Physical Therapy

Early Access to Physical Therapy can Improve Health Costs, Treatment Paths

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Back Pain, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Early Access to Physical Therapy can Improve Health Costs, Treatment Paths

Early access to effective and evidenced-based health care for a medical condition can greatly influence the direction and duration of treatment, as well as overall cost of care, says Apex physical therapist Brock Monger. And with October being National Physical Therapy Month, Monger points to research that shows people suffering from some musculoskeletal conditions, like low-back pain, are often better off seeing a physical therapist early as opposed to relying only on rest and medication management. For instance, according to a study published earlier this year by Health Service Research,...

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Pools offer both fitness, relief for older adults

Posted by on Sep 4, 2018 in Exercise, Healthy Living, Pain Relief, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Pools offer both fitness, relief for older adults

While drinking plenty of water is critical to life, health and healing, simply submerging your body in water (i.e., a pool) opens up opportunities for relief and fitness for those who otherwise may have difficulty exercising.  This is especially important for aging adults and those with chronic conditions, said Madras physical therapist Brock Monger.  “When our bodies are submerged in water, such as in a pool, we become lighter,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “This, coupled with the natural resistance water places on movement, makes water exercise ideal for many...

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Playing Multiple Sports Leads to Healthier, Happier Kids

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Athlete Injury, Athletics, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Playing Multiple Sports Leads to Healthier, Happier Kids

In an era of specialization in sports involving athletes of all ages, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger joins most medical experts in agreeing that young athletes generally remain mentally and physically healthier, achieve greater success, and learn to enjoy a lifetime of physical fitness when they opt to play multiple sports. Monger adds that, in contrast, allowing youths to specialize in a sport year-round can lead to burnout, a greater risk of experiencing overuse injuries, and less long-term success. “Encouraging our kids to specialize in a single sport throughout the year isn’t...

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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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Parents: Be aware of the signs of sports injuries

Posted by on Aug 5, 2016 in Athlete Injury, Concussion, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Parents: Be aware of the signs of sports injuries

As student-athletes head back to the practice fields late this summer, injuries are going to happen. Despite concerted efforts to reduce and prevent sports injuries, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT pointed out that it’s impossible to eliminate them from sports. So in order to ensure injuries are diagnosed and treated quickly, before they worsen, Monger said it’s paramount parents and guardians are able to quickly identify the signs of possible injury – ailments that aren’t always obvious during practice or competition, but which may manifest later on at home. “Whether it’s...

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’Tis the season for weekend fun runs

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Active & Aging, Athlete Injury, Exercise, Healthy Living, Physical Therapy, Seasonal | 0 comments

’Tis the season for weekend fun runs, charity 5Ks and multi-stage team relays like Bend’s Pole Pedal Paddle. But as recreation and competitive runners hit the roads and trails to prepare for upcoming events, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT, reminds us that avoiding common early season training mistakes can keep runners healthy and competitive throughout the season. “Plantar fasciitis, Achilles problems, knee pain and IT band friction syndrome are all common running injuries we see at the clinic, especially early in the season when people are training for races and getting their...

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