Saginaw Horizon Physical Therapy

Our Therapists provide the best care and follow-up for the many needs of people with pain,dysfunction and functional deficits with hands on,One on One care

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A laser holds the key; it is the one solution to Annie Eckenrod's life, once filled with constant pain.

"The first time I started doing it, I did it for three treatments in a row, in a week, and I didn't have to have another treatment for six months," Annie says, "It was that pain relieving for me."

Nothing short of miraculous, for Annie, whose journey to the laser started with a broken neck, "I've had surgery. I have plates and screws in my neck. And I was in physical therapy."

But, she says, none of that ended her pain, "Pain. Inflammation. Some days I wake up and I can't move it back and forth."

Annie is allergic to the prescription pain relievers available, which made it difficult to find relief.

Then she started laser therapy at Horizons Physical Therapy in Saginaw, "I'm not on any medication, no Ibuprofen, no anything. And I can move. There were days I couldn't move."

The laser sends energy, stimulating cells, promoting healing, reducing inflammation and pain, says physical therapist Stephanie Pobocik, "We use it on acute conditions. So, when you have, like, an injury, say you sprained your ankle, you can use it on any kind of chronic conditions. If someone just had a surgery, you can use it on pretty much anything."

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Saginaw County girl’s life-saving spinal surgery results ‘better than we’d even hoped’

Come check out the great things we are doing here at Horizon Physical Therapy!! A 13-year-old Saginaw County girl with severe aggressive scoliosis underwent a life-saving spinal surgery in November. Now, 8 weeks later, she's back at home, back in school and looking ahead.

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Is one of your goals to be Pain Free without Extreme Measure?

Well, Horizon Physical Therapy at Towne Centre wants to be the last place you stop before you make those decisions.

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Individuals with knee Osteoarthritis should consider seeing a physical therapist for a comprehensive treatment program. Chances of a successful outcome, that does not involve surgery, could be possible. SeeAPT1ST

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Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylalgia is a common diagnosis experienced by more than those that play tennis. If you've ever had this problem, you know that it can be quite debilitating. Every time you reach, grab, or twist the forearm and hand, it can be very painful.
What if the pain isn't really coming from the elbow though? If you ever experienced a headache when you eat cold foods, you know that pain can radiate from one area (the mouth/throat) to another (that's the "brain freeze"). A similar situation can occur with the elbow. Since nerves run down from the neck to the hand, it is possible, and not all that uncommon, for patients to come in to our practice with complaints of elbow pain that is originating from the neck.

Awareness weighs about an ounce and you know the old saying," An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." If you start to experience pain in the elbow or forearm, consider that the source might be the neck. Repetitive tasks can be a real challenge. Activities like mountain biking or anything that involves repetitively looking up will narrow the spinal canal and can irritate the nerve roots. This irritation results in the radiation of pain into the elbow. Simply changing your posture at your computer and taking regular breaks to stretch out the neck and upper body can be very helpful.

A thorough evaluation of your condition is fundamental to the development of a successful treatment plan. Since we spend 30 minutes or more with you during your first visit and subsequent reevaluations, we certainly can help you differentiate an elbow problem from referred pain from the neck.
If the neck is indeed the "source" of the elbow pain, different techniques will be used to make sure that the cause of the problem is being addressed. If you do receive neck treatment for an elbow problem, you should notice positive results rather rapidly.

In summary, elbow pain may really be radiating from a source distant to the elbow. If you are experiencing elbow pain, you should consider that the neck may be the source. Moreover,
consultation with a well qualified therapist can help determine appropriate treatment for your pain and help you get back to enjoying your quality of life.

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Athletics is an important part of growing up. However, with participation in sport there is a risk of injury. Over the last decade there has been an alarming increase in the number of injuries especially in the female, adolescent athlete. Recent research is providing us with some answers though.

In a study of 300 female soccer players, the effects of preseason conditioning was studied. Forty-two of the 300 participated in a regimen of conditioning exercises for a 7 week period of time. The entire group of soccer players was then followed for a year. Interestingly, all of the injuries amongst these 300 participants occurred in the thighs and legs with over 60% occurring in the knees and ankles.

