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From Back Pain to Marathon Training: Top 10 Blogs of 2019

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Our clinicians shared their expertise on a lot of topics through the Athletico blog in 2019 – from the best sleeping positions to prevent back pain to avoiding burnout during marathon training.

As we look back at the great blogs published throughout the year, we are highlighting ten topics that our readers had the most interest in – determined by engagement across our website and social networks. Read below to see what topics were trending in the Health Resource section of our website!

1. Treating Your Back Pain Forever

The best treatment for back pain may not be stretching. In this blog, Sarah from our Batavia clinic discusses how back tightness is often a symptom resulting from sustained positions and continuous muscle contraction. Click the link to learn why the best treatment for back pain may actually be strengthening rather than stretching.

2. Plantar Fasciitis: How Physical Therapy Can Help

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. When plantar fasciitis symptoms become chronic or fail to resolve, an evaluation by a physical therapist to determine the underlying cause(s) is recommended. Click the link to learn about the different treatments physical therapist can provide to patients dealing with plantar fasciitis.

3. Why Does My Leg Hurt?

A pain in the leg can be a real problem, especially for endurance athletes training for their next race. Three of the most common leg injuries are iliotibial band tendinopathy, patellofemoral pain syndrome and patellar tendinosis. Click the link to learn about these injuries, including symptoms to look out for and treatment options.

4. Sleep Positions for Less Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a common condition that can impact your ability to sleep through the night. In this blog and accompanying infographic, Rebecca from our West Bloomfield clinic discusses how you can adjust your sleeping positions to reduce the likelihood of waking up with low back pain in the morning.

5. Pins and Needles: What Does Tingling Mean?

You know that feeling when your foot falls asleep? When this happens, the feeling usually lasts for a short period of time and goes away quickly. In this blog, Tara from our Cedar Rapids SW clinic discusses the causes and conditions associated with numbness and tingling, as well as stretches to help address this type of nerve pain.

6. Pros and Cons of Wearing a Brace During Sports

When watching sporting events on TV, it is not uncommon to see an athlete wearing a brace – typically on the ankle or knee. Read this blog to learn the pros and cons of wearing a brace to minimize the risk of injury during sports.

7. Should I Schedule a Free Assessment or Physical Therapy Appointment?

Athletico offers a variety of ways to help patients get started with their journey to recovery. Read this blog to learn about free assessments, virtual free assessments, direct access and physical therapy prescriptions. Then make sure to take our quiz to see which option would work best for you!

8. Shoulder Strengthening Exercises for Male Gymnasts

Male gymnasts rely on the strength and stabilization of the upper body for many of their events, including rings, pommel horse, vault, high bar, parallel bar and floor. This is why it is important for them to have shoulder strength and stability to minimize the risk of injury. This blog provides shoulder strengthening exercises male gymnasts should consider adding to their strength and conditioning program.

9. Why Am I Dizzy?

Dizziness is among the most common reasons patients visit the emergency room, and one of the most common causes of dizziness is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). In this blog, Katie from our Palos Heights South clinic discusses the symptoms and treatment options, including physical therapy, for BPPV.

10. How to Avoid Burnout During Marathon Training

Sometimes burnout can happen throughout the course of marathon training. This blog provides several tips to help runners stay focused on their training while maintaining their love for running and keeping both their bodies and minds strong and healthy.

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The Athletico blog is an educational resource written by Athletico employees. Athletico bloggers are licensed professionals who abide by the code of ethics outlined by their respective professional associations. The content published in blog posts represents the opinion of the individual author based on their expertise and experience. The content provided in this blog is for informational purposes only, does not constitute medical advice and should not be relied on for making personal health decisions.

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