expert, so do not hesitate to call if you are experiencing any foot pain.  Please call 410.381.1574 or email to schedule an appointment.

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Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain

Recent research has demonstrated that the mind, along with other non-pharmacological remedies, can be powerful medicine to relieve many kinds of chronic or recurrent pains, especially low back pain.

Drug-free pain management is now a top priority among researchers at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a division of the National Institutes of Health. A comprehensive summary of the effectiveness of nondrug treatments for common pain problems – back pain, fibromyalgia, severe headache, knee arthritis and neck pain.

The American College of Physicians recently issued new non-drug guidelines for treating chronic or recurrent back pain, a condition that afflicts approximately one-quarter of adults at a cost to the country in excess of $100 billion a year.  If you are interested, here is the link to the full article.

If you are suffering from any of these debilitating injuries or diseases, please call 410.381.1574 or email to schedule an appointment to figure out the best way to treat without non-pharmacological remedies.

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Physical Therapy is Proven to be More Effective Than Pills or Surgery

This is a great article for anyone who has or who is suffering with back pain.  We have learned a great deal about back pain in the past 20 years, however, there is still so much we don’t know and each person can experience different symptoms.

This article studied patients trimageseated with physical therapy, yoga and tai chi.  They found these methods could be more effective than pills or even surgery!

If you are suffering from back pain, please call 410.381.1574 or email to schedule an appointment.



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6 Things Your Resting Heart Rate Can Tell You

Your resting heart rate is a number you may not think about very often, but it’s one of the most important numbers you should know. Not only can your resting heart rate be used to track your fitness level and target your workouts, but it can also alert you to a variety of potential health issues.  resting-heart-rate

  1. You’re Not Active Enough
  2. You’re Overtraining
  3. You’re Too Stressed
  4. You’re Sleep Deprived
  5. You’re Dehydrated
  6. You’re Developing a Medical Condition

This is a great article by Fitbit explaining each of these conditions and what you can do to improve them.

If you don’t have a Fitbit or want a more comprehensive understanding of your physical fitness level, please come in for the Healthy Body Check-up.  Please call 410.381.1574 or email to schedule one today.


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Physical Therapy Before an Injury?

Physical therapist around the county are feeling the same way as Dr. Leigh Roberts:  A musculoskeletal checkup is just as important as checking your cholesterol, blood pressure, and the many other areas physicians monitor.

This is why Dr Roberts developed the Healthy Body Check-up.  She wants her clients to be proactive about their health and fitness, not to wait for an injury to occur before seeing her.  The Healthy Body Check-up does the following: Leigh client training

  • Assesses your posture, balance, strength, flexibility, functional ability, endurance and aerobic capacity.
  • Summarize findings, including muscular imbalances, disease/injury risk and fitness level.
  • Monitor your musculoskeletal health to prevent injuries before they strike and track your changes over time to assess the efficacy of your workout routine.

Call 410.381.1574 or email to schedule your Healthy Body Check-up today!

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How to Make Exercise a Priority

Every January people start their New Year resolutions to commit to working out, but it only lasts a few weeks.  You don’t have to wait to January to start.  If you start now, you will be on track and exercise will be a part of your daily routine by the time the holidays roll around.  Here are some great ways to get motivated and stay motivated:

  1. Schedule your workouts. Whether you are meeting up with a trainer, going for a jog with a friend or simply just going to the gym, having it scheduled will make sure you get it done.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t get burned out too quickly.  Reaching a goal will not only make you want to keep going, but it will be rewarding to see how far you have come.
  3. Don’t compare your results to anyone else. Everyone is on their own fitness journey, and what works for someone else may not work for you, and that’s OK.
  4. Have fun and don’t get discouraged. There will be days that you miss a session or a workout doesn’t go well. Good thing is, there is always tomorrow’s workout and another opportunity to improve.

Dr. Leigh Roberts is a physical therapist, but also offers personal training sessions.  She can work out with you or come with exercises to do at home to get you to your goals.  Please email or call the office at 410.381.1574 to schedule your appointment today.

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CoreWorks Open House at Columbia Location: Saturday, October 28th, 12:00-4:00 pm

Come join us on Saturday, October 28th from 12:00-4:00 pm.  Meet the CoreWorks instructors, watch, and even, participate in their pilates, barre and yoga classes.  Additionally, masseuses will be here giving chair massages and there will be an acupuncture demonstration.  Front Signs

You will also have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Leigh Roberts about her services and receive a 10 minute consultation if you are interested in physical therapy or dance enhancement/technique sessions.  This is a perfect time if you are considering starting physical therapy or just want some general information about Dr. Roberts’ other services.  Stop by and see how CoreWorks and L A R Physical Therapy can improve your life.

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Physical Therapy Can Help With Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a fairly common symptom in adults. The estimated prevalence of shoulder complaints is between 7 percent and 34 percent. Subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS) occurs when tendons of the rotator cuff and the subacromial bursa become irritated and painful.  Data analysis revealed that exercise therapy had high evidence of being as effective as surgery intervention to improve pain, function and range of motion for patients with SAPS. DSC00004

Physical Therapy should be considered a first treatment option for subacromial pain syndrome. Physical Therapists are trained in exercise prescription, joint mobilization and manual treatment techniques as those described in the above mentioned research.

If you are suffering with shoulder pain, please call 410.381.1574 or email to schedule an appointment.
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Backpack Safety

The kids have been in school for a couple of weeks and you might be starting to notice how full your child’s backpack is.  They might even be experiencing discomfort or even pain from carrying such a heavy backpack.  Over time, incorrectly wearing your backpack can do serious harm to one’s health, specifically the neck and back muscles as well as the spine.

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For younger adults, whose bodies are still developing, proper support is extremely important. Putting a lot of weight on the frame can cause the spine to compresses unnaturally, which can lead to serious health complications down the road. Adults are not immune to strains of improperly carrying a backpack either. Though an adult’s core muscles are more developed, carrying an unnecessary load, typically more than 15% of your body weight, can lead to serious strain on various muscles, ligaments and joints. These simple safety tips will help protect the body from the potential implications of improper backpack use.

  • Wear both shoulder straps as well as the waist strap to help balance weight distribution.
  • Carrying no more than 10-15% of your body weight in the bag.
  • Choose a backpack with multiple compartments to help balance the load. Be sure to pack the heavier items lower and towards the center of the bag – near your center of gravity.
  • When carrying items, be sure to have the pack fit snugly against your body to reduce unwanted swaying or shifting of your items.

Hopefully following these safety tips will keep you healthy, but if you are experiencing any neck, back or shoulder pain please email or call the office to schedule at 410.381.1574.

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#Stretching September

Can you believe summer is over, the kids are back in school and the weather is starting to cool down?  As you probably know by now L A R Physical Therapy is on Instagram!  This month L A R Physical Therapy will be posting photos of clients stretching the incorrect way vs. the correct way.  Stretching is the best way to end a workout, but doing it incorrectly can lead to injuries.  Please follow along @larphysicaltherapy to see if you have been stretching the right or wrong way.  If there is a particular stretch you would like to see, comment on the photo or send an email with your request.

September is here and we're calling it Stretching September! Over the month we will be showing the incorrect vs. the correct way to stretch different muscles. Here is one of our favorite clients demonstrating the incorrect and correct way to stretch the quadriceps muscle. The picture on the left shows her arching her back. The picture on the right shows her tucking her tailbone to lengthen the front of her hip and thigh.  You want to feel this stretch in the front of your leg in the quadriceps muscle. Let us know any stretches you want to see! #larphysicaltherapy #marylandpt #movemore #stretchingseptember #stretchmore #rightvswrong #goodform
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