If you were wondering what happened with the group of girls that were involved in the preseason conditioning, the outcome was favorable. The group that was involved in preseason training had significantly fewer injuries. The authors concluded that the conditioning helped lower the risk of soccer injury.

Another study concluded that a proper prevention program of education and supervision of coaches and players decreases the risk of injury. In a 2002 study of male youth soccer players they reported that the number of injuries, especially in those just learning how to play soccer (they called them low-skill players), was significantly reduced by preventive education.

If you would like more information about proper training techniques or conditioning programs, give us a call. 9894015890 Saginaw or 9894600020 Bay City.

Krishna Chalasani PT, DPT, Cert SMT, CKTP

What is the MOST important thing to AVOID in patients with lower limb tendon pain?

Yes! The answer might come as a surprise for some of you.

The answer is COMPLETE REST!!!

According to Australian researcher Dr. Jill Cook, physical therapist and professor from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Rest decreases the load tolerance of tendon, and complete rest decreases tendon stiffness within 2 weeks. It also decreases strength and power in the muscle attached to the tendon and the function of the kinetic chain, and likely changes the motor cortex, leaving the person less able to tolerate load at multiple levels. Treatment should initially reduce painful, high tendon load and introduce beneficial loads through isometrics and gentle closed kinetic chain exercises etc.

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Lateral wedge insoles produce small reductions in knee adduction angles and external moments, and moderate increases in ankle eversion. The addition of an arch support to a lateral wedge minimises ankle eversion change, and also minimises adduction moment reductions. The paucity of available data on other insole types and other biomechanical outcomes presents an opportunity for future research.

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According to the National Council of the Aging, Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

With a simple test, Physical Therapists can screen your balance to see if you at increased risk of falling. If you are at increased risk of falling, Don't worry! Physical therapy can help improve your balance and decrease your chances of falling and injuring yourself!

If you think you or someone you know may be at risk of falling, come in and see our Physical Therapist at Horizon Physical Therapy today for a free balance assessment!

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Dr. Charles Godfrey is still practising physiotherapy at the age of 100.

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Given that patients increasingly have access to their medical records and diagnostic reports, it is important to ensure that the language in the report is as important as the report itself. If you have an MRI and are given "bad news" in the description, it makes you actually "feel" worse than the condition really is. If that MRI were provided to you in terms of an 8th grade vocabulary and much more "optimistically", you actually "feel" much better about the diagnosis. Words can have an impact on the way you feel about your pain!

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How did he do it?

Just months ago, earlier in 2016, he had surgery on his left knee then sat out the French Open because of a bad back, ending a record streak of participating in 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. Then, after Wimbledon, he did not play at all the rest of the year, skipping the Rio Olympics, the US Open and everything else in an attempt to let his knee fully heal. Spent a lot of time doing physical therapy and rehabilitating only to return and win 2 more Grand Slams. True inspiration!!!

Krishna Chalasani PT, DPT, Cert SMT, CKTP

Suffering with the RIB Pain?

Costochondritis (CC) is a localized pain due to an inflammatory condition of the costochondral or costosternal joints. You may notice a particular activity to exacerbate it but the onset is insidious. Although it is most likely related to repetitive trauma resulting in altered thoracic spine and rib mobility, the cause is usually not clear.

Intermittent pain at costosternal joints and tenderness to palpation, decreased mobility and function. It most frequently occurs unilaterally at ribs 2-5, but can occur at other levels as well. Pain can exacerbate by trunk movement and deep breathing, but usually feels better with quiet breathing and rest. CC usually responds to conservative treatment, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and of course physical therapy.

