Physical Therapy

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month By Brooke Smith, DPT AZOPT Goodyear Clinic Manager and Physical Therapist Do you or someone you know have pain in their joints?  You may have symptoms of arthritis.  Today, nearly 50 million Americans suffer from arthritis.  Arthritis is often misunderstood as minor aches and pain associated with getting old. …

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

Adaptive Sports for Children with Disabilities

Adaptive Sports for Children with Disabilities By Khristian Morrell, Student Physical Therapist Obesity across our nation has become an alarming health risk over the past generation. Unfortunately, individuals with disabilities are at a particularly higher risk for this, as they are less likely to participate in organized sports and activities. In addition to decreased participation,…

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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Activities to Assist Your Child with Buttoning

Activities to Assist Your Child with Buttoning by Sarah Koppenhoefer-Little, OTR/L Kids Place West Pediatric Occupational Therapist The ability to button and manipulate clothing fasteners is a significant self-care skill most parents want their child to learn.  This is an important task children need to have independence with dressing.  The typical child will learn to…

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Physical Therapy

Foam Rolling 101

Foam Rolling 101 Chances are you have seen someone recently laying and rolling around on a cylindrical shaped piece of foam. Whether at the gym, CrossFit, or even AZOPT, foam rolling has become an extremely popular and effective self-massage technique. To understand why, let’s first discuss the basic structure of our muscles and tissues. Our…

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Pediatric Speech Therapy

Understanding Speech Sound Disorders

Understanding Speech Sound Disorders Kids Place West Speech Language Pathologists Speech sound disorders are what the pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist is most well-known for treating.  There is the classic case of a child who says “wabbit” instead of rabbit,” or the child who lisps. But what exactly are speech sound disorders?  Let’s talk about the basics…

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Physical Therapy

Squatting Technique Is Everything

Squatting Technique Is Everything by Brooke Smith, DPT AZOPT Goodyear Clinic Manager Have you ever wanted to increase strength and tone your gluts and legs?  If so, squatting is one of the core exercises most fitness instructors will recommend.  Not only does squatting increase muscle mass but resistance strength training will improve your body’s ability…

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Pediatric Physical Therapy

The Importance of Playground Play

The Importance of Playground Play by Jeanette Mangano, DPT Kids Place West Pediatric Physical Therapist The playground is an exciting place for most children that is crucial to the development of social, fine motor, and gross motor skills.  In addition to promoting an active lifestyle, children will also learn and develop many skills needed to…

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Physical Therapy

Case Study: Minimally Invasive Total Knee Replacement

Case Study: Minimally Invasive Muscle Sparing Patient Specific Total Knee Replacement By Brooke Smith, PT, DPT AZOPT Goodyear Physical Therapist Recently, I had the opportunity to observe a total knee replacement surgery performed by Dr. Brandon Gough, MD, of Hedley Orthopaedic Institute.  Dr. Gough performs a newer procedure that is less invasive with a shorter…

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