Thursday, October 24, 2013

October is National Physical Therapy Month

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) named the Top 10 Fittest Baby Boomer Cities in America in honor of National Physical Therapy Month and APTA’s campaign  Our city, Washington DC made the top 10 coming in at #7 based on a survey of the largest 50 metro areas in the United States. 

Top Fittest Cities for Baby Boomers in America:

  1. San Jose, CA
  2. Minneapolis, MN
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. Denver, CO
  5. Boston, MA
  6. Salt Lake City, UT
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. San Diego, CA
  10. Raleigh, NC

Way to go Washington!!!!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Osteoporosis: An Informative Seminar presented by Elena Dwyer, PT

If you live in northern Virginia and feel you or someone you know may benefit from physical therapy for Osteoporosis, please give us a call at 540-316-2680.  If you prefer to submit an inquiry or question via email, please click on the button below.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Elena Dwyer, PT to present an Osteoporosis Seminar at Fauquier Health

Osteoporosis is characterized by weakened bones and increased risk of unexpected fracture. It is the most common bone disease. An estimated 10 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. Another 34 million have low bone mass. Osteoporosis is often present without any noticeable symptoms. Many people are not aware that they have it until a fracture has already occurred. Therefore, it is known as a silent disease. The most common areas of osteoporotic fracture are the spine, hip, and the wrist. Osteoporosis does not discriminate between men and women. Physical therapists are the ideal professionals to provide preventive care for osteoporosis or treatment if a fracture has already occurred.

Who should be referred to a Women’s Health physical therapist?

Those with:

• Pain related to osteoporosis

• Poor posture

• Balance concerns of falls

• Decreased ability to participate in normal daily activities

• Decreased strength, flexibility and/or endurance

• Those wanting to prevent or slow further bone loss

• Those interested in starting or resuming an exercise program

If you are interested in learning more about osteoporosis and how physical therapy can help you, Elena Dwyer, PT will be presenting an Osteoporosis Seminar to the community in the Sycamore Room at Fauquier Hospital.

Fauquier Health
500 Hospital Drive
Warrenton, VA  20186

7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

***To register for the spring seminar on osteoporosis, visit or call 540-316-3588

If you feel you may benefit from physical therapy for osteoporosis, please call us at 540-316-2680. Or click on the button below to ask a question of one of our women’s health physical therapists.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Most Americans Live with Low Back Pain – and Don’t Seek Treatment

APTA reveals survey results and relief strategies for low back pain.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans experience low back pain, but 37 percent do not seek professional help for pain relief, according to the American Physical Therapy Association's (APTA) "Move Forward" Low Back Pain Survey. The survey provided results from more than 2,600 people aged 18 and older, who disclosed their experiences and habits regarding low back pain.
"Most people experience low back pain at some point in their lives, but many people don't realize they can prevent or treat the condition with the help of a physical therapist," said APTA spokesperson Mary Ann Wilmarth, PT, DPT, OCS, chief of physical therapy at Harvard University. "For Americans living with low back pain, everyday tasks can be a challenge, and this survey revealed just how much this condition can affect someone's quality of life."

Highlights from the "Move Forward" Low Back Pain Survey include:
•More than one-third of adults say low back pain has affected their ability to engage in tasks of daily living (39 percent), exercise (38 percent), and sleep (37 percent).

•Low back pain isn't just for those who spend a lot of time on their feet. In fact, more than half (54 percent) of Americans who experience low back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting.

•Men (31 percent) are more likely than women (20 percent) to report that low back pain affects their ability to do work.

•When experiencing low back pain, nearly three in four (72 percent) Americans use pain medication as a way to relieve their symptoms. More than half (55 percent) said they use heat and cold packs at home for relief.

While low back pain is a common problem, it doesn't have to be a common part of everyday life. Physical therapists advise staying as active as possible and sticking to a normal routine, since bed rest for longer than a day can actually slow down recovery. Most low back pain is not serious; much of the time it is caused by overuse, strain, or injury. Rarely, low back pain is caused by a more serious condition such as a herniated disc or osteoarthritis. If pain lasts more than a few days or gets worse, it may be advisable to make an appointment with a physical therapist.

By determining the cause of a patient's low back pain, physical therapists get to the source of the problem and develop a treatment plan, which may include a combination of exercises to strengthen the back, manual therapy to improve the mobility of joints and soft tissues, and education about how to take better care of the back to relieve pain in the long term.

"Results from the survey confirmed what we suspected – that low back pain has an impact on everyday life, and Americans often focus on the symptoms, rather than the cause of their back pain," said Wilmarth. "What they might not know is that movement often provides the best long-term relief for pain. As movement experts, physical therapists can help restore mobility, reduce pain, and improve quality of life."

About the Move Forward Back Pain Survey

The Move Forward Low Back Pain Survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery omnibus product on behalf of APTA December 15-19, 2011, among 2,646 adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact Erin Wendel at

About APTA

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 80,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy nationwide. Learn more about conditions physical therapists can treat and find a physical therapist in your area at Consumers are encouraged to follow us on Twitter (@MoveForwardPT), Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest.

If you live in the Northern Virginia area and are interested in seeking the help of a physical therapist for treatment of low back pain, the skilled staff at Fauquier Health in Warrenton,Virginia is ready to help.  If you would like to know more about our services please click on the button below to submit an email inquiry.  If you would like to schedule an appointment for an evaluation by one of our therapists, please call us at 540-316-2680.