Physical Therapy Blog

Sleep: The Body Mechanic’s Workplace

At the end of a difficult day, sleep is a welcome release. Ever wonder why babies sleep so much? I always thought it was because they don’t have a job. Reality is that sleep is vital to growth and development. The value of sleep continues in adulthood. A good night’s... read more

Alaska’s Opioid Epidemic

As recent as 2012, Alaska’s opioid overdose death rate was greater than double the rate in the United States (10.5 vs. 5.1 per 100,000 persons). Understanding how severe this epidemic has grown, Governor Bill Walker recently signed into law House Bill 159 in effort to... read more

Jaw Dropping Strategy to Eliminate Jaw Pain

There is some pain which we can just “grin and bear it,” and then there is the unrelenting type of pain. Those that have experienced chronic jaw pain can relate to the latter. One of the most frequently used joints in the body, the jaw or... read more

Hope for Pelvic Pain

If there were any taboo subject related to chronic pain, it would have to be in regards to pelvic health. Many clients (both women and men) have a difficult time bringing up pelvic floor issues as they are often regarded as embarrassing or irrelevant. The fact of the... read more

Eat Your Way to Strong

Northern Edge Physical Therapy promotes the principles of mobility and strength to guide exercise prescription. Our clients realize real success when the exercise is geared towards restoring tissue nutrition and balance throughout the kinematic chain. Our goal behind... read more

Living With Pain vs Painful Living

Pain is a multidimensional sensation which requires a multifaceted approach. Simply put, pain is a powerful force. Pain is initiated at receptors in the periphery (nociceptors) and its real potential is harnessed by neurons within the central nervous system. For... read more


Whiplash is an acceleration and deceleration injury to the neck. It is the most common non-fatal injury from a motor vehicle accident AND it can occur at speeds as low as 5 mph!! Symptoms of pain and stiffness can occur a few hours or days post-accident and can last... read more

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

A recent study demonstrated the benefits of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) for patients struggling with knee osteoarthritis.  Laser therapy was effective in reducing joint pain and improving function.  LLLT is a safe and effective method to stimulate improved joint... read more

Keith Poorbaugh

I started my physical therapy career at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. This was quite an accomplishment or just pure luck for a guy that exited the military with more dreams than marketable skills. But the most important thing I learned in the military was to hit... read more