What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is the art and science of healing physical problems. It is designed to help you perform daily activities with no discomfort, making you feel as comfortable as possible, while preventing permanent disability.

The biggest misconception about physical therapy is that it is painful. The “no pain – no gain” mantra has been propagated far too much in the past.

The truth is that we strive to heal you in a very comfortable manner. Most patients leave therapy each day feeling much better.

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What Our Patient are Saying About Us!

I like coming to STAR Physical Therapy because I feel its helped me. My legs are getting stronger. I like the staff here, they are very professional and know what they are doing. They listen to you, and if you experience pain, they take it easier on you. Kristen is my favorite. She is very professional and kind.

James

I started on December 7th at the Slidell STAR & needed help getting up out of my wheelchair. I have attended therapy the past few months & now I’m able to walk by myself with a walker. Everyone is as sweet as they can be & I cannot say enough good things about this place. They have encouraged me in every way & motivated me to want to do more. I never thought I would walk again & their help exceeded my expectations. Everyone here is so wonderful & I can’t thank them enough. I am starting their STAYSTRONG Program next week to keep up my strength and balance.

Brenda S.
Brenda S.

I am very pleased with the staff of STAR Physical Therapy. The staff is swift and thorough in accessing our patients requiring therapy for acute or chronic disease states. I also like the swift receipt of written assessments as well as the flexibility in patient scheduling.

 

 

JUANITA S.
PA from Valentine Medical Center

I’ve been going to STAR Physical Therapy for almost 3 weeks now for recent major back surgery. I have to say that this is the most friendly business I have ever been to. Every person working there has made me feel welcome and that they care. The staff is highly trained and professional. I have seen 3 of the Physical Therapists and they are all amazing. They have a sincere concern for the well being of their patients… not a fake kind of care. They seem to love what they do and they show it. I highly recommend STAR Physical Therapy.

Rachel C.
  • 20 Jun 2018

    Still hurting? Your Diet Could Be Why  

    What you put in your mouth can make your aches and pains worse. Like they say, “You are what you eat.” There are many foods that can cause inflammation and actually result in pain. Eating a healthier diet can help you feel better, without those nagging aches and pains. Foods To Say “No” To While

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  • 10 Jun 2018

    Without Intervention, Your Lower Back Pain Could Be Here to Stay

    Ask any physical therapist, and you’ll get confirmation that lower back pain is the most frequent complaint they’re asked to treat. Often, back strain goes away on their own, especially with the classic “RICE” treatment. But when rest, ice, compression and elevation just can’t cut the pain, physical therapy is often your most reliable path

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  • 20 May 2018

    How to Be Healthier, Stronger and More Active

    When you get right down to it, health doesn’t have anything to do with looking like a supermodel; it’s really about having a body whose every system is in good working order. The great news is that you have more control over everything happening in your body — from your circulation to your breathing and stress

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  • 10 May 2018

    Increasing Core Strength to Relieve Pain

    Core strength has become a popular topic because it affects the function of the entire body. A strong core means better stability, fewer injuries and less physical stress.   Weak core muscles can lead to chronic back and neck pain. Signs of weak core muscles include slumping in your chair, poor posture at your desk

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  • 20 Apr 2018

    5 Ways to Relieve Neck and Back Pain

    Back and neck pain can stop you in your tracks, affecting your work and interfering with your recreational activities. It takes the fun right out of your day.   How to Reduce Neck and Back Pain   Your pain might be from a previous injury, arthritis, bad posture or another cause. However, there are things that

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  • 10 Apr 2018

    How To Relieve Shoulder Pain

    Do you have aching shoulders? Do you know that the problem could be a result of rotator cuff damage? That’s right, your shoulder pain that comes along with certain motions or that you notice during sleep could be a result of rotator cuff issues.   What Does The Rotator Cuff Do?   Like most parts

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  • 20 Mar 2018

    Suffering With Back Pain? It Could Be Your Thighs…   

    Are you suffering with back pain? If you are, you are among the majority. That’s right, around 80% of the population deals with back pain at some point in their life. If you fall into this category, you know the annoyance that is caused by frequent back pain. As you know, back pain can interfere

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  • 10 Mar 2018

    Is Pain Stopping You From Getting Back in the Game?