Let us review of the anatomy of the region to understand the pathology. The chest wall is made up of the ribs, these connect the vertebrae in the back and with the sternum (breast bone) in the front. Posteriorly, the twelve ribs articulate with the spine through both the costovertebral and costotransverse joints forming the most hypomobile region of the spine. Anteriorly, ribs 1-7 articulate with the costocartilages at the costochondral joints, which are synchondroses without ligamentous support. The costocartilage then attaches directly to the sternum as the costosternal joints, which are synovial joints having a capsule and ligamentous support. Ribs 8-10 attach to the sternum via the cartilage at the rib above, while ribs 11 and 12 are floating ribs, without an anterior articulation. There are many causes of musculo-skeletal chest pain arising from the ribs and their articulations, including rib trauma, slipping rib syndrome, costovertebral arthritis and Tietze’s syndrome. CC is often misnamed as Tietze’s syndrome, which is characterized by swelling at the second and third costosternal junction that is not present in CC. CC is actually more common, usually occurring in people over 40 years of age and in women more than men.

Contraindications / Precautions for Treatment: Be sure that pain is not of cardiac origin. This will likely be ruled out at doctor’s visit. Symptoms that lead to diagnosis of NON-musculoskeletal chest pain can include: exertional pain, radiation to neck or arms, numbness, fever, chills, cough, dyspnea and pain localized to atypical areas such as the axilla or mid-thoracic spine. CC can also coexist with cardiac disease. Several other systemic illnesses can present with chest pain, such as pulmonary, esophageal, and psychiatric disorders. Also, a patient involved in strenuous or contact sport.

Make an appointment with your physical therapist if medication and ice did not help. Also, read this case report below to learn more.

Krishna Chalasani PT, DPT, Cert SMT, CKTP

Knee problems are very common, and they occur in people of all ages. This article contains some good general information about knee problems. It may answer some of your questions but if you have further questions, you may wish to discuss them with your physical therapist.

Krishna Chalasani PT, DPT, Cert SMT, CKTP

Why should you strength train? Found you another reason for you - This study below concludes that you need to increase your quadricep strength by 30% to decrease pain and disability if you have knee osteoarthritis.

Krishna Chalasani PT, DPT, Cert SMT, CKTP

Neuroplasticity is the term used to describe the brain's ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

Brain reorganization takes place by mechanisms such as "axonal sprouting" in which undamaged axons grow new nerve endings to reconnect neurons whose links were injured or severed.

Krishna Chalasani PT, DPT, Cert SMT, CKTP

Tiger Woods won’t be back for some time. Woods, who has made just three starts in two years, likely won’t play again this season after he had his fourth back surgery Wednesday in Texas.

Many individuals afflicted with back pain look to the experience of professional athletes as they try to decide how to treat it. When sports figures’ backs give out, they don’t adopt a wait-and-see attitude. Instead, they seek help immediately, from a shortlist of high-profile spine surgeons who drop everything to care for them. After their procedures but before they return to the court, field, or course, these players undergo weeks of arduous physical rehabilitation. But the public never sees that grind. Instead, we see that, in record time, they’re back to work, fulfilling the requirements of their multimillion-dollar contracts.

Krishna Chalasani PT, DPT, Cert SMT, CKTP


The phenomenon of Lumbar Disc Herniation (LDH) reabsorption is well recognized. Meta-analysis and systematic review of cohort studies analyzed the incidence of spontaneous resorption after conservative treatment of Lumbar Disc Herniation using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The researchers found that incidence of reabsorption is about 67% of lumbar disc herniation. Therefore, conservative treatment may become the first choice of treatment for LDH.

People considering surgery of their Lumbar Disc Herniation should pay attention to the studies below that found little difference between patients who underwent surgery and those
who did not after 2 and 5 years after they were diagnosed.

Lurie JD, Tosteson TD, Tosteson AN, Zhao W, Morgan TS, Abdu WA, Herkowitz H, Weinstein JN. Surgical versus nonoperative treatment for lumbar disc herniation: Eight-year results for the spine patient outcomes research trial. Spine
2014; 39:3-16.

Matsumoto M, Chiba K, Ishikawa M, Maruiwa H, Fujimura Y, Toyama Y. Relationships between outcomes of conservative
treatment and magnetic resonance imaging findings in patients with mild cervical myelopathy caused by soft disc herniations. Spine 2001; 26:1592-1598.

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Saginaw, MI

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