The Joint Ventures' Blog

Should I Have Someone Look At My Knee?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Every day we see Boston physical therapy patients come in with many different knee injuries, both big and small.  But some of the hardest ones to rehab are not the major surgeries, but the annoying knee pains that have gone on and on forever. The patient (for one reason or another) doesn't go to see the doctor or try to rehabilitate it.  

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

If you're an athlete rehabbing from a knee or ankle injury, chances are you've been subjected to ladder drills.  Often, in the later stages of rehabilitation, a physical therapist brings out the rope ladder - a simple piece of equipment to aid in assessing and developing a patient's plyometric performance and agility.  

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FIFAs Soccer Warm Up Program

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I wanted to take this blog opportunity to share a resource that I have come across in my soccer coaching experience that may have some benefits for you.   

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Ankle Sprains

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

It seems like whenever the weather warms up in New England, people get outside and participate in all kinds of activity.  People are walking, hiking, biking, rollerblading, sailing, you name it, they're out there doing it.  Unfortunately, the more activity you do, the more likely you are to get injured.  But this doesn't mean you should sit around doing nothing!  The benefits of activity far outweigh the risks, and fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent injury while enjoying your favorite hobbies.  

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Making Time For Your Home Exercises Where Ever You Are

Friday, August 16, 2013

We all lead such busy lives that it can be difficult to find the time to do exercises at home, but as we all know it’s about MAKING the time, not having the time!  That aside, many of my patients complain that they travel too much to fit their exercises in because they don’t have the proper equipment.  

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Golfers Elbow and Tiger Woods Golf Game

Monday, August 12, 2013

With the PGA Tour in full swing, you may have heard that PGA champion and one of the world’s top golf pros, Tiger Woods, won a tournament this past weekend, despite a recent injury to his elbow that put a damper on his game.  Tiger developed pain in the medial (inner) aspect of his elbow earlier this summer.  This injury is commonly known as golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis. 

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Just Breathe

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Breathe in… Breathe out… Before we go any further, lets determine what kind of breather you are.  Place one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach.  Now, take a deep breath.  If your chest rises during inhalation, you are a chest breather and this blog is for meant for you.  If your belly protrudes out like the Happy Buddha, then you are an abdominal/ diaphragmatic breather.  Congratulations, deep diaphragmatic breathing is the way our bodies are meant to breathe.   

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Preventing Injury As You Get Back To Activities This Summer

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

As the days become longer, with more light and warmer temperatures, the opportunities for outdoor physical activities increase dramatically.  This is often the time of year when people get back outside for walking, jogging, cycling, hiking, Frisbee, and many other fun activities.  With these increases in activity comes the opportunity for injury.  The activities that we choose to leave alone for the winter months come roaring back into favor as the weather improves and if we have let our bodies hibernate over these months, the chance for injury is high.  Here are a few tips for preventing injury as you get back to activity this summer: 

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Continuity In Physical Therapy

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

One of the biggest stumbling blocks we encounter in physical therapy is continuity.  Patients are generally great at keeping up with exercise programs while they are checking in with their PT regularly, and being held accountable.  The issue occurs once patients are no longer coming to PT, or once their symptoms have subsided.  At this point it is “out of sight, out of mind” for some people.  Therein lies the problem. 

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How To Use A Foam Roll

Friday, May 24, 2013

If you've been to just about any gym or physical therapy clinic, you have probably seen a foam roller, and there’s a good chance you've even used one. One useful benefit of a foam roller is self-deep tissue massage. Most people could benefit from some form of soft tissue manipulation to decrease areas of tension in different muscles of the body. Spots of tension can develop from muscle imbalances caused by repetitive activities, or prolonged postures such as sitting several hours. Releasing tension or ‘knots’ in the muscles and surrounding connective tissue helps restore normal blood flow and function to the muscles and nerves in the area. 

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