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.
Scar tissue has been demonized in the sports medicine world as the cause of many myofascial pain syndromes. Shoulder and knee pain, among others, are often attributed to scar tissue formed after a previous injury with treatments geared towards the breakup of said tissue. Is scar tissue really the cause of these pain syndromes and can it be broken down by manual therapy? Or is there another way manual therapy works? This blog post will discuss the scar tissue myth and also explain how manual therapy works.
Predicting injuries is a very difficult task because there are so many factors that contribute to an injury. One of the most common causes is due to overuse. The term “overuse” is a poor term to describe these injuries because it implies that there is a certain amount of use that is optimal. A better way to describe these injuries is to describe them as a training program error, where the workload was increased too quickly for the body to adapt to. This blog post will discuss proper training programing and also how high chronic workloads can actually be protective against injury.
Chances are if you’ve ever suffered a lower extremity injury, someone has told you that it was because you pronate when you walk or run. While it is true that you pronate with each step, it is not necessarily true that it is because of pronation. This blog post will discuss the normal gait cycle and why pronation may not be the reason for your pain.
Patellofemoral pain is a broad term used to describe pain on the front of the knee. The diagnosis by itself gives a vague clinical picture because there are many things can cause pain on the front of the knee. A patellar tracking issue is another term typically used interchangeably with patellofemoral pain, which gives a better idea of what the problem is. This blog post will discuss the cause of patellar tracking issues and the current methods for treating it.
It seems like the list of things that can go wrong with the shoulder joint is never ending: partial rotator cuff tears, full-thickness rotator cuff tears, labral tears, shoulder dislocations, internal/external impingement syndrome, etc… However, not all shoulder pain is caused by dysfunctions within the glenohumeral joint, sometimes the scapula can be the cause. This post will discuss the importance of the scapula on shoulder pain and function.
Thoracic pain and stiffness is a common complaint experienced by many. The thoracic spine, commonly referred to as the mid-back, is composed of 12 vertebra bones between the neck and low back. This blog post will discuss why thoracic mobility is important and four exercises you can do to improve your mobility.