AAOMPT Conference 2008: "Pain: From Science to Solutions"

  • 11/13/2008

    Local Physical Therapist Katie Snow recently attended the annual conference of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists which was held in Seattle, Washington (AAOMPT). Pain: From Science to Solutions, the conference theme, speaks to the unique role physical therapists have in combating pain. Pain from musculoskeletal problems, such as back and neck pain, is a leading cause of healthcare utilization. Manual physical therapy techniques such as spinal mobilization play an important role in pain relief for patients throughout the United States. Manual physical therapy includes the use of hands-on techniques including joint and soft-tissue mobilization designed to restore motion and reduce pain.

Physical Therapy: Why Wait for the Care You Need?

  • 11/13/2008

    Injuries happen at the most inconvenient times, particularly during the overscheduled lives many of us lead. You've finally gotten in to see your physician and they may have recommended some physical therapy to speed of the healing process and get you back in the game. You are motivated, maybe a little nervous about what PT will consist of but you are ready, because your life is happening and you can't keep up the way you want to. The last thing you want to do is wait to get into see a physical therapist- Especially if that means weeks.

Custom Orthotic Footbeds Now Available

  • 11/13/2008

    Snow Sport and Spine is now offering custom orthotic shoe inserts. Both physical therapists, Katie Snow and Trevor Mills, have trained with foot biomechanics expert Brian Hoke, PT of Atlantic Physical Therapy of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

    A foot orthotic device is used to help correct abnormal biomechanics or reduce strain on the muscles and joints of the leg and foot. Although they can be very useful in reducing foot pain, orthotic devices are also useful in addressing pain in the knee, hip and low back. The primary advantage of a custom device is that it is specially designed to meet the patient’s unique circumstances.

Advancing Manual Physical Therapy Skills

  • 11/13/2008

    Local Physical Therapist Trevor Mills recently attended a Continuing Medical Education course at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. MSU offers ongoing advanced manual medicine courses to MDs, DOs and PTs. This was the third advanced course that Mills has attended at MSU.

    The coursework emphasis included mobilization and prescriptive exercise for adverse neural tension which is a common component of sciatica, hamstring, neck and hand issues. Also included were specific techniques for addressing joint problems at the shoulder, spine and hip.

    The course was co-taught by physical therapist Mark Bookhout and Lisa DeStefano, DO, and was taught in a combined lab and lecture setting in MSU’s osteopathic manual medicine lab.

Benefits of spinal surgery disappear after 6 months

  • 11/13/2008

    Physical Therapy offers same outcomes for patients with sciatica 6 months after surgery.

    American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical TherapistsA recent study published in the British Medical Journal reports that spinal surgery for patients with sciatica offers a short term benefit, but by 6 months that benefit disappears and no difference is seen between patients who had surgery and those receiving physical therapy. The study suggests that the benefits of surgery are only short-term and conservative treatments such as physical therapy may offer the same outcome.

Local Physical Therapist Joins Specialty Clinic

  • 11/13/2008

    March 6, 2008 (Rockport, ME) - Trevor Mills, physical therapist, announced today that he will be accepting new and former patients immediately at Snow Sport and Spine, Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Center in Rockport. Mills has joined his wife, Katie Snow, DPT in their physical therapy clinic on West Street near the Camden Hills Regional High School.

    Mills has practiced orthopaedic physical therapy locally for the last 4.5 years and has achieved Board Certification in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. His areas of clinical interest include: biomechanics, treatment of the spine, shoulder dysfunction, ankle and foot dysfunction as well as sports rehabilitation.

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