A runner’s ability to avoid and manage injury will determine his or her fitness on race day. To help local runners reach their goals, Physical Therapists Rob Naber and Jenny Warner from Physical Therapy of Los Gatos, and Dr. John Kao from the SOAR Medical Clinic teamed up in May to deliver a running injury prevention [click to continue…]

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ACL Injury Information and Screening

Education, screening and specialized training can turn back the rising incidence of ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries in young female athletes. That’s why Physical Therapy of Los Gatos is pleased to announce the new community information web site Los Gatos ACL. There, you’ll find information on the ACL, ACL injury, prevention, rehabilitation, and our Sportsmetrics™ […]

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Train-the-Trainer Seminar for Pilates Professionals

On Saturday January 20, 2007, Pilates instructors from around the Bay Area met at Los Gatos Pilates to attend the Physical Therapy of Los Gatos Train-the-Trainer seminar: “Assessment for Pilates Instructors.” The purpose of the seminar was to present key physical assessment tools that Pilates instructors can use to customize exercise programs to meet the […]

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Pilates at Physical Therapy of Los Gatos

Therapeutic exercise is a hallmark of physical therapy. Among many benefits, therapeutic exercise can restore correct strength ratios between muscles, increase functional capacity, and improve coordination. When prescribing therapeutic exercise, the physical therapist must consider the entire sequence of neuromuscular events that allows the patient to perform their daily activities and sports. This sequence can […]

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Rob Naber’s Presentation at the West Valley College Sports Medicine Symposium

The Spring 2006 West Valley College Sports Medicine Symposium was held May 5th. The symposium was organized by John Kao MD for an audience consisting of physical therapists, athletic trainers, and physicians. The purpose of the Sports Medicine Symposia series is to continue improving the standard of orthopedic medicine here in the Bay Area by […]

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Ligament Sprains

You know the feeling. You’ve put in the miles, the hills, the interval training. Now it’s race day and you’re having a good one. You feel balanced, light, and fast. You press the pace one more click and leave another pack of runners behind. Then it happens. Your foot comes down on a rock and […]

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Foot and Ankle Injuries of Ballet Dancers

Injuries arising from inadequate or incorrect neuromuscular control during practice or performance, or poor management of an existing orthopedic injury, can sideline a ballet dancer for a season or for an entire career. In a recent workshop on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of foot and ankle injuries, Physical Therapy of Los Gatos physical therapist […]

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Western Occupational Health Conference: Lumbar Spine Stability

At the September 2005 Western Occupational Health Conference, Physical Therapy of Los Gatos principal Rob Naber delivered presentations on anterior knee pain and lumbar active range of motion. At the same conference, Rob also gave a somewhat more technical presentation for physicians on the topic of lumbar spine stability. This web site article was adapted […]

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Western Occupational Health Conference: Lumbar Active Range of Motion (AROM)

This entry is adapted from a talk presented by Physical Therapy of Los Gatos principal Rob Naber at the Western Occupational Health Conference 2005, held September, 2005 in Monterey, California: Active Range of Motion (AROM) refers to the range of motion for a specific movement that a patient can achieve without assistance, such as a […]

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Tennis Elbow (“But I Don’t Play Tennis!”)

Tennis elbow, also known as “lateral epicondylitis,” often affects active adults between the ages of 30 and 60 years, and causes pain on the outside of the elbow joint where the forearm meets the elbow. Internally, tennis elbow pain is localized where the muscles of the forearm merge into tendons and attach to end of […]

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Western Occupational Health Conference: Anterior Knee Pain

Physical Therapy of Los Gatos principal Rob Naber spoke by invitation at the Western Occupational Health Conference 2005, held September 15 – 17 in Monterey, California. The annual conference is sponsored by the Western Occupational and Environmental Medicine Association, an educational and advisory organization that helps bring about and preserve legislation aimed at improving worker […]

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Anterior Knee Pain

Anterior Knee Pain, also known as “runner’s knee,” is the second most common reason for joint pain related physical therapy office visits. Patients with anterior knee pain complain of a dull ache at the front of the knee that feels like it’s coming from behind the patella (kneecap). Patients feel pain most strongly after sitting […]

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Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire

Low back pain is a vexing medical and personal problem. Almost everyone has to deal with it sooner or later. Low back pain can interfere with almost every aspect of daily living and causes more days lost from work than any other malady except the common cold. Low back pain can make finding a comfortable […]

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Does Running Cause Arthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease marked by joint inflammation and deterioration. Osteoarthritis is common: according to the Arthritis Foundation, nearly 21 million Americans, or 7% of the US population, are affected by osteoarthritis. The incidence of osteoarthritis goes up sharply with age. Considering its prevalence, you probably already know someone who has been diagnosed […]

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New Evidence Revises Rehab of Young Female Athletes with ACL Injuries

An unintended consequence of the increase in sports participation by girls and young women over the past thirty years has been an extraordinary rise in the incidence of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in young female athletes. At the college level, one in ten young female athletes participating in sports such as soccer, volleyball, and […]

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What is an Inclinometer?

The role of a physical therapist is to help you regain your function and allow you to return to your life of work, recreation, and other daily activities. A key element of this role is determining whether you have the appropriate range of motion (ROM) available to accomplish your daily activities without pain. Until recently, […]

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Heat or Ice?

You may have just had a bad fall, a misstep while running, or a sports collision. Or perhaps you’ve simply overused a muscle, tendon or ligament. These types of injuries are often called sprains, strains, and tears. Should you apply heat or ice? The short and definitive answer is: ice. You’re certainly forgiven if you […]

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