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Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day and the beginning of National Women’s Health Week 2022! National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) encourages women to make their health a priority and take care of themselves. There are vast resources of information provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services specifically geared towards helping women take control of their health, but in this article we want to focus on a specific problem that is more common in women than men after age 45: Arthritis; because not only is it NWHW, May is also National Arthritis Awareness Month.

Women aged 50-60 years may be 3.5 times (350%) more likely to develop hand arthritis than men in the same age group.They are 40% more likely to develop knee arthritis than men, and 10% more likely to develop hip arthritis. Why it is that women are more susceptible is not completely understood, but some of the reasons may involve hormone levels, as risk of developing arthritis increases significantly after menopause. In spite of normal age-related changes, there are steps we can take in the prevention and treatment of arthritis. Several of the recommendations that Health & Human Services makes to achieve better health during NWHW are the very same recommendations to prevent or alleviate problems with arthritis. Let’s walk through a few key points.

  • Maintain a Healthy Weight

Not only does maintaining a healthy weight lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure, it also decreases stress on load-bearing joints such as the hips, knees, and ankles. Obesity is associated with low-grade, systemic (body-wide) inflammation, and inflammation may contribute to the development of arthritis in any joint, including non-weight-bearing, such as in the hands.

  • Get Moving and Stay Active

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity can reduce pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis. For general health, each adult needs 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity and 2 days of muscle-strengthening activity per week. Most people don’t know where to begin, especially if they are already dealing with painful, mobility-limiting arthritic conditions. This is an important consideration that brings us to our next point.

  • Schedule Your Annual Physical and Other Health Appointments

In addition to general health assessments conducted by your primary healthcare provider, more specific activity routines and joint-health concerns are the specialty of licensed physical therapists. Physical therapy doctors understand better than anyone how to devise a health program that safely works within your current limitations while simultaneously increasing your strength and mobility. In fact, our motto at Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida is “Helping You Move Without Pain.” Our physical therapy doctors and assistants treat back and joint pain without turning to surgery except as a last resort and without prescribing pain medications that merely mask pain symptoms instead of rehabilitating the underlying weaknesses.

Thinking of getting the mother or grandmother in your life a gift this Mother’s Day that will contribute to a healthier lifestyle? If one of your lovely ladies suffers from pain stemming from arthritis, an accident, or injury, consider setting an appointment for her with a Licensed Physical Therapist right here in Bradenton at Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida. We’re conveniently located for access from all around Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Give us a call at (941) 264-1414, email us, or send a message on our Contact Form. We’re your non-surgical back and joint pain specialists!


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Osteoporosis Can be Prevented and Treated

The NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center informs us that osteoporosis is a disease of the bones that develops when bone mineral mass and density decreases, or when the quality or structure of the bone changes. This can lead to a decrease in bone strength that in turn can lead to an increase in the risk of bone fractures. Sadly, this condition affects more than 200 million people worldwide. In fact, in the United States alone, osteoporosis and/or low bone mass in the hip joints or lower back affects 53 million older adults, and more than 80% of these are women. As common as it is, it need not be viewed as inevitable, let alone untreatable if already present. Bone is living tissue, and as such is constantly being broken down and replaced. That’s good news, because although the osteoporotic condition is what happens when the creation of new bone doesn’t keep up with the loss of old, there are beneficial practices we can elect to engage in that contribute to healthy bone mass rebuilding and preservation.

Osteoporosis is sometimes called a “silent” disease because it often doesn’t cause any symptoms until it contributes to a bone fracture. This is why it is so important to establish patterns of a healthy lifestyle even if you haven’t been diagnosed with the problem. A nutritious diet rich in calcium contributes to bone regeneration and strength, and vitamin D from moderate amounts of sun exposure or supplementation also plays a significant role in bone health because it helps your body absorb more calcium. Check with your physician before adding supplements or vitamins to your diet.

