Can’t lift your arms up overhead? Must be a mobility issue, right?
Not necessarily. Sometimes a stability issue can limit your shoulder mobility. After all, your brain doesn’t want you to move in positions that it cannot control.
This article will cover how to assess overhead shoulder mobility to determine whether it is a stability or mobility issue limiting the movement. Part 2 of this article will cover some examples of exercises to improve overhead mobility.
Is chronic pain caused by a malfunctioning pain system? Pain can be a frustrating experience, especially when the pain lingers after an injury has healed. This post will discuss the mechanism of chronic pain and how it can be treated conservatively.
Most of the time someone thinks of yoga, they immediately think of flexibility and mobility. While flexibility and mobility are definitely crucial parts of yoga, the stability demands of various yoga positions is also high. This post will discuss which body regions commonly need better stability in the yoga population and exercises that can help strengthen those body regions.
Adductor related groin pain, also called a sport's hernia, is a common cause of pain in the groin region. This condition is common in sports that require quick cutting and changes of direction. This post will discuss the pathology and treatment options for adductor related groin pain.
At the beginning of every year, many people will make a resolution to improve their health and fitness. After the new year, the excitement of changing for the better fades and old habits return. Here are some tips from 5 fitness professionals on how to succeed in keeping your New Year's Resolutions.
Foam rolling has become a popular treatment option for many muscle aches and pains. The foam roller targets muscles and fascia to decrease pain and improve flexibility. This article will discuss what foam rolling can help with and which body areas you should focus on (and which to avoid).
The treatment of mechanical low back pain involves: (1) mobilizing the hips, (2) stabilizing the core, and (3) mobilizing the mid-back. This post will discuss why these areas of the body are targeted and which exercises can help Ultimate players overcome lower back pain.
The most common knee injuries in ultimate frisbee are patellar tendon pain, patellar tracking disorders, and iliotibial band syndrome. In this post, we will discuss how each of these knee injuries occurs and what can be done to treat them.
In this post, we will discuss everything an ultimate frisbee player needs to know about ankle sprains including what ligaments are injured, when x-rays are needed, and how ankle sprains are commonly treated.
Bicipital tendinopathy, often called biceps tendinitis or biceps tendinosis, is a common cause of pain on the front of the shoulder. This blog post will discuss what causes biceps tendinopathy, movements that can aggravate the tendon, and treatment options that can help with biceps tendon pain.
Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions in our society. The American College of Physicians recently released an updated guideline for the treatment of low back pain. This blog post will discuss the recommended treatment options for acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain.
Shoulder pain is a frequent reason why people seek the help of our clinic. Shoulder pain can be caused by many different reasons including shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tears, or tendinitis to name a few. There are a few common exercises that seem to irritate the shoulder such as bench press, push ups, dips, and rows. In this post, we will discuss the reason why some of these exercises irritate the shoulder and modifications that can be done to reduce the pain.
Tendinitis is a common condition effecting the Achilles, patellar, hamstring, bicipital, and wrist extensor tendons. Although these are common conditions, there is a lot of misinformation regarding what causes tendinitis and what treatments are effective. This blog post will cover what really causes tendinitis, does pain mean damage, and whether you should rest or stretch for tendinitis.
Core exercises have become a staple for managing low back issues. However, there is a lot of confusion regarding which exercises to do and how to do the exercises. This post will discuss some of the common faults with core exercise programs and how to create an effective core exercise program.
Knee pain is one of the most common complaints in the active community. One cause of knee pain is patellar tendinopathy, also called jumper’s knee. Patellar tendinopathy is an overload condition felt just below the knee cap. The treatment for patellar tendinopathy can consist of joint mobilization, manual therapy, and exercise. This blog post will discuss what causes patellar tendinopathy and how it can be treated.
Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome has become a more commonly diagnosed condition, especially in the athletic community. FAI syndrome has been defined as pain in the hip with movement due to an altered hip joint. This blog post discusses what FAI syndrome is and its treatment options.
