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Browsing All posts tagged under »knee pain«

A better quad stretch

June 22, 2018

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Look around any gym, athletic field, rec center, you are bound to see people stretching their quads like so: This is actually a pretty crappy quad stretch. The quadriceps are made of four muscles, hence “quad,” and the above stretch actually only hits 3 of the muscles- vastus intermedius, vastus lateralis and vastus medialis. The […]

Some thoughts on hip flexion strength and knee pain

June 22, 2018

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Mike Reinold ran a post about the importance of hip flexion strength when it comes to knee pain. He mentions hip flexion strength is often lacking in people with patellofemoral pain (knee cap pain) issues and how to assess hip flexion strength. I want to expound on this and talk about how to strengthen the hip […]

Your muscles can’t always be balanced

June 8, 2018

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Thomas Myers wrote up a post on symmetry I wanted to expound on a bit. The more you learn about alleviating joint pain, the more you realize the name of the game typically revolves around symmetry / balance. Balance of muscle length and strength, to be specific.  Meaning it’s more likely a joint will feel […]

Glucosamine and chondroitin for knee pain treatment

June 1, 2018

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Something I’m often asked by people who have knee pain is if there is any supplement, food, pill, etc. they can take to alleviate their pain. One of the supplements most often referenced for knee pain / arthritis is glucosamine and chondroitin. To be blunt, the majority of supplements are absolute crap. You might as […]

Should you have surgery for arthritis in your knees?

May 11, 2018

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I was recently being diagnosed with a torn meniscus from playing football. Thus, I’ve been looking up a lot of research on various knee surgeries lately. I have a good base of knowledge but I find I tend to go through phases where a specific condition or joint tends to predominate in my life or […]

Get unbalanced to get healthy

March 23, 2018

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Client: Why do they still act up? They’ll get better but then they’ll feel bad again. I thought walking through the pain would help get them stronger and build them up? The above question is from a pretty new client who has had chronic knee pain for years. Since beginning training her knees have been […]

My visit to the Washington University in St. Louis Physical Therapy Program

March 16, 2018

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This turned into a behemoth of a post. I started writing this on the plane ride home and well, the cute girl next to me could only distract me so much. Next thing I know I had 15 pages. (Remember in college how you had trouble writing 10 pages, double spaced? Weird.) There is a […]

Be part of a knee pain study

October 16, 2017

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I received the below email from some knee recovery researchers who came across The biggest mistakes ACL patients make. The comments of that post has become a bit of a safe place for people to detail their ACL experience. Many read the post and previous comments and have a “Oh my god, yes! I’m not […]