Physical Therapy

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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Good ergonomics improves health & productivity

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Back Pain, Injury Prevention, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

It may seem a simple issue of comfort, but with approximately eight of 10 Americans regularly using laptop and desktop computers in their daily lives – mainly at work – workstation ergonomics is truly an issue of injury prevention, employee morale and workplace productivity, says Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT. In fact, based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) statistics, injuries resulting from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) due to poor workplace ergonomics account for 34 percent of all lost workday injuries and illnesses. Neck strains, pain...

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APEX Physical Therapy Summit Challenge 2016

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Events, Exercise, Healthy Living, Physical Therapy, Seasonal | 0 comments

Take on the APEX Physical Therapy Summit Challenge 2016! The goal of the challenge is to encourage exploration of our beautiful Central Oregon Peaks, make new friends, have fun, and be fit! Whether you are a novice or an expert, you can participate. The challenge is to climb 4 peaks in 4 months ending with the South Sister Summit in September. The 4 hikes will be Black Butte, Black Crater, Mt Bachelor, and South Sister. The hikes are progressive in nature with longer distances or higher elevations to prepare you for your final challenge.  All 4 hikes will be led by APEX Physical Therapist...

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Walking a ‘gait-way’ to back pain relief, says Apex Physical Therapist

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Back Pain, Healthy Living, Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Are you experiencing tightness or discomfort in your lower-back? Try taking a walk, suggests Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, DPT. According to Monger, owner of Apex Physical Therapy, studies have shown walking to be effective in preventing, alleviating and even treating pain in the spine, a condition that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will affect eight of 10 U.S. citizens in their lifetimes. “The body craves movement and exercise, and walking can be like a wonder drug for some who experience stiffness and discomfort in their lower backs,” said...

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