What you should know about ACL injury
with advice from
Rebekah Glass, PT, DPT, CSCS,
Bobby Horn, PT, DPT, CSCS, Cert. MDT,
and Peter (Piotr) Kluba, PT, DPT
Unless you’re Marcus Lattimore, who famously — or infamously? — injured all four knee ligaments in a college football game in 2012, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the knee ligament you’re most likely to injure. All of us can take steps to reduce the risk, but if you do suffer an ACL tear, your physical therapist can help you on the road to recovery.
An ACL tear is usually caused by a traumatic event, says Rebekah Glass, a physical therapist at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation, a Physiquality member with four locations in Western Michigan. While some tears occur during vehicle collisions or during a fall, most are sports-related and occur without contact from anyone or anything else. These “non-contact” injuries can be caused by quick changes in direction with a misstep, a bad landing after a jump (especially in basketball) or even simply turning the body while slowing down.
10 common fitness mistakes you might be making
with advice from Mark Salandra, CSCS
and Lodi Physical Therapy
Hopefully those New Years’ resolutions have paid off. You’re eating healthier and working out more, and maybe your clothes are a little bit looser. But have you thought about what could be holding you back or putting you at risk of an injury? Here are some common errors you might be making at the gym.
- You walked in without a plan.
Many people — especially those that are going for the first time (or the first time in a long time) — walk into the gym and wing it, with no sense of how they are going to structure their workouts. But if you walk in without a plan, how can you expect to make progress, asks Mark Salandra, the founder of StrengthCondition.com (one of Physiquality’s partner programs). Mark advises, “Write down a workout plan: Map out all your workouts to the set. Figure out your goals and set a plan to get there.” (Need a workout journal? Check out Physiquality partner fitbook™ journals for tracking your workouts and diet.)
Are you texting your way to injury?
with advice from Matt Caster, PT, DPT, OCS
When texting started becoming commonplace, it was slow and awkward. (How many times do I have to click on “7″ to get an “S”? Where’s my punctuation?) But with the advent of PDAs and smartphones, and the ability to not only text but post on social media and craft entire emails on a mobile device, people are communicating more than ever — non-verbally — with their phones. Unfortunately, with that advanced technology can come some digital pain, literally.
Constant typing and texting on your phone can cause pain and injury, says Matt Caster, a physical therapist at Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy (a Physiquality member in Pennsylvania). “Texting thumb is an overuse injury, where the tendons that control the thumb become inflamed due to the repetitive use of the thumb when typing text on your phone,” he explains. You may feel pain simply in your thumb or fingers, or it could manifest throughout the palm of your hand or even up the length of your arm.
I have arthritis. Can I exercise? Should I?
with advice from David P. Thompson, PT, DPT, OCS
Arthritis is one of the more common conditions, especially as people age. According to the CDC, as many as 50 million adults in the U.S., or 1 in 5, have been diagnosed with arthritis, and the numbers are expected to grow as our population ages. While there are many types of arthritis, the most prevalent is osteoarthritis, caused by the wearing away of cartilage in joints, especially the knees and hips.
Arthritis can be extremely painful and often debilitating. According to David P. Thompson, a physical therapist at Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy (a Physiquality member in Pennsylvania), “Patients with arthritis frequently report a variety of symptoms, including pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth in the joint, aching, joint deformity, difficulty with bearing weight, trouble with walking, and general loss of function.”
Is a boot camp right for me?
with advice from Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS,
Jim Liston, M.Ed., CSCS
and Mark Salandra, CSCS
Trends come and go for everything, and fitness is no exception. A variety of high intensity workouts, often labeled as “boot camps,” are infiltrating gyms and selling DVDs via infomercials. They promise rock-hard abs and easy-to-learn routines, but do they deliver healthy bodies as advertised?
There is no standard definition or regimen for a “boot camp.” The name is applied to a wide variety of workouts, depending on who is offering the training or class. Mark Salandra, the founder of StrengthCondition.com (one of Physiquality’s partner programs), points out that one boot camp workout might stress calisthenics, while another emphasizes military-style drills. Some even incorporate martial arts moves and plyometrics.
Playing basketball — safely — at any age
with advice from Matthew Caster, PT, DPT
and Mark Salandra, CSCS
As temperatures cool, basketball practice is starting across the country. From youth leagues to pick-up games at the gym, basketball is a popular sport with boys and girls, men and women, young and old. With the right precautions, it can be one of the safer sports for athletes of any age.
First, the bad news for players: A 2005 study found that basketball injuries topped the list of sports-related injuries that sent players to the emergency room. These injuries can range from ankle sprains and facial cuts to jammed fingers and knee injuries. Here are a few ways to reduce such injuries:
What is plantar fasciitis?
with advice from Chelsea Cole, PTA
and PhysioFit Physical Therapy
Did you know that your feet are likely to walk as much as 75,000 miles by age 50? Healthy feet are key to a healthy life. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic problems that can wreak havoc on the foot.
On the sole of the foot, the plantar fascia is a thick piece of tissue that runs from the base of the heel to the tip of the toes, along the arch of the foot. When it is inflamed or irritated, the condition is referred to as plantar fasciitis. Its symptoms are typically severe pain along the arch of the foot and the heel.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
People with abnormal foot arches — either flat or high — are more prone to plantar fasciitis, as are those with tight Achilles tendons (the tendon connecting your calf muscle to your heel). More commonly, it is an overuse injury, caused by sports like running or basketball, or prolonged walking or standing. It can also be a result of shoes with poor arch support, or even obesity.
How can physical therapists help you reach your health and fitness goals?
October 2013 — National Physical Therapy Month
Many people think of physical therapists as healthcare practitioners to be seen after surgery, or for rehabilitation for an injury. While they fulfill both of those roles, many PTs are now offering a broader range of services, shifting their attention to both prevention of and recovery from injury and illness.
With wellness and exercise programs continuing to be in high demand, physical therapists are ideally suited to help people of all ages and fitness levels reach their wellness goals. PTs are the medical community’s leading experts in helping people improve the way their bodies work, feel and move. In fact, that’s what Physiquality is all about: connecting you with the most highly qualified therapists in your community to help you and your family stay healthy and active.
With that in mind, here are five Physiquality members who offer a variety of specialty programs across the health and wellness spectrum at their clinics.