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Be Proactive…Prehab!

Posted on by Lori Diamos
For most of us, undergoing surgery is a big deal. Not only do we have to consider the cost and potential risk factors, but we have personal questions about the efficacy and the outcomes we can expect. Elective surgery is a big decision because it is an invasive procedure; so we want assurances that we will be coming out of it better than we were going into it. Though there are no absolute guarantees, you will want to have some open dialogue with your physician of choice to get your questions answered. In many instances, you may even want to get a second or third opinion to not only confirm that surgery is indeed necessary but to make sure you entrust your care to someone you deem both competent and knowledgeable. (more…)

Ready, Set, Achoo! Tips for Athletes during Allergy Season

Posted on by Athletico
If you are an athlete, you probably know all too well when your allergies kick up. But there is hope! By being prepared and taking the necessary precautions, you should not have to restrict your activity very much. (more…)

Home Safety Tips for Arthritis Sufferers

Posted on by Athletico
May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. Millions of Americans are affected by the symptoms of arthritis everyday. Arthritis can lead to stiff and painful joints which can often make balance and strength worse among this population. This decline in our functioning is often a leading factor of falls in the elderly. Most of these falls occur in or around the individual's own home. Here is a list of some important safety tips to help reduce the incidence of falls in the senior population: (more…)

Athletico Employee Returns Home to Boston

Posted on by Athletico

*Editor’s Note: Last month, runners everywhere were affected by the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon. Fortunately, all Athletico employees that participated in the race were unharmed. Our thoughts remain with all of those who were affected. This special entry is written by Athletico physical therapist Mike Morrow, a Boston native, who shares with us his experience returning to Boston and the site of the Boston Marathon for the first time since the bombings last month. (more…)

If My Arthritis is Not Reversible, Why Should I See a Physical Therapist?

Posted on by Athletico
As a physical therapist I often hear people make the statement “My knee hurts today, but it always does; I have arthritis” or “Physical therapy can't help me because my pain is from arthritis.” Once a joint is showing arthritic changes or degeneration, it’s true that degeneration will not reverse. However, research is showing more and more how physical therapy can often make changes in the pain you experience from a joint that is diagnosed with arthritis. Isn't that great news?! (more…)

Summer Beach Body, Weightlifting, and Shoulder Pain

Posted on by Athletico
Spring is finally here and all you can think about is that long awaited warm summer sunshine and spending time by the beach with your loved ones or friends. However, before you hit up the beach, you head to the gym. You want the best beach body you can achieve. You bust out your favorite exercises: military press, wide grip bench, and use all of the deltoid machines. Your arms are looking great...but wait...now you have shoulder pain? It’s not fair! You are being healthy and going to the gym. Why do you have shoulder pain now?! (more…)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Separating Fact from Fiction

Posted on by Athletico
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is written by Betsy Schack, OTR/L. Betsy is an occupational/hand therapist at Athletico Skokie and Athletico Park Ridge. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and felt like your hand was just put in a pile of fire ants? You wake up and shake your hand furiously, but the burning does not go away. What you’re experiencing could be carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Read more about what causes CTS and how you can not only prevent it but fix it before it becomes worse. (more…)

America’s Growing Epidemic: Text Neck

Posted on by Athletico
Take a look at any group of people and you will, without fail, see a few of them with their cell phones out, heads lowered, and shoulders rolled forward - temporarily hunchbacked because of an incoming text. Any physical therapist, athletic trainer, or physician can tell you that that type of posture (text neck) can lead to a wide range of injuries in the neck, back, shoulders, and arms. Now I'm not advocating abandoning texting and moving to a Bluetooth headset-only society/dystopia. I'm also not saying we should eschew cell phones like a grizzled hermit, angrily shaking our fists at anything that plugs in. I just want you to be aware of what you're predisposing yourself to and what you can do to help counteract the effects of text-neck. So here are a couple of key things to think about the next time you pull out your cell phone. (more…)
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