Making The Case for Stronger Feet and Hands

One of the factors that I love about working in an outpatient orthopedics setting as a physical therapist is the wide variety of patients that walk through the clinic doors. The diversity in age, socioeconomic status, fitness level and goals, and injury type means I am constantly learning and being challenged to identify effective treatments…

Bone Health: RED-S & Tissue Loading

With bone stress injuries including stress fractures, it is important to consider not only bone health from a “loading” or exercise prescription perspective, but also from a whole health perspective including optimizing nutrition. This is where a discussion of the possibility of nutrition deficits such as occurs with Relative Energy Deficiency in Sport (RED-S). Check…

Foundations of “Non-Traumatic” Shoulder Rehab

As many of the best clinicians (PTs, MDs, etc.) and current research suggest, shoulder pain that happens without acute trauma (i.e., more likely due to “overuse”) very often responds well to conservative, non-surgical treatments like physical therapy.  There have been different names given to this type of shoulder pain and some are based on theories…

Pain in the BUTT!: Part 2- Treatment Strategies for Posterior Thigh & Buttock Pain

In this post I want to discuss 3 Keys to treatment for posterior thigh and buttock pain. If you are interested in differential diagnosis and screening for posterior thigh and buttock pain, please check out: Part 1- Differential Diagnosis of Posterior Thigh and Buttock Pain Three Treatment Keys:  Correct Differential Diagnosis Activity Modifications & Reducing Symptom…

“Cheat Sheet”: Strength Goals for Lower Body Tendinopathies

Check out the handout below for strength goals and treatment tips for lower body tendinopathy injuries: (HANDOUT PDF) For more information on lower body tendinopathies, please see these prior blog posts: Tendinopathy Treatment Tips for the Lower Body Tips for Treating Lower Extremity Tendinopathies: Part 1: ASSESSMENT Tips for Treating Lower Extremity Tendinopathies: Part 2:…

PT Day of Service 2021

Since its beginning in 2015, “Physical Therapy Day of Service” (PT Day of Service) has been an opportunity for physical therapy students, clinicians, and staff to engage in the community and give back. Service projects for PTDOS often involve promoting health and sustainability efforts. This year, I am very excited to be joining the farmers…

Tendinopathy Treatment Tips for The Lower Body

“Tendinitis,” or the more comprehensive/accurate term “tendinopathy” is of the most common overuse injuries that we see in physical therapy. Whether “jumper’s knee” (patellar tendinopathy”), Achilles’ tendon pain, or plantar fasciitis (fasciopathy or heel pain); these injuries are incredibly common and often very painful and debilitating.  In working with many patients with these conditions, I…

Groin Strains, What A Pain! Treatment and Prevention Strategies for Athletes

Groin injuries including adductor or hip flexor muscle strains are common in sports such as soccer, football, and hockey. These injures often occur following forceful cutting, sprinting, or kicking involved in these sports that places high stress on these muscle groups. The mechanism of injury, similar to hamstring strain injuries, often involves quick deceleration force…

Back to Basics: Evidence-Based Treatment for Ankle Sprains

If you had to pick one injury to be good at treating what would it be?! …A LATERAL ANKLE SPRAIN!!!!! I remember in my physical therapy training, one of my professors stating that if you could treat a lateral ankle sprain, you could use variations on this theme to treat any other musculoskeletal foot or…

Load Those Quads! 

Quadriceps weakness often persists as a robust finding in patients with knee pain. This is true in overuse type injuries such as patellofemoral pain syndrome (Willy, 2019) and especially after knee surgeries like anterior cruciate ligament repair (ACL-R) (Baron, 2020; Current Concepts, 2016; Thomas, 2016; Logerstedt, 2017), and total knee arthroplasty (TKA, i.e., knee preplacement…