Injury Prevention

Is “Pretty Good” Good Enough?

Today I’d like to share a cautionary tale we see very commonly in people who get injured but are doing really well with treatment and recovering nicely …

The person is starting to feel really good and they have returned to most of the activities that their pain was keeping the from. They are back on the trail running, playing with their kids around the house, or even back on the golf course playing the game they love.

At this point, when at a PT session, they will often say they “still feel it a little” but it is not much of a problem. This is where trouble can begin…

We know from experience that “pretty good” is not good enough, but at this point many will decide that the pain is is so minor, they don’t really need to continue treatment till it’s 100% gone.

I’ll explain exactly why this can cause big problems and cost them a lot more money than if they’d just completed that last 1 or 2 treatments and attained 100% recovery, but first let me tell my own story of making this same type of mistake.

I have a great example of my own experience with this when I was younger. I was in Mexico doing some work with local indigenous villages helping them build a school. I ate some local cuisine that I was assured was not washed with their water.  Read more

“Why Did My Pain Come Back?”

Have you ever had an injury that you thought was resolved, but then some of the symptoms return a little while later? Did you think that you would have to live with this pain for the rest of your life?

Many of our patients tell us similar stories about a pain/injury that would resurface now and again, sometimes completely debilitating them or at least keeping them from being able to exercise for a while. And unfortunately many of them thought they would “just have to live with it” and occasionally be laid up by it … until they found us.

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Part 3 – Why do I keep getting injured when I run?

In part 2 of this article series we discussed the ways the foot can have a big impact on all the joints above and cause various forms of running injuries.

In part 3 below, we will discuss the critical role of the hips and pelvis, and their importance to running without pain and injury.

The hip, or coxofemoral joint, is a classic ball-and-socket joint that attaches to your pelvis. It is inherently a very stable joint due to the depth that it possesses, but hip muscle weakness is incredibly common problem among runners.

One of the distinct signs we look for as bio-mechanical experts is a hip drop or, “Trendelenburg sign,” during stance phase (when the foot is on the ground).

What that means is that when you are on one leg while running we are looking if that opposite hip drops (see image below). If it drops significantly compared to the other side we know that hip weakness is present. Hip weakness can be attributed to back, hip, knee, and foot pain. That’s how important it is!

Running injury in Austin Texas

So how can you tell if you have this type of hip weakness and what can you do about it?

See the Video below to find out if you’re at risk for injury due to hip weakness, and learn 3 quick exercises you can do fix the problem.

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Part 1- Why do I keep getting the same injuries when I run?

On July 8th, 2016, posted in: Ankle, Hip, Injury Prevention, Running by 0 Comment

Are you frustrated with constantly dealing with same running injuries over and over again? Are you tired of thinking you have recovered only to have the same injury come back several months later? Read on to find out why you are dealing with repetitive injuries.

A wise man once said “running reveals weakness and if you run enough, injury is not too far away.” When you run, you experience 2-3 times the force of your own body-weight! .. with every step! Over the course of a run you experience an extreme amount of force through your joints which can lead to injury.

What if you could get to the underlying cause of your injuries that keep plaguing you and keep you from doing what you love? What if you knew exactly what to do to prepare for your upcoming 5K,10K, or even half marathon?

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What are the most common issues in your patients with back pain?

During a presentation for a group of personal trainers, I discussed the most common back pain issues I treat in my clinic.

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Weight Bearing Hip Rotation with Theraband

During a presentation for a group of personal trainers, I taught them how to use a Theraband to perform weight bearing hip rotation.

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Why Some People Hurt Their Backs With Certain Ab Exercises

On April 22nd, 2014, posted in: Injury Prevention, Low Back by 0 Comment

I gave a presentation for a group of personal trainers and was asked “Why do some people hurt their backs doing certain abdominal exercises?” Here was my answer:

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How to Instruct Transverse Abdominis Contraction

During a presentation on injury prevention, I taught a group of personal trainers how to instruct transverse abdominis contraction. Check out the video:

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Planks: Are You Using Abs or Glutes?

On March 25th, 2014, posted in: General, Injury Prevention by 0 Comment

 Planks: Are you using abs or glutes?

I was asked this question by a personal trainer after a presentation I gave on injury prevention. And here was my answer…
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How to Mobilize Your Thoracic Spine

On March 11th, 2014, posted in: General, Injury Prevention by 0 Comment

How do you have patients loosen their thoracic spine?

I was asked this question by a personal trainer after a presentation I gave on injury prevention. And here was my answer…

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