The Athletic Hip Series: The Various Hamstring Injuries

 

The Athletic Hip Series: The Various Hamstring Injuries

By: Maggie Gebhardt PT, DPT, OCS Adjunct Clinical Professor- Mercer University, Division of Physical Therapy Anyone who has had, or knows someone who has had, a hamstring tear knows it can look pretty bad. Typically people will report pain, hearing a pop, and a deep, ugly bruise that shows up a couple of days later that can extend past the knee. Even though this sounds really dramatic those are the kinds of injuries you actually want to have, because after the initial inflammation they tend to heal fairly quickly. Then there are the more common and much less talked about tendiopathies. These are the injuries that come on slowly and you do not notice until it’s almost too late. They are…

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12 Things I Learned in my Year of Running

Post By: Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS As some of you may know my New Year’s resolution for 2014 was to run 1 race a month. I did not put any stipulations on it except that it had to be a sanctioned race aka  I had to pay for it and I got a shirt at the end of it.  The distance did not matter, but I did want to attempt getting to a half-marathon somewhere in the middle of all these races. The half-marathon was important to me because it was the race that has alluded me over the past couple of years due to a variety of injuries or unexpected life circumstances. In my mind, completing a half…

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These Feet Were Made for Walking

By: Clarence Holmes, PT, DPT “OUCH!!!!! I just got done playing tennis and my foot is killing me!” “Man, when I stand at work for more than 20 minutes, my foot really starts to hurt.” “Every time I take a step in the morning, my foot is in so much pain! It eventually gets better, but I don’t know what is going on.  I’ve got to go see my doctor.”   Or do you?  If you have said any of the above, then you definitely want to tune in to this blog post!   Foot pain can be the result of various causes and often times, it is the result of plantar fasciitis.  But do you know what that is? …

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Analyze This: A Runners Missing Link

Post By: Laura Gold, PT, DPT You’re a runner, and you’ve got pain. Not a little post workout soreness or the occasional ache, but pain that won’t go away. Or maybe it’s that annoying problem that keeps moving around – first it was the Achilles, then runner’s knee, IT band, plantar fasciitis… one injury improves just to make room for another.  And you’ve done it all. NSAIDs. Stretches. Injections. Massage. Foam Rolling. Exercises. Maybe you’ve even considered (or had) surgery. Yet the problem persists. Your friends, family, co-workers, and perhaps, even your medical professionals are telling you to hang up your running shoes. You’re starting to wonder if they’re right. BUT WAIT! (Says the physical therapist and like-minded “crazy” runner)….

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The Athletic Hip Series: Piriformis Syndrome

Post by Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS To a runner, the word “Piriformis” is a dreaded, scary, and frustrating word. However, the diagnosis for Piriformis Syndrome is commonly overused and misdiagnosed. I would venture to say that in the years I have been working, I have never actually seen a true case of Pirifomis Syndrome. Many people assume that  hip tightness must be their ‘Piriformis.’ Well I am here to spread the word…that is just not true! Actual Piriformis Syndrome is when the piriformis muscle becomes so tight that it causes numbness, tingling and/or pain down into the respective leg. The piriformis muscle spans the backside of your hip, sits amongst your gluteal muscles, and runs from your tailbone to the outside of…

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Mythbusters: Pt- Tie Down those Shoes

Post by Beth Collier PT, DPT, OCS With less than 1 month before the big race, I have been struggling with shin splints on both legs. There are many factors that contribute to shin splints such as weakness in the core and hips, poor shoe wear, improper running form/stride length, etc. I wanted to start by trying to address something that could cause an immediate change. I know that my shoes were still in pretty good shape and still had plenty of miles left on them, so I took interest in some research involving proper fit of shoes with various lacing techniques. In the end, I discovered that shoe laces were part of the problem. That’s right, I changed the way…

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The Athletic Hip Series: Hip Surgery FAQs

Post by Maggie Gebhardt PT, DPT, OCS So you’re contemplating having surgery to repair your torn labrum or you’ve already had it done. I am sure a number of questions are running through your head. The first thing to remember is to be flexible. Oftentimes, surgeons do not know how your hip truly looks or the extent of the injury until surgery. Surgeons do their best to warn you of this, but it oftentimes does not become a reality until you wake up after the procedure. Remember that they are doing their absolute best to start you on the road to complete recovery. The most common unexpected outcomes after surgery is prolonged bracing, crutches, ambulation, driving, and return to sport. This…

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Are you Squatting Correctly? Part 3

By: Laura Gold, PT, DPT For the past two weeks, we’ve presented some common errors in squatting form and what you can do to make sure you’ve got great technique. In the final post in this series, we’ll take a look at the foot and ankle as well as the overall form you need to achieve a squat that really targets the glutes.   The Penguin As cute as our little feathered, tuxedo-wearing friends may be, you don’t want to find yourself emulating them in the gym. What I’m talking about is feet (one or both) that turn out to accommodate the squatting motion. Often, you will also notice that the arch at the inside of the foot collapses (lowers…

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Are You Squatting Correctly? Part 2

Post by Laura Gold, PT, DPT Last week we introduced the idea that errors in squatting form are very common and can usually be fixed. We looked at a couple of common problems with trunk and lumbar spine posture and gave you some hints for healthier back (and stronger core!) when squatting. This week we’re talking about knees! The Knee Diver If you have this little hiccup in your squat, you might also be experiencing some knee pain! With this movement pattern, the knees creep forward over and past the toes as the squatter gets lower to the floor. This style of squat puts lots of pressure on your knees – especially at the knee cap. Luckily, it is a…

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You’ve Got Some Nerve…

Post by Brian Yee, PT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT People fall. People get hurt. Injuries usually get better… as we would hope. There are many cases, however, when common injuries that we think would get better over time do not. Here’s a case in which I have seen people have traumatic injuries such as slipping and falling on an outstretched arm, causing wrist and forearm pain. Most people, including physicians and physical therapists, would assume it’s a wrist injury such as a ligament sprain or fracture, and in most cases, it probably is. But let’s say the injured arm now presents with tingling, redness, or swelling. Now what do you think that may be coming from? One structure that is commonly…

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