A sedentary lifestyle is a big risk for developing osteoporosis. Often, people lead inactive lives not because they aren’t willing to engage in some form of health-generating exercise, but because they already are experiencing the limitations of pain, and don’t know where to begin in a safe manner. An exercise or rehabilitation program is best left to the design of those whose expertise is in prescribing the right movements, not just feeding you into a cookie-cutter, one-size-all routine.

Many scientific studies have shown that being proactive about your long-term health is an investment that pays dividends of more years of productive activity doing the things you enjoy. The physical therapists at Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida are experts who specialize in assessing individuals and crafting treatments and exercise routines that are specific to people’s most direct needs. Our doctors and assistants know how to work within a person’s current abilities while enabling them to increase their strength, restore their balance, or recover from osteoporosis-related injuries. Physical therapy is an effective, non-drug, non-surgical method of not only dealing with osteoporosis, but clearly contributing to all-around wellbeing, as it doesn’t temporarily mask pain with medications, or only isolate specific problem areas to the exclusion of your whole-body improvement. Physical therapy actually addresses root causes of pain, weakness, and imbalance, setting you up for a strong recovery. Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida are dedicated to helping you move without pain! If you are in the Bradenton or Sarasota area, find out how we can help you. Give us a call at (941) 264-1414, email, or send us a message.

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Celebrate a World of Flavors!

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has deemed March 2022 as National Nutrition Month. This year’s nutritional emphasis is on embracing the global culture of cuisine by encouraging people to allow their palates to explore healthy foods from around the world. Experimenting with new shades of color and novel flavor combinations can contribute to a healthy lifestyle, so open your mind to trying some of what this wide world of varying cultures has to offer. Check out the Cuisine section under the “Browse Categories” drop-down menu on this helpful database provided by the USDA. It’s loaded with interesting meal ideas from around the world, including a huge vegetarian section for those who prefer a plant-based diet.

Americans on average tend to overdo some of the less healthy options when it comes to mealtime. The U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends limiting added sugars and saturated fats to the food and drinks of those age 2 and older. Of course one meal won’t make or break a person’s health, but to establish useful guidelines that will be conducive to the development of health-optimizing habits we can learn from the USDA’s My Plate program. My Plate personalizes a plan for you based on your age, sex, height, weight, and physical activity level. It helps you create meals with the right amounts from each of the food groups consisting of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, and dairy. Of course it has lactose-free, vegetarian, seafood allergy, and other personal dietary options to take into consideration for your plan. There’s even a free app for IOS or Android, so wherever you go you’ll always have access to information for delicious and nutritious food offerings. You can get started by taking a short quiz (really a simple assessment) about your current habits that will assist you with the right first steps. For further nutritional education, there’s no shortage of resources offered by My Plate, including videos, graphics, and fun tools.

If you want to specifically target particular vitamins and minerals as you peruse the many cultural food offerings from around the globe you can cross check individual ingredients for their nutritional content with this handy guide to what’s in food. It has the facts on vitamins and minerals from A to Z. Alternatively, you can search more by food name at the USDA’s Food Data Central. It zeroes right into the specifics of what you’re looking for.

If you don’t want to go out on a limb and try cooking your own ethnic dish, consider visiting a new restaurant that represents that nation or culture’s culinary offerings. Dining out can be more challenging when monitoring a healthy intake of food than preparing it yourself, but with a few easy preemptive strategies you can still celebrate a world of flavors without compromising your healthy initiative.

A healthy diet goes a long way in contributing to a healthy life, but diet alone, unfortunately, can’t repair muscular imbalances, weakness, or joint pain caused from accidents, arthritis, or dysfunctional movement patterns. To accurately assess, treat, and repair problems with your neck, back, or limbs you need an experienced and educated professional. Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida are Licensed Physical Therapists and Assistants who specialize in helping you move without pain. Augment your nutritious eating with pain-free moving and get back to the things you enjoy doing. Call us today at (941) 264-1414, email, or fill out our Message Form for more information or to schedule a consultation. Your non-surgical back and joint pain specialists are conveniently located in Bradenton to serve all of Manatee and Sarasota Counties.




