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"The Good Stuff" is an occasional series that highlights recent media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. Enjoy!

Modify, then give it a try: Sherri Betz, PT, DPT, says individuals with low back pain don't need to give up on exercise, but can modify what they're doing to reduce pain. (

Avoiding soft tissue injury: Scott Cheatham, PT, DPT, ATC, PhD, offers insights on preventive measures to avoid injury to soft tissue. (CNN)

Quotable: "Physical therapy addresses a patient's current pain and physical limitations and arms them with resources, exercises, and nonpharmacologic ways to deal with recurrences." — Richard Skolasky Jr., ScD, director of the Spine Outcomes Research Center at Johns Hopkins, and co-author of a study that found physical therapy reduces downstream utilization and costs for individuals with low back pain. (Medscape)

Stretching — the truth: Sean Kinsman, PT, DPT, provides his perspective on how to approach stretching for an article that explores a study that finds stretching to be as protective as aerobic exercise against Alzheimer's disease. (

A vision for Parkinson wellness: Becky Farley, PT, PhD, talks about her passion for working with individuals with Parkinson disease and Parkinson Wellness Recovery, the organization she founded. (Everyday Health)

Avoiding pickleball pickles: Noe Sariban, PT, DPT, explains injuries associated with pickleball and how to avoid them. (Forbes magazine)

Quotable: “I go to physical therapy more often than normal and it has helped me stay off the muscle relaxers.” — Sheel Bhuta, who relies on physical therapy as part of her response to multiple sclerosis. (Self)

Getting along swimmingly: Elizabeth Margaret Bergman, PT, DPT, offers advice on how to avoid swimmer's knee. (Everyday Health)

The facts on shoulder impingement: Paul Schroeder, PT, MPT, and Brian Patrick Kelly, PT, DPT, contribute to a consumer review of shoulder impingement: what it is, what causes it, and how it's treated. (U.S. News and World Report)

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