The core is the foundation for your entire body. Your core is much more than just abdominal muscles; the core includes the whole trunk, including the front, back, sides, and pelvic floor, and it spans from your shoulder blades to your hips. Every movement for a cheerleader starts at the core. If cheerleaders are not activating the core, then all movements, including running, squatting, basket tosses, and stunting, could be weaker, slower, or lead to injury.
Here at Athletico, we have an extensive blog catalog about different exercises and applications for various ailments. Within this blog, I will highlight exercises for non-athletes. Honestly, everyone is an athlete in some form, and certain exercises can be tailored to help reach specific goals.
Unfortunately, jammed fingers are common on job sites, during contact sports, a fall, or when doing some weekend warrior activities while crossing heavy chores off the to-do list. But when is it more than just a jammed finger? When should you seek professional medical treatment?
During Men’s Health Awareness Month, we encourage men to take steps toward living a healthier life by staying active, maintaining a good diet, and taking early action when experiencing health issues. We sat down with men’s health expert, physical therapist, and Chicago clinic manager Nate Mancillas to discuss important men’s health topics and how physical therapy can help overall wellness. (more…)
Do you know someone who has undergone total joint replacement surgery recently? How did they describe their experience? Were they happy with the outcome? Would they do it again? The answers to these questions can vary with different people answering them. As people remain active into their more mature years and develop joint pain, the option of a total joint replacement can become a reality if conservative treatment fails.
Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, a wrist and hand condition that causes tingling, numbness, and pain from nerve compression in the wrist and fingers. Still, there is also has a lesser-known condition, ulnar tunnel syndrome, which can have similar symptoms. Ulnar tunnel syndrome is when the ulnar nerve is compressed as it enters the wrist between two bones of the wrist. Compression of the ulnar nerve can also occur at the elbow and cause the same symptoms. Most people have probably experienced the not-so-funny occurrence of when the “funny bone” is bumped. In reality, this is when the ulnar nerve is quickly compressed on the humerus bone, and if you’ve had this happen, you may experience shooting pain, tingling, and numbness.
Halloween is a BIG deal here at Athletico! From coordinated costumes in-clinic to trick-or-treating at our Resource Center, our team embraces this holiday as part of our one-of-a-kind culture. This year, clinics across the 13 states we serve submitted their best-decorated pumpkins to our annual pumpkin decorating contest. To avoid injuries and horrific Halloween mishaps, we encouraged our team of crafty clinicians to decorate instead of carving their pumpkins.
With advancements in technology, detecting a fall is easier than ever! Apple Watches have been able to detect a fall for some time, a feature automatically added for anyone 55 years and older. Emergency medical response teams may even be called based on one’s movement, or lack thereof, after the impact or fall. However, the latest feature – Walking Steadiness – available on the Apple iOS 15 update now allows the phone to send you a notification related to the steadiness of your walking. This update can help recognize your risk for falls before they happen.