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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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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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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.


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.



Tonight is the Night!

Don’t forget! Tonight will be our Health and Wellness Seminar.  Our first speaker will begin at 5:00 pm.  Make sure to get here early, as we expect a large turn out! There will also be free Paleo food (grilled chicken, avocado and bacon) during the intermission. For more information, please look at our previous blog posts. We hope to see you Read More →
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Question of the Week.

Here’s another chance to test your knowledge. Why is it more common for men to have medial knee pain in comparison to women? Post your best guess (it can be an anonymous post) and we will soon post the answer! Read More →
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The Line Up

March 4th, 2015 we will be hosting our Spring health seminar at the Active Physical Therapy clinic. The entrance fee is FREE, however we do expect a large turn out, so get here early and snag a seat. There will also be free Paleo food provided to all. You can expect an evening of a panel of experts on health, orthopedics and performance.  If you ha Read More →
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Friday QOD Answered

Last Friday we posed the question “Why is L4/5 the most common area for lumbar pathology?” L4-L5 is the apex point where the spine goes from a lordotic curve to a kyphotic curve.  This “curve reversal” gets an excessive amount of torque and can lead to breakdown if not addressed properly. Read More →
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  • 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.