    Sports represent a healthy way to stay in shape, enjoy socialization with friends and family, and provide an effective outlet for stress. Nothing else in life compares to the invigorating and stimulating enjoyment that comes from participating in sports. As you play, however, you may develop some pain or injuries that prevent you from fully

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  • 20 Feb 2018

    Don’t Let Neck Pain and Headaches Hold You Back

    Head and neck pain are quite common, but that doesn’t mean you should tolerate it. Chronic neck pain, neck tightness and frequent headaches are not only uncomfortable; symptoms like these can interfere with your work, family life and overall enjoyment. Many people seek temporary relief with NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, but these

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  • 10 Feb 2018

    Overcoming Hip and Knee Pain  

    Situated at opposite ends of the femur bone, the hip and the knee joints are two of the most important parts of the human body. The hip’s ball and socket structure allows the leg to have a greater range of motion, while the configuration of ligaments within the knee help support the tremendous weight of

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  • 20 Jan 2018

    Is Your Back or Neck Pain from a Herniated Disc?

    When it comes to going about your day, few things will disrupt your normal, daily routine like a sudden jolt of back pain. Often, this pain can seemingly appear out of nowhere, rendering once easy tasks like tying your shoes nearly impossible without intense pain in the neck or back. While the localized pain may

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  • 10 Jan 2018

    Where Is Your Pain Coming From?

    No matter your age, aches and pains can take the joy out of life’s activities. Whether it’s sore knees after taking a job, or a stiff back while getting out of bed, determining the true cause of the pain can seem frustrating if not impossible. Since pain is the body’s response to a wide variety

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  • 20 Dec 2017

    How to Put the Spring Back in Your Step

    There’s no avoiding it; with age can come a whole host of new challenges, and with them seemingly random aches and pains. Fingers and joints may become sore after mundane chores, and physical undertakings that once brought joy now result in discomfort. It can be easy to become discouraged away from participating in activities that

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  • 10 Dec 2017

    Arthritis Pain Sufferer? Find Out How to Stop the Pain & Get Relief

    Arthritis pain is a common and growing problem for many Americans today. According to recent statistics compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), osteoarthritis (OA), is the most common type of arthritis and now afflicts at least 13.9% of the adult population, aged 25 or older. OA and other types of arthritis

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  • 20 Nov 2017

    Are Aches and Pains Ruining Your Day? Discover Why You Hurt and How You Can Lessen the Pain

    As people age, many develop aches and pains that become progressively worse and begin to interfere with their normal work requirements, daily activities and even healthy sleep patterns. In many cases these aches and pains are worse upon awakening in the morning and ease as the person arises and begins to move about. Although this

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  • 10 Nov 2017

    The Amazing Benefits of Stretching

    Everyone knows that exercise is a part of healthy living, but do you consider a stretching routine part of your exercise program, or as an afterthought that gets done if time permits? Since no one ever has enough time, you may want to reconsider how you view exercise, as there are so many benefits to

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  • 20 Oct 2017

    Neck Pain and Headaches from Stress

    Stress is nothing more than our reaction to a provocation that upsets our physical and/or mental equilibrium. Therefore, stress is an inevitable part of life. Nevertheless, when we are faced with stress, our “fight or flight” response can be triggered; this causes the production of hormones including adrenaline and cortisol to increase and rush through

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  • 10 Oct 2017

    How to Treat Arthritis Pain

    You have more options than ever for the day to day aches and pains of arthritis in the current generation of medicine. When combined with professionally monitored physical therapy, you can use all of the following tips to relieve the symptoms of arthritis while improving the strength and the mobility of your muscles. A Program

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  • 15 Jul 2017

    Summer Runs

    If you like to run like I do you’ve probably suffered with knee pain at some point in time throughout your journey.  Your mileage, speed and overall performance slowly diminishes with every run and you find yourself skipping those perfect summer days because of the pain.  Without a doubt running can be damaging to the

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  • 12 Jul 2017

    Physical Therapy Following a Lower Extremity Amputation

    Ashley G. George, DPT working with Arthur C. Spears, patient at the New Orleans East clinic There are approximately two million people currently living in the United States with a lower limb amputation. The majority of cases are caused by some form of trauma or from complications of vascular diseases like diabetes. An amputation can

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    ALINE Orthotics

    At STAR Physical Therapy we are glad to be helping our patients with Aline Orthotics. ALINE was founded to improve how people move from the ground up. We believe when we improve movement patterns, we can reduce injuries and reduce the need for surgeries. This Wall Street Journal article agrees. Wall Street Journal Sept.1 Bunions,

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  • 29 Aug 2017

    Thanks to Aline Orthotics, I walked around the whole zoo!

