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Torn Rotator Cuff? What’s That Surgery All About?

The glenohumeral joint (shoulder joint) like the hip is a ball and socket joint that provides the most degrees of freedom allowing for ROM in 3 planes. These passive structures, however, provide very limited stability to the joint. The overwhelming contribution to stability comes from active stabilizers, AKA muscle, the rotator cuff.  With an anatomical structure that promotes increased mobility,

How to Decrease Back Pain with Intra-Abdominal Pressure

We all know that the world is only getting more technologically advanced. Technology has advanced the human experience dramatically in terms of mental stimulation and intelligence. Physically the opposite is true, for the most part. According to Time, one in four American adults sit for more than eight hours a day, so no wonder numerous people have back pain

How we Train Functional Movements

From the moment we are born, we begin to form functional movements. From sitting up to standing, to walking, then running and throwing. As we age, we gain these basic skills— but do we do these things correctly? Physiologically, we move in a way that is metabolically efficient, not in a way that promotes longevity. In other words, we move

Labral Tear: Debridement vs. Refixation

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint with a lot of mobility just like the shoulder joint and just like the shoulder, the hip sacrifices stability for motion. If tearing takes place in the hip and is significant enough and surgery is deemed necessary, two options based on severity are labral debridement and labral refixation. Sure, the hip

Functional Femoroacetabular Impingement

Objectives

  • To recognize, diagnose, and treat functional femoroacetabular impingement.
  • To recognize antagonistic muscle activation as a treatment option for hypertonic musculature. 
  • To understand the importance of conservative care in the diagnosis and treatment of functional femoroacetabular impingement. 

Introduction

Functional Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) is a common source of anterior hip pain. True FAI is due to a bony abutment of the

The Brain can Change your Body

New Physical Therapy Types: The Brain Can Change Your Body

How many of you have used the phrase “getting old sucks” when talking about the aches and pains you experience? What if I told you aches and pains are not a part of getting old and your brain has the power to change your body? When we experience aches

Running Form Matters to Prevent Injuries

Running and walking form can tell a lot about someone’s muscular imbalance and possibilities for overuse injuries. There will always be a uniqueness to each person’s gait, but there are some key foundations that each runner should strive to achieve. The four areas of focus are the ankle/foot, the hip, the core, and the shoulder. When compensations are understood and

Degeneration and Disc Disorders are Not Scary

When people see degenerative change on an X-Ray or MRI, the tendency is to think your condition or symptoms are permanent without surgical intervention. Understand that these imaging results are just a snapshot in time of an ever-changing body. Do not let the words disc bulge, herniation, degeneration, or osteoarthritis scare you. Unless severe or chronic neurological symptoms (weakness, numbness,

Athletes Have Opportunities During this Season

Athletes of all ages have been a little shell shocked by the cancellation of seasons due to the infamous COVID-19. People may feel that the cancellations were a disadvantage, and fear that they are missing out on the experience to get better at their sport. I think this time period is quite the opposite; it is an opportunity.  Most of

Leg Press Will Not Help You Throw Harder

Let me take you on a journey through the biomechanics of pitching. Most people understand that power comes from the lower half when throwing a baseball. So what workouts do you do for the lower half? Squatting, deadlift, leg press, etc? I would argue that these exercises are unnecessary if you are trying to gain velocity when throwing a baseball.