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- Low Back/Spine Conditions
- Thoracic Pain
- Manual Therapy
- Post Surgical Rehabilitation
- TMJ Dysfunction
- Injury Assessment, Treatment, Education & Prevention
- Athletic Training Outreach
- Overhead Athlete (Throwing Injuries)
- Sports Performance Enhancement
- Running Injuries
- Throwing Injuries
Repetitive throwing can be part of the cause of a wide array of injuries common to baseball and softball. Especially in today’s competitive sports environment, baseball and softball are commonly played throughout the year, with little attention to proper strength development and maintenance.
Recently, much attention has been given to pitcher’s elbow injuries, especially rupture of the Medial Collateral Ligament. Common also to the elbow and less severe, are muscle strains. Pitch Counts are also important to lessen the strain on the youthful arm.
In the act of throwing, the posture and movement of the shoulder upon the body will dictate the position of the arm and subsequently, the elbow. Force is generated in the legs, propelled through the trunk, arm and lastly the elbow, where much compensatory action can take place, with subsequent overuse and strain.
In recovery from a throwing injury, we work from the arm back through the body and your relationship to the ground, to ensure natural movement. Interval throwing and in season independent maintenance then becomes key.
Marc has been a Athletic Trainer, certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (www.NATA.org) for 33 years and a Physical Therapist for 28 of those past years As part of a sports medicine team, he is highly qualified to help return you or your injured athlete back to the playing field quickly and safely.
Worker's Compensation / Rehabilitation
- Work Rehabilitation
Low Back Pain - What Can Be Done
The lumbar spine, built to keep our trunk and arms up and useful, is a frequent site of pain. When the legs and hips are not functioning optimally, The lumbar spine must frequently compensate to keep us moving. Over time this excessive motion of the spine can lead to disc degeneration and sometimes sciatica
The sacroiliac joint is frequently painful as the lack of hip mobility can focus needed movement at the joint.
In both situations, regaining the proper hip and lower extremity mobility And strength while regaining your lumbar and trunk strength can give your back the strength and proper support to function.
Shoulder Pain - What Can Be Done
Muscles of the rotator cuff, originating on the scapula or shoulder blade, insert into the upper arm. These muscles are important proper support and use of the arm and are especially challenged with over head use.
As the scapula is dependent upon the chest and thoracic wall for stability, a focus on the scapular/ thoracic as well as rotator cuff muscles is required.
Often, with dysfunction and muscle weakness, internal structures such as the labrum, Biceps tendon, and various bursas can become problematic. As the dysfunction progresses, articular cartilage, muscular tendons and bone itself can become problematic leading to tears, bone spurs, and joint degeneration.
It is imperative to regain the global strength and mobility of the shoulder to allow more stress free movement
Running Injuries - What Can Be Done
Too often it is assumed that man needed running shoes to run. Much research as shown that gait alterations using running shoes provides non normal force accommodation and gait mechanics. We certainly are able to run dysfunctionally, compensating through pronation in our gait to give us
knee pain, IT band syndrome, hip pain, tendinitis and degeneration as well as shin pain, Tibialis Posterior tendinitis, ankle and lumbar pain to name a few.
Regaining the proper lower leg and hip strength and mechanics can go a long way to regaining and improving upon your running ability. Shoes are variable and can be found to suit your needs.
Neck Pain and Injuries
Most everyone experiences neck pain at some time, from a short lasting “crick” in the neck from maybe sleeping awkwardly to motion limiting pain and spasm. There could be accompanying arm pain which is usually the result of nerve pressure at some point along the nerve’s course. This could be muscle spasm or tension as well as localized disc pressure against a nerve.
Frequently, when we see a neck problem, there is an underlying postural dysfunction leading to abnormal forces acting at the neck. The scope of treatment is dependent on evaluating the thoracic and cervical spine to appreciating the global nature and extent of the neck dysfunction.
Treatment can include heat, soft tissue and spinal mobilization as well as restoring the normal spinal postural, strength, and function. In some cases, traction is used to alleviate local pressures on the neck.