    We have been utilizing the Aline inserts at our New Orleans physical therapy offices for a few weeks now. Staff have been trained in what type of patients need to be assessed on the measuring device, and the patients that need Aline are loving it. A couple of weeks ago I had a patient with

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Dry Needling – It Takes What You Put

    When I would ask my grandmother how to make a particular dish for dinner, she would instruct on what to put into the dish. When I would ask how much of each item to use, she would reply “it takes what you put.” In the world of Physical Therapy here in Louisiana, there are no

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Concussions can cause other Injuries

    In the past few years, concussion has received a great deal of attention as people in the medical and sports worlds have begun to speak out about the long-term problems associated with this injury. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that in sports alone, more than 3.8 million concussions occur each year. Recent scientific evidence

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    When to go to Physical Therapy?

    Recently I was approached with a question from an acquaintance, “ I have been having lower back pain for about a month. Do you think I should come to Physical Therapy or wait and see if my pain gets better on its own.” Just the same as any other medical condition early detection and treatment

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Are you Breathing Correctly?

    Have you ever considered how your breathing affects your overall health? Proper breathing from the diaphragm aids in relaxation, decreases pain, lowers anxiety, reduces stress levels, decreases fatigue, improves exercise tolerance, and facilitates proper digestion. Most people breathe from the chest, especially during times of increased pain and stress. This type of breathing is less

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Think BIG

    Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder affecting nearly 1 million people in the United States. Ten Percent of that population is believed to be under the age of 40. All symptoms vary, but typical motor signs include tremor, slow movement, stiffness of the limbs and trunk, and postural instability. When patients with

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Looking to make fitness a priority in the New Year?

    Looking to make fitness a priority in the New Year? According to polls taken in 2015, over 68% of the U.S. population chose improving physical health as their New Year’s resolution; however, only 8% reported being successful. STAR Physical Therapy can assist in meeting these goals and keeping this New Year’s resolution. STAR is offering

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    This tape is very special for many reasons.

    For any of you that may be into sports, really any sport for that matter, have you ever noticed the colorful, crazy patterned taping that is now covering many athletes? Well, you are not the only one wondering what kind of tape is that? It is Kinesio Tape. The use and study of this tape

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Hoverboards and Physical Therapy

    Santa Claus decided to make therapist across the country busier this year. One word… HOVERBOARD! Most adults couldn’t resist the opportunity to be a kid again and unfortunately this came at a price. Wrist fractures, elbow trauma and even back pain are just some of the incidents this lovely toy has allowed adults to experience.

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    You Can Get in Great Shape – Even if you Hurt

    January is a great time to start an exercise program. It’s a new year and with our sub-tropical climate in Louisiana, bathing suit weather is a few short months away. The chances are you are already starting to think about working out again. But plenty of people aren’t sure if they can exercise effectively, because

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Do You suffer from “Text Neck” ?

    The term “text neck” was first coined in 2008 as described in an article on CNN. It describes a condition of neck pain and or headache that occurs due to the poor positioning of the neck while using phones, i pads, etc. The neck is flexed forward placing significant stress on the neck and upper

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Many golfers experience back pain due to a lack of mobility

    Many golfers experience back pain due to a lack of mobility in the hips and lower back, and weakness in the lower back and core muscles. The golf swing is a highly complex and powerful motion. In order for the spine to adequately sustain the load placed upon it during the swing, it requires a

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Why Can’t I Get Rid of My Back Pain?

    Have you ever wondered why once you injure your back you seem to keep reinjuring it? Well one reason is due to a particular back stabilizer muscle called your multifidus. The multifidus is one core stabilizer muscle that is responsible for helping to protect your back from injury. The multifidus must turn on before you

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Top 5 things to Know About Your Physical Therapy Evaluation:

    As a physical therapist, I know another evaluation from a healthcare provider can be overwhelming. Our job is simply to restore and improve your quality of life. You may be visiting us due to a recent surgery,pain dysfunction, decreased balance or falls, or vertigo. Whatever your diagnosis from your doctor may be, we are here

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    How Posture Relates to Back or Neck Pain

    Quite often individuals develop back or neck pain with no apparent cause or event. What may be surprising is this pain could be attributed to poor posture. Appropriate posture in the standing position should allow for a straight line from the earlobe, through the shoulder, hip, knee, and into the middle of the ankle. To

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  • 20 Jul 2016

    Spring is upon us in New Orleans!

    Spring is upon us in New Orleans! The weather is warming up and it is the perfect time to get outside and do things before it just gets way too hot. With all the festivals, fairs and other outdoor activities going on, there is an increased chance that falls will happen given the large crowds

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