3 Minutes a Day: Core Strength Micro-Workout

A man performing prone planks for core strength in the park.

Back pain? Busy schedule? Sit a lot? We totally understand. Here is a no-frills way to develop core strength in three minutes a day (literally). Got an iPhone? Good, that is all you will need. I’ve been working from home for over a year now and doing this simple three-minute routine every day has done … Read more 3 Minutes a Day: Core Strength Micro-Workout

Ergonomics 101: Choosing the Right Ergonomics Work Chair (2021 Update)

Office Ergonomics

Our Top Ergonomics Work Chair Picks The following is an early 2021 update to a 2018 post on petersenpt.com. We thought in light of the new wave of home office warriors, it would be a good time to update the information and pricing in this post. We have noticed that 2020-2021 have greatly increased the … Read more Ergonomics 101: Choosing the Right Ergonomics Work Chair (2021 Update)

IT Band Syndrome Relief at Home

A runner holding his knee in pain.

With the hotter months approaching, a lot of people are getting out and being active again. This is great – we highly encourage physical activity! One common injury during this time is iliotibial band friction syndrome (known as ITBFS, ITBS, or simply IT band syndrome). We see it very regularly in our physical therapy treatment … Read more IT Band Syndrome Relief at Home

McGill Big 3: Chronic Back Pain Relief in a Few Minutes a Day

Two adults performing the side plank / bridge exercise from the McGill big three exercise program.

The following article will feature information from a number of sources, including but not limited to world renowned back pain researcher Dr. Stuart McGill. It will culminate with what we believe is one of the most effective basic programs for the average individual regarding back pain and rehabilitation. It is NOT intended to replace a … Read more McGill Big 3: Chronic Back Pain Relief in a Few Minutes a Day

How Much Exercise Do I Need? Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

Exercise can be a bewildering topic, and it draws different images into our minds depending on our backgrounds, what we’ve heard, and what our doctors, coaches, spouses, and friends have told us over the years. Many of us “used” to exercise … (remember cross country back in high school?) … but if we’re in the … Read more How Much Exercise Do I Need? Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

How to Get Rid of Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow Fast!

A man grabs his elbow in pain from tennis elbow.

This post is intended to be a follow up to our post last month about the difference between Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow. If you are experiencing pain in the elbow and are unsure of where to begin, we recommend reading that post first, and then coming back to this one. For the purpose of … Read more How to Get Rid of Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow Fast!

How Physical Therapy Can Help Solve the Opioid Epidemic

A woman deciding whether or not to take opioids.

We don’t even need to mention the severity of the opioid epidemic these days, but just to point out some of the numbers, according to drugabuse.gov, here are some quick facts: 128 people per day die due to an opioid related overdose. Keep in mind that not all hospitalizations or overdoses result in death, meaning … Read more How Physical Therapy Can Help Solve the Opioid Epidemic

Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow, How to Know the Difference

Golfer's elbow vs tennis elbow

Are you having forearm pain and you are not sure where it is coming from? There are two common conditions that we see a lot in our practice, and they are Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow. Most of us have heard these terms before, but knowing the difference can change the ways you treat your … Read more Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow, How to Know the Difference

How to Assess What’s Causing Your Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is a complex joint

Shoulder pain may can have many causes.  These causes can be related to an obvious incident or injury or may spontaneously start. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), up to 26% of adults will experience shoulder pain with rotator cuff and sub acromial bursa being the most frequent causes. In this article I … Read more How to Assess What’s Causing Your Shoulder Pain

7 Aquatic Pool Exercises for You This Summer – 5-10 MIN ROUTINE!

A demonstration of a step up exercise done on a pool step.

Hi, my name is Steve Carling, physical therapist with Petersen Physical Therapy, affiliated with Carling Aquatic & Physical Therapy. I’ve been doing aquatic therapy for many years. I’ve spend a lot of time in the pool and I have the dry skin to prove it. Because it’s summer now, a lot of people will be … Read more 7 Aquatic Pool Exercises for You This Summer – 5-10 MIN ROUTINE!