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Following is a list of articles introduced in our newsletters. Written by SSPT physical therapists and experts in their specialties, these informative articles strive to engage you in your health by offering tips for healthy living and pain-free function. Click an article title to view the complete article.
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The biggest risk factor for back pain is a previous case of back pain. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Taking action early is your best bet for back pain relief and for reducing your risk of re-injury.
Most well rounded training programs include technique, stretching, and strengthening exercises. I would argue for the inclusion of an additional area of focus to help you to improve your performance: ergonomics.
The dog days of summer have arrived in full force! Although you don't necessarily have to curb your training or completely avoid the outdoors, you should take certain precautions when exercising in the heat.
Cyclists can get hit by a variety of injuries. Knowing what causes some of the more common injuries may help you to avoid getting injured in the first place.
Hamstring injuries are common among runners. But that doesn’t mean that you’re bound to experience one. Learn what makes you susceptible to this kind of injury and what you can do to prevent it.
Entrepreneurial inventions such as Pilates and Yogalates claim to strengthen your core, decrease your injury risk, and enhance performance. How much evidence exists to back up these claims, and is there more to the core?
Cyclists know only too well the dangers that await them on the streets. However, a much more covert enemy belies the well-intentioned cyclist: a poor bike fit.
For many runners, training means a piercing, debilitating pain that occurs with each stride, known as "shin splints." Before you reach for the ice pack rather than the water bottle, take heart. The main cause of shin splints is within your control.
Four out of five Americans will develop back problems at some time in their lives, and up to eighty-five percent of those people will experience a recurrence of their pain. Learn how you might be able to reduce your risk of recurrence by half.
Traditionally thought of as an older person’s disease, osteoporosis doesn't just happen when you're "old;" it starts years earlier. If you want be active later in life, take action now.
Iliotibial band (ITB) syndrome is an overuse injury that causes knee pain. The reported incidence of ITB syndrome ranges from 1.6 percent to 52 percent, but does everyone experiencing lateral knee pain suffer from ITB syndrome?
Most headaches we suffer are rarely dangerous but are just annoying enough to change our mood and interfere with our quality of life. Learn how to combat these moderate annoyances.
Ankle sprain injuries can cause long-term disability and increased risk of future sprains. Wearing high-top or air shoes doesn't reduce your ankle sprain risk, but proprioceptive exercises, bracing and taping, and risk factor education can.
Our gluteus maximus has several functions besides forming an attractive seat cushion, and if this muscle is weak we open ourselves up to a myriad of problems. How can we keep our gluteus maximus muscles strong?
Despite its name, most people affected by “tennis elbow” are not tennis players. There is no “quick fix” for tennis elbow. However, treatments exist that may help relieve your pain and improve function relatively quickly.
Every step we take places a force equal to about twice our body weight on our big toe. Osteoarthritis of the first metatarsophalangeal joint makes simple activities excruciating, but early treatment can relieve pain and improve function.
Many people find urinary incontinence too embarrassing to discuss, even with their doctor or healthcare provider. However,with the right kind of treatment, you can easily regain control of your bladder, your confidence, and your life.
A complication of breast cancer surgery, lymphedema causes discomfort, undermines a woman’s self image, and can result in serious infection. Early identification and treatment is important in improving quality of life.
Breast cancer and lymphedema affect both physical health and emotional well-being. An effective lymphedema treatment program empowers women to manage their condition over the long term.
A desk job could be silently dismantling your swing, minute by minute, hour by hour, muscle imbalance by muscle imbalance. Some simple tips can make all the difference in thwarting one of the golfer's biggest enemies—sitting.
“Don’t slouch!” But if your job requires you to sit for eight (or more) hours a day, how can you possibly sit up straight for all of that time? Learn ways to improve your posture to minimize the effects of prolonged sitting and prevent injury.
An endless array of running shoe styles and models can make it downright impossible to determine which shoe is right for you. This article simplifies and de-mystifies the running shoe so you can make an informed choice.
Can you get an optimal conversion of a “road” bike to do triathlons? Without understanding how bike angles affect your ability to hit the ground running, doing so is kind of like putting a lift kit and mud tires on a Ferrari.
