Jumper’s Knee – What It Takes To Get Back in the Game

Progressive Loading For Patellar Tendinosis

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…

ACL Surgery – Getting Back To Your Sport

With Advanced Exercise Videos

ACL injury

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 year1. 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

What You Can Do For A Snapping Hip

The 3 Best Exercises For Relief

Snapping Hip Syndrome

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…

So You Strained Your Groin – Now What?

Man with groin strain

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.

Piriformis Syndrome Can Be A Pain in the Butt

…But There Are Steps You Can Take To Treat It

Woman with Piriformis Syndrome

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…

The Truth About Hip Labrum Tears

Plus: How to Strengthen Your Hips for Treatment and Prevention

Runner With Hip Labrum Tear

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…

3 Tips To Improve Your Hip Mobility

Treating Hip Osteoarthritis with Exercise

Hip Mobility Exercise

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…

Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy

Steps You Can Take To Improve

Pregnant woman with pelvic girdle pain

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.

4 Keys to Treat Your Chronic Low Back Pain

So You Can Get Back to the Things You Want to Do

Girl with chronic low back pain

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:

  1. Understanding pain
  2. Exercising
  3. Sleeping well
  4. Setting positive goals

Let’s get started…

Low Back Pain: How To Turn Down the Volume

How Overcoming Fear & Anxiety Can Improve Your Function

Low Back Pain Volume Knob

Low back pain is the most common cause of disability in adults – 84% of people will experience low back pain at some point1. 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…