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Have you ever experienced pain in or around your jaw from chewing, yawning, or even with simple mouth opening movements? Do you experience a clicking sensation when you open and close your mouth, or that you are unable to open your mouth as far as usual? If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, you may be dealing with what is known as a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Breaking down this term into multiple parts to understand its origin, “temporo” is derived from the term “temporal”, which is a bone on the outside portion of the skull, and the term “mandibular” is your jaw bone. These two bones meet and make up the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). When you think of a clinical condition related to the jaw and/or jaw pain, who is the first healthcare provider that comes to your mind who would manage that condition? Maybe a dentist or an orthodontist, right? In actuality, physical therapists have joined healthcare providers at the forefront of TMD treatment! In this article, you will learn all about temporomandibular joint disorders and physical therapy treatment as we discuss physical therapy as a first-line approach for TMD. We review how to optimally evaluate and treat this condition with our scope of practice or refer accordingly to the appropriate healthcare provider. 

Chances are if you’ve found yourself reading this blog post, then you’ve been searching for insights on that frustrating pain over the front of your hip. Rest assured that you’re not alone, hip pain described as sharp and/or pinching pain in the front and/or inside of the hip is nothing we haven't heard before! While there are many things that may contribute to anterior hip pain, one of the most likely culprits is something called “femoroacetabular impingement syndrome” (FAIS). It’s a fairly technical name to describe a problem that relates to naturally occurring differences in the anatomy (or what we often call “morphology”) of the hip. In this article, we will help you understand how to manage hip impingement with physical therapy treatment and exercises!

In the past few years the term “load management” took the sports world by storm. Now, NBA superstars such as Kawhi Leonard or Lebron James miss games during the season as part of the load management program. Load management has trickled down to the collegiate level and even to the recreational fitness athlete but the question remains what is load management? What is internal load? Is it something you should implement into your own training? We will break down exactly what is internal load and how you can add it to your prehab repertoire!

The Serratus Anterior, which is also known as the “Big Swing Muscle” or “Boxer’s muscle”, is an important muscle that helps optimize proper movement of our shoulders. Not only does this muscle have a cool name, but it is also needed for a plethora of arm movements; whether it be an open chain movement (punching/grabbing something out of the cabinet) or a closed chain movement (pushups, planks, downward dogs, or handstands). Moreover, the serratus anterior is probably best known for its help in preventing scapular winging, which is when our shoulder blade abnormally moves away from our thorax during arm movements. This article will demonstrate the best serratus anterior exercises to improve activation and control of this very important scapular stabilizer!

What is Prehab? At some point, there's a solid chance you've asked yourself this question while experiencing our content on social media. It's important that we define what prehab is for you and more importantly, what prehab isn't as the term is loosely being applied to anything nowadays in the health and fitness space. In this article, you will learn what prehab actually is, the origins and expansion of prehab, and why we believe prehab is the ultimate long-term solution to your health and well being!

Do you have tight muscles, painful joints or trigger points, headaches, or other orthopedic pain issues? If so, maybe your doctor or other practitioner has suggested a trial of dry needling to treat your pain. Dry needling is the insertion of fine filament needles into the body, specifically neuromuscular tissue, with the goal of decreasing pain and spasm. There are many conditions and symptoms that can be treated with dry needling, as well as many methods of delivery for this modality. In this article, we will explore some of the most commonly asked questions about dry needling, methods of delivery and treatment, and how dry needling can work to decrease musculoskeletal pain.

Just sprained your ankle? You're not alone. Ankle sprains are the most common lower-body injury in all of the sports, so if you're one of the few that has never experienced an ankle sprain until now, consider yourself lucky! While they can initially be very painful and limiting, most people respond very well to a structured ankle sprain rehab program. However, there is clearly a serious issue with the average ankle sprain rehab protocol because not only are ankle sprains the most common lower-body injury, but they also have the highest reinjury rate. This is often attributed to poor management in the first place, and chronic ankle instability is the last thing you want to deal with! In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about a lateral ankle sprain injury and the best ankle sprain rehab protocol!

You probably have been told that you don’t spend enough time stretching. Whether it was by a coach, a physical therapist, or a doctor; you’ve probably heard that you could have prevented an injury by stretching more. You may have also been told that if you don’t start stretching more, you will get hurt again! Like most people, you probably took the time to go through a full stretching routine before your next couple of workouts but slowly returned to your old habit of not stretching. Well, I am here with some good news: you don’t need to spend more time stretching! This probably comes as a shock to a lot of you, so let’s tackle the myths behind the benefits of stretching one by one, ultimately helping you answer the question, "How much do I need to stretch?".

The single leg Romanian deadlift is a whole body, complete, functional exercise that can be used for rehabilitation, as well as strength and conditioning purposes alike. You get phenomenal posterior chain recruitment while working on single leg stability, which is absolutely vital for injury prevention as well as sports performance. Furthermore, because the single leg Romanian deadlift is a variation of a primary movement pattern, the hip hinge, we can scale it up and down in so many different ways to find a suitable exercise variation for anyone! Whether you are a complete newbie to strength and conditioning or a stud who performs the Romanian Deadlift (RDL) and all its variations regularly, this article will cover the amazing benefits of the single leg Romanian deadlifts as well as a foolproof step-by-step guide to master the single leg Romanian deadlift.

Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, affects 2-5% of the general population and is characterized by pain and progressive loss of shoulder range of motion. Frozen shoulder onset can follow trauma to the shoulder, such as a fracture, surgery, or period of immobilization. Adhesive capsulitis can also have an insidious onset, with no prior trauma or injury to the shoulder. There are many established risk factors for the onset of insidious adhesive capsulitis. Of those, diabetics have been identified as having a significantly higher risk of development, severity, and recurrence of insidious onset adhesive capsulitis. In this article, we will help you understand what the term adhesive capsulitis is, what diabetes is, causes and risk factors for these conditions, as well as what the literature is supporting in regards to the correlation between frozen shoulder and diabetes!