Old Ankle Injuries & Your Back Pain

Many patients with ongoing back, hip, or knee pain often forget how much their old ankle sprains from high school can be a cause of their current symptoms. Patients disregard it, thinking “Oh – it swelled up pretty good back then, but it doesn’t bother me now.” Even if an old ankle sprain doesn’t bother you currently, did you know that the swelling you experienced in your ankles years ago have turned into scar tissue and therefore now makes the ankle joint more stiff? This is important because our ankles/feet are vital in most functional and sports activities. They hold your body weight and determine whether or not you have will have proper joint and muscle functionality. Whenever the ankle…

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Musicians With Too Much Flexibility

When first learning a musical instrument, it is often the flexibility of a person that gives them an advantage to playing with superior technique.  In the case of hand flexibility, the ability to easily span octaves or assume challenging fingerings make technically demanding pieces seem much more feasible.  However, in cases of extreme mobility, musicians will often revert to firm pressures  to better stabilize their instrument. When firm pressures are applied against a firm surface, often posistions of hyperextension are assumed. Such positions, especially frequently repeated or chronically maintained, put your joints at risk for injury. Contrastingly, many people with extreme joint flexibility will try to brace themselves by co-contracting multiple muscle groups to give a feel of stability. Often, in these…

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The Nerve of You!

Have you ever experienced back pain with associated sciatica down one of your legs? Perhaps the pain / numbness down your leg and back have subsided, but a few years have gone by and that same leg now just doesn’t feel the same? Likely, the hamstring feels tight, maybe your calf cramps more or your foot now hurts. A possible reason why is that even thought your sciatica and back pain symptoms calmed, the sciatic nerve is still irritated mildly that can cause the muscle, fascia, or other tissues that the sciatic nerve innervated down your leg can now become compromised and aches and pains can begin in sights other than your back and sciatic nerve – that are related…

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Are Your Shoes Really Helping You?

Are Your Shoes Really Helping You?

Athletic shoewear have recently gained a lot of attention for their role in assisting a person to acheive a variety of health and fitness related goals. Skechers, being on of the first in the industry, have now come to the forefront of our attention again as some of their claims have been refutted.

Oftentimes we see patients who are flirting with shoes to solve an underlying biomechanical issue. In actuality the shoes are a “band-aid” and not solving the true physical issue at hand. Once the physical issues are resolved, the shoes become a means to assist instead of a failed solution. If you have questions regarding your shoewear and what it may or may not be doing for your health, please get in touch with one of the Motion Stability therapists!

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Weakness is the core problem!

Do you think you have a strong core?  The latest trending exercise for core enthusiasts is at Motion Stability! Redcord is  gaining popularity in the world of  wellness and with elite athletes as a strengthening appartaus which emphasizes perfect form and maximizes muscle specificity!  The advantages of redcord as an exercise also play a key role in the world of rehabilitation for the correction of movement dysfunctions found in musculoskeletal pain and chronic pain. Redcord was featured in a recent edition of Marie Claire magazine! Check out the article here:  http://www.neuracpt.com/pdfs/Marie%20Claire%20Cover%20March%202012.pdf _________________________ Medical Disclaimer: Motion Stability has created and compiled the content on its websites for your information and use. This information is not intended to replace or modify the medical advice of…

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Understanding your pain can be INSTRUMENTAL to musical performance

Pain is a common complaint with many musical instrumentalists, though performers are often at a loss for who to turn to for relief.  Many times they have been told to stop their musical activities in an effort to control their pain.  This often leaves aspiring musicians in search of another dream, or professional musicians panicked to obtain other work opportunities.  Countless stories of career-ending pain or dysfunction have come to light in recent years, but quality healthcare for these individuals remains sparse. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10272/1091003-114.stm In recent years, physical therapy has made its name in the performing arts world.  Many retired dancers and actors are turning to physical therapy as a second career to help their colleagues treat common career-ending ailments.  Physical therapists…

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Motion Stability is Offering a Course!

Available to all residents, fellows, physical therapists! Please see the link below for more information: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Janda-Course–August-25-26–2012—Atlanta–GA.html?soid=1101912448556&aid=INbaMINud4w. _________________________ Medical Disclaimer: Motion Stability has created and compiled the content on its websites for your information and use. This information is not intended to replace or modify the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition. Please remember that the information and content, in the absence of a visit with a health care professional, must be considered as an informational/educational service only and is not designed to replace a physician’s independent judgment about the appropriateness of risks of a procedure or condition for a given patient. 

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Lazy Butt Syndrome

As the height of running season approaches, it is prudent to address the importance of the hip musculature in keeping a runner pain-free while maintaining the efficiency required for long distance events. Motion Stability has partnered with Phiddipides, a local running store, to discuss this topic with their runners. A lack of hip muscle strength can cause a myriad of problems in any person, but is especially problematic for runners as the hip muscles not only provide the propulsion for a powerful stride, but also the pelvic stability required to keep the lower legs moving efficiently. For a closer look at how weak hips can literally be a “pain in the butt” for runners, please click here read the article posted…

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Dry Needling as a part of the Georgia Physical Therapy Practice Act under bill HR 145

Thank you to Georgia Representatives Sharon Cooper and Edward Lindsey, the use of dry needling in clinical practice has been adopted into the Georgia Physical Therapy Practice act under bill HR 145. Dry needling is a technique to improve myofascial pain and dysfunction, which includes treatment of trigger points. With proper clinical reasoning and treatment methodology, trigger point dry needling can help significantly with improvements in pain, dysfunction, range of motion, and movement patterns. For more information please view our website: www.motionstability.com For more information on the bill follow this link. _________________________ Medical Disclaimer: Motion Stability has created and compiled the content on its websites for your information and use. This information is not intended to replace or modify the…

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The Disconnect between Post-partum Women and Low Back Pain

Recently we have seen a growing number of women presenting to our clinic with low back pain and who incidentally have had a baby within the last couple of years. Unfortunately many of these women have been told 1 of 2 things by their medical practitioners: it is an unfortunate side-effect of being post-partum and that it should go away in due time or go try some physical therapy and see if it helps. The problem is that the women is caught between her ObGyn saying it is a post-partum issue and her orthopedist diagnosing her with non-specific back pain, but not attributing it to the fact that she has just had a baby. Oftentimes, the problem goes undiagnosed and…

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