The Joint Ventures' Blog

Knee Osteoarthritis

Friday, February 26, 2016

Osteoarthritis is a very common form of arthritis in the knee and primarily the one we see in our patients. It is a degenerative condition in which the cartilage of the knee joint wears away, decreasing the protective space between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone).  When this space decreases, the bones can end up rubbing together, creating bone spurs that cause pain. This type of pain gradually increases over time and can limit your mobility not only with exercise but also with simple daily activities such as getting out of a chair or climbing stairs. 

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Graston Technique

Friday, February 26, 2016

Have you been suffering from knee pain? The Graston Technique may be an option for you to treat a nagging knee injury. This technique is used by licensed practitioners in which a Graston instrument is used to address scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The result is improved mobility and decreased tissue restriction which enable to you to get back to normal faster!   

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Dynamic Exercises

Friday, February 26, 2016

Here in New England, many runners tend to either decrease their mileage during the winter months or brave the freezing temperatures and continue their typical run. No matter what type of runner you are, a proper warm up is essential to prevent injuries to the knees and muscles of the lower extremities. Research has shown that elite athletes who integrate 60-120 min of warm up exercises before their sporting event tend to have increased performance during competition and less tendencies for injury during competition. 

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

Friday, February 26, 2016

With spring hopefully around the corner, you’re getting in shape for running season. Or if you’re a hardy New Englander, you’re out there in any type of weather and are training for the spring races. A common running injury is called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It is caused by an abnormality in the way the patella (kneecap) moves over the end of the femur (thigh bone).  

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What is a Sesamoid injury?

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

I have a Sesamoid Injury, what does that mean? By definition sesamoid bones are bones that are embedded within a tendon, or the connective tissue linking muscles to bones. The largest example of a sesamoid bone in the human body is your patella which is embedded within the quadriceps tendon. In addition to the patella there are also sesamoid bones present in the thumb, wrist, and foot. 

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Eccentric Training for Achilles Tendinopathy

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Hakan Alfredson  and colleague’s carticle from the late 1990s helped to create a commonly used protocol of eccentric strengthening to help rehabilitate cases of  midportion achilles tendinopathy. This is accomplished using a controlled heel drop motion off a step on the involved leg following an active lift fo the body with the non involved leg. This allows an eccentric or lengthening contraction of the calf muscles. This study used a protocol  that includes 3 sets of 15 repetitions 2 times per day for both a gastrocnemius and a soleus muscle focused exercise. That is 180 repititions per day with progressive amounts of resistance and it is recommended that non disabling pain is worked through during the program. The study research showed good results with  decreasing levels of pain and disability over 12 week span of exercise.     

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Concussions

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Dr. Bennet Omalu is the chief medical examiner of San Joaqiun County in California, an associate professor at University of California - Davis, and the inspiration for the upcoming movie Concussion, opening in theaters on December 25th. This film recounts Dr. Omalu’s discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive neurological condition due to repeated head trauma in sports such as football and boxing.  CTE occurs secondary to the accumulation of damage to brain cells and can lead to emotional and psychological changes later in life.  

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What is a Physical Therapist thinking?

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Do you ever wonder what your Physical Therapist is thinking when you’re telling them about your symptoms, and all the things you would like to get back to doing?  It is a great feeling when you walk away from the interaction with a sense that the therapist has a good grip on how to improve your pain and function.  But we have all had times we have left a healthcare office feeling overwhelmed by the number of things we need to correct, and not feeling motivated to climb the tall mountain ahead of us. 

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How to exercise while traveling

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Traveling for the holidays? Don't have gym access? Can't figure out how to pack your kettlebells? Here are 7 exercises that target the major muscle groups and can be done anywhere, no gym or fancy equipment needed! 

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Snowboard Prep

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

December is here and that means ski season is right around the corner! We hope that you have a safe and fun ski season! 

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