Squash shoulder pain by Jackie Manning, ARNP

When shoulder pain comes up, many people automatically assume surgery is the go-to fix. Not the case! Shoulder pain has many problems, and treatment options are as diverse as the day is long. For example, bursitis, arthritis, injuries, and overuse are just a few of the many causes.  At Strive we offer solutions that can help without the need for surgery.

Introducing Dr. Catherine Christenson

We are delighted to introduce Family Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Christenson, who specializes in orthopedics and regenerative medicine.

“I just love to help patients get out of pain,” she says. Learn more about her drive, passions, and what makes Dr. Christenson uniquely qualified to help patients heal and return to an optimal state of living.

Scoliosis by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Feeling a little topsy-turvy and curvy? What exactly is scoliosis? This condition is characterized by a sideways curvature of the spine that has an unknown cause and most often occurs during the growth spurt just before puberty, although it can occur at any age. Scoliosis affects 2-4 % of children, and the prevalence increases with age,

Post-surgical Rehab by Jackie Manning, ARNP

You successfully went under the knife and made it out on the other side! Congrats! The hard part is over now, right? Well, not so fast. Another phase of recovery awaits.

In most cases, medical experts recommend physical therapy following an operation. The benefits are many and varied. However, post-surgical rehabilitation can be a long process over the course of many months.

Let’s Talk Shoes! by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Is there a relationship between shoe choice and chronic pain?

It can certainly be difficult to connect the dots between those adorable shoes that complete your ensemble and the misery you feel within minutes of walking in them!

Chronic knee and back pain that is seemingly getting worse by the day,

Rollers to the Rescue by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Like a pastry chef, rolling dough to even out the consistency, sometime muscles need the same TLC. In fact, foam rolling can be just what the doctor ordered—much needed relief to an ache or pain.

Most of us in physical therapy, are familiar with the benefits of foam rollers for chronic muscle pain.

True Wellness by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Of all that we desire in life, a healthy immune system should be top priority! If nothing else, COVID19 has taught us the importance of physical health in our overall wellness journey.  Almost every time we turn on the TV, experts are telling us that the healthiest among us have the best outcomes.

Eating your way to Better Health by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Does my diet have an impact on how I feel? You betcha! A healthy, balanced diet is consistently shown to improve health. If you want to boost your overall health and immunity, the research is clear. Eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein will charge you right up for this journey we call life!

Thriving Beyond Fibromyalgia by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Ouch! Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Unfortunately, a simple blood test will not show this condition, which makes it particularly difficult to diagnose. To make things worse, many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are similar to other diseases/conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, which can also be accompanied by mysterious pain. At Strive, we are here to help patients understand where their pain is coming from and how to manage it!

Summer Fun & Chronic Pain by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Summer brings with it travel, water activities, food & fun. As most of us know, the relentless heat can be less than pleasant! Below are a few tips to help those who suffer from chronic pain to enjoy the outdoors. With just a few adaptations, it’s possible to be outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and fun.

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