1. COMPRESSION WORKS Research shows a drastic decrease in pain sensation when compression is applied to injuries. Additionally, compression is a key component of the RICE method, which has been an effective method for treating injuries for over forty years.
Iliotibial Band (IT Band) syndrome is one of two conditions with the nickname “runner’s knee”. The other, patellofemoral syndrome, also comes from overuse, so it’s easy to confuse the two. While patellofemoral syndrome results in discomfort around the knee cap, IT band syndrome causes pain on the outside of the knee. Combine certain muscular imbalances with […]
Many of us are familiar with the RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) method of treating an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain. The compression component of this method is intended to help reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as increase blood flow to the injured tissues, tendons, and/or muscles. For years, many people have […]
We receive many questions about the various types of knee braces and knee supports that are available on the market today. There are several types of knee braces that provide a myriad of stability, support, and pain relief for individuals. We recommend that you discuss with your doctor the type of knee brace that would […]
In this post, friend of Body Helix, Amy Mierzwa, shares with us her expertise on Sever’s Disease, which is something that affects many young athletes as they experience growth spurts during adolescence. Mierzwa is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is the founder of Performance Solutions Physical Therapy in Charlotte, NC. Join us as she shares […]
“You can’t get hurt during pickleball, can you?” Of course you can! While its popularity in recreation has risen due to the slower, lower-intensity nature, any regular pickleball player knows it can get challenging in the heat of the moment. According the the USA Pickleball Association, pretty much every joint from shoulder down can be […]
If you’re a runner, you either have personal experience, or know someone who has had a run-in with shin splints. Shin splints, also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, are usually characterized by general pain in the anterior leg that continues post-exercise. This pesky pain can hinder any runner’s stride and sneak up on your […]
Let’s face it – having a kid around is asking for a bump or bruise at some point. Yet there are certain steps you can take to avoid a more debilitating injury to keep them happy and healthy.
The physical pain one endures through an injury is only a small part of the pain that the injury inflicts. There is also emotional pain. In this guest post, Lizl Kotz, physical therapist, describes the stages of Kubler-Ross’ “stages of grief” when processing and coming to terms with injury. I recovered from a serious back […]
Wimbledon 2018 is coming to a close. As tennis players and avid fans, we love to watch the grand slam tournaments. The pomp, the circumstance, the prestige – all of it makes for great tennis. However, it’s becoming more and more difficult to watch how injuries are plaguing the professional players with each passing tournament.