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The swissball hamstring curl is hands down the best knee dominant hamstring exercise to program for rehab and performance goals alike due to the ability to make easy and practical regressions. You can change the swissball height, limit how far to roll the swissball out, dig your heels harder or lighter into the swissball, or even perform just one part of the curl to focus on just the concentric or eccentric portion of the exercise. Strengthening the hamstrings are extremely important for the prevention of hamstring strains and risk reduction for ACL injuries. This article will show you how to level up your swissball hamstring curls and bulletproof your hammies for life!

Osteochondral allograft transplantation in the knee is an alternative to 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 asses 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 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, cartilage transplant, and a sample phase 1 protocol for this procedure!

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 hip flexor [P]Rehab exercises to program moving forward.

Lunges are one of the most commonly performed exercises in rehab and general fitness alike - and for good reason. You are able to target different muscle groups or movement patterns just simply by changing up lunge directions from forward, to backwards, to sideways, or even into a curtsey squat. In this article, we're going to dissect one of the easiest ways to spice up your lunges by simply changing directions.

A concussion is a mild form of 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. Concussion rather is 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. A concussion is treatable; in this articleย @Concussion_Doc will 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 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, youโ€™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!