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How Physical Therapy Saves Money

Who doesn’t want to save money? Your health is one of your most important possessions and certainly deserves a high value, so it’s reassuring to discover that not only is treatment under a Licensed Physical Therapist an extremely effective solution to many forms of physical pain and dysfunction, it’s also a viable way of actually saving money while restoring your health. Let’s explore how our Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida can help you avoid surgery, reduce and even eliminate the need for prescription painkiller drugs, and help you recover more quickly to return to productive work and a fulfilling lifestyle.

Let’s face it–surgery is expensive. It’s also invasive, involves anesthesia, if not full sedation, and typically requires a lot of recovery time to heal the incisions, let alone the operated-on tissue itself. Physical therapy involves none of these things. What if you could achieve the same or better results without the exorbitant price of going through surgery? Many scientific studies have shown that physical therapy can work just as well, and with fewer complications. For example, spinal stenosis, meniscus tears and osteoarthritis, and rotator cuff tears all have associated studies demonstrating effective treatment from physical therapists rendering surgery unnecessary. Before assuming that your only option is going under the knife, schedule a consultation with a Licensed Physical Therapist to find out what about less drastic and less expensive options.

Physical Therapists seek to correct problems without drugs. 15 years ago, the total cost of prescription pain medications for one year in the United States was $17.8 billion, much more in terms of total expenditure, and have increased greatly ever since. A survey of current prices of opioids will encourage you to rather invest in getting better and not requiring meds instead of perpetually relying upon the temporary relief of drugs that come with long-term side effects without actually correcting the problem. Researchers at Boston University analyzed over 67,000 patient records and found that even low levels of physical therapy before or after surgery can lower the odds of chronic opioid use. In fact, they even revealed that the longer a patient waits to start physical therapy, the greater the eventual odds of chronic opioid use.

Physical Therapists are experts at creating an exercise program that someone with pain or mobility limitations can still use to regain lost strength and return to an active, productive life. If you’re already at the point of requiring surgery, it should be illuminating to find out that exercise therapy before and after major surgery has been shown to augment postoperative outcomes by improving functional status and reducing complications.

With the example of something so common as low back pain, not only is physical therapy cheaper than surgery or injections in the short-term, it’s likely to save on treatment costs for at least a year after initial diagnosis, with average savings of 18% over treatments that begin with injections and over 50% over treatments that begin with surgery. The bottom line is that physical therapy can save you money. Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida’s team of doctors, therapists, and assistants are Bradenton and Sarasota’s premier providers of treatment dedicated to helping you move without pain! Find out what we can do for you by scheduling a consultation. You can reach us at (941) 264-1414, email us, or drop us a line via our contact form.


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The Importance of Breathing

Everyone knows everything about breathing, right? We all do it incessantly from the time we’re born for the entirety of our lives, about 22,000 times a day. We do it without thinking, without trying, never even considering it something worth our attention unless something happens to us that hinders it, and yet it’s the most immediately critical bodily function. It’s more important than food, water, shelter, rest, or any social interaction, as it pertains to staying alive, since none of those other necessities are even capable of being utilized without breathing air all day, every day, even while asleep. Despite the absolute ubiquity and simplicity of breathing, there really is more to be learned about it that can have a positive carryover effect into the rest of our lives.

Although just breathing in & out is basically the extent to which the majority of people go their entire lives, there are practical techniques we can employ to increase our health, both physically and mentally. Such practices have demonstrated clinical significance in the improvement of cognitive performance, and can reduce negative subjective and physiological consequences of stress. Slow breathing in particular has positive effects related to emotional control and psychological well-being. So what sort of breathing exercises can we do to help get stress under control and to relax? Let’s review an easy technique.

