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Returning to Exercise After ACL Surgery

Posted on by Owen Campbell, PT, DPT, OCS
Having an ACL reconstruction can throw a major wrench into your life. The surgery is complicated, and the rehab program can feel daunting. With a projected return to sport timeline hovering around 9 months to a year depending on your injury, it can feel like you are destined for a year of struggle. This is a common concern before surgery, and a common fear in the first few weeks after surgery. Your knee is swollen, walking is a chore, and sometimes you even need to wear a big bulky brace. The good news is, with proper rehabilitation, you should be back to the gym in a much shorter timeframe. (more…)

4 Stress-Relieving Exercises For Teens And Students That Can Be Done At School

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT
Stress is defined by the World Health Organization as “a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation.” Stress occurs throughout life, for everyone. Stress is how a human responds and protects from challenges or threats. Stress can be a way to help people or things to grow stronger, but in moderation. There are many simple stress relieving techniques that can be utilized during the school day to help improve your day! Below are five simple tips and exercises for improving stress levels that can be done anywhere. (more…)

Stand Up To Hip Pain: 3 Ways That Physical Therapy Can Put Pain In The Past

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1
Chronic hip pain can be a real pain! It is a condition that can affect many people and has an overall prevalence of 10% in the population. At times, it can be very stressful when nothing seems to help the nagging pain that you have each day. Thankfully, physical therapy has been shown to help patients with chronic hip pain tremendously. Below are helpful tips that can ease your pain and get you back towards moving pain-free again. (more…)

Hand Injuries Common To Rock Climbers

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT
Rock climbers face many types of injuries to their bodies, be it from falling rock, or one’s worst fear, a trauma from a fall event. What many don’t realize is the risk to the entire body, especially the hands. Climbers can experience overuse when training, particularly when training indoors, repeating the same routes multiple times. This can lead to shoulder and elbow tendonitis. However, most climbers don’t fear these types of injuries, but rather finger injuries. Even though rock climbing is a full body exercise, fingers make the most contact with rocks or grips, thus taking more stress than other body parts. (more…)

TMJ Pain? Try Rocabado’s 6×6 Exercise Routine

Posted on by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CON
Do you experience a popping, clicking, or locking of your jaw? Are you having issues with jaw pain that makes it difficult to eat, chew, and talk? Do you have this in combination with headaches at times? All of the symptoms above can be signs that something may be going on with your Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ). It is not uncommon for someone with these symptoms to have issues not only at the jaw but also with some of their posture muscles leading to increased strain or pressure on the jaw. Now that you have a better understanding of how these symptoms relate to what you are experiencing, what can you do about it? (more…)

Protecting Your Knees Throughout All Stages of Life

Posted on by Tanner Neuberger, PT, DPT, TDN Level 1
The knees are a common area for injury and pain, with incidences occurring in roughly one-fifth of the population, and this is only second behind back pain. Because of this, it is common to hear someone you know talk about their “bad knees” at some point or another, especially in the older population. While knee pain can be common, it is also fairly easy to take care of to keep pain at bay and it is best to start working on them as early as possible. The following information will help you get in touch with your knees and keep them as pain-free as possible as you age. (more…)

Feeling Overwhelmed? Here Are 4 Things You Can Do To Turn Your Day Around

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT
Stress can be defined as, “a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation,” which is something that naturally occurs in life. Stress can be helpful for growth, but like anything else, needs to be managed in a controlled manner. Understanding when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed and being aware of this is the first step to managing these stressful times. Below are a few tips to try when you need a little boost to turn your day around. (more…)

Lending a Helping Hand in Honduras

Posted on by Athletico
Athletico Hand Therapist, Shelia T., OTR/L, CHT recently traveled to Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras, on a medical mission trip with Global Health Outreach from May 27 to June 3, 2023. During her time in Honduras, Shelia had the opportunity to impact the lives of many by leveraging her skills as a hand therapist to construct custom orthotics and braces for those in need. The Athletico Cares Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to serving Athletico employees and communities, was proud to support Shelia’s trip with a grant, in addition to a generous fundraiser hosted by Athletico’s St. Louis region. (more…)
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