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Are you looking for a real career in orthopedic physical therapy?

Posted by Kale Isaacson on May 18, 2012 9:51:00 AM

We are hiring physical therapist immediately! We are the funnest most patient oriented physical therapy clinic in Albuquerque. We have been in business since 2003 and our owner, Kale Isaacson has over 20 years experience as an orthopedic physical therapist. Kale has the borrowed the word "positivity" from a Bob Marley song and included it in our motto- "Positivity in Motion"

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Topics: health, fitness, sports, Exercise, PT, knee pain, insurance companies, physical therapy, injuries, surgery, physical therapist

Pre-surgery Physical Therapy Increases successful outcome.

Posted by Kale Isaacson on Mar 9, 2012 10:53:00 AM

I had bilateral knee replacement surgery last year and Kale Isaacson,PT suggested that

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Topics: surgery, patient story

Surgical Pain

Posted by Dani Livsie on Oct 12, 2011 10:38:00 AM

Why do we worry so much about surgical pain when we really won’t remember it anyway?

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Topics: surgery

"GREAT EXPECTATIONS" Bilateral knee surgery – 6+ months post surgery

Posted by Dani Livsie on Aug 15, 2011 3:57:00 PM

*Please enjoy this inspiring story from one of our valued patients, Pat

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Topics: physical therapy, surgery, patient story

"Pat's Amazing Jour-Knee" Physical Therapy after surgery

Posted by Pat O'Hea on Mar 7, 2011 12:46:00 PM

I know it's been a while since my last post, and I can't say that my dog at my post. hmmm?.."My dog ate my blog". Has a nice ring to it. Actually I am doing great. My PT and Docs say that I am  a few weeks ahead of schedule. In fact I am getting around quite nicely - thank you.

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Topics: physical therapy, surgery

Physical Therapy after a Total Knee Replacement

Posted by Leslie Boone on Feb 24, 2011 9:12:00 AM


Are you considering a total knee replacement or recently have had a total knee replacement? An exercise program designed and guided by a physical therapist can help improve your motion, strength and functional abilities and decrease your pain and swelling.

The first goal of physical therapy after a total knee replacement is to decreased pain and swelling and increased range of motion. After this is achieved, therapy will then focus on strengthening and gait training.

There are 5 basic exercises that you can begin after your knee replacement to get you started down the road of recovery:

  1. Heel Slides--While lying on your back, gently slide your foot towards your bottom, bending your knee. When you start to feel tightness in your knee stop for about 5 seconds and let the joint "stretch" before straighten the knee out. Repeat 10 times.
  2. Gluteal Sets--While lying on your back with a pillow under your knees, squeeze your gluts together and hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
  3. Straight Leg Raise--While lying on your back with your operative knee straight and the other knee bent, raise your operative leg up keeping your leg stretch. Slowly lower your leg back down to resting position.
  4. Heel Raises--Standing while holding onto a sturdy object, raises your heels by going up on and down on your toes. Repeat 10 times.
  5. Hamstring stretch--While lying on your back and keeping your operative knee straight, raise your leg up into the air until you feel a stretch in the back of your leg.

As with any exercise program, it should be performed under the guidance of your health care provider.

If you would like to try these exercises at home, print out your free exercise spreadsheet.

If you have had a total knee replacement or are considering knee surgery and have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us.  

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Topics: exercises, physical therapy, surgery

Woo hoo! I get out today! No more in-house Physical Therapy

Posted by Pat O'Hea on Feb 20, 2011 11:57:00 AM
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Topics: physical therapy, surgery

Physical Therapy after Knee Replacement Surgery

Posted by Pat O'Hea on Feb 6, 2011 7:31:00 PM

Today about 10 a.m. I had physical therapy “Holy ^#@>!”, When I stood up to walk, my knees felt like someone hit them with a baseball bat, then covered them with bees. That may seem a bit over-dramatic- but it is a pretty good description of how I felt at the time. (Keep in mind that I am Irish and we never let the truth get in the way of a good story). One curious thing kept happening through all of this physical therapy, I became extremely thirsty throughout my PT sessions. I mean “Lawrence of Arabia” parched (see what I mean about being Irish).

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Topics: physical therapy, surgery, patient story

My Physical Therapist gives me "The new walker blues,"

Posted by Pat O'Hea on Feb 3, 2011 10:46:00 AM

My physical therapist came into my room today and and said she brought me a present. "A present for me? Oh you shouldn't have". I was curious about what the present might be. But judging from the cheshire smile on her face I can only imagine. She then reached around the corner and brought "the present" into the room.

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Topics: physical therapy, surgery, patient story

Pat's Amazing "Jour-Knee" - "Ouch! Knee Repacement Surgery 101"

Posted by Pat O'Hea on Jan 29, 2011 6:52:00 AM

"Ouch!" Oh my gosh I am really hurting! I mean I can't imagine why- they just filet'd me like a trout, took out my worthless knee joints and put in new ones, closed the wounds shut with over 50 staples I think they got from Home Depot.

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Topics: surgery, patient story