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Did you know that training your body to reach your highest potential may be vastly limited if you are not also training your mind? Todayโ€™s focus on mindfulness, meditation, holistic healing, and mind-body care is proving useful in getting you to the next level and to staying on the cutting edge of true health, fitness, and wellness.ย  Your body is nothing, if not for your brain. There are many methods, theories, and practices available to heighten the performance of the brain in order to stimulate the body for higher-level functioning. Among these methods are the very popular meditation and mindfulness. These practices tune the brain into being very aware of your system, how you are operating, and to calm the nervous system. However, if you are more interested in taking your performance to the next level or recovering from an injury or surgery, you may consider participating in a different kind of mindfulness and meditation-type practice called Motor Imagery. In this article, you will learn all about motor imagery and rehabilitation!

Regaining full terminal knee extension is paramount following any knee surgery. The ability to fully extend the knee equal to the other side is usually one of the most important early goals in knee rehab. While there are a ton of knee extension exercises you can do, the most important variable for regaining full terminal knee extension is the amount of volume and time spent working on knee extension. That is undeniably the most important concept to grasp. 3 sets of 1 min of stretches for a total of 3 minutes (out of 1440 minutes in a day aka 0.2% of the day) is just not enough end range stretching to regain full knee extension! Aim for a total of 10 minutes of knee extension exercises at first, then slowly keep adding time until you're spending at least 30 minutes a day working on terminal knee extension.

Landing mechanics has always been a hot topic within the realm of the rehabilitation and sports medicine world. Letโ€™s be honest, watching elite athletes perform at a high level and analyzing their movement is sexier than most low-level rehab exercises for movement enthusiasts. So itโ€™s natural for clinicians and trainers to get excited when teaching someone landing mechanics. However, we want to ensure that clinicians are thorough when assessing patients, as subtle compensations and poor movement patterns with landing mechanics are often easy to miss! In this article, youโ€™ll learn the basics of what to focus on with teaching landing mechanics!

Jumper's knee is when there is irritation of the patella tendon, the tendon just beneath your knee cap. Patella tendon pain is a common source of anterior (front) knee pain often occurring from repetitive or excessive overload onto the patellar tendon. This is often a condition experienced by very active athletes, especially males, who participate in jumping sports such as volleyball, tennis, football, and basketball. Patellar Tendinopathy can be debilitating and result in the prolonged absence and potential retirement from sports. Loading the tendon is the primary stimulus that helps with tendon health, but unfortunately, it's not that simple! This article will teach you all about jumper's knee and more importantly will show you jumper's knee exercises to help you get back to being active!

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!