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Spine

There are three main regions in the spine: cervical, thoracic, and lumbar.
Between each vertebral bone are intervertebral discs that help cushion and allow for flexible movement in the spinal column. Many times with spinal injuries these intervertebral discs may get impinged or compressed in ways that induce pain.
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Shoulder

The shoulder joint is a commonly treated injury due to its vast range of motion.
Since it can move a full 240 degrees and has a shallow bone socket, it can be more vulnerable to dislocate and separate. Ligament and muscle tears are also a common problem that can occur within this joint.
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Knee

The knee is one of the most commonly injured joints treated by physical therapists.
The knee is held together by four main ligaments (Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Posterior Cruciate Ligament, Lateral Collateral Ligament, and Medial Collateral Ligament) and a cartilaginous tissue called the meniscus.

Hip

The Hip is fundamental to movement of the lower half of the body.
It is made up of the pelvis (ilium, ischium, and pubis), the femur, and the sacrum. The hip joint works like a ball and socket joint, with the femur acting as the ball, and the acetabulum of the pelvis as the socket. The hip functions in stability, mobility, protection, and shock absorption, making it one of the most essential joints in the body.

Our Mission

Meet the needs of the physical therapy community through high-quality, evidenced based physical therapy. Physical therapy is provided with an emphasis on patient education and home exercise program, therefore minimizing costs for the patients and insurance companies.

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16
DEC
2014

UNR Kinesiology Final

IMG_0177 (1) Earlier this morning Dr. Anderson and Dr. Spevak’s University of Nevada, Reno Kinesiology class took their end of semester final.  The doctors do their final a little differently than most professors.  They give their students 2 hours to watch a video of an individual doing a particular movement, as they watch the video on repeat Read More →
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12
DEC
2014

Happy Holidays from the Active PT team!

Today we celebrated the holidays with a Secret Santa gift exchange! We hope you all have a fun and safe holiday season! Read More →
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03
DEC
2014

What can texting do to your spine?

  “Sixty pounds is roughly the weight of four adult-sized bowling balls. Or six plastic grocery bags worth of food. Or an 8-year-old.  It is also the amount of force exerted on the head of an adult human who is looking down at her phone,” (Khazan). What can texting do to the spine?  A question that a new study in the journal Surgic Read More →
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25
NOV
2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

  Earlier today the Active Physical Therapy team had a Thanksgiving potluck at the clinic.  For some Holiday season fun we’re hosting a matching competition on our blog.  Below is a list of all the Active Physical Therapy staff members and what they brought to the potluck.  In order to play, you need to post a comment to this blog post w Read More →
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FAQs

  • What is physical therapy?

    Physical Therapy is the art and science of restoring functional use of the body, spine, and/or the extremities (i.e. legs, arms,) through exercise and manual therapy; these techniques focus on improving a person’s balance, strength, and flexibility so patients can get back to doing the things they enjoy.
  • What are the hours of operation at Active Physical Therapy?

    Active Physical therapy is typically open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm.
  • What do I need to bring to my first physical therapy appointment?

    For the first visit we recommend our new patients to bring their insurance card, a referral (if needed), and any operational notes if applicable. For self–pay patients, we will just need a photo id. If patients want to get a head start on paperwork they can print a copy of our new patient form and have it filled out before their first visit.​
  • What should I expect at physical therapy?

    For the first physical therapy session, the physical therapist will do an examination of the patient after reviewing their medical history to see where the patient stands on his or her injury. This can last from 45 minutes to an hour. The examination will help our physical therapists get a feel for the symptoms and diagnosis of the patient and allow them to develop a treatment plan that will be effective for that particular patient.​
  • ​How long will I be in physical therapy for?

    The amount of visits may vary depending on the extent of the injury and what is recommended by the physical therapist. For typical injuries, it may require 10 visits or less. However, some injuries may require both pre-surgical and post-surgical visits and can be more than 10 visits.​
  • What can physical therapy do for me?

    ​Physical therapy can help you recover from an injury and avoid future injury by helping to decrease the pain felt in the soft tissues (e.g. muscles, tendons, ligaments) improving flexibility and function, and building up muscle strength. Physical therapists may also give the patients useful suggestions and educational information to help make the patient more aware about their particular injury and what strategies they can use to help improve their condition.