Category: Wellness

Pre-Natal Physical Therapy

Victoria Skay, LPTA So you’re having a baby!  Congratulations!  There is so much to do in nine months…pick a name, prepare the nursery, eat nutritious foods, pick out baby clothes, visit a Physical Therapist…what???  That’s right.  Making an appointment with a skilled Physical Therapist might be one of the most important preparations you can make… Read more »

What to Expect during your first Physical Therapy Appointment

Paige Tretter, DPT You’ve seen your OSC Orthopaedist or Pain Management Specialist and now you have a script for Physical Therapy.  If you’ve never been to Physical Therapy, you may only know what you’ve been told by your physician, a friend or family member.  You may not understand why you have two to three appointments… Read more »

What’s so great about Stretching, Anyway?

Cody Leeworthy, DPT

Cody Leeworthy, DPT As a Physical Therapist, I’m often asked about stretching by my patients.  “Why should I stretch?  When should I stretch?  How often should I stretch?”  We all know how fantastic a good stretch feels, especially when rising from bed or from a day of sitting at our desks.  Common sense tells us… Read more »

Self-Care in Relationships

F. Cal Robinson, PsyD Relationship self-care is about balancing two different priorities: Maintaining healthy, supportive relationships, and ensuring you have diversity in your relationships. There are many ways to connect and nurture relationships in life and it is a joint venture to determine the best ways to meet everyone’s needs. Self-Care in relationships is also… Read more »

Physical Therapy for Golfer’s Elbow

by Jamie Swale, DPT Golf is a very popular sport in the United States and Hampton Roads is no exception.   While golf is a wonderful, low-impact exercise, there are some injuries that can occur from playing.  One of the most common is Medial Epicondylitis – more commonly known as Golfer’s Elbow. Golfer’s Elbow usually occurs… Read more »

What is Piriformis Syndrome?

Boyd W. Haynes III, MD As a busy Sports Medicine Physician, I often see patients for ailments which other physicians may not encounter very often.  That’s because athletes have a way of injuring muscles that many people have never heard of, because of the demands that they place on their body while playing or competing. … Read more »

Physical Self-Care

By Cal Robinson, PsyD, MSCP This is an article in a series about self-care. In the series, we are covering the various areas in life that require self-care. In this article, I will explain what physical self-care is and why it is important. The secret is out: exercise, quality nutrition and sleep are all officially… Read more »

Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Jeffrey R. Carlson, MD The human skeleton is a remarkable structure that supports our body and allows us to walk upright, run with the wind, bend over to pick up a child, carry heavy loads and hundreds of other tasks every day.  The main component of our skeleton is bone, a mineralized, living composite that… Read more »

Depression and Spine Surgery

Mark McFarland, DO Imagine this scenario:  You have had significant, unrelenting back pain for months.  You’ve seen several doctors and had x-rays and an MRI.  You were diagnosed with a major spine issue, such as spinal stenosis or a herniated disc. You’ve tried various conservative treatments, like physical therapy, oral medications and epidural steroid injections,… Read more »