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Dry Needling Adds No Benefit in the Treatment of Neck Pain

In a recent article published in The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, researchers looked at the comparison of trigger point dry needling to sham dry needling (no puncturing of the skin) when treating neck pain. Seventy-seven adults received 7 sessions of physical therapy over a 4-week period of time. One group received trigger point dry needling, exercise, and…

Pain Threshold and Sensitivity Improved with Exercise

At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute, our physical therapists apply exercise and pain neuroscience education in an attempt to empower YOU, the patient, to eventually take control over your symptoms and return to the activities you love most.  The beauty of exercise as a pain management tool is that once you understand what works, you can apply it yourself, and eventually…

Dry Needling Provides NO ADDED BENEFIT in Treating Chronic Neck Pain

Dry Needling Combined With Guideline-Based Physical Therapy Provides NO ADDED BENEFIT in the Management of Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial . Here is more research on why Dry Needling is NOT effective or necessary in the treatment of back and neck pain. . ☝️In a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy in 2020,…

Back Facts

Low back pain is a common complaint that we often see and treat in our clinic. There are a variety of myths that the general population needs to be aware of regarding low back pain which could actually help calm anxiety and fear associated with back pain. Below are 10 facts about low back pain supported by quality, scientific research….

3 Exercises That Can Keep Your Neck and Back Happy While at Work

Many people are sitting at their work station for hours on end while working from home or at the office. Prolonged sitting can create increased neck and back stiffness, particularly if you do not change positions frequently during the day. Here are 3 exercises that you can do to change positions and ease the strain of prolonged sitting at work….

PEACE and LOVE for Injury!

Soft tissue injuries need PEACE and LOVE!  What do these acronyms actually stand for?  Click on the link below to find out more! https://blogs.bmj.com/bjsm/2019/04/26/soft-tissue-injuries-simply-need-peace-love/   Omaha Physical Therapy Institute is an outpatient orthopedic and sports physical therapy clinic that is locally owned and operated with the main location at 144th & Dodge and a satellite clinic inside the Omaha Sports…

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Quality research has demonstrated over and over again the importance of being an active individual in order to maintain a healthy body and mind.  So, what happens if you are not active, have a desk job, and have no desire to get out of your recliner when you are at home? Media coverage of health-related topics can often times be…

Is Stem Cell Treatment effective in Treating Knee Osteoarthritis?

Science continually advances and in recent years the popularity of regenerative medicine treatments for musculoskeletal conditions has risen.  For issues such as knee osteoarthritis, this treatment theoretically offers the ability to restore and rebuild cartilage that would otherwise be lost forever.  Thereby, potentially avoiding a joint replacement surgery.  When one suffers from knee osteoarthritis, the cartilage that covers the ends…

What’s All this Talk About CBD?

As physical therapists, we work with people who are in pain for various reasons.  As a result, we often field questions regarding the effectiveness of various alternative treatments, supplements, ointments, etc..  A physical therapist should definitely stick to their scope of expertise, however, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of options that exist outside of traditional physical therapy…

Resistance Training in Older Adults

National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Position Statement on Resistance Training in Older Adults Resistance training can be intimidating to anyone with limited experience in a gym. There are obvious concerns about technique, parameters, exercise progression, and ultimately safety. For anyone who has not had the luxury of a professionally-assisted introduction to managing these variables it can be overwhelming to know…