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…

Cracking Joints: What’s That Sound?

Cracking Joints Sound

I’ve never been able to crack my knuckles. Growing up, cracking your knuckles was a sign that you were a cool kid – similar to double-jointedness or being able to wiggle your ears. Then, once about the third grade hit, teachers started telling us cracking your knuckles was bad – that it would eventually lead to arthritis and an inability to have normal-functioning hands. That same belief carried over to when our knees started popping when we squatted down. If knuckle-cracking was bad, the knee-popping must be bad, too, right?

Which joints crack for you? Your knuckles? Knees? Shoulders? Hips? Ankles? Neck?

What is it that actually causes the cracking sound inside your joints? Is it bad? Should you be concerned? Let’s explore…