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Atlantic Physical Therapy Blog

How to Perform a Breast Self Exam

How to Perform a Breast Self Exam

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 1,688,780 new cancer cases and 600,920 cancer deaths in 2017. That is 4,630 new cases and 1,650 deaths every day or 3 new cases and 1 death every minute. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death […]

What is the Best Way to Treat Low Back Pain?

What is the Best Way to Treat Low Back Pain?

Back pain affects millions of people each year and is the second most common reason for disability. There are many ways to treat back pain, including medications, injections, and surgery. The latest scientific reviews report that the most effective way to treat low back pain is a multidisciplinary approach that combines exercise, mindfulness training, spinal […]

Mental Health Awareness Month from a Physical Therapist’s Perspective

Mental Health Awareness Month from a Physical Therapist's Perspective

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and, as physical therapists, we cannot overlook the role depression, anxiety, addiction and personality disorders can play in the rehabilitation process.  In my experience working in the healthcare profession and listening to patients describe their experience in the “system,” a mental health diagnosis comes with a lot of stigma. […]

Pain: What’s normal and what’s not

Pain: What's normal and what's not

As I scroll through social media today, the day after the Broad Street Run, I see a ton of posts about not being able to move. This is my favorite one: Pretty funny,  but I definitely can relate to the sentiment. I’ve run the Broad Street Run 5 times now and consider it a mini […]

How A Pelvic Floor Physical Therapist Can Change Your Life

My interest in pelvic floor therapy started during my third clinical rotation. While I had come prepared to treat chronic low back pain, post surgical conditions, sports injuries and other general orthopedic conditions I had very little knowledge on pelvic floor dysfunction. My clinical instructor was treating a recently married, young woman for pelvic pain […]