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When it comes to mid back and scapular pain, nothing beats a mid back prehab program with tons of thoracic spine mobility and stability work. Mid back pain can be caused by a variety of structures in the mid back itself like the thoracic spine, ribs, or trigger points in the upper back muscles. Furthermore, the pain could even originate from other regions, not in the mid back like the neck or shoulders. That's a lot of potential pain generators and triggers! Making matters even more complicated is that it's oftentimes difficult to recreate a "trigger". In physio terms, a trigger is something that causes your familiar pain. Meaning if you ask yourself the question, "what typically causes my mid back pain?" The answer for many with mid back pain is typically something vague and difficult to pinpoint. "Uh, this weird position I put my arms in... it just aches... it's always there, etc." Don't worry, this is common! But because of this conundrum, you can never go wrong with a holistic mid back prehab program focused on improving thoracic spine mobility and strength and above all else, keeping moving! Follow along in this article as you learn the best exercises for mid back pain!

The pallof press is a staple core and back strengthening exercise that you'll find in many different settings. Whether it's [P]Rehab, personal training sessions, group exercise classes, you name it, the pallof press is a common exercise for good reason. In this article, you will learn the value and reasoning behind the pallof press as well as different pallof press exercises.

Osteochondral allograft transplantation in the knee is an alternative to knee joint replacement that may be used to treat a young and healthy population with symptomatic cartilage defects. The defect may be identified by MRI and/or arthroscopy. When conservative management has failed, a diagnostic arthroscopy is indicated to assess the location, size, and severity of the defect(s). These findings determine what method is best suited for cartilage restoration. Osteochondral allograft transplantation is indicated for large lesions that have affected the knee cartilage and subchondral (beneath cartilage) bone. Osteochondral allografts are composed of fresh donor tissue and are procured from tissue banks that follow strict safety guidelines. This article will take you through a case study demonstrating an arthroscopic evaluation, osteochondral allograft cartilage transplant, and sample phase 1 knee rehab exercises!

Do you have pain in front of your hip with lifting your leg, sprinting, kicking, changing directions, with your leg straight behind you, or simply sitting for a while? It is quite possible you have a hip flexor strain. A hip flexor strain can be a real pain, however, they tend to do really well given the right education, proper exercise prescription, and time. In this article, you'll learn what exactly is a hip flexor strain, what hip flexor strain rehab entails, and the fundamentals of how to manage a hip flexor strain!

A concussion is a mild form of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is considered part of the mild spectrum because there is no observable pathology; meaning that on standard imaging, you cannot see a concussion injury. A concussion is rather an injury that results in changes to how the brain functions โ€“ it is a functional injury. Concussions donโ€™t necessarily come from hits to the head. Concussions are due to the acceleration of the brain inside the skull. Although a hit to the head is the most likely cause, you can also sustain a concussion โ€“ this acceleration of the brain - from a hit to the body, or a fall, or a whiplash-type mechanism. However, we have good news! A concussion is treatable and in this article, we willย break down the science behind a concussion in addition to effective treatments for persistent concussion symptoms!

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.