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โ€œWhen will I be fully recovered?" This is honestly one of the most common questions we receive in the clinic working with patients, answering messages on social media, and responding to comments and emails. Understanding recovery from an injury has to begin with understanding what full recovery means to someone. Recovery is also a popular word now within the fitness and sports medicine world in reference to the body's physical readiness. From recreational weightlifters to pro athletes - everyone is eager to learn how to recover faster and push the boundaries of human performance. In this article, we will dive deep into understanding recovery and what it means within different contexts. We will share strategies we use to help individuals better cope with their ongoing recovery and also recovery strategies we use and teach to improve physical readiness. Follow along in this article and learn how to improve recovery!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

The split stance position is hands down one of the most underutilized positions when it comes to leg day workouts and lower extremity rehab. The split stance position can and should be utilized as a transitionary stance between double leg and single leg positions. Double leg support positions like in the squat and deadlift are great for developing strength and power; however, they can hide asymmetries from side to side and don't truly test the body's ability to coordinate complex movement patterns. This is why single leg exercises are a staple in many strength and conditioning and rehabilitation programs alike. However, many people struggle with single leg exercises like single leg Romanian deadlifts, step downs, and single leg hopping due to a lack of coordination, balance, strength, or all of the above. This is where the split stance position shines and can be utilized to "bridge the gap" to single leg exercises. Learning to own the split stance position will elevate your gym games and [P]Rehab your legs alike!

Injuries are unavoidable. $HiT happens! Whether it's your knee, ankle, or hip, you need to follow a systematic return to running protocol to ensure that you've built up the adequate strength to run. Getting back to running after an injury without a plan is like running a marathon without building up your mileage. It puts your body at increased risk of future re-injury! Follow these easy steps and you'll be back to running in no time! This article will simplify how to get back to running.