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Posted by on Jun 28, 2021 | 0 comments

What May Be Causing Your Knee Pain


What we want to talk about today is knee pain. What we see a lot of times, and what we want you to understand, is that where a person has symptoms does not necessarily mean that’s where the problem is.

I’m going to use the knee for example this month. Now in our clinic here, Brian and I, if we get knee pain, we very rarely treat the knee. Keep in mind –  this is if it’s a non-traumatic injury, but rather an overuse injury or people just start presenting with knee pain from running too much or doing something. What we typically get told is that the patient says “I have knee pain.” Doctor looks at the knee, says, “You need to strengthen your knee.” What we have found is, most people do not have a weak knee, it is the quadricep muscle not being used correctly for example. Where I’m going with this is, a lot of times, a knee problem is a hip or a foot and an ankle problem.

What I want to address this month in our videos is a couple of different things to look at that could be causing the knee pain. The knee is just stuck in a middle, okay? It’s like a car on the railroad tracks. The knee can only go where your hip or your foot and ankle will let it go. It’s kind of stuck, but it can take the brunt of it simply because it’s not being controlled by those other two structures.

We’re going to talk about that, give you a few suggestions on that this month. If you have further questions, contact us Fitness4LifePT.com.

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Posted by on Jul 15, 2020 | 0 comments

The Importance Of Feet Stability

Hi, Mark and Ringo coming to you from Fitness4Life. What we’re going to talk about today is what I’ve been spending a lot of time focusing on lately – and that is feet. The reason being is because that’s the only contact a person has with the ground. So if your feet aren’t in a good position, if your feet aren’t stable, it can cause a lot of problems. So you’ve got to have a good foot-to-ground contact with any activity. Otherwise, any other area in your body can be prone to break down, because your body’s always trying to be stable.

Your body is going to try to find a way to keep you protected by trying to stabilize things. If you don’t have a good foot-to-ground contact, and your feet aren’t providing a good stable base to start from, nothing above your body is going to be able to find a very good stability point either. So we see a lot of people breaking down simply because of what their feet are doing.

Sometimes, unfortunately, this can mean they have pain or problems elsewhere. You cannot only look at where they’re having pain.  Knee pain, for instance, is not necessarily a knee issue.  A lot of times you have to look at the foot and/or the hip because the knee is just taking the brunt of it. It’s not because of the knee having the problem itself. It’s just where the symptoms are. So with that being said, when I’m looking at it with any patient for almost everything that they come in with is looking at their feet first; seeing how they’re walking, seeing how they’re standing, see if they’ve got mobility, see if they’ve got stability.

Check out our YouTube page where I will demonstrate three different exercises/stretches you can do at home to help stabilize your feet.  If you have further questions, contact us at Fitness4LifePT.com.

 

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Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 | 0 comments

Pre-habing For ACL Or MCL Surgery

Today we actually have a real live patient to go over some techniques with. She was kind enough to tear her ACL and her MCL in a skiing accident. Now according to HIPAA, we’re not supposed to reveal this person, but we don’t like rules anyway, so we have April!

So, she has been coming in here every day working on pre-habing her knee prior to getting surgery. We’re not sure how soon they’re going to do surgery. A lot of times they don’t want to do surgery immediately because there’s still swelling in there, and we’re trying to get the range of motion back. So, April has a full ACL tear, she’s got a torn MCL, medial collateral ligament, so a ligament on the inside of the knee that is side to side stability. Both of these are torn. So they’re going to go in, they’re going to repair that, and then she’s going to have a long rehab road ahead of her, but she’s going to come out good.

So what we’re going to do is talk about some of the strategies we’ve been using for her prior to getting this surgery. She’s actually training for this surgery just like you would an athletic event. She wants to go in there with her range of motion max and she wants to go in there with her muscles stronger. Research has shown you come through these surgeries a lot better when you have trained for them. So if you’re out there with an ACL injury, you may want to consider some of the things we’re going to go over prior to having your surgery. If you have further questions, contact us today!

Follow my YouTube channel where we are going to be demonstrating some exercises designed to help strengthen muscles and prepare a person who is about to have ACL surgery.

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Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Have Knee Pain? It May Not Actually Be Your Knee

Most people assume when they have knee pain that they have suddenly done something to their knee. They go to the doctor, get it looked at, are prescribed medication and maybe some exercises and then get sent on their way. But the truth of the matter is that more often than not, the knee is not the problem.

In the video below, Mark talks about what is more likely the source of the problem, and what to do to correct it.

Do you have knee pain?

Mark goes into detail about why this is all so very important. Learn more here. Make sure to contact us if you have any questions.

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Posted by on Jun 7, 2017 | 0 comments

Why Are Your Feet So Important?

feetYour feet play a very important role when it comes to stability and preventing pain. If you stop and think about what your feet actually have to do, it is amazing. They are responsible for keeping you upright when you are standing and walking.

In our clinic, we see a lot of people that stand or sit with their feet turned way out. This will directly affect their mechanics from their feet all the way up to their neck. You want to have a stable structure to function properly. So we will take a look at how they stand and walk, and typically their feet are turned out or they have flattened their arches, and that is why they are complaining of pain. Whether it is ankle, knee, hips, typically the pain is coming from a problem with their feet – not the area that is hurting.

So what can you do?

Strengthening your arch. Even if you think you have a “flat arch”, it probably is just poor muscle structure. Simple exercises can be done to strengthen those muscles and regain a proper arch – helping you become more stable.

Focus on how you walk and stand. Make sure you are keeping your feet pointed straight ahead. when you walk.

Mark goes into detail about why this is all so very important. Learn more here. Make sure to contact us if you have any questions.

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