Tracy Porter, D.P.T., educates a patient about her temporomandibular joint.

When jaw pain bites, see a physical therapist

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is probably not a part of the body you know by name. If you experience …
Kate Cardamon treats a patient with pelvic floor weakness.

A weak pelvic floor can wreak havoc on your quality of life

The pelvic floor is an often overlooked, but important group of muscles. It’s the job of the pelvic floor muscles …
Michelle Brown, M.S.P.T., performs the Epley maneuver on a patient with BPPV.

Exercise your inner ears to alleviate vertigo and balance issues

Your ears play a major role in balance and movement. The organs in your inner ear make up the vestibular …

Ease the pains of pregnancy

Pelvic pain during pregnancy is a common occurrence. Approximately 20 percent of women have pelvic girdle pain at some point …
Tracy Port, D.P.T., helps a patient recover from orthopedic surgery.

4 steps to recovering from orthopedic surgery

Physical therapy is a key component of rehabilitation from any orthopedic surgery. Whether it’s a total joint procedure or a …
Michelle Brown, M.S.P.T., and a DMU D.P.T. student lead a patient through a balance exercise.

Three steps to living free of the fear of falling

For most of your life, falls are no big deal: a small bruise, a scraped knee, a sore hip. As …
Shane McClinton, D.P.T. treats a chronic pain patient

Know pain, know gain

Every injury comes with a typical timeline for pain and recovery. When pain continues beyond that timeframe, it’s considered chronic. …
Kate Cardamon treats a lymphedema patient.

Compression, manual therapy can control lymphedema

When your lymph nodes are swollen, you take notice. It means your body is fighting off an infection and your …

Physical Therapy Clinic launches fall prevention program

Des Moines University Physical Therapy Clinic is adding another exercise class to its growing list of offerings. With Tai Chi for …

Student seeks to bring unique services to rural Iowa

Jayna Hoover, D.P.T.’15, hopes to eventually return to rural Kossuth County, IA, where she grew up. “The area has predominantly …

Identify the cause to eliminate lower back pain

For runners and cyclists, knee pain is the most prevalent injury, but lower back pain is the most common reason …

Setting the story straight about stroke

Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability and the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. …