You’ve googled exercises. You’ve searched late at night for the best back brace. You even bought one or two that helped for a bit, but then your back actually became more problematic. We get it. Unfortunately the quick fix often leads you down a much longer, frustrating, costly and painful path. Here are theRead more
Your question is a little unspecific as to which joint you need more information about and if you have had an injury/pain limiting your range of motion. However, generally range of motion is basically the movement that the various joints of your body have so you can effectively perform your daily activities without discomfort. WhenRead more
My herniated disc was confirmed by an MRI and I received physical therapy. Are there no benefits in doing abdominal exercises?
Sorry to hear of your issues and potentially that your PT routine is not yielding the results you need for your herniated disc. There certainly are incredible benefits in doing abdominal exercises. However, it is critical that you are doing the right ones for you based on your current situation, body type, flexibility, strength, etc.Read more
How long should I give the physical therapy exercises before I give up? It all seems geared toward the elderly and my back isn’t getting better.
According to the Mayo Clinic, roughly 3 million people in the U.S. are affected with back pain. It is a very common complaint amongst not only older adults, but also with working professionals and younger population. Evidence in research shows that most people with acute low back pain regain mobility quickly within the first 2-4Read more
That is a great and very common question we hear a lot. Life gets busy and we often prioritize other things than our own wellbeing. One of the biggest incentives to stay motivated to do your exercises is to remember your “why”. Why did you need PT in the first place and what do youRead more
‘Sciatica’ is often a common term used for any kind of radiating pain into the leg and or the buttock region. When you get assessed by a Physical Therapist who is primarily a movement specialist, they can firstly help you determine if it is actually sciatica or if the source of your pain is somethingRead more
Let’s begin by understanding what ‘cracking’ your neck means!!! The crack or the pop in your neck is called ‘cavitation’ and they are applied by a high velocity short amplitude thrust to your vertebrae. The goal is to manipulate your spine for proper alignment. However these have to be performed by a...Read more
Can physiotherapy be used for preventative purposes to prevent injury from happening in the first place or is it only used to address conditions/injuries that have already happened?
Great question!! Physical therapists/physiotherapists are ‘movement specialists’. That being said to answer your question, yes physical therapy can be effective in preventing injuries from happening in the first place. Formal evaluation by a licensed physical therapist can help identify faulty mechanics and train those...Read more
Why is it that toddlers bend over to pick stuff up with perfect squatting form? They always bend at the knees and have straight backs.
Interesting isn’t it?! Great job observing this. It’s fantastic you know what good posture and movement patterns look like to identify this! The cause here is that as we develop, our brain overpowers natural instinct so we do what’s easiest and quickest. Unfortunately, we don’t realize that over time, these shortcuts we take have aRead more
by Lee H. Kole, PT You wouldn’t take your car into the shop and just tell them to “fix it” without letting them know what the issues or sounds were. You wouldn’t walk into a barber shop or hair salon and just say “cut it”. Why would you google random exercises for how to solveRead more