Posts by bmonger

Take steps to avoid ankle sprains

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in Athlete Injury, Exercise, Injury Prevention, Pain Relief | 0 comments

Take steps to avoid ankle sprains

With basketball season in full swing and winter weather affecting large areas of the country, it’s peak season for ankle sprains, one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries in the U.S. And yet Madras physical therapist Brock Monger says incidents of ankle sprains can be minimized through simple strength, balance and flexibility exercises. “Ankle sprains happens when your foot turns or twists beyond its normal range of motion due to a slip, trip or roll on an uneven surface, injuring the ligaments in in your ankle,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “A sprained ankle is...

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Avoid ‘text neck’ injury with better smartphone posture, says Apex PT

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Healthy Living, Injury Prevention, Technology | 0 comments

Avoid ‘text neck’ injury with better smartphone posture, says Apex PT

In so many ways, our smartphones make elements of our lives easier and more convenient, putting the world at our fingertips at a moment’s notice. But as we turn to our phones more often to connect, learn about the world and simply occupy downtime, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger warns that these technological tools have a downside. “Prolonged smartphone and tablet use makes it easier for us to adopt bad posture, which can have long-term health consequences,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “As we spend time looking down at our phones, we’re often bending our heads...

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Find relief from holiday tension headaches through physical therapy

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016 in Healthy Living, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Find relief from holiday tension headaches through physical therapy

The fact that the season of giving, joy and celebration can also be our most stressful time of year is one of the worst kept secrets of the Holidays. And yet, year after year, we charge forward, often fighting through tension-type headaches to complete our shopping, plan for get-togethers with friends, and fulfill all our family obligations. But why fight through the headaches, asks Madras physical therapist Brock Monger with Apex Physical Therapy, when a physical therapist can often provide relief from tension-type headaches by correcting the problems that are causing your pain? “A tension...

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Direct Access to Physical Therapy

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016 in Clinic News, Healthy Living | 0 comments

A common question I receive is, “Can I refer myself to physical therapy, or do I need a referral for physical therapy?” Did you know that Oregon law allows for unrestricted access for patients to self-refer to physical therapy? Sure, most patients learn the benefits for physical therapy when their trusted care provider refers them to physical therapy for some musculoskeletal condition. But many people do not know that they can visit a PT on their own, without a physician’s referral. This is considered Direct Access to physical therapy. Studies have shown that direct access to physical...

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Physical therapy more effective than drugs for chronic pain, studies show

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Back Pain | 0 comments

Physical therapy more effective than drugs for chronic pain, studies show

During a time when health care professionals and researchers are seriously reevaluating the effectiveness and safety of prescription drug use for chronic pain, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT, emphasizes that physical therapy has long been considered a safer, cheaper and more effective treatment for such conditions – this as we begin Pain Awareness Month, an annual September effort by the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA). More than 25 million Americans – about 1 in 10 people – suffer from chronic pain, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “We like to say...

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