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Physical and Occupational Therapy

Multiple Sclerosis: Symptoms, Treatment, and More [Podcast]

Posted May 30, 2022 by Dmitri Kolychev, M.D.


Dr. Dmitri Kolychev, a neurologist at Summa Health, discusses the influx of Multiple Sclerosis diagnoses in the United States. Learn about MS symptoms, treatment options, and more in this episode of Healthy Vitals.

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Keeping Your Back Healthy While Golfing

Posted April 05, 2022


The world’s best golfers are in Akron this week for the
Bridgestone Invitational. As we marvel at their powerful swings, it is important to remember that those swings can also lead to back issues. As with so many health conditions, a little effort to prevent back injury and low back pain goes a long way. Three key areas of prevention include adequate warm-up, swing technique, and properly carrying the golf bag.

1. Warm-up

Going directly to the tee at 7 a.m., pulling out…

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Occupational Therapy: What Is It, How Does It Help, Who Should See An OT [Podcast]

Posted March 24, 2022 by Dr. Craig Wood


Craig Wood leads a discussion focusing on occupational therapy, its benefits, and why he got into the field.

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Physical therapy: 4 benefits that go beyond better mobility

Posted October 11, 2021 by Ronda Beery, P.T., M.A, CERT. MDT


Pain relief

PT has been shown to be an effective treatment method to reducing or even eliminating pain — both acute and chronic — without surgery or the need for opioids.

Physical therapy uses a variety of therapeutic exercises, and therapeutic interventions such as soft tissue and joint mobilization to help reduce pain, improve range of motion and strength. Patients are educated on proper exercises and many benefit from continuing these exercises long after their…

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How can physical therapy help me get back to activity faster?

Posted October 04, 2021 by Ronda Beery, P.T., M.A, CERT. MDT


While taking a brisk walk with a friend, you clumsily trip on the sidewalk and sprain you ankle. You’re slowly recovering and managing the pain, but in addition to rest and ice, your doctor recommends physical therapy (PT) 

You may be wondering, how can PT help me improve my mobility and manage my pain? Isn’t a sprained ankle something you just have to rest?

As a matter of fact, physical therapists can develop a program to help you heal safely and even prevent…

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Occupational therapy: What you need to know to get back to life

Posted April 26, 2021 by Megan Copen MS, OTR/L


You recently suffered a stroke. You’re recovering well, except that you’re still struggling with weakness in your left leg, along with balance and coordination issues. Your provider has referred you to an occupational therapist (OT) to help overcome these challenges so you can get back to work. 

But you and other patients in similar circumstances may be wondering, what exactly is occupational therapy? We often hear about physical therapy and its benefits to a…

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Is working from home a pain in the neck — literally?

Posted February 08, 2021 by Ann Wargo PT MsMHA CMCP CAPS

Many agree one positive that has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic is the work-from-home order to prevent further spread. No more long commutes and fighting traffic, more time spent with family and less interruption from chitchat around the water cooler.
In the United States, it’s estimated nearly 50 percent of the working population is now working at home. But as more and more companies embrace remote working for the long haul, one negative has emerged: new or…

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Managing and Treating Back and Neck Pain [Podcast]

Posted January 25, 2021


Healthy VitalsListen to this episode of the Healthy Vitals Podcast featuring Sam Borsellino, MD.

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Sports injuries of the knee: ACL and meniscus tears

Posted November 08, 2020 by Ryan J Urchek, MD


You’ve seen it on the soccer field or basketball court: a player plants a foot, twists and goes down grabbing a knee. The problem is most likely tearing of the meniscus (cartilage) or ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). Both can be extremely painful and sideline an athlete for months of recovery.

A tear usually requires more intervention than a strain or sprain.

A knee strain is a stretch or partial tear of a tendon or muscle, while a sprain is a stretch or tear of a…

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Radiculopathy: Treating a painful pinched nerve in the spine

Posted October 12, 2020 by Matthew N Jaykel, MD


If you’ve ever felt pain, numbness, tingling or weakness along the path of a nerve, you may have experienced radiculopathy, caused by a pinched or irritated nerve in your spinal column. If you’re lucky, these symptoms will be infrequent and merely irritating, but for many they can become constant and even incapacitating.

Because different areas of your body are served by different areas of your spinal column, your specific symptoms will depend on where in your…

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Top causes of back pain and when to see a doctor

Posted July 13, 2020 by Aisha Rahman, MD

Most of us have experienced back pain at one time or another. We’ve woken up in the morning with an aching back or come in after a hard day’s work in the yard only to be greeted with a sore back.  

Considering the vital role your back and spinal column play in your everyday life, it’s no surprise as much as 80 percent of adults will experience back pain at some point. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reason for missed work and second…

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What is Arthritis? Common Questions Explained

Posted October 23, 2019 by Mark A Cipriani, Jr., MD


Arthritis is a broad term covering a group of diseases involving inflammation in your body’s joints. Arthritis can affect any joint in the body but most commonly involves the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles, feet, neck, or back. Most types of arthritis cause pain and stiffness in and around the affected joints. Some types can also affect the immune system and even some internal organs of the body. Continue reading to learn more about arthritis.


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5 Common Types of Arthritis

Posted June 17, 2019 by Vivek Bhalla, MD


Commonly associated with older age, arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans, including more than 300,000 children each year. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. Depending on the type, it can be extremely painful and affect everyday activities or go relatively unnoticed and be easily managed for years.

Simply put, arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. Most individuals experience common symptoms like joint pain, swelling, stiffness and/or…

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An arthritis survival guide for cold weather

Posted March 11, 2019 by Robert S. Crawford, MD, CAQSM, Summa Center for Sports Health, Summa Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine


The calendar says Spring is coming – but the weather in Northeast Ohio still feels like winter.  For those who suffer from arthritis, the chilly temperatures can cause serious discomfort. For some, the cold can even trigger severe body pain; we’ve all heard stories of ‘feeling’ the weather change.

How does the weather affect individuals with arthritis?

While more research is needed, there are a few theories as to why some individuals experience more severe joint pain in colder weather. 

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The Gift of Heart Health

Posted February 06, 2018 by Michael Hughes, M.D.


When you think of February, you may think of Valentine's Day, chocolate and flowers. February also marks American Heart Month, a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. But the good news is it's also one of the most preventable.

Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart…

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Posted February 01, 2018 by Rose Ann Chiurazzi, MA, RDN, LD, CDE

The excitement is growing for Super Bowl LII. Before we know it, it will be the kickoff for the Big Game, the must watch commercials, and of course, the anticipated halftime show. It will also be a kickoff to the Big Party with friends and family where we will root for our favorite team.

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