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.

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…

What Can Balance Training Do for You? [Exercise Progression Video]

Balance Exercise

What do a 15-year-old soccer player and an 85-year-old bridge player have in common? They can both benefit from balance training. Bobby’s goal is to prevent another ankle sprain. Edna’s goal is to prevent another fall. Whoever you are: young or old, fit or sedentary, athlete or office worker, you can benefit from balance training.

Let’s take a look at what systems in your body contribute to balance, why balance training is so important for different groups of people, and – most importantly – how you can improve your balance with a progression of exercises…

Stretching: When To Do It, How To Do It

When and How You Should Be Stretching

I don’t stretch as much as I should – that’s what I caught myself telling a friend over dinner the other night. He had asked me what my thoughts were about stretching – when to stretch, how often, for how long, etc. As I was informing him of my knowledge on the subject, I felt a certain sense of guilt in regards to my own stretching regiment because, in all honesty, I don’t really stretch that often.

But I’m a Physical Therapist! I’m supposed to embody total health all day, every day! Shouldn’t I be stretching morning, noon, and night?

Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you feel like you should be stretching more. Or maybe you feel like it’s unclear why you’re stretching in the first place and what kind of benefit it will have.

Well, I’ve got some good news for us both: how you stretch and when you stretch is more important than spending more time stretching…

Tools of 7 Physical Therapy Titans

Their Best Advice For Pain Prevention

Pain Prevention Tools

Ever wonder about pain? Why do we have it? How do we prevent it?  I asked some of the most influential people in Physical Therapy and Orthopedics – leaders in the pain business – to give their best piece of advice about pain prevention. Here are their answers: