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January 18, 2011Health News You Can Use

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists Help Patients Avoid Pain and Emotional Toll of Knee Surgery

Recent studies suggest that physical therapy is an effective non-surgical alternative to arthroscopic surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine in September 2008 found that physical therapy, combined with thorough medical management, is just as effective at relieving the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis of the knee as surgery. Physical therapists at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS)are using the best and latest medical findings about knee pain to provide patients with effective, non-invasive alternatives to knee surgery.

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December 16, 2010Health News You Can Use

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists Helps Patients Avoid Expensive And Invasive Treatments For Low Back Pain

A 2010 study in the journal Spine reports that physical therapy within the first thirty days of the onset of low back pain can reduce the chances that patients will need additional medical procedures and treatments. The same study also reports that physicians in “generalist” specialties are less likely to refer patients to physical therapy. Texas Physical Therapy Specialists’(TexPTS) physical therapists in San Antonioand Austin, Texas, help patients avoid expensive and invasive injections, surgery, and frequent doctor office visits.

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November 23, 2010Health News You Can Use

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists Reveal Why Stretching Before Exercise Can Lead to Injury

Ask almost any physical therapist, athletic trainer, or sports medicine physician if someone should stretch before exercise, and they would respond with a resounding “Yes” in most cases. However, if asked for proof that doing so is actually helpful, this individual would be hard pressed to show research that supports this claim. In fact, recent studies have shown that stretching alone does not help prevent injury. Physical therapists at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists (TexPTS) are trained to use the latest scientific evidence, rather than myths couched as conventional wisdom, to educate patients and provide the best possible outcomes.

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November 4, 2010Health News You Can Use, Real People Seeing Real Results

Texas Physical Therapy Specialists Is The Best Low Cost Solution To Rising Health Care Costs

The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine recently reports a large jump in the number of treatments and tests for back pain. This study reports a 629% increase in Medicare expenditures for epidural steroid injections from 1994 to 2001; a 423% increase in expenditures for opioids for back pain from 1997 to 2004; a 307% increase in the number of lumbar magnetic resonance images among Medicare beneficiaries from 1994-2004; and a 220% increase in spinal fusion surgery rates from 1988 to 2000. At the same time, the studies do not show an increase in the number of patients with back pain or improvements in patient outcomes. Physical therapists at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists provide effective and non- invasive treatments for patients with back pain, often at a lower cost.

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October 19, 2010Health News You Can Use, TexPTS In The News

TexPTS Is The Best First Choice For Back Pain, Not Prescriptions

The New York Times recently reports an alarming increase in methadone prescriptions for the treatment of long term back pain, resulting in a shocking increase in methadone related deaths. The amount of money spent on prescriptions for back pain has risen as well, but patient outcomes are not any better. The spine experts at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists can reduce or eliminate back pain without the use of dangerous and costly prescriptions.

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