Jump around…jump around…jump around…jump up, jump up, and get down…” If House of Pain’s lyrics to “Jump Around” describes the sequence you went through with your knee – lots of jumping followed by some aggravated down time – it’s likely you have Jumper’s Knee – or Patellar Tendinosis. But don’t get too discouraged, later in the song they sing “…so get out your seat and jump around!” With some guidance and some hard work, you too can get back to where you want to be.
Let’s take a look at what Jumper’s Knee looks like, what you can expect in terms of outcomes, and which exercises you should be doing to improve…
Two-hundred-fifty-thousand – that’s the number of ACL injuries that occur every year in the United States. Most of these injuries happen in young athletes in sports that involve jumping, pivoting, or hard cutting. One-hundred-thousand is the number of ACL reconstruction surgeries in the US each year. Just about every athlete wants to know one thing after their ACL surgery…
“When can I get back to my sport?”
To answer this, we’ll look at:
– How much time you should spend in Physical Therapy rehabilitating
– How many months after surgery are proven to give the best outcomes
– Physical requirements for returning to sports
A snapping sound anywhere in your body can be quite disconcerting, can’t it? “What could possibly be causing that sound?” you wonder. “Will it ever go away?” Snapping in the hip is a common issue that, fortunately, can be helped. Here we’ll cover the basics of who is affected by a snapping hip, what causes the snapping sounds, and what you can do to help…
Have you seen the movie Bloodsport? If you haven’t, let me put it this way: it’s the best cheesy ’80s kickboxing movie of all time – one that I’d highly recommend (if you’re into that sort of thing). There’s a famous scene in the movie where Jean Claude Van Damme is doing the splits while meditating. But doing the splits the normal way isn’t enough for Van Damme – he does them with each foot resting on chairs, with nothing supporting his body in between. Whenever I think of a groin strain I picture this scene.
Although you or I won’t ever be able to match Van Damme’s groin strength (unless you happened to be an elite gymnast), we can strive to improve ours – and we should because, as it turns out, strengthening not only helps you recover from groin strains, but it can also help prevent them.
Can’t get comfortable while sitting? Can’t sleep on your side? Have radiating pain down the back of your leg? If what you’re going through is a literal pain in the butt, you may be experiencing symptoms of Piriformis Syndrome.
Piriformis Syndrome is a controversial diagnosis because there are several other impairments that can lead to similar symptoms.
With that said, let’s discuss what Piriformis Syndrome is, what are potential causes, and most importantly, what you can do to improve…
Surprisingly, there’s not much knowledge in the general public about hip labrum tears – what causes them and how they can best be managed. I’d venture to say most people don’t even know what a labrum is. Maybe this lack of awareness exists because labral tears aren’t that common – this is what I used to think. Then I looked into it and what I found shocked me. I learned that they are, in fact, incredibly common in people with hip or groin pain.
Because they’re so common, it’s important to understand the difference between what’s normal, and what needs treatment. We will also look at how to best treat hip labrum tears and also how to potentially prevent them…
Trouble getting out of a chair? Trouble pivoting? Walking? How about lifting your leg on and off the bed? In and out of the car? Mobility in your hips is vitally important for many everyday tasks. Your hips are the connection point of your leg to the rest of your body. Therefore, any lack of mobility in this joint can greatly affect how you function.
Let’s talk about what causes limited hip mobility and, more importantly, what you can do to improve it…
You’ve probably read all the books about what to expect when during and after pregnancy. You knew in advance the changes your body would go through – the morning sickness, and the labor process. It’s likely you were even made aware of the potential for lower back pain during this 9-month journey. But no one warned you about the pelvic girdle pain you’re having.
What can you do for pelvic girdle pain? Is it safe to treat during pregnancy or soon afterward? When will it go away?
Let’s address these questions, starting with some good news: there are things you can do to help.
Your low back pain isn’t improving after all this time and you’re wondering why? Shouldn’t the normal healing process have run its course by now? The short answer is – yes. And likely, it did take place. But the longer you experience pain, the more sensitive your nerves become, essentially turning up the “pain volume knob” in your brain.
The good news: there are steps you can take to turn this volume down by:
- Understanding pain
- Sleeping well
- Setting positive goals
Let’s get started…
Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in adults – 84% of people will experience low back pain at some point. Without a doubt, you’ve tried at least one method to help relieve your low back pain – chiropractic, massage, ointments, opioids, braces, ice, heat, maybe even surgery. As time goes on and your pain continues, it’s understandable that you get discouraged. You may become worried that your low back pain might not improve.
I understand your concern.
This article is for you…