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Plantar Fasciitis: Fact vs. Fiction

Posted on by Sarah Ryerson, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS
In the modern world of reality television, exaggerated media headlines and fabricated statistics, deciphering truth from deception often seems to lead to even greater confusion. This is often true with medical conditions – where you are prone to read one thing on the internet, hear something different from your workout buddy and receive a third opinion from your neighbor whose aunt suffered from the same problem. To provide clarity on some misconceptions about plantar fasciitis (and help you avoid a Google search on the condition, which may result in a headache), I am separating fact from fiction below: (more…)

4 Things to Know About Jaw Pain

Posted on by Molly Runquist, PT, DPT, COMT
Are you having pain or clicking in your jaw while yawning or laughing? Does it cause you prolonged pain to chew delicious foods such as a steak, apple, or bagel? Did your dentist offer you a retainer or splint because you grind, clench or have worn your teeth? Answering yes to these questions may indicate that you have a dysfunction going on in or around your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or more simply, issues related to opening and closing your jaw. (more…)

4 Tips for a Good Warm Up and Cool Down

Posted on by Kyle Dodge, PT, DPT, OCS
I had a coach once tell me that the two biggest mistakes people make at the gym are not going enough and doing too much when they do get there. I would add a third mistake to his list: skipping an appropriate warm up and cool down before and after your exercise. (more…)

Cervicogenic Headaches: It’s Not All in Your Head.

Posted on by Molly Runquist, PT, DPT, COMT
There are many different types of headaches. In fact, the International Classification of Headaches has more than 180 pages! However, there is one type of headache that affects more than just your head and can be helped by a physical therapist: cervicogenic headaches. (more…)

The Benefits of Playing Multiple Sports

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Sports play an important role in many children’s developmental years. Participation in athletics can help children learn motor control, patience, teamwork, listening skills and the benefits of hard work. In 2018, data shows 52 percent of kids aged 6 to 12 participated in team or individual sports. Data from 2008 shows 27 percent of youth athletes specialized in one sport. (more…)

What Is Hip Bursitis?

Posted on by Paige Gibbens, PT, DPT
Bursitis? So, what is a bursa? A bursa is a fluid filled sac that is utilized to reduce friction and improve mobility near joints and bony areas. What is bursitis? Bursitis is inflammation of a bursa. The hip has multiple bursa that can be involved in bursitis. So, how does bursitis affect my hip? (more…)

Achilles Tendinitis in Gymnasts

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP
Tendinitis is a chronic, overuse type of injury that is common in gymnasts as they perform multiple repetitions of their routines – on the floor, beam and when sprinting toward the vault. Rhythmic gymnasts are also at risk due to performing up to four different routines on the floor with repetitive jumping, leaping and turning. (more…)

Everyone is Talking About IASTM. What is it?

Posted on by Molly Knoblett, PT, DPT, CMPT, Graston Technique® Provider
Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, or more commonly known as IASTM, is the use of tools to assess tissue quality and to treat areas identified to have scar tissue, soft tissue restrictions, chronic inflammation or degeneration. (more…)
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