You Are NOT Your MRI!

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Let’s talk about MRI’s.  Did you know that scary things can show up on your MRI’s, but you have no pain???  WHAT???  Yes, there can be abnormal findings even when people don’t have symptoms.  There are 2 studies that were published in November of 2014 and March of 2015 that found that people who DON’T HAVE PAIN, had MRI’s that showed disc problems in the neck and back.  In fact 70% of people in their 20’s had neck disc bulges and had NO NECK PAIN!!!  The study that looked at the low back found that the older we are the more disc bulges and disc degeneration we will have, even WITHOUT PAIN.

Age 20

37% have disc degeneration

30% have disc bulges

Age 50

80% have disc degeneration

60% have disc bulges

Age 80

96% have disc degeneration

84% have disc bulges

So, YOU ARE NOT YOUR MRI.  Just because things show up on your MRI does not mean you are destined for a life of pain or need surgery. We have to start changing our thinking.  Disc degeneration and disc bulges are a normal part of life and aren’t always the problem.  Think of it like gray hair and wrinkles.  As we get older some of us will have a lot of gray hair and wrinkles and some of us won’t.  It is a normal part of aging.

This is GREAT NEWS and as physical therapists we can help.  Did you know??? If you consult a PT within the first 2 weeks after pain starts you will be 46% less likely to need an MRI, 52% less likely to need an injection and 53% less likely to need surgery.  (FRITZ 2012).  Call us today at 801-561-1061 and get on the road to recovery.

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We Are The Movement Specialists!


As physical therapists we have been trained in movement of the body; how the joints work, how the muscles move the body, what happens if the ligaments are torn, and what can cause pain.  We spend 3 years of graduate school learning about normal and abnormal body movement.   Here at Utah Physical Therapy Specialists we are experts in treating orthopedic issues of the entire body.  We can also help with balance, conditioning, and pregnancy related issues.  No problem is too minor, if it keeps you from doing the activities you love.  We are seeing more and more people embracing the active lifestyle.  If you are just starting a new program or are having pain with your current program, we can help.  Sometimes we just need to tweak how you are doing exercises and you can continue pain free.  Don’t ever think that your conditions can’t be improved.

In Utah we are what is called a “direct access state”, meaning you can refer yourself to PT.  You don’t have to see your doctor first.  The only exception is if you have Medicare insurance.  They require you to see your MD first.  Don’t wait, call us today.  We love helping people!  Let us help you!



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Physical Therapy Services Substantially Reduce Low Back Pain Treatment Costs


The cost of acute low back pain is taking its toll in the United States, ringing in at more than $100 billion in total associated costs each year! That is a HUGE number!!!!  The great news is that these costs are dramatically reduced when patients with low back pain access physical therapy as their first course of treatment.

Physical therapy is a very cost-effective and beneficial alternative to injections, surgery, and other more invasive approaches. In fact, first-year treatment costs could be slashed by 72% when physical therapy is pursued first, according to the authors of a study published in the scientific journal Health Services Research.

According to the study, “Physical Therapy or Advanced Imaging as First Management Strategy Following a New Consultation for Low Back Pain in Primary Care: Associations with Future Health Care Utilization and Charges,” patients who began treatment with a physical therapist first were less likely to receive surgery and injections and had fewer specialist appointments and emergency department visits in the first year following the primary consultation.

The team of researchers discovered that beginning treatment with a physical therapist lowered costs for patients with low back pain by 50% when compared with an initial referral for advanced imaging. Tracking patient costs throughout the first year following the primary care consultation, the study authors found that the physical therapy cohort spent about $4800 less, on average, than the imaging group.

At Utah Physical Therapy Specialists, our physical therapists are experts at treating low back pain.  We perform a thorough patient evaluation, establish specific goals and a solid plan of care to get our patients back to the activities they enjoy as quickly as possible.  We also teach our patients how to prevent future back problems.

Most insurances DO NOT require a referral to see us and, here in Utah, you can come directly to us without seeing a doctor first!

So remember, when you have a new episode of low back pain you will not only save a considerable amount of money when you come see us first you will also be on the path to a healthier future!

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Welcome to the UPTS Blog!!

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Welcome to the blog of all blogs, the beginning of something amazing, the end all be all, number one, original, one of a kind, unlike anything you have seen before… UTAH PHYSICAL THERAPY SPECIALISTS BLOG!  We are starting this blog for a few reasons.  Allow us to explain them to you….

1- We want a way to be able to connect with our patients outside of the clinic.  Sure we get to know you in the clinic for a short time while we get to enjoy your presence…. but the problem is our therapists are awesome at what they do!  Why is this a problem you ask…. Because our patients get better and no longer need our assistance!  We get you set up so that you can live your life again, and get back to normal!! Unfortunately for us, your normal life doesn’t consist of coming to your physical therapist two times a week…. so we are the ones who end up suffering!  Hence…. the blog!  We want to keep in touch, even after you finish your treatment.  Here at Utah Physical Therapy Specialists, we are family!  Family means you stay in touch and stay updated on what is going on with each other.  Keep us updated with your progress, as we keep you updated with ours.  This blog will help you to know what is happening in our clinic, so that if you ever have an injury or a problem that brings you back to us, it will be like you never even left!

Here at Utah Physical Therapy Specialists... We are Family!  Stay connected with us, as we stay connected with you!

Here at Utah Physical Therapy Specialists… We are Family! Stay connected with us, as we stay connected with you!

2- Lots of our patients ask our therapist for their recommendations.  I mean let’s face it…. Brian, Erinlee, Sean, and Kyle have it going on!!  Who wouldn’t want to know their secrets to a happy and successful life??  We hope that this blog will be a source for you to look for when you are needing a suggestion on what to make for dinner, or what back brace is going to be the best fit for you, or what running shoe we like best.  Keep in mind that we are not associated nor do we endorse any of the products that we may post, but simply do it for YOU… our patients and our family!


Stay tuned for recipes like this… coming soon!!

3- There are thousands of therapy clinics that you have the option of going to.  So what sets us apart from everyone else??  Stay tuned because this blog will continue to show you why Utah Physical Therapy Specialists truly is the BEST!!  For starters, we stay current on all the latest and greatest research that is available for physical therapists.  We hope this blog will help keep you up to date on the research that comes available, so you can stay informed and know why we do what we do.  The research is there… it’s just a matter of reading it!  We encourage you to stay informed and know what your best option is for physical therapy, because after all… your health is your responsibility.  Don’t fret, we will do all we can to keep you up to date and help you out along the way!  If there is anything you need or would like to request, just let us know!

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We will try to keep you up to date on the latest research in physical therapy.