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23 07, 2017

Sports Medicine Again Because It’s Important

By | July 23rd, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|50 Comments

Sports medicine is a topic worth revisiting. As I suggested last year when I first wrote about it (read it here: https://physicaltherapytucson.com/sports-medicine-what-is-it/), the term can be quite misleading. Societies in our ancient history recognized how exercise and health were connected. Greece, Italy, and China are among the countries that recognized this intersection. In the United States, it was not until the 1950s that organizations began to get on board with the idea that physical movement and overall healthcare had a place together. Sports Medicine in the USA In 1950, the National Athletic Trainers Association was founded. In 1954, The American [...]

12 06, 2017

Your Personal Wellness Journey Part 2

By | June 12th, 2017|Sports injuries|50 Comments

Your Personal Wellness Journey Part 2 You might not think that personal wellness is a topic worth revisiting. I am here to tell you it is. Particularly now, when there is so much conversation about your healthcare and where it is headed. About a year ago, I posted a brief article about personal wellness from the perspective of a life-long health care worker. (read it here: https://physicaltherapytucson.com/healthy-lifestyle/ ) One of the things that keeps coming back to me is the extent to which we allow others to decide our personal healthcare. You may think I am talking about insurance plans [...]

6 05, 2017

Piriformis Syndrome and Your Butt

By | May 6th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|49 Comments

Chances are you have heard the term "piriformis syndrome" if you’re reading our blog right now. It’s a lovely term to describe a not-so-lovely assortment of symptoms. Bear with me here: the piriformis muscle alone isn’t a problem. It’s a small, flat, pyramid-shaped muscle (piri-pyramid, formis-shape) located in the general area of your pelvis and your hip joint. It lies almost parallel to your gluteus maximus (The large muscle affectionately called, among other things, your butt). It’s a muscle that is important for flexibility and to assist the entire group of muscles and tendons in the hip area. When this [...]

10 04, 2017

Occupational Athletes – Preventing and Treating Injuries

By | April 10th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|52 Comments

Occupational Athletes - Preventing and Treating Injuries Occupational athletes. Using the term occupational athletes implies that our discussion today is about people who play pro sports. It is not - at least not for the purposes of this article. Think, for a moment, about the work you do every day. Then consider this: did you have to pass a physical agility or endurance test to get hired? You know who you are. This article is for anyone who can answer 'yes' to the above question. We will talk about other types of occupations and those physical therapy needs in a [...]

22 03, 2017

Back Pain: Two Tales, Two Guys

By | March 22nd, 2017|Sports injuries|48 Comments

Rick had back pain. As a construction worker in his mid-forties, the days when he could just jump out of bed feeling fine were behind him. Still, most days, he got through just fine. Occasionally his lower back pinged him with the notice that he had overdone it that day, but otherwise, he was fine. Until he wasn’t. Every company he had worked for had the mandatory safety presentations that reminded Rick he needed to use body mechanics properly to lift and move heavy objects. One day, he was tired and less alert. He bent forward to pick up a [...]

7 03, 2017

Repetitive Motion Injuries

By | March 7th, 2017|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|48 Comments

Repetitive Motion Injuries or Occupational Overuse Injuries Repetitive motion injuries are injuries we tend not to think about, especially if it's one that happens gradually. It is also (usually) hardly noticeable when our bodies are at rest. It’s important, though, not to ignore the effects of repetitive tasks on our overall function. If you work in an industry or at a specific job that requires you to do the same physical motions with your body over and over, chances are, over time, you may experience what professionals like to call, “repetitive motion syndrome”. While there are common terms to describe [...]

18 02, 2017

Physical Therapy: Five Things To Know

By | February 18th, 2017|Sports injuries|54 Comments

Five Things to Know about Your Physical Therapy   While there are common recommendations for most joint and muscle issues (we call them “protocols” in the health care biz), each person has different needs and abilities. This means that a “one size fits all” approach not only could miss the mark, but ultimately cause more harm than good.   Yes, we will teach you exercises to do at home. This isn’t the same thing as just doing them at home and not seeing a physical therapist and this is why: our bodies are amazing machines, and if one part is [...]

14 11, 2016

Meet Our New Sponsored Motocross Athlete Cody Briner

By | November 14th, 2016|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|60 Comments

Meet Our New Sponsored Motocross Athlete Cody Briner Cody Briner is a motocross athlete who knows how important it is to keep your body in its best condition. He has won the CMC Arizona Championship 3 years in a row -450 Pro- and has been participating in the sport for about ten years. Cody’s grandfather introduced him to motocross and he has been hooked ever since. For those who are not familiar with the sport, Cody says, “Motocross athletes always joke that it's the "most physically demanding sport on the planet. "You're on top of a 225lb machine trying to [...]

31 10, 2016

Physical Therapy and Shoulders

By | October 31st, 2016|Physical Therapy, Sports injuries|44 Comments

Physical Therapy and Shoulders One of the areas we use constantly and often without thinking are shoulders. Like many other areas of our amazing bodies (ok mine isn't amazing, yours might be), it is a delicate and precise intersection of several moving parts. All of those parts are subject to wear and tear and stress.  Movements that are outside the scope of that joint's ability are called injuries. This article will describe how physical therapy and shoulders go hand in hand. As we talk about the parts of our bodies most affected by age and overuse, its important to remember as [...]

24 10, 2016

The Importance of Core Strength

By | October 24th, 2016|Sports injuries|46 Comments

I spend a fair amount of time reading. It hasn't escaped my attention that one of the hot topics in fitness and health is anything "core" related, especially the importance of core strength. Sports injuries are sometimes unavoidable. There are avoidable injuries and conditions, however. A fair number of them are related to the relative strength and flexibility of your "core". Let's talk about why core strength is such a big deal. Your body's core is typically understood to occupy areas in your lower back, hips, glutes, trunk, and stomach. It's called "core" because it is the foundation for most of [...]

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