To engage in Belly Breathing:

  1. Sit or lie in a comfortable position.
  2. Place one hand on your belly just below your ribs and the other hand on your chest.
  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose, and let your belly push your hand out. Your chest should not move.
  4. Breathe out through pursed lips as though whistling. Feel the hand on your belly go in, and use it to push all the air out.
  5. Do this type of breathing 3-10 times, taking your time with each breath.
  6. Notice how you feel at the end of the exercise.

There are many more somewhat more advanced techniques for you to try when you’ve had a little practice with the above, including 4-7-8 Breathing and the excitingly named Modified Lion’s Breath. For computer and smartphone users, there’s also no shortage of free apps to guide and help you keep track of your progress. If you prefer a personal instructor and/or a group setting, an assortment of local Manatee and Sarasota County classes are only a Google search away.

Your breathing capacity may have suffered if you can’t move around as much as you used to due to joint pain or injury, but you don’t have to let body aches take you out of the healthy life game. The pain experts at Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida know how to put together a treatment plan designed for your particular situation, and they do it without the need for surgery or prescription drugs. We even have breathing specialists like Cynthia Cantwell, who’s had 200 hours of Hatha Yoga teacher-training. To find out what our Physical Therapists can do for you, call us for more information at (941) 264-1415, email us, or send us a message here. Our Physical Therapy Doctors and Assistants are all about helping you move without pain!


Gift Ideas to Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle

‘Tis the season of stressful planning and travel, overeating, and generally putting the healthiest of habits on the backburner. But it’s also a time of gift-giving! There is lots of giving potential that promotes de-stressing, cultivating a healthy lifestyle, and can actually increase the quality of your friends’ and loved ones’ lives. You may even want to wish yourself a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year by picking up some new products that will assist your own journey of a long, healthy life. Let’s survey a few options.

Something that every person of every age needs is water. You can’t go wrong with contributing to someone’s intake of this most necessary liquid. Although there is no universally agreed upon quantity of daily water intake, it seems safe to reason that most people could benefit from increasing it or at least keeping track of what they feel is an optimum amount. Water is so good for so many things. No wonder, since you as an adult are made of up to 60% of it! The cartilage of your joints and spinal disks are around 80% water, so if you suffer from joint or back pain, increasing your H2O drinking is a great starting place. To really address the root of pain problems and work towards a solution, a Licensed Physical Therapist may be the most direct route. The Physical Therapists at Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida have the knowledge to take you beyond the basics of drinking water and assess and treat your specific pain issues. You can schedule an appointment or get more information by calling (941) 264-1414. As far as a water promoting gift, look to something as simple and user-friendly as a motivational water bottle. It makes both the amount and timing of your hydration as easy as possible, and they come in a variety of sizes so you can customize to your particular recipient’s situation.

Giving people tools that make it easier to engage in more outdoor activity is a thoughtful way of expressing your affection. You could set them up with the apparel and strategy to help them develop a routine walk. Start with the basics: a pair of comfortable, new shoes designed for outdoor walking. A free online consultation can help you decide the best option for an individual. Sometimes people just need to be pointed in the right direction to get started in developing a habit of walking. If you buy them a local birding guidebook and send them to a destination where they can look for what they’re reading about, you make exercise into a fun adventure that can be repeated regularly. If they’re not someone who wants to have to carry a book around, consider buying them a membership to a local curated park where they can easily view plants, animals, and scenery on well-maintained pathways all year long. You can even provide a way for that special someone to monitor their progress via wearable technology that’s geared toward fitness. There are many price points and levels of sophistication available out there, so it may help to take an online quiz that can narrow the field to the best choices for your friends and family. Covering ground by moving around more helps burn off those extra holiday calories, strengthens muscles, and grants people a feeling of accomplishment; all the things they miss out on if they take a sedentary response to their vacation days.