The need to breathe creates one of the biggest challenges for anyone trying to swim freestyle efficiently. However, breathing becomes much easier if you remember four key points.
Muscle imbalance may have caused an injury you already have or put you at risk for an injury down the road. Learn how to tell if your hip muscles are out of balance and how an imbalance can lead to injury.
Stretching—long thought to be the medical answer to everything from ITB syndrome to shin splints—does not decrease the risk of injury on its own. But doesn't it help to stretch as part of your usual warm-up routine?
Small muscles deep within your core stabilize your spine and pelvis and prevent uncontrolled movements that can injure your back. Learn how to isolate and activate these muscles to improve your core stability.
No longer worn only at the pool or beach, flip-flops have solidly joined the ranks of our everyday footwear. Although seemingly comfortable, your flip-flops may be putting you at risk for plantar fasciitis—the most common cause of heel pain.
Kinesio Taping took the 2008 Olympic games by storm. But can this product and method really deliver on its promises to numb pain, enhance performance, prevent injury, and reeducate the neuromuscular system?
That sharp, burning pain in the back of your thigh may not be a hamstring injury from overdoing it in yesterday's soccer game after all. The culprit may, in fact, be sciatica. How can you differentiate these two conditions?
Static stretches such as touching your toes do little to prevent injuries and may adversely affect your performance. Prepare your body to run by stretching dynamically—that is, in ways that take muscles through their full range of motion.
Now that you've finished the Nation’s Triathlon, what can you do in the coming months to help prepare for next year’s race? A well-structured, dynamic strength program can improve your efficiency, increase your stamina, and decrease your risk of injury.
It’s time for your New Year’s resolution. If your ultimate goal is to run a half or full marathon, you might want to also consider setting this important mini-resolution: to stretch…and to stretch the right way.
Yoga has been used for thousands of years to promote health and prevent disease. Today, more than 1 million Americans use it as a treatment for back pain. But is yoga a safe and effective for remedying an ailing back?
Many structures in the area of the foot can be the root of pain. Sometimes, the pain can be referred from a more remote structure. So how can you tell the difference? Is it really the plantar fascia that’s to blame for your heel/foot pain?
What factors contribute to a good ride? Well, there's cadence, gears, strength-to-weight ratio, body position, pace, terrain, sitting vs. standing, aero bars vs. not, pedaling vs. coasting... Get the biggest bang for your energy buck with these tips.
The hours you spend on your bike can cause significant tightness and discomfort in your muscles and joints. See how stretching can reduce this tightness, improve your cycling performance, and decrease your risk of injury.
Whether you're hitting a ball, pulling an oar, or propelling yourself through water, the repetitive demands on your shoulders can be intense. Learn what you can do to proactively protect your shoulders so you can be in the game all season.
Most of us have heard of the core and core stability. Do you try to strengthen your core muscles at the gym with exercises such as the “plank” or “bird dog?” How do you know if these exercises are really training your core muscles?
Static exercises such as the plank provide you with a strong foundation. Take your workout to the next level by incorporating dynamic movement patterns that will steadily increase your core strength.
"Minimalist" running shoes offer a more natural way of running and can improve running performance by decreasing stride length and contact time, increasing stride frequency, and reducing force of impact. But are they for you?
A backpack is one of the best ways for your child to carry around school supplies and homework. Follow these simple guidelines for purchasing, loading, and fitting your child's backpack to prevent injury and pain.
With the buzz of the minimalist movement comes discussion about how running form can ensure efficiency and prevent injury. These simple tips can lessen your vulnerability to common injuries until the research catches up to the buzz.
When our daily life stressors get to us, many of us reach for our neck and shoulders to rub away the tension. Learn more about trigger points and how to release them to ease your pain.
The words “lumbar disc herniation” might make you think of the worst case scenario: severe low back pain, nerve involvement, and even a trip to the surgeon. But a slipped or ruptured disk doesn’t always require the operating room.
Juggling a desk job with a training schedule and other daily commitments is tough. One simple stretch can get you moving, more efficiently and with less strain on your lower back, after a long day of sitting.
See how a simple exercise can better prepare you for your work day, without spending long hours at the gym or investing in multiple pieces of expensive gym equipment that need lots of space.
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