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Is That Spray Magic?

You are watching a professional soccer game and there is a collision.  One player pops up and runs off but the other lies there, writhing in pain.  The team athletic trainer rushes to the field and pulls out a can of spray.  The athletic trainers sprays the athlete’s injury and the athlete miraculously gets up and continues to play!  What…

The Health Benefits of Golf

Golf. What a game. A game that allows you to escape your day and relish in the beauty of nature, competition, and health.  Could it be a foggy morning where the ball goes into the mist but doesn’t seem to come down? Maybe the ball travels 20 feet further than you suspected due to a wispy hot wind. Possibly the…

Can Having a Positive Healthcare Professional Help your Outcomes?

In a study recently published in The Royal Society of Medicine in 2018, researchers investigated the “effects of empathy and expectation interventions with any clinical condition.”   Results show that healthcare professionals who practice empathy and positive input towards their patient and their patient’s expectations can benefit a patient’s experience and outcomes with the same effect as many drugs do.  Check…

How to Manage Your Back Pain

Back pain is a normal part of being human.  Around 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point in their life, and those same people will typically get better without needing any medical intervention.  You should seek the advice of a healthcare professional if your pain has persisted for more than 3-4 weeks, your symptoms are getting…

Posture and Work-related Injuries

Let’s Talk Posture and Ergonomics! We had an opportunity to sit down and chat with Brent Cordery, physical therapist at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI), about ergonomic assessments and the work-related rehabilitation OPTI provides!  Check out what Brent has to say below! How can Omaha Physical Therapy Institute assist those injured while at work?  How can you help employers with…

Success AFTER Injury – An OPTI Comeback Story

“Super Dave’s” Awesome Comeback Story! Tell us about yourself (Jobs, Interests, hobbies, sports). My name is Dave McNair and I have been involved in athletics my entire life both competing and coaching.  I was a four-sport athlete in high school (football, wrestling, track and baseball).  I wrestled in college and since graduating continued to wrestle for many years.  For 26…

ACL Injuries and Prevention

Are you an athlete or a parent of an athlete?  If so, you have probably heard of the dreaded ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tear.   It is becoming a VERY common injury in today’s youth.  In fact, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics in 2017 stated that in females ages 13-17, there has been a…

Advice about Nutrition for the Athlete

Eating like an Athlete The advice I give to athletes is a lot of times the same advice I give to most people… eat often, eat quality, and eat enough. Eating often is important to an athlete for many reasons. Due to their high caloric needs, athletes should eat at least every 3-4 hours, and should eat more often when…

Surgery versus Exercise in Patients with Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be debilitating and frustrating!  Many times when people feel pain in their shoulder, they fear they will need surgery.  It is important to always try conservative measures like modifying activity and performing physical therapy before going through with a surgical procedure. A recent study published in 2017 in Bone and Joint Journal looked at the effectiveness of…

Healthy Snacks for a Sweet Tooth!

These choices may help satisfy your sweet tooth, without the guilt!   Healthy Choice 100 Calorie Fudge Bar (5 g fiber) VitaTop:  Deep Chocolate or Banana Nut! Fresh pear slices sprinkled with ground cinnamon Sugar Free Iced Coffee Skinny Cow candy Mini Cupcakes:  Use a cake mix and blend with a 15 oz can of pumpkin Skinny Cow Ice Cream treat,…