Sadly, some people’s bodies have too many seemingly fargone problems that prevent them from just launching into a brisk walking workout on their own. Whether it’s pain produced by an accident or injury, arthritis, or age-related degeneration, many people require expert help in assessing and addressing their physical dysfunctions. This is the specialty of Physical Therapy Doctors. If someone you know suffers from back or joint pain, vertigo, or needs assistance in recovering from an injury, a life-changing gift you can give them is the gift of Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida have the expertise and experience in helping people move without pain, and without drugs or surgery. It’s easy to reach out to us to find out how you can acquire an appointment for someone who would be benefited by treatment from a pain expert; give us a call at (941) 264-1414, email us, or send us a message on our contact page.

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It’s Autumn in Bradenton

The Fall Season officially began Wednesday, September 22, 2021. Here in Manatee and Sarasota Counties we are blessed with mild, comfortable autumns that are generally neither too hot nor too cold. In fact, November is considered to be one of the most comfortable months of the year here. The pleasant temperatures, low humidity and rainfall, and of course almost no possibility of snow, makes for a time conducive to outdoor seasonal fun. Whether you’re looking for a variety of athletic activities, shopping, music, or light recreational events, there’s no shortage of fun to be had here on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

For those who want to enjoy some physical exercise outside the walls of the gym, there are a wide range of classes and group activities to match any level of fitness. Yoga is low-impact and easy to tune to how much effort you can or want to put into it. The beautiful and relaxing venue of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens offers a special Yoga in the Gardens class Mondays and Wednesdays throughout November. It’s open to students of all ages and experience levels, so feel free to jump in even if you’re new to this trendy fitness activity.

Another healthy, though more challenging light workout to try is kayaking in Sarasota bay with a wildlife interpretive guide from the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. You need not worry about long sun-exposure, because there won’t be any. Full Moon Paddles at dusk are planned for November and December on the 18th and 19th of both months. If you’re more of a morning person, you can also discover Sarasota Bay’s animal life like dolphins, manatees, birds, and more with a Morning Paddle starting at 8:30 am on multiple dates the next couple of months.

Perhaps you’d like to combine the great outdoors with an educational experience minus the work out. Manatee County offers everything from bird-viewing to mushroom identification, from seashells to storytelling. Use this interactive calendar of events to help plan your autumn. Of course there are child-friendly options like gopher tortoise viewing and Christmas holiday cheer. Yes, winter doesn’t begin until 4 days before Christmas this year, so there will be plenty of associated events that technically fall in the fall.

Food, live music, sand sculpting lessons, and of course big time competition are all in play at America’s #1 beach, Siesta Key. You can enjoy all these things this month at the Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival. Check out all the happenings with their Festival Schedule. For a completely different style of entertainment, but also held outside with all the typical festival type of activities, you might be so adventurous as to try the Sarasota Medieval Fair. The overall theme this year is Scottish, with weekends hosting more specialized theming opportunities.

Shopping is fun any season, with autumn being no exception. The Downtown Bradenton Public Market takes advantage of the comfortable weather by holding outdoor events on Saturdays featuring more than 40 vendors offering local produce, art, crafts, music, and more. There’s even free parking, and dogs on leashes are welcome. For a more high-end experience involving Porsches and seaside dining, check out St. Armand’s Circle of Events & Happenings. Many of the local shops there will be offering savings galore at the Fall Sidewalk Sale, November 13th and 14th.

If physical pain or dysfunction is limiting your ability to enjoy the fall season, please give us a call at (941) 264-1414. Our team of licensed Physical Therapy Doctors and Assistants possess the know-how and the passion to treat your issues through non-surgical and drug free therapy. You can also contact us directly via our online form here, or email us at Physical Therapy Doctors of Bradenton is dedicated to helping you move without pain.

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Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month with Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida

Since 1981, National Physical Therapy Month has raised awareness about the importance of physical therapy in helping people find relief from pain, improve mobility, and live healthier lives. Physical Therapy Doctors provide alternatives to surgery and pain medications, and are determined to get you moving again without pain. They specialize in speedily and safely keeping you on track in your recovery from accidents and prior surgeries, and they do it while being a personal point of encouragement and accountability to you on your journey to wellness.

