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Stretching your thoracic spine to help with lower back pain

Chronic lower back pain is  very complex with many causes and can be very difficult to treat.  One source of lower back pain can be from restrictions in thoracic rotational ability.  Since most of our thoracic mobility should come from our thoracic spine (and NOT our lumbar spine) it’s important to include a spinal rotational […]

Avoid falls and slips: How to walk on the ice

Hey everyone, Walking on the ice can be very challenging and the unfortunate fall could result in hip, hand, or back injury.  Just saw my second patient who hurt themselves when they slipped on the ice! Besides the obvious footwear, what can we do? Channel your inner Penguin… How to walk on ice: 1. take […]

Hot/cold contrast bath to help reduce ankle and hand swelling

How to do a Hot/Cold Contrast bath to help reduce swelling: Use only ice for the first 48 hours, then you can use the hot/cold combo. Basketball season means the potential for sports injuries and especially sprained ankles! Saw a young high school basketball player today in the clinic with a pretty swollen ankle. X-ray […]

Should I use the Knee Extension Machine at my gym?

Almost all gyms that have machines have the Knee extension machine for quadriceps strengthening, but is it a good exercise to do? Not in my opinion, especially if you have had an ACL repair…. It is not my favorite machine for a number of reasons: 1. Not a functional exercise, I prefer to use standing […]

10 Things to consider Before you have ACL surgery

10 Things to consider before you have surgery. 1. Talk to different orthopedic surgeons and do your homework since each physician will have their preference on what type of graft to use which may not be your best option based on your age and activity level. 2. There is no gold standard yet for the […]

Injured athletes, prescription pain killers, and heroin: A cautionary tale

How does one go from being an injured high school athlete to a heroin addict? The path may be more linear than you may think. Recent articles in Time magazine, Sports Illustrated, and the Wall Street Journal have shed new light on not only the rise in heroin abuse as a whole, but also on […]

Thoracic spine “opener” video with foam roller to help with mid back pain

Our thoracic spine has a natural curve to it, called a kyphosis.  However, this kyphosis often becomes exaggerated as we age and can become very stiff.  This mid back stiffness can cause shoulder and neck pain, scapular pain, and can contribute to postural stress. I have made a video of 2 great exercises to help […]

Shoulder stretching: posterior capsule

Stretching of the posterior capsule is critical for normal shoulder health and function.  Check out the video for more education..