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Gluteus Medius Exercise: Getting Started

Glutes

In a previous article, we discussed the importance of the gluteus medius muscle in controlling lower extremity alignment during the squat.  This muscle also plays a critical role in positioning and stabilizing the pelvis in many other functional activities.  This includes any activity with requires a period of single-leg support such as walking, climbing stairs, […]

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Gluteus Medius: Controlling Knee Position during the Squat

Hip abductor weakness

The gluteus medius is a broad thick muscle on the outer part of the pelvis.  The muscle spans from the buttock to the upper aspect of the thigh bone (femur) on the bony part of the outer hip (greater trochanter).  The primary function of the gluteus medius is to stabilize the pelvis and femur during […]

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Self-Management of Pain: Your Physical Therapist as a Guide

therapeutic relationship

Too many medical approaches in today’s society are dependent on others (therapists, doctors, etc) and include passive treatments (medications, injections, etc.).  It can be empowering to take control of your own health and seek active forms of treatment for conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, or even every day sprains and strains.  Self-management allows […]

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Persistent Low Back Pain: The Physical Therapist’s Role

persistent low back pain

Low back pain is the most common cause of disability and lost work time in industrialized countries.   Persistent low back pain is characterized by periods of high and low pain intensity which can persist for years.  Periodic “flare- ups” are common and often result in the seeking of medical treatment.  Medications and surgery are often […]

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Youth Ice Hockey Injuries

prevention and treatment of youth ice hockey injuries

There are few sports with the same unique physical demands as youth ice hockey.   Brendan Shanahan explained it this way when asked by a reporter “Is hockey hard?” “Is hockey hard? I don’t know, you tell me. We need to have the strength and power of a football player, the stamina of a marathon runner, […]

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Medications for Low Back Pain: Helpful or Harmful?

Prescription medication for low back pain

It has been estimated that half of Americans will experience low back pain each year.  Approximately 80% will experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime.  Now the good news: It is estimated that about 90% of those who experience back pain will recover well within a few weeks or months.  The other […]

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Five Exercises to Train the Abdominal Muscles

Abdominal muscle exercise

Abdominal muscle weakness and poor control of the trunk (or “core”) can negatively influence athletic performance and activities of daily living.  Poor trunk muscle strength has been associated with injuries in baseball players and several other sports.  Also, exercises to improve trunk muscle strength have been shown to improve soccer and distance running performance.  Trunk […]

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Evidence for Exercise and Neck Pain

Exercise and manual therapy for neck pain

Neck pain can be debilitating and limit your quality of life. It may impact your ability to drive, participate in activities you enjoy, and enjoy activities with your family. Luckily physical therapy can have profound impacts on reducing disability and limitations associated with neck pain. Evidence for strengthening of your neck muscles including the longus […]

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Understanding the Hip Hinge: The Basics

Deadlift

The hip hinge is an important movement pattern for everyday life and athletics.  This movement is similar to “bowing” or bending at the hips while maintaining a flat spine.  The movement occurs at the hips which loads the gluteus maximus and hamstring muscles.  The hip hinge is characteristic of picking up a bag of groceries […]

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Abdominal Oblique Injuries in Rotational Sports

Oblique muscle injuries

Abdominal oblique injuries, also known as side strains, are common in rotational sports such as baseball, tennis, golf, and track and field.  These injuries are characterized by a sudden, sharp onset of pain near or on the side of the rib cage.  The injury usually occurs during some type of rotational sports movement such as […]

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