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Therapy As A Career:
* I am considering a career in Physical Therapy.
Generallyspeaking, what are the requirements and
where are schools located?
* I am going for surgery on my knees. I am having
arthroscopy right knee with lateral release. When
the surgeon was explaining to me he said he would
first be going in with a scope and scraping under
my knee cap then cutting the right side of my knee
and putting my knee cap back in place as it keeps
shifting to the side. Do they put pins in it to keep
it there? Do I need crutches? What is lateral release?
How long does it take to recover? What kind of physical
therapy will I need and how long?
* Are Elliptical Trainers appropriate for those of
us who are suffer with osteoarthritis of the hip?
I wonder about the repetitive motion and the fact
that, unlike a treadmill or an old fashioned walk,
the feet stay planted in the same position.
* Why is physical activity important for women with
* How can physical activity early in life help to
prevent osteoporosis later in life?
* I have worn cartilage (arthritis) in my hip and
it has been suggested that I stop running and take
up cycling or swimming instead. I hate to give up
the benefits of running. What do you think?
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* I'm over 50 with a bad back and my doctor says
to give up running altogether. One of the key things
that help keep me motivated in maintaining fitness
is anticipation of summer and completing two or three
short-distance triathlons which include a 5k run.
I use an elliptical trainer throughout the year but
am concerned that I can't use that exclusively to
train and will eventually have to do some sort of
training runs in preparation. I wonder if a couple
of 30 minute slow jogs a couple of weeks before the
event or maybe just one long on a week would get me
ready and minimize further injury. Any suggestions
about how to minimize exacerbating back problems and
still complete the run?
* I've heard that it's bad to sleep on your stomach
if you have back problems. Is there a "best"
way to sleep?
* In your experience, what is the most common cause
of back injuries or problems?
* What's the best sleeping position if you have a
* It seems that every spring, I hear of someone hurting
their back while playing golf. What's the connection?
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* Why is stretching so important for an exercise
* I have a limited amount of time to stretch and
warm-up before I exercise in the morning. Is it really
worth getting up extra early for?
* I hear a lot about how athletes need to stretch
their muscles before a workout. Is there any need
for the average adult to have a stretching program?
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/ Fitness Walking:
* I started a running program last spring but am
concerned about being able to keep it up during the
winter. Any suggestions?
* I have recently begun doing some long-distance
running, but have had problems with leg cramps towards
the end of a couple of races. Any suggestions?
* My child does a lot of distance running and therefore
burns a lot of calories. What are the general recommendations
for a good performance diet for runners?
* Does running increase a person's chances for premature
development of osteoarthritis?
* How long should a good pair of running/exercise
shoes last? How can you tell when you need new ones?
* Is there any "quick check" you can do
in the store to make sure new athletic shoes fit correctly?
* Now that the weather is really turning colder,
do you have any suggestions for how to dress to walk/jog
in these times of variable weather?
* My wife recently started a walking program and
has progressed to a fairly long course. Aside from
watching for cars, what are some good safety suggestions?
* What kinds of surfaces are the best for running
* I started a walking program last fall, but these
bouts of cold weather are taking away my enthusiasm.
Any suggestions for staying true to my commitment
while I wait for spring?
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For The Weekend
* Which is better for minor muscle aches and injuries,
ice packs or those sports creams you can buy over-the-counter?
* Is it helpful to eat during a long bicycle ride?
* In general, how many days a week should a person
exercise?To be serious about it, do I have to workout
7 days a week?
* With my job and family responsibilities, I don't
have big chunks of time to use to exercise.Is it worth
it to run/exercise for just short amounts of time?
* Why does exercise always seem to be recommended
in programs to prevent heart disease? Isn't watching
your diet enough?
* Is it better to drink fluids before or after a
workout in the summer time?
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* My husband, a 52 year old male, had an MRI done.
It has come back as saying he a complete full thivkness
tear of the suprasinatus and subscapularis tendon
and medial dislocation of the long head of the bicepts
tendon. Can you please explain to me what exactly
this means and how serious is it? They also say that
he has to have surgery. How long does this usually
take to heal?
* I have suffered for two years with this pain in
my neck and shoulder (fibromyalgia) and been to every
kind of doctor and still no results. Help.
* What rehabilitative techniques are necessary for
torn rotator cuffs? When is surgery necessary and
when is it avoidable?
* What are possible injuries to the rotator cuff?
* What is Achilles Tendonitis?
* On injuries such as sprains, when should you use
heat and when should you use ice?
* What are shinsplints?
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Job Site Related:
* I have to stand for long periods in my job. Do
you have any suggestions to help keep my back from
getting tired and sore?
* I spend most of my day sitting at a desk. Often
my neck and back is sore at the end of the day. Any
* I spend a lot of time working at my desk, many
hours using a computer. Which would be most beneficial,
a couple of long breaks during the day or several
* I have been hearing about repetitive trauma and
cumulative trauma at work. What exactly do these terms
* My wife and I are putting on an addition to our
home and want to plan it carefully. What is the best
height for a work surface such as a counter?
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