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Are You at Risk for Falling?

Posted on by LeeAnn Hulteen, PT, Cert. MDT
The fall season is almost over for 2019, but for adults over the age of 65 the fall season never ends. According to the National Council on Aging, one out of every four older adults fall each year and of those seniors who fall, every 11 seconds they go to an ER. What’s even more alarming is that every 19 minutes someone dies from a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in senior citizens.1 (more…)

5 Tips for Minimizing the Risk of Basketball Injuries

Posted on by Leython Williams, PT, DPT, CMTPT
Basketball is a very popular sport among youth athletes. As with many other sports, there are common injuries associated with this sport that is predicated on athleticism, coordination, and agility. Common injuries sustained by youth basketball players consist of ankle sprains, various muscle strains, overuse injuries and ligamentous tears. While it is impossible to guarantee the avoidance of injury in sport, there are ways to decrease the risk of injury. Below you will find descriptions of common injuries in youth basketball along with tips toward their prevention. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2019: Week 15

Posted on by Athletico
The fantasy football playoffs are underway, which means that it is critical that you start the right players this week. To help better your chances at moving on to the next round, our very own Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, is highlighting significant player injuries within the Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report. This report provides insights into which players should start and which players should sit on a weekly basis. (more…)

Have You Performed the Chair Challenge?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
New social media challenges arise every day, and one of the latest ones taking the internet by storm is called the chair challenge.

What is it?

This challenge, which has gained popularity on social app TikTok, requires the person performing it to stand facing a wall (with a chair nearby). They take 2- 3 steps backward, one foot right behind the other. Then they lean forward at a 90 degree angle with their head touching the wall. At this point, the nearby chair should be placed in front of them by someone else. Once the chair is in place, the person performing the challenge must lift the chair toward their chest while still bent over. The challenge is then to stand upright while still holding the chair. (more…)

What is Sciatica and Can Physical Therapy Help?

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
The sciatic nerve is a large nerve comprised of smaller nerves that originate in the low lumbar and sacral regions of the spine. The sciatic nerve starts in the low back, travels through the buttock, and into the back of your leg. It has branches that travel all the way to the foot. Sciatic symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, cramping, burning and weakness in the muscles of the affected leg. There are many reasons why the sciatic nerve may be symptomatic including a herniated disc, narrowing of the nerve space in the spine, or tightness in hip muscles. (more…)

Off-Season Exercises for Cyclists

Posted on by Danielle McIntyre, PT, DPT, CMPT
Did you put a lot of miles on your bike this summer? Ready to head inside for the year now that the weather is changing? Outdoor cycling in the winter in the Midwest can be difficult – even unsafe. Luckily, there are many ways to keep up your fitness (and sanity!) until next spring. This off-season is the perfect time to work on cross-training. Off season training for cyclists should include two important components: injury prevention and performance. (more…)

Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report 2019: Week 14

Posted on by Athletico
The playoffs are either beginning or already underway in many fantasy football leagues, which means a victory is needed in order to move onto the next round. To help your team advance, our very own Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT is providing updates on player injuries that are impacting teams around the league via the Athletico Fantasy Football Injury Report. (more…)

What Is Hip Arthroscopy?

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT
Currently, hip arthroscopy is a hot topic in the world of orthopedic medicine. Hip arthroscopies are becoming more popular as they are minimally invasive and may delay the need for hip replacement. Physical therapy prior to hip arthroscopy and after hip arthroscopy is a critical component to ensure advances in quality of life and function. So, what is hip arthroscopy? (more…)
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