Side planks are an excellent exercise to strengthen the entire body, from the hips all the way up to the shoulders. However, not everyone can or should start with the traditional side plank. Also, there are so many variations and side plank progressions to target different body areas that who needs the traditional side plank! In this article, you will learn the ultimate side plank guide that includes side plank progressions and side plank variations.
We interviewed renown orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nima Mehran to talk all about all things related to the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. With over 200,000 ACL injuries per year and over half of those injured going to go surgery, the ACL is a hot topic within the performance and health fields alike. But what is the ACL? What does the ACL do? Do you need surgery after an ACL injury? We answered all those questions and more in this fantastic interview!
Back pain is disabling, scary, and stressful. We are here to tell you that you are not alone and there is hope! Low Back Pain is a highly prevalent health condition that has manufactured considerable suffering across the world. It has been shown that low back pain causes more years lived with disability than any other health condition. This article will take you through a multidisciplinary approach using education, exercises, mindfulness, and nutritional pieces to help you end back pain now!
Golfer’s elbow, which in the medical world is referred to as medial epicondylitis or medial epicondyle tendinopathy, is an orthopedic condition that can involve pain located on the inside of the elbow. However, this injury is far from being exclusive only to golfers. Golfer’s elbow can happen to anyone and it can make simple activities of daily living frustrating and painful like carrying objects, opening a door or jar, and shaking someone’s hand. It is also a common elbow injury with other sports including baseball, field & track throwing sports, and even tennis (think serving and forehand strokes). In this article, you’ll learn what golfer’s elbow is, how to treat it with a free rehab program, and elbow prehab exercises to try and avoid this injury in the future.
We interviewed two of the leading orthopedic surgeons in the country, Dr. Nikhil Verma and Dr. Jorge Chahla of Midwest Orthopedics at Rush to discuss biologics. Biologics like PRP, stem cells, corticosteroid injections, and hyaluronic acid are all the rage in medicine right now – and for good reason. Instead of having to reconstruct or repair damaged or torn tissues in the body through surgery, what if we could help relieve pain and improve function with a minimal invasion biologic injection? That is the promise of biologic injections. While significantly more research needs to be done to better understand how to best deliver biologics and what patients they may benefit the most, the future is very promising. As physical therapists, we will always be advocates of more conservative measures like physical therapy or biologic injections prior to more invasive options like surgery when warranted to potentially give our patients the upper hand in their rehab. Keep reading for this beast of a guest-article by Dr. Jorge Chahla!
Neck pain is one of the most significant health problems worldwide, it is estimated that 22-70% of the population have neck pain at some time in their lives. It has also been suggested that the incidence of neck pain is increasing! It is ranked as the fourth leading cause of years lived with disability. Rates of reoccurrence and chronicity are reported to be high, which calls for preventive measures, or [P]Rehab! There is evidence suggesting you may reduce the risk of neck discomfort by approximately half with an exercise program. This article is a guide to improving mobility, control, and strength of your neck with the end goal of keeping your neck healthy and supple! […]
Tennis elbow, which in the medical world is referred to as Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy (LET) or lateral epicondylalgia, is one of the most common elbow injuries. As common as lateral elbow pain may be, it can be an absolute nuisance to treat and live with. It doesn’t just affect and cause pain with a tennis backhand but also shaking hands, grabbing dishes, typing, gripping, writing, and you name it. In this article, you’ll learn what tennis elbow is, how to treat it, what you should try first, and tennis elbow prehab exercises to try and avoid this injury in the future.
Orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists work hand in hand to deliver the best possible care to their patients. We both work in the field of orthopedic and sports and one of the most prevalent injuries we see are injuries to the meniscus. For that reason, we teamed up with a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Nima Mehran (@drnimamehran), to give you the most straightforward answers to all of your burning questions about the meniscus. What is it? Do I have a tear? Do I need surgery? What is rehab like? We answer all of that and more in this multi-disciplinary and collaborative interview and article!
The Shoulder is a complicated body part. With its complexity, proximal body parts are often overlooked when creating shoulder [P]rehab programs. The glenohumeral joint (shoulder) sits on the scapula (shoulder blade) which moves in accord with the thoracic spine (mid-Back). A Shoulder [P]Rehab program is not comprehensive unless all components of the shoulder are addressed. This article will guide you in how to Bulletproof Your Shoulders! The free program this article includes can be utilized by anyone seeking how to improve shoulder health!
So you want to change running form? It is not uncommon for runners to explore changing how they run. Whether it’s exploring different training methods, switching shoes, or adjusting how their foot contacts the ground – some runners will try anything to improve performance and minimize pain and injury risk. In this article, you will learn common running forms, running specific exercises, when shoes matter, and how to change running form safely.