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Non-Operative Rehab and Outcomes for Shoulder Labrum Tears

by Tyler Tice, PT, DPT, MS, ATC The labrum is a fibrocartilaginous ring that wraps around the glenoid, or the “socket” of our shoulder. It deepens the socket about 50% in order to improve congruency of the humeral head, or the “ball” into the glenoid (socket). It also serves as an attachment site for our […]

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Analysis of Three Gluteal Activation Exercises for Runners

by Sarah Voelkel Feierstein PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT Introduction The gluteal muscles are arguably the most important muscles for runners in terms of strength and activation. The gluteal muscles consist of the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and gluteus minimus. These muscles work as a group to prevent femoral adduction and internal rotation, which have been […]

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Proximal Hip Strengthening for Patellofemoral Pain

by Sarah Voelkel Feierstein PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT Introduction Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) is a common source of knee pain in the physically active population and one that we treat at Physical Therapy First regularly. PFPS occurs more in females than males with a ratio of 2:1. This syndrome presents as pain in the anterior […]

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Cervicovestibular Rehabilitation in Sport-Related Concussion

by Logan Swisher, PT, DPT Background: A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to move in the […]

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The Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation in Ultramarathon Runners

by Sarah Voelkel Feierstein PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT Introduction Vitamin D is an important nutrient for athletes, specifically runners. Vitamin D comes from food, supplements, and sun exposure and is converted by the liver and kidneys into its active form which helps regulate calcium and promote bone mineralization. In addition, it plays a role in […]

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Pain in the Butt? Could Be Piriformis Syndrome

by Sarah Voelkel Feierstein PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT Piriformis syndrome is a commonly overlooked diagnosis for hip and buttock pain. In the article, Diagnosis and Management of Piriformis Syndrome: An Osteopathic Approach, the researchers reviewed the literature to present a summary of this diagnosis as well as a variety of treatment options. This diagnosis is […]

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Effect of Spinal Manipulative Therapy with Stretching Alone on Full-Swing Performance of Golf Players : A Randomized Control Pilot Trial

by Sarah Voelkel Feierstein PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT Introduction Spinal Manipulative Therapy (SMT) is known to help decrease pain and improve spinal mobility. The authors of this article, Effect of Spinal Manipulative Therapy with Stretching Alone on Full-Swing Performance of Golf Players, propose that this treatment also coincides with maintenance and improvement of joint function, […]

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the effectiveness of two different types of non-thrust mobilization techniques

Article Review Summary by Tyler Tice, PT, DPT, MS, ATC A comparison of two non-thrust mobilization techniques applied to the C7 segment in patients with restricted and painful cervical rotation Mobilizations and manipulations to joints in the cervical spine is a common intervention performed by physical therapists to improve neck range of motion. There is […]

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Is a home exercise program taught by a physical therapist beneficial for knee OA?

by Kiki Levesque Knee osteoarthritis (OA) can lead to decreased functional performance due to the common symptoms of knee pain, stiffness, muscle weakness, and impaired balance. Included in the current best practice for treatment of knee OA includes exercise prescription to increase mobility and physical activity tolerance. Exercise has been shown to decrease pain and […]

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