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Senior Falls Prevention: The Otago Program

 Beyond the Clinic is pleased to announce that we have partnered with the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division to assist with a CDC funded fall prevention program, known as the “Otago Exercise Program“.  Only three states in the nation (Oregon, Colorado, and New York) are participating in this exciting program. This is a research-based […]

September is National Obesity Prevention Month

Childhood obesity is on the rise in the United States and more and more children are being counted as overweight and obese. Medical complications associated with obesity are also increasing in children. Older adolescents who are obese are more likely to have pre-diabetes and 70% of obese youths had at least one risk factor for […]

Osteoarthritis: Just Another Challenge (blog #6)

In September, 2010 my wife, Sue, and I attended a lecture by Dr. Nels Carlson on osteoarthritis.  His message changed our lives!  I have paraphrased it in one sentence:  Get off your sorry butt and move, because hurt does not equal harm. Dr. Carlson is repeating his lecture at OHSU’s Health & Healing Center on […]

Plagiocephaly & Pediatric Physical Therapy

A newborn’s skull is  very soft and pliable with fibrous membranes called fontanels between the skull bones.  These characteristics of the newborn skull allow for passage through the birth canal and rapid growth of the brain during the first years of life.  When all goes well, the skull enlarges as the brain grows and the […]

Summer Activities for your Children in Portland

Recently, we posted some information about encouraging toddlers and preschoolers to become more active. It is also important for school-age kids and teenagers to become and stay active, especially with summer vacation approaching.  Being active as a kid will help your child develop good habits such as cardiovascular fitness, weight management, and give them the […]

Toys: Insight from a Pediatric Physical Therapist

Recently, I’ve been asked about what kinds of toys are helpful for promoting certain developmental skills.  While there are some very age specific toys, there are some general guidelines that can be helpful.  When choosing toys, think about what skills a child has and what developmental skills they are working on. If choosing a toy […]

Cerebral Palsy and Pediatric Physical Therapy

Throughout my adventures as a physical therapist, I’ve come across many people who have heard of cerebral palsy but who don’t necessarily know what it is.  So, what exactly is cerebral palsy? Cerebral palsy (CP) is an injury or abnormality in the brain that can occur before, during, or after birth that affects the brain […]

The Importance of Tummy Time

Many people have heard of the Back to Sleep program that educates parents on placing their infants on their back to sleep, to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The Back to Sleep campaign was started in 1994 and since then the incidence of SIDS has decreased significantly (source: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/sids/).  It is […]

Preventing Sports Injuries in Kids

As sporting events grow more competitive among all ages, there has been an increase in the number of injuries that are forcing some kids to sit on the sidelines.  Acute injuries are the result of a single event, such as a fall that causes a broken wrist or a misstep that causes an ACL tear.  […]