Author Archives: Northern Rockies

Pain in the…Hip?

BY STEVEN NYSTUEN, DPT, CSCS – As we move into fall, some of our warm-weather outdoor activities may be catching up to our bodies, especially the hips. Hip pain has long been thought of as a problem usually affecting older folks; however, younger people can have hip issues as well. Hip pain has become moreContinue Reading


BY RACHAEL KAY, MSPT, CSCS – Time is flying by and spring will be here before we know it. From gardening to sporting activities, spring brings many reasons to go outdoors. It also puts us at the mercy of the Montana elements. Whether you are participating in an activity or just enjoying watching others, it isContinue Reading

What’s the Difference Between Meniscus and Articular Cartilage?

BY PAUL THORMAHLEN, MSPT, ACT – Two structures called menisci (plural for meniscus) sit between the femur (thighbone) and the tibia (shinbone). These structures are sometimes referred to as the cartilage of the knee, but the menisci differ from the articular cartilage that covers the surface of the joint. The menisci enhance the stability ofContinue Reading

Check Out NRPT’s Community Support Page

NRPT understands the importance of a strong community. Our Community Support page highlights the local organizations we’ve given financial support to throughout the year. Go to the About tab on our main page and select Community Support from the dropdown menu. Follow the links to find out information on these deserving organizations. If you know aContinue Reading

NRPT’s Paul Thormahlen Goes The Extra Mile

Our own Paul Thormahlen traveled to Colorado recently to participate in the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike race. The race is 100 miles across the extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies. The race starts at an elevation of 10,152 feet and climbs to 12,612 feet. Paul finished the race in 8 hours 41 minutes. OutContinue Reading

NRPT Now Offers Intramuscular Stimulation (aka Dry Needling)

BY JOCELYN HEAD, DPT – Physical Therapist at NRPT What is Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)? IMS is a treatment for myofascial trigger point pain that uses a fine gauge monofilament needle attached to a plunger device. How does it work? The IMS needle works similarly to a reflex hammer used to stimulate a knee-jerk; the hammerContinue Reading

2016 NRPT Scholarship Winner is Brenna DeMarois

Northern Rockies Physical Therapy (NRPT) is proud to announce Brenna DeMarois as the 2016 Northern Rockies Physical Therapy Scholarship recipient. She is a graduating senior at Sentinel High School and plans to attend Montana Tech and study Biological Sciences. DeMarois initially planned to study hydrology in college, but an internship with Garden City Harvest workingContinue Reading

Ready, Set, Run!

BY ANNA BOAL, DPT – Physical Therapist at NRPT The sunny weather has finally arrived! Time to fire up the BBQ, uncover the boat and trade our sweaters for short sleeves. For many of us, that also means finding a way to get back into shape after a few months of “fitness hibernation.” Whether you’reContinue Reading

Maegan Dills shows off her Northern Rockies Physical Therapy t-shirt at the South Pole!

We can help you get back out there even if “there” is the southernmost point on Earth.Continue Reading

How To Protect Your Back During Spring Cleaning

BY TARA WILSON, MSPT, OCS, CSCS – Physical Therapist at NRPT Spring is just around the corner and you know what that means – time for cleaning out closets and getting back to yard work and gardening. After a dreary winter, you may be in a hurry to be more active and, as a result, you might just overContinue Reading