There are many different treatment strategies used to treat musculoskeletal issues. Joint manipulation, soft tissue therapy, ultrasound, motor nerve stimulation, exercise, kinesiology tape, etc… are all common treatment options used to help decrease musculoskeletal pain. This blog post will discuss why rehabilitation is important to the recovery of musculoskeletal pain syndromes.
The brain is constantly changing, thanks to neuroplasticity. These changes can be positive things such as learning to play a new game, but they can also be negative such as what happens with persistent pain. This blog post discusses the role of neuroplasticity in creating chronic pain and how to re-train the brain to reduce chronic pain.
Preventing injuries is a difficult feat because there are so many different factors involved. Increasing the tissues capacity to tolerate load can help reduce the risk of injury. This blog post will define what tissue capacity is and the role it plays in rehabilitation and preventing injuries.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The pain is generally felt just in front of the heel bone and also on the inside arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is worse after prolonged periods of inactivity such as the first few steps in the morning or after sitting at a desk. This post will discuss what causes plantar fasciitis and what can be done about it.
One of the most frequently recommended treatments for tendon pain is stretching. The thought is that tight muscles place tension on the tendons leading to pain, therefore, stretching will help decrease muscle tone and tendon pain. However, could stretching actually make tendon pain worse? This post will discuss tendons and whether stretching is beneficial.
Low back pain is one of the most common issues experienced in our society. In fact, it is estimated that one out of every four Americans report an episode of low back pain in the previous three months! Core strengthening exercises are often given for the treatment and prevention of low back pain. However, since there are so many different ways to strengthen the core, it is easy to get confused on where to start and which exercises are best.
Upper hamstring tendon pain is a common condition experienced in runners and weight lifters. The pain is usually felt at the bottom on the glute area where the hamstrings attach to the pelvis. This blog post will discuss what causes upper hamstring tendon pain (commonly referred to as proximal hamstring tendinopathy) and how to treat it.
Tennis elbow is the most common condition in the elbow. Tennis elbow is actually a tendinopathy of the wrist extensors on the outside of the elbow, hence why it is also called lateral epicondylitis. The development of tennis elbow is through overloading of the wrist extensors, typically either through activities that require a lot of gripping or repetitive wrist extension. While tennis elbow is commonly experienced by tennis players, it is also common in weight lifters, baseball/softball players, and construction workers.
The scapula is an important piece of many shoulder conditions. A common shoulder condition that focuses on the scapula is shoulder impingement, where there is pain with overhead movements. The idea is that the scapula doesn’t rotate upwards enough and the humerus bumps into the acromion. This has led to finding the “ideal” position for the scapula during movements. This blog post will discuss the function of the scapula and its position during movement.
Are all tight tissues a flexibility problem? It would make sense that if we feel tightness in a tissue that we should stretch it. The hamstrings and the low back are two common areas where people feel the need to stretch. The problem is that the tightness usually returns shortly after stretching. What gives? In this blog post we will discuss why the solution to all flexibility problems isn’t stretching and what can be done about those tight tissues.
Sciatica is a term used to describe pain or numbness along the backside of the leg caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. This blog post will discuss what causes sciatica and a few ways it can be treated.
We often think that injury and pain are synonymous. We experience pain when we sprain our ankle or accidentally hit our thumb with a hammer, which makes perfect sense. But does the presence of pain actually mean that there is always an injury to the tissue? This blog post will discuss the difference between pain and injury and why it is important.
If you’ve suffered an injury in the previous two years, chances are someone has told you to do some sort of mobility work (foam rolling, lacrosse ball, stretching, etc…). Low back pain? Roll on it. Knee pain? Roll on it. Headaches? Uh, I guess roll on it. It seems like mobility work is the answer for every sports injury. This blog post will discuss why mobility work doesn’t fix everything and what you should be doing to prevent sports injuries.
The squat is one of the best whole body exercises that you can do. It challenges the overall mobility and stability of the entire body. There is a common misconception with the squat that there is an “ideal squat.” Traditionally the ideal squat consisted of the feet planted straight forward, knees tracking over the 2nd toe, chest up, and the head looking straight ahead. Unfortunately, this advice does not suit everyone because we are all built slightly different. This blog post will discuss how to figure out what is limiting your squat as well as how to determine what the best squatting pattern is for your body.