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Side planks are an excellent exercise to strengthen the entire body, from the hips to the core and 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 you shouldn't only settle for the traditional side plank! In this article, you will learn the ultimate side plank guide that includes side plank progressions and side plank variations.

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 with an orthopedic surgeon!

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, youโ€™ll learn what golfer's elbow is, how to treat golfer's elbow with a free [P]Rehab program, and elbow [P]Rehab exercises to try and avoid this injury in the future.

We interviewed two orthopedic surgeons fromย Midwest Orthopedics at Rush who are helping to shape the future of medicine, biologics. Biologics like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), Bone Marrow Aspirate Stem Cell Concentrate (BMAC), 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 via surgery, what if we could help relieve pain and improve function with a minimal invasive biologic injection? That is the promise of biologics and medicine. While significantly more research needs to be done to better understand how to best deliver biologics and which 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. Continue reading to learn more about biologics and the future of medicine!

Neck pain is one of the most significant health problems worldwide, as 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 will take you through an evidence-based approach on how you can take actionable steps to rehab and prehab your neck.

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. Working in the field of orthopedic and sports, 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 to give you the most straightforward answers to all of your burning questions about the meniscus and meniscus surgery rehab. 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!

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.

Why do some athletes jump higher, sprint faster, and cut quicker than others? It is because of power! A common misconception is that training for strength by loading large amounts of weight directly increases athleticism; however the transfer to your athletic endeavors are not made by simply lifting heavy loads. Power=Work/Time, meaning there is a velocity or speed component when training for power. It is important to keep this in mind if you are either an athlete or you are a healthcare professional working with athletes, as this can be a gap that is often missed with this population. This article will demonstrate 5 exercises that you can perform with just a kettlebell to increase your rate of force production and level up your power!

Do you have knee surgery scheduled? Are you wondering if there is anything you can do now to make your recovery easier? Whether it is a new or old injury you've been dealing with that made you schedule surgery, you can still benefit from preparing your body now with exercise! Knee surgery prehab exercises that focus on improving range of motion and strength have been shown to improve function not only before surgery but also after! This can potentially decrease hospital stay times and improve long-term function and quality of life! We have put together some of our favorite knee prehab exercises to jumpstart your road to recovery, better yet it may even have you reconsider surgery!