Since Covid-19, many of our patients have started working out at home which has caused more injuries. Why is this the case? The short end of this is doing too much too fast after doing too little for too long! For those of you who are used to going to the gym or having personal trainers coaching you step-by-step, now you are all on your own. You now have to rely on yourself for proper form, warm-up, cool down, etc. Several of our patients have completely switched their workout routines entirely; going from heavy lifting to running. All of the above can cause injury and make it difficult to return to your favorite sport or activity.
This is becoming a common problem amidst the Covid19 pandemic. We are seeing more patients coming into the clinic experiencing back pain from their at home work station. Many, unfortunately, do not have their set up with the correct ergonomics. Mix this with poor posture and lack of stability in the surrounding muscles and it can create pain throughout the spine. The majority of pain comes in the cervical (upper) or lumbar (lower) part of the spine. It makes it difficult to get through an entire work day, let alone complete your daily activities such as working out, caring for you kids, mowing the lawn, etc. What are the next steps if working from home is in the foreseeable future? Is there a way to get rid of the back pain and come up with a good setup that prevents it from returning?
Ankle sprains are common injuries that we treat in the clinic, but do you know that it can actually lead to decreased mobility over time. Many know what an ankle sprain is and how it can occur, but do you know the after effect? How having multiple ankle sprains can lead to other injuries up the kinetik chain. In this blog we will discuss what makes up the ankle joint, what can happen to the joint through several injuries, and what you can do to help prevent recurrence.
Many of our patients step into our clinic and do not have any idea as to what physical therapy truly is. They understand its usefulness after surgery or a serious injury but how can it help “my” pain. Yes, we definitely treat post-surgical patients, but physical therapy has many different avenues. We will be here for you after a severe injury, but what about before? Have you thought about what it would be like to prevent an injury before it even happens.
Cupping, Scraping, and Functional Dry Needling: How These Tools Can Help Decrease Your Pain And Improve Movement and Function.
All three of these tools are utilized in the clinic to help decrease pain, inflammation, and muscle tension in order to help our patients regain function and get back to the activities they love. Although these are great to use; they are not meant to be the end all be all. They are used in conjunction with hands on techniques to get our patients back to sport. Below we will discuss each one in detail and how they can be added to a plan of care.
I think I speak for almost every avid golfer when I say that we all want to improve our scores! Did you know that it could be something as simple as hip mobility keeping you from that. We see many people in the clinic with either too much or too little hip mobility. This blog will discuss ways to test your hip mobility at home, how to improve it, and how to put that into your swing to gain yardage and money in your pocket from your buddies.
Wrist pain is something that causes many athletes to have to modify their workouts and if it gets bad enough stop working out all together. It's hard to know what to do about wrist pain. Read below for a background on why it is happening as well as learn some tips on what to do to reduce pain as well as how to fix it.
The Top 3 Reasons Your Swing Gives You Back Pain
Lower back pain is the number one complaint of golfer’s in terms of pain. It can keep you from shaving strokes off your game and potentially set you out a whole season. The good news is there is a reason for this back pain and there is a fix. This post will discuss the reasons as to how your swing can cause low back pain and how a few simple changes can provide relief.
Shin Splints Becoming a Pain?
This is something we treat daily in the clinic and is a common complaint/injury with runners, but you do not have to run to have a diagnosis of shin splints. First things first, what are shin splints? Shin splints refers to pain over the shin bone (tibia). This pain stems from overuse of the muscles/tendons. This diagnosis is typically due to increased training regimens without proper guidance.
We get it a lot in the clinic, “My knees kill me when I'm going up and down the stairs”. What could this possibly be from and how can it be fixed? In this blog we are going to discuss different types of knee pain, causes, signs/symptoms, and ways to get rid of this annoyance so stairs can stop being a pain. Aside from stairs this pain can start to spread throughout your daily activities. Knee pain can be the reason you are unable to run, ski, hike, compete in a local CrossFit competition, or even play with your kids or grandkids. There are many forms of knee pain both serious and more commonly not so serious. Getting some advice from a knee pain specialist can help you to start the path of learning and understanding of what to do. Depending on what the nature of the injury was you may be in for an easy road ahead or a slightly longer need for help. Getting an understanding on what the signs and symptoms of your pain are can help you/us to determine what is causing your pain and help determine the best ways to alleviate the pain. To help you understand the different types of injuries that can occur at the knee joint, let’s first discuss what the knee involves.
Hamstring Tightness: Is it the cause of your back pain?
Many of our patients come into the clinic with the complaint that they ALWAYS have tight hamstrings. It seems like no matter how much they stretch or foam roll, it never seems to make a difference. They attribute their tight hamstrings to their back stiffness and pain. Could it be that even though you have “tight” hamstrings, there might be another reason for your back pain. The key to determine the back pain is figure out why the hamstrings are constantly tight in the first place. There is actually a reason why our body (hamstrings) tighten up which can add more force on to the back and surrounding muscle groups.
So You Have an Injured Disc, Now What?
We treat several injuries in our clinic but one of the most common is back pain, and one of the most common causes of back pain is a herniated disc, which is sometimes called a bulging disc, and sometimes called a ruptured disc. Treatment for all of these is relatively straight forward. When hearing this diagnosis it may sound scary because many people start thinking of the activities they will miss out on and the long healing process. Many start getting anxious about surgery or the dreaded sciatica. Herniated discs can happen at any level in the spine but are most common in the neck and the lower back. It can cause pain, discomfort, and can keep you out of the activities you love to do. The good news is that surgery is usually not necessary. There are several ways in which we treat our patients that allow them to return to their daily activities without pain. This blog will dive into the symptoms of a disc injury, how long it takes to heal, what the healing process looks like, and how you can recover.
