7 steps to shoulder pain freedom

January 9, 2018

By Roxanne Williams, PT, DPT Shoulder pain is very common. It affects approximately one-third of adults and it’s something we see a lot of at Sheltering Arms. Subacromial Pain Syndrome (SAPS) is one type of shoulder pain in which there is no specific injury. Symptoms are usually limited to one shoulder and centered on the […]

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How to safely return to driving

January 9, 2018

By Meredith Bowen, MOT, OTR/L The ability to drive is a vital part of independence. For patients who have suffered a stroke or other neurological injury, there are often changes in vision, motor skills, and/or coordination. There is also a lack of awareness in how these deficits impact the ability to drive. Sheltering Arms Hanover […]

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The 2017 orthopedic top five

December 27, 2017

The end of the year is about review, contemplation, and lists! At Sheltering Arms, we see a lot of patients throughout the year for various issues. What did we treat in 2017? Here’s our list of the top five most seen orthopedic conditions: 5. Gait and mobility abnormalities – this diagnosis code could mean a […]

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Reasons to resist winter weather overeating

December 27, 2017

By Bryan Gilreath, PT, DPT, OCS, CWCE Winter weather conditions can pose a challenge to our plans to remain active and healthy. As our normal habits and typical recreational activities change due to staying inside, our diets also tend to be impacted. The stress of the holidays can lead to overeating or binging on unhealthy […]

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Sheltering Arms Parkinsonism Clinic: A New Approach to Interdisciplinary Care

December 27, 2017

By Robert Hand, PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS One of the most challenging aspects of managing your Parkinson’s disease or movement disorder can be the coordination of care between your various healthcare providers. The goal of Sheltering Arms is to provide a resolution to this problem with an interdisciplinary clinical evaluation day for individuals with Parkinson’s […]

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A Thanksgiving message

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is generally the time of year when people step back and reflect on the year and why they are thankful. At Sheltering Arms, we are thankful for our patients who discover the power to overcome their illness or injury every single day. We want our patients and community partners to know that each and […]

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6 tips to reduce stress-induced jaw pain

November 1, 2017

By Meredith Dunford, PT, MSPT, OCS, Cert. DN, CKTP Does your jaw bother you when you are stressed? The jaw joint and stress have a unique bond. For many people jaw pain is secondary to stress. Stress is how the body reacts to and handles harmful situations, but ongoing stress can manifest in physical ways. […]

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Understanding diabetes: Are you part of the 23%?

November 1, 2017

By Sean McBride, PT, DPT Diabetes is an epidemic in America, affecting more than 24 million people; however another 7.2 million people (23%) are undiagnosed. Since it is American Diabetes Month, it’s important to recognize and understand the disease that is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. Diabetes is characterized by high […]

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Gym-going mermaids

October 30, 2017

In time where seniors prefer to age in place as long as possible, the gym has become a destination to not just build muscle, but also to feel like a part of a community. As we age, the social connections that tie us to our area weaken. Friends and family retire, some move away, and […]

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World Cerebral Palsy Day 2017

October 6, 2017

Today is World Cerebral Palsy Day, a social movement created to ensure that everyone with cerebral palsy has the same rights, access and opportunities as anyone else. Children with developmental disabilities are living longer due to improved technology and healthcare delivery. In response to that, the population of adults with cerebral palsy has increased. Adults with cerebral […]

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How much exercise is enough when you have arthritis?

October 1, 2017

Between 2013 and 2015, 22.7 percent of Americans were diagnosed by a medical doctor with some form of arthritis. The most commonly diagnosed type is osteoarthritis, although other conditions include gout, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. It is widely known that exercise can help to improve function, decrease pain, and improve overall quality of life for […]

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Got to Go!

October 1, 2017

Are you constantly running to the bathroom to empty your bladder more than 5-7 times a day? As they age, many women feel this is a normal part of the aging process. Some women are embarrassed to talk to their doctors about frequent urination and/or incontinence. However, there may be a medical reason for those […]

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Join Richmond’s Heart & Stroke Walk

September 26, 2017

In 1999, the American Heart Association set a bold 10-year goal: reduce coronary heart disease, stroke, and risk by 25 percent by 2010. They achieved the reduction in deaths ahead of schedule and made substantial progress against three of the six risk factors. Their 2020 Impact Goal focuses on helping people build stronger health and […]

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The leading cause of fatal injury in older adults can be prevented

September 21, 2017

Most falls can be avoided. Adults accept dizziness, vertigo, and unsteady balance as a consequence of age. Those symptoms are often a sign of a vestibular/inner ear problem which impacts balance and can lead to unsteadiness or a fall. “Falling is not a normal part of aging and it is the leading cause of fatal […]

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FREE Wellness Classes for Active Aging Week

September 5, 2017

In celebration of Active Aging Week September 25 – 30, 2017, Sheltering Arms is offering a series of FREE wellness classes and educational sessions. This week-long observance celebrates adults ages 50 and older and promotes the benefits of leading an active lifestyle regardless of age or physical limitation. What better time to try something new […]

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The myths of chronic pain

September 1, 2017

Chronic pain affects millions of people in America. Many factors play into how we process pain and no two people experience pain the same way. There are numerous myths surrounding chronic pain since it is a complicated subject. September is Pain Awareness Month, so we thought we’d address some of those myths: 1) “If I […]

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Does the shoe fit?

September 1, 2017

It’s time for back to school shopping! Don’t forget the most important part of any student or athlete’s wardrobe is comfortable, proper-fitting, supportive shoes. Whether your child is competing in running sports or just being a kid on the playground, it is good to buy a well-fitting shoe for the activity. Poor-fitting shoes can result […]

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Quick tricks to ease lower back pain

September 1, 2017

Do you have occasional back pain? You are not alone. At any given time, about 25% of people in the United States report having low back pain within the past three months. The good news is that most cases of low back pain are not serious and will respond well to conservative, proven treatments such […]

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Do sports injuries lead to arthritis?

August 28, 2017

There are numerous causes of arthritis, but did you think sports could be one of them? Sports injuries are why so many athletes face joint problems or other kinds of chronic pain associated with arthritis. There are hundreds of conditions that fall under the arthritis category. Of them, osteoarthritis, or “wear-and-tear arthritis”, is the most […]

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Safe pain management with physical therapy

August 24, 2017

The President recently acknowledged the opioid crisis. Last fall, Governor Terry McAuliffe declared the Virginia opioid crisis a public health emergency. More Virginians now die every year from an overdose than in automobile accidents, and nationally there is an overdose death every 20 minutes. How did we get here and what can we do to […]

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