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Post By: Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS As you may have read from Beth’s previous blog October is National Physical Therapy month which means it’s a pretty busy month at our clinic. I can say from personal experience that it has been quite a whirlwind! This is the month that our national organization (APTA) has designated to advocate for the profession and really tell the world what we do and how Physical Therapy can play an important role in your life. That being said, there are a lot of events that all occur within this month’s short 31 days. The slogan for national PT month is “Move Forward” www.moveforwardpt.com. That can mean many things, but here at Motion Stability we have taken that…

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Exercises To Prevent Lower Back Pain

What Exercises for My Core Can Help Prevent Lower Back Pain? Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT First – generally there are different roles of muscles in your trunk. Typically the smaller ones closest to your spine are considered ‘local’ muscles. Such muscles as the transversus abdominis, diaphragm, pelvic floor, and lumbar multifidus provide segmental control of your lumbar vertebra. Real-time ultrasound imaging can be used to visualize the proper contraction of these muscles as we cannot see these muscles from the superficial skin. So first step in core stability is to ensure that the smaller muscles are engaging properly. Then you have ‘global’ muscles which are the larger muscles – such as rectus abdominis, obliques, paraspinal muscles. These muscles…

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What Can I Do to Prevent an ACL Injury?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT An ACL injury is usually due to the knee going into excessive valgus (knee turning inwards) and/or some type of rotary /pivot force. Many people focus on training the musculature around the knee such as the quad and hamstrings. This does help, but one must also consider the stability of the joints above and below – which would be the hips and ankle/foot complex.The knee can be viewed as a junction between two different stilts. If the hip is not stable or has excessive mobility, or the foot / ankle is not supportive such as excessive flat feet or stiff ankles from an old ankle sprain – it can place excessive valgus force at…

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What Can I Do For Plantar Fasciitis?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT Pain in the arch or heel of your foot is commonly diagnosed as ‘plantar fasciitis’. However, there are several reasons that can cause pain at the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis: Usually due to an over-stretched arch. Treatment by taping, manual therapy, orthotics, and use of night splints can provide short-term relief. Long term prognosis is based not only treating the plantar fasciitis itself, but also restoring proper mechanics of the entire leg. Nerve Pain: The tibial nerve, which is a branch of the sciatic nerve can cause symptoms in the bottom of the foot. The key to treatment in nerve injuries is to determine why and where the injury occurred and treat…

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Why should I work with a rehab specialists for back pain?

Brian Yee PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT A rehabilitation specialist is able to identify reasons why your back pain is occurring based on the way the you move, palpation of the involved tissues, and rule out serious medical pathologies such as spinal based cancers. Back pain can derive from multiple sources including a herniated disc, a joint injury, a muscle strain, or referred pain from such things as vitamin D deficiency or internal organ issues.  If your back pain is due to musculoskeletal causes, the rehabilitation specialist should then be able to provide an accurate treatment plan that addresses the underlying causes of your pain and provide education, exercises, and ideas how to get your back to the functional or sports…

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Runners Clinic at Weststride (October 20th)

On October 20th (11am – 2pm), Beth Collier and Maggie Gebhardt, physical therapists from our team at Motion Stability, will be teaching and participating in a runners’ clinic at Weststride Running Store – 3517 Northside Parkway #11, Atlanta, GA 30327. This clinic will be co-hosted by Brooks Running Shoes. Maggie and Beth will be teaching two foam rolling clinics at 11:30am and 12:30pm and will be on hand to give out pointers throughout the day. Brooks will also be present for gait analysis and shoe fitting. Contact the store to reserve your spot! 404-467-1010 or visit www.weststride.com   _________________________ Medical Disclaimer: Motion Stability has created and compiled the content on its websites for your information and use. This information is not…

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Your Diaphragm – Not Just For Breathing!

Post by Beth Collier PT, DPT, OCS Most people know that our diaphragms are responsible for allowing us to breathe in and out. Most people also know that fast repetitions of diaphragm contractions manifest as hiccups.  What most people don’t realize is that the diaphragm is actually a part of your core and plays a vitally important role in posture. Other components of your core muscles include your deep ab and back muscles as well as muscles that make up your pelvic floor. A dysfunction in one part of the core can lead to increase stress on the other remaining muscles groups, which is why core strengthening is emphasized in back pain and incontinence. As a musician or athlete, it…

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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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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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PT Research Fundraiser – UQ Integration Course

The Marquette Challenge Conference, “Evidence-Based Examination and Treatment of the Upper Quadrant: An Integrated Approach,” was held on March 14-16, 2008 at Georgia State University. It was put together to raise support for the Physical Therapy Research Foundation. Thank you to guest instructors Josh Cleland, PT, PhD, OCS, FAAOMPT, and Georgia State Faculty members, Joe Donnelly, PT, DHS, OCS, Deborah Michael, PT, DPT, CPed, Philip Fabrizio, PT, MS, CEAS, and Brian Yee, PT, MPT, Mphty, OCS for coordinating and sharing their clinical specialties. Thank you as well to the Georgia State University students for helping organize this course. We hope to do this again next year! _________________________ Medical Disclaimer: Motion Stability has created and compiled the content on its websites…

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