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Waking Up with Pain? Use These 4 Tips To Help

Posted on by Michael K. Glynn, PT, DPT
Waking up with pain and soreness is quite common, especially because when we sleep, we maintain relatively similar positions for 6-10 hours with minimal movement. I have heard many patients say that they wake up with low back pain or neck pain in the morning. For some patients, that pain goes away throughout the day. However, other people experience lingering pain that lasts for most of the day. Here are four recommendations for people who wake up in chronic pain. (more…)

Knee Injuries Seen in Gymnasts

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Knee pain in young gymnasts is a common complaint. Many times these young athletes begin having pain due to overuse of the area. A common overuse injury is Osgood-Schlatter’s disease (OSD). OSD is inflammation of the patellar ligament below the kneecap. Often, there is a painful bump below the kneecap (the tibial tuberosity) where the ligament attaches. (more…)

Why Your Next Prescription May Be for Exercise

Posted on by George Zakharia, DPT
Exercise can be performed at any age, and there is no exception as you grow older. In fact, older adults arguably need more exercise than their younger counterparts due to the advancing loss of muscle mass. Muscle mass decreases approximately 3–8% per decade after the age of 30, and declines even faster after the age of 60. With muscle mass loss, older adults are at increased risk of falls, injury and functional dependence. Exercise however, can improve and maintain muscle strength which can enhance overall quality of life. If you’re wondering how much exercise you should commit to, read on as we review recommendations made by the American Family Physician research team for exercise prescription for older adults 65+ years of age. (more…)

How Core Strength Can Help with Back Pain

Posted on by Michael K. Glynn, PT, DPT
Low back pain is one of the most common and debilitating diagnoses that physical therapy can help improve. It is estimated that 60-70% of people throughout the world will suffer from low back pain at some point during their life. In the United States, it is estimated that 149 billion work days are lost every year from low back pain, costing workers and companies between $100-200 billion dollars each year. Lower back pain or pain in the lumbar spine can be from occupational postures such as sedentary desk work that may lead to poor posture, heavy labor job demands, and being overweight. Evidence shows that core strengthening through a physical therapy program will help alleviate pain. (more…)

The Stages of Pediatric Development Explained

Posted on by Malvika Sampath, PT, DPT
Welcome to parenthood! Your baby is finally here, now what are all the things you need to know? One big worry for many parents is if their child is developing normally. The stages of pediatric development are fluid and vary from child to child. Continue reading as I discuss some major motor milestones for children. Be sure to enjoy each of these moments with your children because they will go by fast! (more…)

From the Dance Floor to the Living Room: A Look into Dance Safety

Posted on by Lizzy Miotti PT, DPT
Co-Authors: Andrew Ludwig PT, DPT and Bryan Lind PT, MPT, ATC As the COVID-19 global pandemic continues around the country and the world, dancers have been taken from the studios and moved into their homes for virtual practices and performances. While the performing arts have had to adapt to these challenging times, it opens the door for potential injuries as many dancers do not have the proper equipment to practice safely and effectively in their home. In this blog, we’ll explore dance safety and the steps you can take to practice safely. (more…)

International Women’s Day: The Female Leaders at Athletico

Posted on by Athletico
March 8th signifies International Women’s Day (IWD), a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It is one of the most important days to celebrate women’s achievements and raise awareness about women’s equality. To celebrate this day, we recognize the female leaders within Athletico and posed them with the question: What makes a great leader at Athletico? In addition, we proudly announce the Athletico Women’s Business Resource Group. This voluntary, employee-led group was founded in conjunction of our Inclusion, Diversity & Equity council to help foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. Read on to meet the many women making a difference within our organization. (more…)

New To Cycling? 4 Tips to Prevent Injuries

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT
Both indoor and outdoor cycling has increased in popularity within the fitness industry for exercise and for good reason. This form of exercise is used by people of all ages. Cycling has many benefits and is a great way to keep moving during the ongoing pandemic. Cycling is a low impact activity allowing for decreased joint impact, while improving core and leg strength, cardiovascular health, and endurance. While cycling is a great form of low impact exercise, it can still lead to injury. Cycling injuries can occur due to: overuse, improper bike set up, as well as a lack of proper warm up and cool down. (more…)
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