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.
We know that for many of our patients running is a passion. The truth is, however, so many of those same patients visit us because of injuries related to their runs. Far from telling them to stop running, our main goal is to prevent debilitating knee/foot/ankle injuries BEFORE they happen, and to keep our patients as active as possible.
Rotator Cuff Injuries are common and in fact affect most people in their life. The pain can be both sharp and specific or dull and hard to pinpoint. Maybe you are wondering what the treatment for a torn rotator cuff is and/or maybe you want to know about some rotator cuff exercises which we discuss below. Rotator cuff pain and/or weakness can affect you with a variety of things from putting up dishes, playing with your kids, working out and everything in between. Please read below to find out the symptoms of rotator cuff injuries, what you can do to relieve your pain and/or weakness, as well as find out the most effective treatment for rotator cuff injuries...
Plantar fasciitis… to people outside of the medical world, the name itself gives very little away. But, while its title might be a mouthful, it's symptoms are certainly a lot more familiar: stabbing pains, and burning, aching, and dull discomfort throughout the bottom of the foot are but some of it’s well known trademarks. Many people suffer from plantar fasciitis on a daily basis, yet its causes and treatment might surprise you. If you’re one of the millions of people worldwide who struggle to overcome this affliction, keep reading – we’re here to tell you everything there is to know!
Neck and shoulder pain may be the most common ailment faced by most people these days. That having been said, it is often the most mysterious, too. Pinpointing the exact cause for shoulder or neck problems is particularly tricky, and the underlying cause of the pain may be due to many differing factors. Maybe you want to know what is causing those knots in your neck and shoulder and/or maybe you may want to know what are some reasons that could be causing your pain and stiffness. In this post, we take a look at not only what causes shoulder and neck pain, but also how we can prevent and heal that pain, right now...
What is hip pain?
This seems like an easy one, but what constitutes "the hip"? Go ahead and point to your hip - it's ok, I'll wait.
If you pointed to the side of your body where your back meets your leg, you're right. If you pointed to the back of your body, right below where people get those "butt dimples" you're also right. If you pointed to the front of your body, in the line of your groin, where your leg meets your abs, you're right again.
And guess what. Pain can be caused by all of those areas.
What can be done for those areas causing pain?
Driving up the mountain for the first time since last ski or snowboard season is like a long overdue visit with an old friend – it’s full of excitement and promise. There’s nothing like speeding down that mountain with the wind in your face and the people flying by as you pass them on your way down. There’s also nothing like the pain of that first big wipeout, or the knee soreness after a day on the slopes. No one wants to plan a three day weekend to be down for the count by the second day or plan a weeklong trip with the kids to have to tell them, “Mommy/Daddy can’t do this today – let’s sit in the lodge instead.” Many people dream about the slopes all summer just to bite it on the first day and be out until next year.
Don’t let that be you.
Here are KinetikChain’s tips for being faster, stronger, and safer in the mountains this winter:
Back pain is an epidemic in the United States - if we aren't personally being affected by it, our parents, siblings, friends, and coworkers are. How many times has your hike, workout, or ski day been cancelled due to back pain? How many times will it be?
As widespread as back pain is, it is often misunderstood. People are quick to attribute their pain to structural changes such as herniated discs or decreased space between the vertebrae, but for many women the reality is that those structural changes often have nothing to do with your pain, and treating them alone (via surgery, back braces, or medication) won't keep back pain from interrupting your life.
When you have back problems it can be very confusing on what to do. Google says one thing, your cousin another, nothing worked for your coworker, and there are 10000+ exercises on YouTube. So how do you know what to do and just as important know what not to do. These 5 myths of back pain can give you an idea of where to start.
You know that sort of antsy feeling you get when you're at yoga and doing downward dog for too long? What about when you're in your orange theory or CrossFit class doing push-ups or burpees? I'm talking about that feeling that has you shifting your weight from one arm to the other, counting down the seconds until you can get out of that position. Read on to find out what you can do about it.
Did you know running is considered the most dangerous sport based off of injury statistics? It’s true. Up to 47% of runners get injured every year!
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