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 20% of American adults have chronic pain and 8% of U.S. adults have high-impact chronic pain. The CDC also informs us that doctor-diagnosed arthritis affects approximately one in four (54.4 million) U.S. adults. The sad reality is that pain is the norm for many people, but the encouraging truth is that it doesn’t have to be. Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida’s specialty is not only accentuating recovery, but foundationally strengthening people’s bodies so that they are not as prone to future injury, quicker to recover, and able to get back to doing the activities they enjoy without pain.

Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida are dedicated to helping the members of our community to live more active and fulfilling lives by maintaining and improving their overall health and fitness. Even if you do not need to rehabilitate a specific injury, or if you are not trying to avoid potential surgery for a problem, you need to incorporate a routine of physical activity to help lose and keep off excess weight and to maximize your longevity. Physical Therapists are specialists in assessing your current fitness and activity level, as well as your particular abilities and limitations, and  know how to handcraft a realistic strategy that personally fits you. The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that 80% of U.S. adults and adolescents are insufficiently active. You don’t need to launch yourself into a one-size-fits-all popular media workout regimen. Let our experts guide you through a tailor-made routine that can both rehabilitate and bring you to a higher level of fitness for life. Regular physical activity will:

  • Improve memory and brain function in all age groups.
  • Protect against many chronic diseases.
  • Aid in weight management.
  • Lower blood pressure and improve heart health.
  • Improve your quality of sleep.
  • Reduce feelings of anxiety and depression.
  • Improve joint pain and stiffness.
  • Maintain muscle strength and balance.
  • Increase life span.


A huge benefit to working with a Licensed Physical Therapist is that they won’t seek to merely mask your pain with medication. The CDC includes physical therapy on its list of options for managing pain without opioids. As recently as 2019, 22.1% of U.S. adults with chronic pain used a prescription opioid in the last 3 months. According to HHS, prescriptions for opioid medication have increased since the late 1990s after pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to opioid pain relievers. It turned out to be untrue, leading to the current opioid misuse and overdose crisis. Our Physical Therapy Doctors know how to rehabilitate your back, neck, limbs, and joints by treating the root weaknesses, imbalances, and injuries without leaving you to remain dependent upon side-effect laden drugs.

What better time to schedule a consultation with a Licensed Physical Therapist than in National Physical Therapy Month? Our comfortable clinic is conveniently located in Bradenton and easily accessible from all of Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Call us today at (941) 264-1414, email us, or fill out our Online Message Form so we can contact you. We can’t wait to help you move without pain!




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Is Hip Pain Normal?

Is Hip Pain Normal?

Sadly, more than 76 million people in the United States report that they experience some form of hip pain. Not only that, but self-reported hip pain has only increased since the early 1970s. While hip osteoarthritis is a common cause of pain and disability among older adults, painful hip joints can affect all ages, having multiple possible causes.

Incidence rates of hip pain are high among those who are obese. Maintaining a healthy body weight is one of the most important tools in staving off osteoarthritic pain and prematurely worn joints. An active lifestyle with a body that is strong and skilled at carrying its own weight lends itself to both healthy longevity and a higher quality of enjoying that long life. Our Physical Therapists are not only certified in treating existing pains and dysfunctions, but they also have the experience and passion to help clients develop personalized workout routines to shed excess pounds and strengthen weak and underdeveloped muscles and support structures. Physical Therapist Megan Bollinger has an advanced certification in Pilates from the Pilates Center in Boulder, CO.

Apart from carrying excess weight, hip pain can stem from improperly healed injuries. Even if you are young and healthy, if you suffer from hip pain after an accident or injury, our Physical Therapists are experts at rehabilitating your hip joints in a safe, drug-free, and non-surgical way. They can put you on the path to success at avoiding unnecessary long-term pain or dysfunction. Dr. Jonathan Mullis was responsible for managing the Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapies Department at Boston Medical Center prior to founding Physical Therapy Doctors here in Bradenton.

Arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis all can contribute to pain in the hips, and all are subject to improvement under the guidance of a pain specialist. A client named Susan wrote a Google Review about her experience with relief from hip pain. She writes, “Having suffered from a sharp, jabbing hip pain I had been going to a chiropractor and his physical therapist for one month without much improvement. I took the advice of a friend and went to see Dr. Jon Mullis. After the first visit, the shooting, jabbing pain was gone and I had a mild, dull pain. After the second visit, I felt great! What a relief. His ‘hands on” approach of stretching and working on the targeted areas is remarkable…He’s GREAT and I highly recommend him.”

Hip pain does NOT need to become your new normal. Sarasota and Manatee Counties’ own Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida have the certification, experience, and sheer professionalism to help you move again without drugs, without surgery, and without pain! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Call us directly at (941) 264-1414 or email us at

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Celebrate National Farmers’ Markets Week all Month in Bradenton and Sarasota

Manatee and Sarasota Counties have enough farmers’ markets for you to visit a new one every week for a month and still have more new ones to try. Strolling around the market is a stress-reducing, low impact, and fun way to get some light exercise and sunshine; not to mention you’ll probably find some new favorite booths you’ll want to return to. Healthy, locally-sourced food options, arts, crafts, and music all contribute to a safe, family-friendly outing to enjoy. Let’s survey some of the outstanding farmer’s markets we have in our own Bradenton and Sarasota neighborhoods.

Oneco Farmers Market is open everyday from 7AM to 7PM, so this a very convenient option, as it doesn’t require as much of a plan to attend as other more limited day & time markets. Oneco Farmers Market prides itself in offering an array of multicultural restaurants with the most delicious ingredients in the freshest environment. As a place for small businesses to flourish and grow, this market enables vendors to offer products from local artists and farmers. It also hosts Monthly Events like free drive in movies. You can visit Oneco Farmers Market at 5108 15th Street East in Bradenton.

Red Barn Flea Market located in Bradenton at 1707 1st Street is another convenient option. In addition to the open-air farmers’ market it also has the distinction of 80,000 square feet of air-conditioned indoor shopping which allows for a more prolonged experience. If you start feeling hot and sun-exposed outside, take a break and wander the cool interior for some more shopping leisure; they have more than 600 booths and shops. This market is only closed on Mondays, with the entire market open from 9AM to 4PM Friday through Sunday, and the plaza only open the same times Tuesday through Thursday.

Sarasota Farmers Market was founded in 1979, and in 2009 its vendors formed a not-for-profit to further enhance the market with a focus on local farms and growers. It’s open year-round every Saturday from 7AM to 1PM, rain or shine. Check their Events Calendar for a roster of live music. Well-behaved pets are welcome with short, non-extendable leashes. The market is of course in Sarasota at 1 N. Lemon Avenue, and you can even plan to get a sneak peek of the layout with this helpful map. There are parking garages and designated street parking, all of which can be learned about on the Frequently Asked Questions page.

The Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch is home to more than 50 curated vendors of the region’s food and flavors. It’s located at the Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and has ample free parking. Directions and more specific information about parking can be found here. Enjoy this market every Sunday from 10AM to 2PM. You can preview Lakewood Ranch’s vendors with this Online Directory that includes links to each. Chef Demos and Recipes are also featured at this market.

Something as light as strolling a farmer’s market does not have to be a painful event to endure. If you suffer from the effects of an accident, arthritis, stiffness, or weakness in your joints or muscles, Physical Therapy Doctors of Florida have the expertise to assess your particular situation and customize a plan of recovery for you. Our Physical Therapists specialize in helping you move without pain. They treat patients without narcotics, pain medications, or surgery, and know how to address the underlying problems for a strong recovery instead of merely masking symptoms with drugs. For more information or to schedule an appointment ,call us today at (941) 264-1414, email, or send us a message on our Contact Page.