Exercise Reduces Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain

A new study in The Journal of Pain, published by the American Pain Society, has found that those who suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) may fell an increase in pain with acute exercise, but over the long-term, exercise has the opposite outcome and reduces pain.

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin tested levels of experimental pain sensitivity in Gulf War veterans that suffered from CMP similar to fibromyalgia and compared the results with healthy soldiers.

Although the vets reported greater, more intense leg pain during initial exercise sessions, regular exercise over the long-term appeared to reduce the pain threshold. In addition, regular exercise is critical for reducing the risk of long-term disability and mood disorders.

Looking for a pain free life? Exercise is a start.

Remember Exercise is Medicine! Exercise is also a valuable method along with physical therapy when managing chronic pain.  Exercise increases strength and flexibility, reduces joint pain, and helps combat fatigue. Breathe deep and find a pain management specialist nearest you to start your pain management wellness program.

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U.S. Physical Therapy Elects New Board Member

HOUSTON, Aug 30, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. (NasdaqGS: USPH), a national operator of outpatient physical therapy clinics, today reported that the Company has increased the size of Company’s Board of Directors from 10 to 11 members and that Harry S. Chapman has been elected to the Board.

Mr. Chapman is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Chapman Schewe, Inc., a healthcare insurance and employee benefits consulting firm. Previously he served as a Corporate Senior Vice-President and Managed Care Officer of CIGNA’s South Central Region, with responsibility for HMO and PPO plans in several states. Mr. Chapman’s experience also includes having served as head of EQUICOR’s Health Plan and sales operation in Houston and as a Regional Vice-President for Lincoln National Insurance Company’s Central Region.

About U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.

Founded in 1990, U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. operates 371 clinics in 42 states. The Company’s clinics provide preventative and post-operative care for a variety of orthopedic-related disorders and sports-related injuries, non-surgical treatment of osteoarthritis, treatment for neurologically-related injuries and rehabilitation of injured workers. In addition to owning and operating clinics, the Company manages physical therapy facilities for third parties, including hospitals and physician groups. U.S. Physical Therapy was named to Forbes list of America’s 200 Best Small Companies for 2009.

More information about U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc. is available at www.usph.com. The information included on that website is not incorporated into this press release. New York offers physical therapy clinics throughout the Manhattan , (NYC), Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Long Island, NY. 

Find Pain Management Clinics in New York that offer physical therapy as a pain treatment option.

SOURCE: U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc.
Larry McAfee, Chief Financial Officer
Chris Reading, Chief Executive Officer
(713) 297-7000
or
Stephanie Carrington / Amy Glynn
The Ruth Group
(646) 536-7017 / 7023

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