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October 16-18, 2014
Texas Physical Therapy Association
Galveston, TX
Booth #305

October 16-18, 2014
Rosemont, IL
Booth #713

October 17-18, 2014
California Occupational Therapy Association
Pasadena, CA
Booth #300

September 25-28, 2014
Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS)
Louisville, KY
Booth #214

October 22-23, 2014
Nebraska Hospital Association
Lincoln, NE
Booth #TBD

October 24-25, 2014
California Physical Therapy Association
Oakland, CA
Booth #220

October 26-29, 2014
Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
Las Vegas, NV
Booth #1322

October 27-29, 2014
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)
Chicago, IL
Booth #2132

October 31-November 1, 2014
Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association
Lancaster, PA
Booth #TBD


Obese individuals’ struggles may be addressed by physical therapists, column states

People suffering with obesity tend to have consistent issues for which they seek assistance with alleviating the pain from people with physical therapy jobs, according to a guest columnist's writings for Obesity Panacea.

Muscle strains and ligament sprains are the most common injuries, according to Matt Sanchez, a director at the Aim2Walk Rehabilitation Center. These types of injuries are very common and run the gamut of seriousness and often occur among inactive people who attempt strenuous activity when out of shape.

Osteoarthritis and joint replacement also are commonly occurring injuries among the obese. Joint pain is very closely correlated with body weight, the column states. Disc herniation also is common as a result of the minimized flow of blood to discs that makes them more vulnerable to injury. The obese also suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome more commonly, which afflicts 10 percent of the population. By contrast, one-quarter of people considered obese are afflicted by the condition.

Trouble with rotator cuffs also is common as movement of the arms can be difficult for obese individuals. Poor posture and weak supporting musculature also play roles.

Individuals looking to work as physical therapists need an advanced degree from a physical therapy program, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.