October is National Physical Therapy Month

It’s that time of the year again! Throughout the month of October, we will be celebrating the physical therapy profession and letting the world know why PT matters. WebPT is currently running an Instagram campaign to demonstrate the key role physical therapists play in helping people get back to their normal, active lives. Check out WebPT’s Instagram feed to see all of the great pictures, and contribute your own photos using the hashtag #GetPT.

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Experts: Walking is the Superfood of Fitness

According to scientist and author Katy Bowman, walking should be considered a “movement nutrient”—or, essentially, the superfood of fitness. Many recent studies have reiterated the importance of walking, even if it’s just short increments throughout the day. Find out more about why walking is so essential to good health here.

Appropriate Exercise Therapy May Alleviate Hip Osteoarthritis Symptoms

According to a new study, appropriate exercise therapy may reduce hip osteoarthritis symptoms and delay progression of the disease. Patients who participated in the study experienced more joint mobility and less pain after completing a 12-week exercise program. So, while there is no cure for hip osteoarthritis, patients who #GetPT see an improvement in their symptoms.


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    Study Touts PT as Effective Treatment for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis A new study revealed that physical therapy could be just as effective as surgery in treating the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis, a common cause of lower back pain and nerve damage. Surgery for this ailment has a 15% complication rate, with half of those complications considered life-threatening. Physical therapy, on the other hand, is a low-risk treatment alternative, and study participants who nixed surgery to #GetPT …

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