Early intervention with physical therapy reduces health cost

A recent case study portrays a 76 year old patient with right leg pain that limited her abiltity to stand more than 5 minutes and walk more than 15 minutes without pain or impairment. She was an avid tennis player playing 3 times a week and hiking once a week for 5 miles. She was unable to pursue her activities because of her right leg pain. After a month of debilitating right leg pain, she asked her family doctor for a referral to physical therapy.   

Breathing to get rid of back pain

Eighty percent of the population experience back pain at one time during their lives. Everybody breathes every minute of their lives. These are facts that many know but not many realize that breathing plays a vital role in curing back pain. People can be taught to breathe and exercise in such a manner that not only reduces back pain but also eliminates back pain, leg pain and even leg numbness and tingling.

Fall proofing your life

Osteoporosis is a condition involving weakening of the bones. 
45% of women & 30% of men over age 50 have osteoporosis.
Each year about 1/3 of all persons over age 65 will fall. 
Many of these falls result in broken bones. 
Some common causes of falls include outdoor and indoor hazards as well as lifestyle behaviors.


The staff at Center for Orthopedic Physical Therapy in Asheville enjoyed this video about the benefits of exercise and want to share it with you.

Does climbing give you a sore back?

John McCollum, PT, MTC

You ride a bicycle in Western North Carolina.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  That is unless you have a bad back.  Cycling in the mountains can be exhilarating on the descents, offer outstanding views when you reach the top of the ridge but can cause harm to your low back if you lack the proper hip/low back flexibility and torso strength.  This article identifies variables of both the bike and the rider that can influence climbing.