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Heat or Ice – Is one better than the other?

7/28/17 7:06 AM


A very common question that patients ask during their physical therapy treatment is whether they should use heat or ice for pain relief.  The main consideration before deciding which to use, is determining whether or not inflammation is present in the painful area.


What is inflammation?

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Written by Lauris Rigdon, PT.

Topics: pain


7/12/17 5:19 PM


Julie Berube, PT, DPT, of Syracuse, New York, was awarded the professional designation of board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy (OCS) by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).


To obtain board certification, candidates must submit evidence of 2000 hours of clinical practice in one of nine specialty areas: Cardiovascular and Pulmonary, Clinical Electrophysiology, Geriatrics, Neurology, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Pediatrics, Sports, and Women’s Health Physical Therapy. In addition, candidates must successfully complete a rigorous examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapist practice. As of 2016, approximately 5% of PT’s in the United States are board certified in orthopaedics, and Julie joins only 2.5% of physical therapists in New York State with an OCS certification.


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Written by Lauris Rigdon, PT.

Topics: physical therapist