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About MoniqueSerpasPT


My name is Monique Serpas, PT, DPT, OCS. I am a physical therapist and board-certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist practicing at the Southeast Louisiana Healthcare System in New Orleans, LA. I realize how difficult it can be to overcome an injury or manage a chronic condition and am focused on helping my clients achieve wellness through a physically active lifestyle. I treat orthopaedic, balance, and vestibular disorders and practice using a combination of hands-on manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and education. This enables my patients to assist in their own recovery and injury prevention. I also have developed fall prevention and golf-related rehab programs in the past. I hold a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Concordia University Wisconsin (2008) and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University (2004). I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Louisiana Physical Therapy Association (LPTA), and the Orthopaedic and Neurology sections of the APTA.

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Physical Therapy Over Opioids

January 23, 2016

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OpioidDeaths

Opioid abuse and resulting drug addiction have become such an issue that presidential candidates are talking about it. It is becoming much more prevalent and has even hit close to home last year with the bust of a heroin ring on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. A discussion about it this week on NPR’s On Point […]

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Giving Shoulder Impingement Up for Lent

February 22, 2015

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The denial is over and the hangover is real. The overindulgences of Mardi Gras can be felt for most of us in our waistline, which causes many to make the painful forty-day commitment to spurn all things fried or sweet. But some of us may have come out of the carnival season with not just […]

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There is a Season for Everything

January 31, 2015

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If you’ve wondered where I’ve been for the past few months…  I’ve been focusing my efforts on my growing family and work.  My husband and I had our second son last fall and with two children in diapers, efforts have focused on keeping our family in a relative state of sanity.  In reality, we are enjoying […]

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That Pain in Your Arm Could Be a Real Pain in the Neck

April 1, 2014

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A recent patient came to me with pain in her shoulder. She said it started with just pain in the shoulder that would come and go, then it became more constant and interfered with her ability to use her arm. After evaluating the patient, I explained that I thought most of the problem was originating […]

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Bringing Up Mama: Postpartum Recovery with PT

May 10, 2013

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Childbirth is a physically-demanding process.  Though they try, no amount of birthing class instruction or self-help books can fully prepare an expectant mother for the demands of childbirth.  Even though I did all I could do to prepare, the feeling of childbirth came as a surprise.  Likewise, postpartum has its own demands and surprises.  Moms, […]

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Prevent Fractures with PT

March 12, 2013

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The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF- now say that five times fast) recently issued new recommendations in regard to vitamin D and calcium supplement prescription to prevent fractures.  The recommendations guide health professionals to practice utilizing current research evidence. The task force concluded, “the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of […]

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Cortisone Injection or Physical Therapy?

February 5, 2013

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Atchafalaya Basin

It was recently suggested that I provide another blog on cortisone injections.  I wrote one of my earlier blogs to address the topic of cortisone injections because of the number of questions I get about them from my patients.  I answered questions about how they work, my opinion on their use, and the side effects you would […]

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