Category Archives: Injury Prevention

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

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

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

Avoid Injury By Using Care When Carving

By JENNIFER HELMER, CHT, and Co-Owner of NRPT October is National Physical Therapy Month. Ironically, increased hand injuries occur this month in both children and adults. These injuries coincide with Halloween, a time when pumpkins are carved and candles are lit. Below are some helpful hints for a safe holiday, according to the American SocietyContinue Reading

Back to School: The Cross Country Edition!

Northern Rockies Physical Therapy’s, Kristin Green, DPT, OCS and Annie Boal, DPT, recently visited the Big Sky High School Cross Country Team to present exercises and information about common running injuries, running mechanics, injury prevention, and running performance enhancement.     Kristin and Annie met with several members of the team following the presentation toContinue Reading

Summer Camp with Jen and Rachael!

Each summer presents the opportunity for hundreds of girls to visit the University of Montana and attend the Lady Griz Volleyball and Basketball camps.  For many years, Northern Rockies Physical Therapy has had the pleasure to provide information on injury prevention, strength training, dynamic warm-up, and sport-specific training at these camps.  This year, Jen and Rachael got toContinue Reading

Keep Your Head Down & Swing Easy for a Successful Golf Game

As the weather continues to warm and the grass greens, many of us will be hitting the links this summer and fall in search of those birdies and pars. Montana has a plethora of great golf courses to explore but injuries can prevent us from enjoying the sport we love. With a relatively short golfContinue Reading

Warm Up To Throw, Don’t Throw To Warm Up

Now that we’ve discussed the importance of prevention for a successful and pain free baseball or softball season, it’s time that we discuss warm up and strengthening drills to incorporate into your season.   The following are the general rules for a proper warm-up and cool down sequence on the field for the upper extremities:Continue Reading