How to fix back pain is one of the most common things we get asked about. Back pain is one of the most common injuries we treat. Over 80% of the population will suffer with back pain in their lives. Most of us just push through pain, rely on medication, or put our trust in Youtube to fix the issue. The truth is, there are many things that can cause back pain, however, there are things you can do at home to help ease your lower back pain (or middle back pain or upper back pain as well). Many people ask us which exercise for lower back pain should I do? Or what exercises for lower back pain will help? When considering back pain exercises the trick can be finding the right ones that not only work for you, but also that you can do without causing further damage. If you are searching for lower back pain relief (or upper or middle back) this post will go over the best exercises to help decrease/prevent your issues and allow you to continue the activities you love without hesitation.
Neck pain is one of the most common symptoms we treat, but many of our patients are unaware of the causes and symptoms that it can stem from. For many of our patients, neck pain can be debilitating and cause headaches, burning/tingling down into the arms and fingers, and soreness/stiffness. This can make it difficult to pinpoint where the original source of pain is and what the underlying cause could be. Maybe you have had tension headaches, a pinched nerve in your neck, pain in the back of the head, or you want a migraine fix. If you want to learn more about your neck and/or headache pains from a neck pain specialist in this post we will discuss how to determine the cause of your signs and symptoms and how to prevent it and keep it away.
Hip pain treatment first starts with understanding the signs and symptoms of what could be going on and then coming up with a plan including hip pain exercises to get you back to your goals. As hip pain specialists we have seen more types of hip pain then you could imagine, but first and foremost before diving in to the pain and relief and hip pain exercises portion we must address what the hip consists of.
Getting injured can really set your exercise and fitness routine back a notch! And worst of all… it can be a total pain in the butt in more ways than one. Can you guess what we mean? If you’re reading this, you may have heard of piriformis syndrome before, or perhaps your just curious – either way, we’re here to tell you what it is, what causes it, and what you can do about it. That way, you’ll know why you’re in pain and you can “butt to the chase”, so to speak!
I am sure most of you have heard the expression “The bee’s knees”, but what happens when your knees are no longer working well and they are the cause of serious pain and discomfort? Do you have pain on the inside of the knee or outside knee pain? Knee pain can be the reason you are unable to run, ski, hike, compete in a local CrossFit competition, or even play with your kids or grandkids. There are many forms of knee pain both serious and more commonly not so serious. Maybe you want to know what knee strain treatment can consist of or maybe you want to know what to do for a torn meniscus. Getting some advice from a knee pain specialist can help you to start the path of learning and understanding of what to do. Depending on what the nature of the injury was you may be in for an easy road ahead or a slightly longer need for help. Getting an understanding on what the signs and symptoms of your pain are can help you/us to determine what is causing your pain and help determine the best ways to alleviate the pain. To help understand the different types of injuries that can occur at the knee joint, let’s first discuss what the knee involves.
Today’s blog is a special entry for all you runners out there. We know you love to run, and we also know you value fitness and health. Running has become, for you, a metaphor for life: determination, mobility, and freedom. And yet, for some of you reading our blog right now, this might not be the case anymore.
Most of us have probably experienced some type of shoulder issue over the years and
shoulder impingement is one of the most common shoulder issues that can cause you pain. If you have shoulder pain, stiffness, or weakness identifying whether you have shoulder impingement can be the first step in getting you back to what you love to do.
Is Your Achilles Heel Weighing You Down? Achilles tendon pain (achilles tendonitis or achilles tendonosis) has many people asking us what they can do and what treatments will help them. Below are some signs and symptoms of achilles tendonitis and treatment ideas for what you can do to get relief.
Who doesn’t love hiking? On the trail we are immersed in the open air, wildlife, beautiful, rugged terrain, fresh water streams, and… ankle injuries? Yes, you heard that right. Hiking often goes hand-in-hand with some fairly severe ankle twists, sprains, and even fractures or breaks! It’s not hard to guess why, mind you, because from loose rocks, to uneven footpaths, hiking poses a big threat when it comes to the wellness of your ankles. Don’t despair though, we’re not asking you to pack away your hiking gear and take to the treadmill instead. Rather, we’re here to chat to you about how ankle injuries during your hike can be prevented, and why being mindful of their probability and severity puts you in good stead to steer clear of them!
Did you know sitting more than doubles the pressure on the discs in your low back? Low back pain happens to everyone, but is known to be even more of a nuisance in those who work behind a desk. Not only has it been linked to increases of your risks for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, but also prolonged sitting can even increase your current back pain...
There are really only two valuable things in life. I’m not saying that other things aren’t valuable to you, I’m just saying that two things matter more than others and will affect all of the other aspects of your life. What are those two things?
It is that time of the year again; kids are back out of school, the gym is filling up, the courts are being used, and track and field is back in full swing. Exercise abound, it’s tempting to imagine yourself as a professional gymnast, a basketball player, or the next Hussein Bolt. New seasons mean new opportunities, but while these challenging new goals and habits offer an air of excitement, many people don’t take the time to listen to their bodies as they undertake new adventures.
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