Will COVID-19 Change the “Typical” Physical Therapy Patient?

People usually see a physical therapist for pain or loss of function. Think of the person who has back pain, the injured athlete or the person who’s had a stroke. They all want to improve how they move and complete tasks. Now, particularly as we learn more about COVID-19 and the risk factors that seem to be associated with severe …

Inflammation: The Friend Who Overstays Their Welcome

This article was written by Michelle Wentrcek, SPT – a student physical therapist who recently finished a clinical rotation with Symmetry. I want you to picture your body as your home.  On a profound level, your body quite literally is your home because you’ll be living in it for your entire life.  But specifically for this analogy, I want you …

Tips for Gardening with Chronic Pain (or to Prevent Pain Altogether)

The budding trees, blooming flowers and warm weather are sure signs that it’s time to get back outside. However, this season also brings stories from Symmetry’s patients about how their efforts at gardening are resulting in pain.  This spring season in particular is tricky, because we’ve all been WAY more sedentary than usual during the recent winter storm event as …

6 Physical Therapy Myths: Debunked

If you are reading this article, you are probably already familiar with a physical therapist and with the benefits of using physical therapy to improve health and physical function.  Much of the “general public”, however, continues to have an outdated concept about what physical therapists actually do.  Unfortunately, it is also often true that other medical professionals have limited knowledge …

The Good Kind of Brain Drain

Recently, a fascinating article was published in The Atlantic about how the brain’s ability to process waste may impact its ability to recover after injury.  The article describes current research investigating whether damage to lymphatic vessels in the brain during head traumas like concussions may result in buildup in cellular and molecular waste.  It is hypothesized that when the brain …

When the Weather Gets Cold – Don’t Forget to Warm Up!

Colder weather means that we should consider some changes to how we exercise. Of course it’s harder to motivate yourself to get outside for a run or bike ride when the temperature drops, and the shorter days compress our schedules, but there are changes in your body that affect your ability to exercise too. For many people with arthritis or …

Collagen Supplements: Health Trend or Superpower for Joint Health?

This post was written by Jill Zambito, SPT – a physical therapy doctoral student who recently completed a clinical rotation at Symmetry. With new health trends and fads constantly on the rise, it is hard to keep up with which ones are beneficial for your health and longevity! One supplement that has stolen the spotlight recently is ingestible collagen for …

One Student’s “Scenic Route” To Physical Therapy Practice

This article was written by Hilary Sparkman, SPT – a doctoral student at Texas State University who has just finished a clinical rotation with Symmetry. (She’s pictured in the center of the back row in the masked staff photo above. She just turned 29, and has already accumulated a great deal of worldly experience.) Thanks for sharing your story, Hilary! …