The Athletic Hip Series: Impingement

 

The Athletic Hip Series: Impingement

Post by Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS “Runner’s take your mark!” It’s that time of year again when hundreds and thousands of runners line Peachtree to run Atlanta’s annual July 4th Peachtree Roadrace. It is a day of celebration and festivities that culminate with the highly coveted and secretive t-shirt. From a physical therapy perspective it is the time of year that runners flood your clinic trying to get a couple of appointments in to get themselves bandaged up and to the Peachtree Road starting line. Sometimes the stars align and a little TLC from your favorite therapist gets you back out on the road, but unfortunately that is not always the case. One of those instances is the elusive…

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Learn About Jozy Altidore’s Hamstring Injury, the Motion Stability way.

Post by Ryan Balmes, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, FAAOMPT Have you been watching the World Cup lately? Whether you’re into soccer or not, its hard to avoid all the World Cup news and updates. One of the recent updates is that Jozy Altidore, the US team’s premier striker alongside Clint Dempsey, will not be able to participate in tomorrow’s match versus Germany. This is the World Cup, the top competition for soccer worldwide, and so the conditions are no doubt intense. The weather’s heat and humidity has played a factor, as evident from the water break needed during US match versus Portugal this past Sunday. The level of competition and expectations from worldwide fans are also intense as well. With…

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Summer Swim Team! Which Stroke is the Best for my Child?

Post by Brian Yee, PT, DPT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT As summer break kicks off, summer camps, travel teams, and most notably- swim teams go into full force! Every day practices, weekend meets, hours in the water and sun… oh what fun! But have you wondered why your child may excel in one stroke such as breast stroke but not in freestyle? Or why he or she is a good all around swimmer in medley events but simply does not have the power to excel in any of them? There are many reasons why a child excels in a stroke or event, and on the flip side is likely to get injured. This could be pure coordination, athleticism, determination, and body development in…

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Mythbusters: PT- Mommy Style

Post by Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS The Myth: Running with a jogging stroller and baby is not that much different from running before pregnancy and should not be so difficult to perform. This is a common thought we have heard from our mommy patients over the years who often get frustrated with returning to their workouts after having a  baby. Specifically women, who may regularly run for exercise before or during pregnancy at an average of 15-20 miles per week, have difficulty returning to running even 1-2 miles at a time 6-12 months after having a baby. The proposed culprit to this obstacle: the jogging stroller. It would seem that simply pushing something on wheels would not so drastically…

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Balance Slow to Run Fast

Post by Ryan Balmes, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Have you ever taken the time to look at how you run? It’s an amazingly efficient combination of movements in the human body. If you take a closer look you’ll notice a few key elements: It’s a controlled fall. When both feet are in the air you are momentarily floating in air as your body prepares to land. When you land, it is not a giant disaster. You load and absorb your weight while also storing energy to bounce right back. Studies show that you absorb between 1.5 to 3 times your body weight upon impact, yet you hardly feel it! During your stance phase, when your foot is on the ground,…

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Things All People Should Know about Physical Therapy

Post by Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS So often after treating patients for a few visits, they express to me how they have had a very different view of physical therapy up until this point. So, I decided to put together a list of things that everyone should know about physical therapy! 1. Not all Physical Therapy is created equal: While it is true that all physical therapists must take the same licensing exam and graduate from an accredited university who must cover the same basic information, not all PTs practice the same. Emphases of skills, areas of specialization or interest as well as personal beliefs are just a few of the factors that shape an individual’s practice as a physical…

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The Athletic Hip Series: What is IT Band Syndrome?

Post by Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS IT, otherwise known as the Iliotibial Band, is a common source of lateral knee pain in runners. However, most people do not realize that this is an issue oftentimes stemming from the hip. Pain generated from disorders of the IT band can be present at its origination along the lateral pelvis all the way to the lateral knee. The IT band is usually over-utilized due to poor lower extremity mechanics. Weak hip musculature, primarily the glutes, cause increased reliance on the IT band to stabilize the knee. This scenario can cause the IT band to get caught in a “catch-22”: overuse of the IT band causes increased tightness of the TFL (Tensor Fascia…

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Pain? Injured? Get Moving!

Post by Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS Did you know that our bodies can produce the best medicine to heal injury and relieve chronic pain? All you need to do to take advantage of this medicine is to get moving! Even gentle movement as performed with Tai chi or yoga or simply deep breathing can block pain producing hormones and aid in the body’s natural inflammatory process. Pain expert David Butler, who the Motion Stability team had the pleasure of learning from last month at a class held in Atlanta, describes this effect as tapping into our body’s pharmacy that is open 24 hours a day- even on holidays! SO- if you have had long standing unresolved pain, get moving!…

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How You Can Incorporate Olympic Training Methods into your Fitness Routine

Post by Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS “Hi, my name is Maggie and I am an Olympic junkie!” I will admit that I am an absolute Olympic fanatic. My Olympics obsession began as a little girl sitting at my grandma’s kitchen table watching Katerina Witt skate to the gold medal in the ’88 Calgary Olympics and being completely entranced. Over the years, my impression of the Olympics has matured past pretty costumes and ‘dancing on ice’ to one where true athletes get to realize their dreams after years and years of training, injuries, and the ups and downs of competition. As the articles and news stories have started coming out on the upcoming Sochi Olympics, I have loved reading how…

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Step It Up! Increasing Running Cadence Can Really Take a Load Off (Your Joints!)

Post by Laura Gold, PT, DPT Running related aches, pains, and injuries are often a result of repetitively overloading our joints and other tissues. One simple technique change that may reduce strain on the runner’s body is to increase your cadence. Have you ever watched elite distance runners glide around the track in the 10,000 meter or down the road in a big marathon? If so, you might have noticed how quickly they move their feet- their step rate, or “cadence” is typically at least 180 steps per minute. So how exactly does increasing cadence help prevent or treat injuries? In a study published in 2011 in the ACSM’s journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Heiderscheit and colleagues provide evidence that…

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