Stretching Helps Prevent Knee and Ankle Pain

By: Sara Miller, Physical Therapy Assistant

Teenagers. They think they know everything.

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Both of my teenage daughters (16 and 13) play sports. Soccer, basketball, track, cross-country; you name it, they play it. Between them and their friends, it seems like we are constantly treating knee and ankle/foot issues.

It’s tough getting kids to stretch before playing sports. Often, they will rush though the process because, quite frankly, it’s not a lot of fun. But what they don’t realize is that having a good stretching program can help alleviate much of the pain and inflammation that they deal with during the course of a season. This is especially important for younger people, whose bodies are still growing and developing.

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Coming Back from ACL Reconstruction

Basketball-Player-psd61793Of all sports injuries, the ACL is the most dreaded to athletes. At nearly 200,000 occurrences annually, ACL-related injuries are some of the most common knee injuries in sports and have ended careers.

About 70% of ACL injuries are non-contact. That means it could stem from how you move, particularly while playing sports that involve quick cutting, pivoting, and jumping.

Other experts believe it could just be that we’re more prone to these types of injuries due to lifestyle and environmental factors. One thing that all experts agree on is that a loud pop or snap coming from your knee means you’re in for a long road of rehabilitation. Continue reading

How Effective are Video Games with PT?

As a physical therapist, it’s so ironic to me that video games, which are often regarded as a leading cause of sedentary lifestyles among kids, can be used as a beneficial tool in physical and occupational rehabilitation. But whether you want to call it ‘Wii-habilitation’ or ‘exergaming,’ more studies are coming out that prove just that. Continue reading

Are you in pain, or are you just sore? Do you know how to tell the difference?

pain or sorenessMuscle soreness is a common, healthy result of exercise. In a way, it can be welcomed, because it’s a reminder that your workout was productive. However, if what you’re feeling is pain, it could be an indicator of injury.

Any time you put stress on your body, you will experience some type of physical discomfort. It’s important to know if that discomfort is soreness or pain to prevent long-term injury. Continue reading

Is it Time to Schedule a Physical Therapy appointment?

Not all physical therapy patients are getting over joint-replacement surgery. Physical therapy can be very beneficial for common injuries, and can help alleviate pain, restore function and movement, and prevent more serious issues later on down the road. But when is the best time to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist? Continue reading